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A good buddy of mine recommended I try the new Assassin’s Creed Rebellion app since it recently came out and the Creed is sorta my thing. …So here we go!

Summary:

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion starts you off playing as Ezio in his Brotherhood garb searching for Rodrigo Borgia in Spain, where he conveniently meets up with Aguilar and Maria from the movie. You join forces and Ezio leaves the party. The tutorial holds your hand for what seemed like quite a while. As you level up your brotherhood, you unlock new rooms you can build, which all do different things (I haven’t gotten to them all) like earning money, gathering “intel” (which is basically the your action scale for how many missions you can run), training your characters to level them up (increasing health and damage), and smith rooms to make armor and weapons. You kill people, break into chests, and fetch resources and DNA. With the DNA you gather, you earn new playable characters which are rated on the “common – rare” scale. This aspect of the game is tugs at the “gotta catch ’em all” mindset which might have been the “hook” in the design of the game.

 

Cons:

Repetitive – There is SO much going on, pretty overwhelming. As you keep playing, though, it gets easier to understand, but all the missions are basically the same. You go out to do something, usually kill someone, and you have to have specific character types on your team to make it through easiest way. BUT, it’s pretty repetitive in that you pick your team, you tell them what to do

It doesn’t sync with any main game or even Uplay (which was always my drive to play any AC app).

Kills my battery pretty bad but that could just be my phone!

 

Pros:

The music is nice, if you loved AC2. But who didn’t, am I right?! If you don’t already have it or haven’t played it, I’d highly recommend owning it. They’ve made the “Ezio’s Family” song the intro for so many of the later games. I nearly cried when I heard it play out in Rogue when I booted it up… gets me every time. Jesper Kyd made something beautiful there. If you don’t already have it or haven’t played Assassin’s Creed 2, I’d highly recommend owning it. (I am an affiliate so I will get a commission, but this won’t make any difference to you.) Click the link HERE if you’re interested!

With there being a lot to do, there are also a lot of different ways to earn different resources with daily challenges and rewards. I always like it when the apps give bonuses for “checking in” every day.

 

Neutral, to be aware of:

Being a free app, it has the free tropes of subscription bonuses and in-app purchases, which I don’t get because you’re not playing against or with other people in any way, so what exactly is the purpose of an extra other than not having to play the game? In which case, why are you playing the game to begin with? “Here’s a free app! Don’t want to play it? Just pay $X.XX and you can skip to the end!” (Insert Inception brass “BWAAA” here)

No blood; some people like it some people don’t!

Cute cartoony graphics. Almost reminds me of Little Big Planet.

 

Conclusion:

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a free game so, take it or leave it, you’re only out the time you put in. I’ll rate on a 1-10 scale and average for the total. The categories I pay the most attention to would be as follows: Music, Aesthetics, Gameplay, Story, Motivation.

Music – 8 – Not original to the game but still very nice to listen to in the background; throwback to the great days of Ezio.

Aesthetics – 7 – Could be better, could be worse. For the complexity of this game, the art is pretty and the UI is very similar to the main games as far as the shop and menus go.

Gameplay – 4 – While it’s very easy to play and get the hang of, it is also very boring and repetitive.

Story – 2 – I … honestly, all the reading in the beginning threw me off and I don’t really have much of an idea of the story line other than Ezio is after Rodrigo. But as you play the game, there isn’t much focusing on the “why” of what you’re doing.

Motivation – 1 – In all reality, I would play this when I’m are out of energy or there’s nothing left for me to do at the moment in my other apps. With the story and the gameplay being so lack-luster, as well as the lack of a community, there isn’t much of a draw to come back and play. There is no sort of “collection” aspect to it other than gathering DNA for new characters you have no emotional backstory connection with or maybe weapons or armor you could build, and the story and gameplay doesn’t grab my attention either.

Total: 4.4 out of 10

Final thoughts… Although the music is nice to have in the background, Pandora can do the same and provide more of an AC variety. It looks and plays nice as far as a mobile app goes, but the lack of driving story or multiplayer, I don’t have much of a reason to play it other than my love for the brotherhood and the creed. I feel I’ve been lost or left behind in the series, but I’ll get to that at another time.

 

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my ratings or no? Please let us all know if there’s anything I left out and comment below! Vi hörs!

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