Latest 'Assassin's Creed' struggles to find its footing


They say good things come in threes. Well, since Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is technically the fourth installment in the franchise, I understand why this offering was so weak. It was such a waste of $60. Yes, I spent $60 on this piece of crap. Yeah, this came out back in November, but it’s taken me about this long to force my way through it. Also, I was playing better games. Like Arkham City and — gulp — Modern Warfare 3.

For anyone who is a fan of the series, we know that there were huge improvements between Assassin’s Creed and II and then from II to Brotherhood. The significant jump this time? A tower defense mode and a way to use gunpowder in the game. Honestly, I play Assassin’s Creed for crazy hidden blade techniques and such, not sitting down and trying to defend a street. If I wanted to do that, I could go do it on my iPod Touch for 99 cents. Give me a break, Ubisoft. I hope you wait two years or so and have some amazing game that is the real Assassin’s Creed III. This is a joke to pump a game out every single year and think it will keep getting better.

At some point, it has to suck. We reached that point in November. Very little was innovated, and I feel let down. Even the story is not that great. We return to Masyaf, and it fully let me down early on. Constantinople/Istanbul is beautifully rendered, but even this guilty pleasure let me down as I am forced to contend with a ridiculous bomb-making system that upsets me more than pleases me. I simply just want to have the elegant simplicity that came with the earlier renditions, but that is long gone.

The multiplayer is a little more complex, and trust me, a little more complex is not always a good thing. The new maps are nice, but that was expected. The story was okay, but not much was answered. In reality, more things were opened up for debate. That’s cool, but it’s a video game, not a book or movie. I expect twists, but I expect answers with enough grayness that I have to play the next iteration. Sadly, Revelations might have convinced me to never play Assassin’s Creed again.

I probably had too high of expectations, so you might enjoy the game. However, I wouldn’t count on it. Have fun playing an incomplete, sorry game, folks.