Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Common Sense Media says

Bloody adventure game with visceral violence, online play.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game sensationalizes graphic violence, and makes stylized assassinations seem cool. Story themes include revenge, loyalty, and a pursuit for truth and justice.

Positive role models

The game’s primary characters are clearly interested in doing good, but occasionally harm innocents in the process, either due to misleading information or through players accidentally tapping the attack button when close to a civilian. Bottom line, though, is that they are assassins and warriors, people whose job is to kill others.

Ease of play

The series’ climbing mechanics are satisfyingly simple, once learned. Combat is more complex, but players can generally fall back on basic block and counter tactics to get through most fights. The greatest challenge comes in exploring the world and finding its many secrets.

Violence

Players fight and kill human enemies using mostly bladed weapons -- swords, daggers, axes -- but they can also use guns, crossbows, and bombs on occasion. Enemies spurt blood and grunt when struck, and writhe in pain on the ground after being defeated. Assassination animations show gruesome kills in slow motion, with broadswords coming down hard on heads and daggers being shoved into throats. Players aren’t supposed to kill civilians, but they can.

Sex

Dialogue makes reference to "whores" and the act of sex, with some characters making fun of others’ performance in bed. Example: "Your wife really enjoyed having a real man last night, shorty!"

Language

Expect infrequent use of cuss words including "s--t" and "ass." Dialogue also includes profanity of a similar sort in other languages, including Italian and Greek.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A character references "wine."

Privacy & safety

Creates privacy concerns. Online modes allow players to engage in open voice communication. Players may be part of discussions with inappropriate language and subject matter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is a bloody and violent adventure game set primarily in the 16th-century that has players taking on the role of assassins. Players alternate their time between climbing buildings and combat, the latter of which involves plenty of gruesome, stylized, slow motion execution sequences. The protagonists are good men with noble ambitions -- notably, the pursuit of truth and justice -- but they use violence to solve most problems, even those as simple as retrieving an imported package held up by bureaucracy. Parents should note that this game supports open online play, which may lead to discussions with inappropriate language and subject matter.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • government
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy

What Kids Can Learn

While elements of Assassin's Creed: Revelations focus on history and problem solving, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • government
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy

While elements of Assassin's Creed: Revelations focus on history and problem solving, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

ASSASSIN’S CREED: REVELATIONS lives up to its name and ties up many of the series’ loose ends. To bring newcomers up to speed, the franchise’s overarching story involves a centuries-old war against a pair of ideological factions as seen from the perspective of modern-day barkeep Desmond Miles who, with the help of a computer called the Animus, can recall the memories of his ancestors. This chapter wraps up the story of Renaissance-era assassin Ezio Auditore -- now 50 and graying but as agile as ever -- who searches a staggering beautiful recreation of 16th-century Constantinople for artifacts that help explain what became of Altair ibn-La’Ahad, the Crusades-era hero from the series’ first game. Play is composed mostly of elements fans of the series will be familiar with, including parkour-like climbing, block-based melee combat, and one-off missions that require players to trail enemies and explore ancient chambers. Players will also encounter a new tower defense mini-game, and an updated online multiplayer mode.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Some things about Assassin’s Creed are just too good to change. The series’ immensely satisfying climbing mechanics -- which see Ezio gracefully pulling himself up the sides of landmarks like the Haghia Sophia and the Hippodrome -- are a hallmark of the series, and ought to remain until its end. However, other parts of the experience -- like rooftop guards who quickly call in reinforcements and put a kink in graceful rooftop runs -- are getting old.   

There are new elements, and some of them -- like the parts of the game that see Desmond in bodiless form exploring the bowels of the Animus -- are highly engaging. Others, like the new tower defense game, aren’t as compelling. There’s no question that the franchise’s ongoing storyline remains one of the most ambitious, complex, and satisfying in the history of the medium, but its about time the series –- which has produced four games in four years -- underwent a bit of a shake-up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Have you discussed with your children why you’d prefer them not to play graphic games? How do you ensure that they don’t experience inappropriate games at their friends’ homes?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. What would you do if you ran into a bully or predator online? What sort of markers should you look for to identify them?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 15, 2011
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGabGab100000 November 16, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Amazing game Isalmic and Christian beliefs coincide with story line

If you let your child play call of duty or battlfield let them play this. Sure, you mercilessly and brutally do away with your enemies with a variety of stylized assassinsations using an arsonal or weapons but you experience a compelling story of wealth, treachery and justice while experiencing the amazing architecture of 16 century Constantinople. And along with the amazing single player you get to experience a polished forfilling multiplayer; so you definitely get your buck worth. I presonally prefer this game to cod even though the two game are essentially incomprable. Theres isnt any sexual content of language that you need to worry about in both the multi and single player. However if your a strong christian you not want your child subject to the views of the protagonists; Ezio and Altai; the story line coincides with both Islamic and chrisian beliefs. So keep in mind the game was made by a multi cultural and religious team.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byzeeta gamer November 17, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Great for 14 and up

The assassins creed franshise has always been a franchise that goes for a really realistic setting and characters. Two things are really the big things to look out for in this game (including the ones before it, except for the first assassins creed.) The main purpose of this game, as said in the title is to assassinate certain targets but for a purpose and the purpose is alwas for the good of man kind and is never gory or very bloody, keeping it to an almost cartoonish violence. In this new installment Ezio is on a search for Altairs secret library. The sexual material is, yes, there but you are going to have to look pretty hard to see it. For example you might be walking around on the street and over hear two people talking about someone and calling them a bad name. This game is set in the medieval era and ubisoft has done a fantastic job at capturing that. This game like every one else says will teach many things about that era and is very eduactional.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old November 26, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

9+ (:

its fine. the good side: its a little bit educational, and has positive messages and role models. on the other hand it is violent, and has most of its focus on combat and stealthy assassinations,also,the blood can be turned off in the options menu. there is also language, but its not that frequent and can easily be ignored. this and the original Assassin's Creed are the most tolerable and appropriate assassins creed games of the series whereas assassins creed 2 and brotherhood have sexual themes. it also pretty easy, and if this is your first time playing assassins creed, you will adjust to the controls within minutes.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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