My first impression of the game Assassin’s Creed: Revelations makes me want more. But not positively. Here are my biggest let-downs and questions so far into my game play.

Logo for Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Logo for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
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The game starts with a much older Ezio on the hunt for answers. Specifically, answers about his ancestor Altaïr and the brotherhood of assassins. Initially, I was impressed with the snowy mountain setting the game starts in because it was an unfamiliar environment in Assassin’s Creed. Frankly, that’s the only stand out point in the game for me.

I don’t want to say I’m unimpressed overall with the game, if only for the fact I haven’t completed it yet. And I want to clarify that I will play Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to completion, even if I’m unhappy with it so far. I owe it to myself, and Ezio, to see where this journey takes us.

Ezio scaling a building in Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Ezio scaling a building in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
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Ezio has such a unique story in Italy that I worked hard to build between renovating Rome and training Assassin recruits. Why stray from such a rich setting and storyline in Revelations? What made Ubisoft decide that the best course of action for this game sequel would be a return to Altaïr’s home? This game could have continued the fight for the brotherhood in Italy, but now we’re in Constantinople searching for … keys? Revelations?

The most striking change in this game was the graphics quality. I thought graphics get better over time, but Revelations has let me down tremendously. Ezio was always so cute in past games, but he looks downright gaunt in this game. It is worth noting the game takes place many years after Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood so it makes sense Ezio has aged, but he should have aged like fine Italian wine. Instead, he shriveled up like a raisin.

One of my favorite parts of the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise is the viewpoints. I love being able to climb towers and buildings in the game to build the map and get that gorgeous overview of the city. The “improved” map in Revelations isn’t doing it for me. It’s weirdly detailed and dark, which makes it hard to maneuver and understand where important locations are.

Real-life architecture found in Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Real-life architecture found in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
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I won’t say I hate Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – not yet. I want to know where the story goes for Ezio and what he’ll learn about Altaïr. I’m curious if Desmond will ever regain full function of his brain again. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been part of my life for over 10 years now. I just want Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to be the finale that Ezio’s legacy deserves.