Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

A fun and entertaining romp through a historically accurate city-----with some brutal violence.
Kyle van Rensburg - Guest Reviewer
Content at a glance:

Violence: Many occurrences of stabbings, shootings, falling/being thrown off of buildings, neck-snappings, limbs twisting and breaking, bombs, and people getting attacked whilst unarmed, are seen. Sex/Nudity: Some verbal references and revealing clothing. Language: Uses of B***rd, F**k, S**t, D**k, A*s, D**n, Bl***y, and B***l**ks. God and Jesus' name are used in vain infrequently. Spiritual Content: Some symbols, historically accurate references to Islam, and a backstory that may be problematic for Christians.

In the fourth instalment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you play as Desmond who is in a coma after the events of Brotherhood, and to save his life, he was put back in the Animus, a machine that allows you to relieve the memories of your ances

tors.

He experiences Ezio and Altair’s last years as assassins, in a satisfying send-off that will please long time fans.

Review:

The gameplay of the franchise takes a while for you to get used to on the PC, but once you do, it’s quite fun! The combat feels nice and fluid, and the new hook-blade mechanic you use to climb is a nice inclusion too.

There is a lot to do in the game, like finding treasures and lost books, and renovating buildings, but although I find the extra content nice, you really won’t have a reason to come back after the game is finished, except if you’re a hardcore completionist.

There are a few more drawbacks to gameplay as well, like the new bomb mechanic and tower defense minigame.

The bomb mechanic is all about you crafting custom bombs and using them against enemies. While this sounds like a good concept on paper, in execution it comes off feeling tacked-on and, well, unnecessary.

The tower defense minigame involves you fending off waves of enemies by placing allies on rooftops, to help stop the constant barrage of angry soldiers. This game mode feels out of place, and it’s also not really that fun. I instead quit the minigame and went and killed the enemy leader instead as it was much more fun.

The story of the game is okay. It is historically accurate, (As far as I can tell.) and it’s interesting to see how life was back in the 16th century.

Ezio is a very likable guy, which is probably why he was in three of the Assassin’s Creed games, after all.

The game also includes a bit of a love story. While I normally get extremely annoyed by this, in Revelations it’s actually well done and not self indulgent. And coming from me, that means something.

Ezio and Altair’s send-offs are well done, and it’s hard not to feel a tinge of sadness when their journeys end. I haven’t played the other Assassin’s Creed games, so it may be more sad for long time fans.

And it does have a decent cliffhanger, whetting your appetite for Assassin’s Creed 3.

The audiovisual aspect is nicely done, with a lot of attention to detail in the environments and character models.

The voice acting is also good, with the actors delivering their lines flawlessly.

Overall, this is a solid game. I’ll be honest; this game was only released to pass the time while they worked on Assassin’s Creed 3. But in spite of that, the game is still pretty good, and I highly recommend it.

Now on to the content….

Violence:
Many depictions of stabbing, slicing, shooting, falling/being thrown off of buildings, neck-snapping, limbs twisted and broken, bombs, and people getting attacked whilst unarmed, are seen.

Victims are stained with blood, and sometimes the attacker is too.

When enemies are stabbed, your character stabs them through a lot of places, like the legs, arms, chest, eyes, and neck, with blood spurting out. When using a sword, your character sometimes impales them through the neck, and lifts them off the ground.

He also can stab them right through the face, and swing the blade around, twisting and breaking their necks so that the head is facing entirely behind them.

Enemies can get bludgeoned, with blood spraying and bones being heard cracking.

They can be also be shot, with blood spurting out and cries of pain being heard.

When grabbing an enemy, your character can also break their necks, with a loud crack being heard and their head twists back in a painful looking way.

In the heat of combat, your character also can break limbs and dislocate them, with snaps being heard and the limbs twist back in unnatural ways.

In the storyline, some acts of violence occur like a man being shot in the shoulder with an arrow, people getting thrown off of buildings, prisoners getting executed with crossbows, a woman and a man getting stabbed with a lot of blood, some buildings and ships getting blown up, a woman getting hanged, men chasing each other with carriages which crash into each other and break, and a cinematic depicts a lot of people getting killed by lightning, pieces of debris, falling into lava, and an explosion overwhelms a mother and child. The scene cuts away just as the explosion reaches them.

Sexual Content:

A few instances of revealing clothing with some of the women in the game.

A man mentions that another man was engaged to his sister once, but his D*** was engaged to six others.

A few references by crowds about whores and a man inspecting another man’s wife.

Language:

Infrequent uses of B***rd, F**k, S**t, D**k, A*s, D**n, Bl***y, and B***l**ks.

God and Jesus’ name are used in vain infrequently.

Spiritual Content:

Some astrological symbols are seen, historically accurate references to Islam, a woman mentions they have been called witches and warlocks, and asks you to fake a curse on a treasure box by poisoning the people who touch it.

*SPOILER WARNING!!!!!*
A device called the Apple of Eden is depicted, which has the power to alter minds and control people.

The backstory of the game involves a race called the First Civilization, which created mankind and interbred with them. Adam and Eve are also featured in the story, as well as Eden, but Eden is depicted to be a fallen paradise.

The last part is not featured in AC Revelations, but it is part of the game’s backstory, so it is noteworthy.
*SPOILERS END*

Conclusion:

So there you have it! A fun, well made game, marred with a backstory that inverts the Bible.

Up to you to decide about this, but I hope I at least gave you a good idea about what kind of content is in this game.

God bless! ????




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