posted by 3rd_St_Saint (PORTLAND, OR) Mar 22, 2013
Member since Nov 2011
Don't let this review fool you - many of the staples from the previous titles return, as well as subtle saboteurs that try to assassinate you the same way you've done all these years... My gripes are few, but pervasive.
First off, the year is 1510. About... Eight years after Brotherhood? Ezio went from looking 34 to now 67. Desmond as well, who now has grooves in his otherwise fresh face. Altair also returns, but his face has been reconfigured as well, making him look like a young Steve Buscemi. Ouch.
The 'Top' button has been re-configured into your secondary weapon (which, I never quite got used to). Multiplayer costs money for the code (unlike Brotherhood) and Ezio got rid of his cape and instead, replaced it with the fur from his Brutus outfit. The 'Assassin's White' looks pasty at best, and even the storyline was brief, shallow and nowhere near as expansive as either II or Brotherhood.
In fact, Desmond's story is far more interesting than what happens to Ezio this time around, as it greatly moves the plot along, but aside for an alliance that Ezio makes, it's easily forgettable in that it's not personal like it was with the Borgias.
Play it to get caught up (as I did) and don't even bother with the side quests. I'm sure ACIII will wash the taste of this joke out of my mouth.