Assassin's Creed Identity

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Gory RPG entry into the series marred by awful controls.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Moving the character is extremely difficult: Precision is simply impossible, and for a game where stealth is the primary goal, this is problematic. Control issues are amplified on smaller screens, and text and menu selections are impossibly tiny and illegible. Game does support controller accessories, which likely would improve the experience considerably.  

Violence

Goal of most missions is to stab someone in the throat. There are plenty of other very graphic forms of violence, all accompanied with lots of blood and slow-motion death animations. App store claims the game has "mild/infrequent" violence, but it's neither mild nor infrequent. 

Sex

A few loading screens feature women with lots of cleavage, but other than that, there's not much overt sexual content. 

Language
Consumerism

Frequent reminders that there are many in-game items, power-ups, and features available in the store, and leveling and progressions within the game are extremely tedious without those in-app purchases. Since it's not a title made specifically for kids, there's no parent gate on purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed Identity is an action role-playing game set in the Italian Renaissance where players control a stealthy killer executing contracts against various foes and collecting loot to evolve into an efficient and ruthless hit man. It features the same parkour-style, wall-climbing, roof-running, hay-bale-jumping action as the rest of the entries in the wildly popular franchise, and it features gory, slow-motion death animations and brutal combat. While the game does make occasional historical references, it's not nearly as immersive, researched, and story-driven as others in the series. Instead it focuses on RPG character-building and inventory management. The game does have some social features and requires an Internet connection at all times, so be sure to check out the privacy policy to see what this means for your family. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 12, and 16 year old Written byPenny L. December 5, 2017

I am a history teacher at a highschool and parent to a 6,12 and 16 yr old

Common sense media is saying that it is very violent and inappropriate for younger childen when it is not very violent and it is very educational when learning... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 year old Written byRonald M. March 1, 2017

I'd say that it's pretty good and child friendly.

This game seems very good. It may be about assassins but killing can be avoided. In 'Career' mode, you have missions: eg. Stop the thief. In this ther... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by•42• April 16, 2016
So first I am going to start off by saying that the person that wrote this review is the kind of overprotective, annoying person that has probably not even play... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPewDiePewds January 25, 2017

Assassin's Creed Identity

Good app! I am 19 though not 17. Oh well!

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?

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