I should be over the annual Assassin’s Creed formula that Ubisoft has set into motion this generation. Sure, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Brotherhood both happened to be great games, but there’s no way that lightning can strike three times, right? That’s the gamble that we take by playing yearly re-hashes, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is no different.
So far, I’m actually enjoying the game quite a bit. It’s kind of a rinse and repeat job, but the promise of learning Desmond’s fate and seeing the close of the Ezio storyline certainly has me hooked, and I like to see Ezio as a bit of a grim, grizzled old man, complete with salt-and-pepper beard and all. To Ubisoft’s credit, they’ve done what they could to mix the gameplay up, but unfortunately, some of these additions are where the game’s cracks are most evident.
For starters, the game adds a tower defense mode that while not terrible, is certainly obtrusive, shallow and lengthy. It really adds nothing to the game except the looming threat of a several minute diversion, which is killer if you’ve got some great momentum going on the narrative and the Assassin training missions. However, the worst addition that has been added to Revelation would have to be the Desmond memories.
You see, Desmond is stuck in the Animus, and in order to find his way out he has to jump into these first person memory sections that feel like a cheap knock off of a knock off of Portal. Yes, you read that right. While a first person section that played like a Mirror’s Edge might have been welcome, all you really do in these segments is listen to Desmond talk and walk around with really terrible first person controls.
The thing that really shocks me about sections like this isn’t that developers try them out – it’s that they somehow make it into the final product. I don’t understand how a number of people can play bits of a game like this and nobody ever stops the production to either rethink it or scrap it altogether. How does that even happen?
So what other forms of developer denial have you guys spotted in games? What other sections have really driven you nuts – and marred an otherwise pretty decent game? Go!