Time has finally come to conclude my analysis of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. In case you missed them, please read through the previous articles on Sequences 1-3 and Sequences 4-6. The goal of these articles has been to express the problems in game design and to see if these problems were addressed in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III, which is slated for an October 30, 2012 release date. Without further ado, let us see how the end of the game stacked up against the previous sections.
Let us start with the basics. DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. When applied to the context of PC video games, DRM is the method a publisher uses to verify that the game was purchased through a legitimate source and not pirated. Back in the early days of games, there was no DRM. I still have a few MS DOS games in a box somewhere that employ no method of verifying the game was actually purchased and not just illegally copied. As time went on, CD keys became the industry standard for DRM. Every game would come with a long string of numbers and letters that had to be entered before installing the game. Eventually, with the increasing popularity of the internet, those numbers were checked with an online server and if the same number was used too much, it was no longer valid.
But times are changing.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is the fourth installment in a popular series of third person sandbox-style games where players take control of an Assassin fighting an old enemy over ancient mysteries. Being a fan of the series from the very beginning, I was very excited to dive head-first into the experience. Join me as I take a critical eye to the game and explore what worked and what could have used a little more tweaking. There are spoilers within. I tried to keep them to a minimum, but you have been warned.