Back in 2007, when the first Assassin’s Creed title launched, the future of the series was somewhat unclear. Despite a lot of praise for the game world, the first installment in the series was more of a proof-of-concept than a competent title with solid combat mechanics and an intriguing protagonist. However, thanks to some sharp design refinements and risky story choices, the series has grown to become one of the most popular franchises in the games industry.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations brings the series (and story) full circle by connecting the dots between original, as well as silent, assassin/protagonist, Altair and fan-favorite, Ezio, who has been the focus of the three most recent game titles. With such a rich story to tell, it should come as no surprise that Ubisoft is delivering some intriguing (and spoilerific) achievements and trophies this round.
A number of the achievements/trophies will be somewhat familiar to gamers who have played prior installments in the series – with rewards for basic gameplay actions (such as “Lightning Strikes” – which requires players to “Kill 5 guards in 5 seconds using only your hidden blades”) as well as various multiplayer endeavors. Obviously, considering the rich Assassin’s Creed narrative (with all of its bizarre twists and turns), there’s bound to be some spoilers in the achievements/trophy list – so particularly sensitive players (or those who want to go into the experience with a blank slate) should avert their eyes before reading on.
Check out the full list of Assassin’s Creed Revelations achievements/trophies below:
Mastering the Art 30
Earn the INCOGNITO bonus (Multiplayer).
Tools of the Templar 10
Purchase your first ABILITY in the Abstergo Store (Multiplayer).
Complete a Challenge (Multiplayer).
True Templar 20
Reach level 20 (Multiplayer).
Looking Good 10
Customize a PERSONA (Multiplayer).
There Is No I in Team 20
Win a session of a team mode (Multiplayer).
Make the Headlines 30
Obtain 12 different Accolades (Multiplayer).
The Way I Like It 20
Edit your TEMPLAR PROFILE to change your title, emblem, and patron (Multiplayer).
Finish a session of each game mode (Multiplayer).
Score at least 2500 points in a session (Multiplayer).
The Early Years 20
Complete Desmond Sequence 1.
Best Served Cold 20
Complete DNA Sequence 1.
The Reluctant Assassin 20
Complete Desmond Sequence 2.
Istanbul and Constantinople 20
Complete DNA Sequence 2.
Escape To New York 20
Complete Desmond Sequence 3.
Seal the Deal 20
Complete DNA Sequence 3.
The Prince 20
Complete DNA Sequence 4.
The Plot Thickens 20
Complete DNA Sequence 5.
Successes and Failures 20
Complete DNA Sequence 6.
The Rotten Apple 20
Complete Desmond Sequence 4.
Old Boss, New Boss 20
Complete DNA Sequence 7.
Complete DNA Sequence 8.
Are You Desmond Miles? 20
Complete Desmond Sequence 5.
Complete DNA Sequence 9.
Fond Memories 20
Achieve 100% Synchronization in all Sequences.
Holy Wisdom 20
Complete the Hagia Sofia challenge level.
Collect all animus data fragments.
Worth A Thousand Words 20
Collect all of Ishak Pasha’s memoir pages.
Complete all Bomb Missions.
Armchair General 20
Control all cities (except Rhodes) simultaneously in the Mediterranian Defense game.
Iron Curtain 20
Perform a perfect den defense without using the cannon.
Spider Assassin 20
Climb Hagia Sofia, from the ground to the pinnacle, in under 25 seconds.
A Friend Indeed 20
Complete all Faction Creed Challenges from a single faction.
Tax Evasion 10
Get your money back from a Templar tax collector.
The Mentor 20
Have seven trainees reach the rank of Master Assassin.
Lightning Strikes 20
Kill 5 guards in 5 seconds using only your hidden blades.
Assassinate 50 guards with the hidden blade.
Parachute onto a zipline.
Collect all available books.
Fast Fingers 20
Loot 50 dead guards with thief looting.
Mosh Pit 20
Have 10 guards poisoned at the same time.
Mouse Trap 20
Kill 5 guards with a scaffold after they have been stunned by caltrops.
Craft Maniac 20
Craft 30 bombs.
My ProtÃ©gÃ© 20
Have one trainee reach the rank of Master Assassin.
Almost Flying 20
Parachute directly from the top of the Galata Tower to the golden horn.
Silent But Deadly 20
Kill three guards simultaneously with only throwing knives.
I can see you 20
Kill 5 guards while under the cover of a smoke screen bomb.
Monster’s Dance 20
Have a guard incapacitate 3 civilians while he’s poisoned.
Find and beat up Duccio.
There are definitely a number of especially intriguing entries on the list (such as “The Early Years” – which asks players to “Complete Desmond Sequence 1”) which indicates a heavy focus on over-arching protagonist Desmond Miles this round. Others (such as “Show-Off” – “Parachute onto a zipline”) showcase how incredibly robust the series has become – not only offering players a variety of approaches to succeeding in assassinations but also giving them plenty of room to enjoy a variety of game modes and side missions.
In addition, we’ve got an added bit of good news for any PS3 players who are still on the fence about the title – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will support 3D on Sony’s machine. While many video game lovers may be skeptical about the forced implementation of the format into many high-profile titles these days, it’s easy to admit that seeing the expanse of Renaissance Italy in full 3D could be an especially cool experience.
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Assassin’s Creed Revelations will be released November 15th, 2011 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC release is slated for December.