It's a special day for Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Ubisoft is getting a film franchise, a special appearance in Soul Calibur V and a new music video. It's not really a music video but you'll see what we mean when watching the new Assassin’s Creed Revelations single player trailer showcasing that Ezio still has a few tricks up what might be the deadliest sleeves in gaming.
While the latest in the line of Revelations trailers occasionally takes small timeouts for shots of slow motion running and slow motion jumping, be relieved that they are only small breaks between loads of slow motion killing and standard motion killing. You aren’t going to find a lot of story in this trailer, but you will see that the final chapter finds Ezio with his hands full and not just with the virtual armory he carries on him.
A few notable things in this trailer give some insight into what players might expect: the chance to play as Ezio and former protagonist AltaÃ¯r, thrilling chase scenes, beautiful Middle Eastern landscapes and heavy use of the new hook blade. It slices, it dices, and it lets you climb walls and zipline across buildings. Whether it makes Julienne fries is up for speculation, but its usefulness is unquestionable. Like most Assassin accoutrements it can be used in combat and makes for some particularly gruesome, but colorful, kills.
For the most part, Assassin's Creed Revelations feels like more of the same, with a few bells and whistles thrown in for added spice. The gameplay has always been fairly solid so changing it too drastically might not be in Ubisoft’s best interest. Though using the environment to hinder pursuers, such as knocking over scaffolding seen in the trailer, is a welcomed addition.
After the last game’s cliffhanger and the series' overly extended attention on the character Ezio, fans are probably aching for a conclusion. This makes story vital in the last episode in his saga. Ironically assassinating might not be the most important focus for this installation. Here’s hoping Ubisoft acknowledges this, leaving us feeling satisfied and not stabbed in the back… or throat… or face.
Assassin's Creed Revelations releases on November 15, 2011 for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3.