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What's it about?
ASSASSIN'S CREED IDENTITY is a game about killing people against the historic backdrop of the Italian Renaissance. Designed as the first action RPG version of the extremely popular Assassin's Creed games, this entry lets players build, customize, and level up their characters with extensive special attacks, power-ups, and plenty of gear. As such, there's not much of a story, only a series of loosely connected missions. In each, players use the tried-and-true Assassin's Creed gameplay to leap across roofs, scale walls, and hide among crowds to go incognito in between kills. Missions grant rewards, but if that's not fast enough, players can use real-world dollars or in-game coins to buy better loot in the shop. Social features let friends join in on missions for co-op gameplay.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately, this installment might be the weakest of the games in the franchise, owing mostly to the constraints of the mobile platform. Touch controls simply don't work for the fast-paced acrobatics and precision combat controls, and the game's complicated menus are tremendously difficult to navigate. The game does support peripheral controls for your device, which may improve the experience considerably. Still, much of the charm of the Assassin's Creed games is their rich historical backdrops and fanciful manipulations of real-world figures and places, all driven by fascinating, science-fiction-influenced stories, and very little of that is present in this version. Overall, the game feels like a grind for loot, and most players will likely tire of its tedious missions fairly quickly.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in media and how it can affect our morals and ethics. Does playing games like this change how we see real-life violence on the news or in person? What are peaceful ways to resolve conflict?
Discuss gender equity in games and media. Role-playing games are meant to let players become a customized fictional character, but why are all the options in Assassin's Creed Identity male? What does that say about the role of women historically and in modern society?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: March 7, 2016
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures
- Size: 1187.84 MB
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Version: 2.4.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: February 25, 2020
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