Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Mediterranean Traveler DLC

Assassin’s Creed Revelations was released in October 2011, and sold well in the extremely competitive pre-Christmas mega title market, and generally rated pretty well with the critics too. See our review here ...we quite liked it.

A new DLC pack - Mediterranean Traveler - has just been released, which unfortunately is not quite as exciting as the two DLC packs that were released on the back of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. These were the Battle of Forli, and Bonfire of the Vanities, which added in extra story (completing the two missing DNA links in the sequence), and gave fans hungry for more a couple of little hits to stave off the Ezio-withdrawal between titles.

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Mediterranean Traveler however is aimed squarely at the multiplayer fans of AC, and adds in extra levels to roam around in the multiplayer realm. There are also a couple of extra achievements to earn, just for brag factor fun.

There are six maps to choose from, (three new, and three returning old favourites from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.)

  • Jerusalem (new)
  • The Imperial District of Constantinople (new)
  • Dyers (new)
  • Firenze
  • San Donato
  • Siena

And of course within each of these six maps, you have the ten different Revelations multiplayer modes to play, such as Deathmatch, Steal the Artifact, Manhunt, and Corruption, as well as Training Ground, for the newbies. So there’s quite a bit of variety still to be had with the addition of this new content.

Like most AC locations, these maps visually look really good. Atmospheric, and artistic, you feel like you are really in these ancient cities. They are varied in look and feel, as well as how they play; some levels have lots of high ground (eg Firenze and Constantinople) to leap down from and perform aerial kills, where others have more spread out ground level only, where you have to be a bit more strategic, and blend with the crowd in order to approach your target without being detected (eg Jerusalem and Siena.) Constantinople has the most varied terrain, with lots of high and low ground, twisty alleys, passages and hiding places.

Fans of the series will enjoy the familiar sights and sounds of Jerusalem and Firenze in particular, as these look basically just like they did playing through the earlier titles in single player mode.

As with any multiplayer title, it’s going to be as hard as the players you’re with are skilled. If your opponents like to break into a run and draw attention to themselves in a crowd, they are going to be a lot easier to avoid, than those devilish sneaky so-and-sos who blend in, and catch you by surprise.

And the great news is, if you have any hesitation about whether to drop your precious Xbox points on this, you can try before you buy and download the free trial from Xbox marketplace. This allows you to have a look around, and enjoy for 3 days before expiry.

In terms of value for money, 800 points for six new maps for a game you already enjoy is definitely a little on the steep side. There are lots of cool full games you can buy on Xbox marketplace for that, but for real AC nuts, this will have paid for itself before the blood of your hapless victims starts to dry on your robes.

In a nutshell, it’s just a bit of a welcome change of scenery if you were really really enjoying ACR multiplayer, but have gotten a bit sick of the previously available levels.

Some story bump up would have been nice, to be fair, but hopefully there’s a single player story addition coming up soon too. Pretty please, Ubisoft?

"Assassins, get yourself ready; there’s new territory to explore!"
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Follow Own it? Rating: R16   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min


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Comments Comments (1)

Posted by Koopa18
On Saturday 11 Feb 2012 11:20 AM
Battle of Forli and Bonfire of the Vanities were for AC2. Brotherhood had something about Da Vinci DLC.