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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice game but short and not much new, 14 Jan. 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Assassin's Creed Revelations (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game definitely represents a decline in the AC series despite a number of improvements. Yes, as with previous games it is stylish, has a nice CGI section at the beginning, nice landscapes and the fighting system feel like it has been improved. I didn't encounter any bugs which was a major positive. Many of the best bits of AC Brotherhood have also been retained and some of the silly elements have been removed i.e. annoying wanted posters. So well done to the developers for building on the learning from the last game and turning out a well tested game that works well without crashing. Worthy of three stars.

However, the simple fact is that beyond the positives noted above I simply didn't enjoy playing the single player game very much. AC Revelations is relatively slow, boring and repetitive compared to other games on the market in 2012. The most annoying feature for me was the character controls. I finished Skyrim (well as much as anyone can) and Deus Ex and then started on AC revelations...and well the controls in AC after the other titles felt like something from 15 years ago. The character in AC runs all over the place and despite being a huge fella falls down if he runs into a women who is like 6st (whats that about?) Even when running it doesn't feel like you are moving fast; its like the character is running through mud. After 4 hours I had also become agitated with the fact that you latch onto every building detail when running/jumping/climbing...even when you don't want too! I found the race objectives really hard because of this annoying game play feature.

The second major issue for myself was that AC Revelations basically contains more environments which could have been downloads extras for AC Brotherhood. This is barely a game in its own right and is not great value for money when it has little over 10 hours of play and no real replay value (unless you are OCD about completing meaningless achievements.) The tower control idea from Brotherhood has been extended and whilst it is a good concept it is frankly pretty boring when done for the 2nd/3rd time. The tower defence idea is also good in concept but really boring to play. Who plays xbox to stand and watch action going on and barely be involved? The hook blade is okay but there's not enough other new elements to retain interest. Can we really be bothered hunting for more treasure chests? Yawn. The side missions are short, easy and uninteresting - Yawn. And don't get me started on the assassin missions mediterranean defence...it's just a list of missions against a list of places in the med that you send your recruits too...who honestly finds this interesting? Okay this feature isn't quite as boring scanning planets for ore in Mass Effect 2...but it's not far off it.

I finished this game in 10 hours and alas I'm still no wiser about the stories conclusion which is a shame. We just got told more about "those who came before." Well the conclusions I've come to is that I've lost interest and won't be spending any more of my money on AC titles. And that is a shame because this was a really good series of games up to this point. It would have been preferable for Ubisoft to have turned out a better game instead of rushing out revelations in 12 months and so obviously focusing their efforts on the multiplayer mode.
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