Assassin's Creed Mirage - Basim's prequel to Valhalla

Watchdogs is basically modern day AC. I wonder how Ghosts will hold up if it comes to PC later in the generation.

It is very cool. The combat is a bit complicated, but if you get it right you feel like a total badass. Plus it’s just gorgeous on a good 4K TV with HDR, especially my OLED one. :-). Probably my favorite Playstation exclusive.

Watching the ‘launch livestream’ for this, some of these faces look kind of Starfieldy.

Not to be all negative Nancy, but this just feels so DOA, maybe through no fault of it’s own, but AC burnout plus crowded field plus MOTS gameplay doesn’t scream Must Buy. I imagine it’s one of these solid “7/10” games that does nothing wrong but nothing especially right either.

I’m an unabashed AC fanboy, and honestly I feel the same way. And yeah, the face tech used here for some reason doesn’t even look as good as Odyssey, Origins, or even Unity or Syndicate. No idea what happened there.

Really? The visuals in the footage I’ve seen look on par with Odyssey and Origins, at least.

When I saw the first gameplay trailer for this I thought it was a remaster of the original.

I said something similar above. Faces lack detail, and the backgrounds just look like they’ve been rehashed from the other games.

There isn’t a wow factor like there was with the previous games. To be fair, I felt the same way about some of the scenery in Valhalla, but it turned out to be a beautiful looking game.

Review embargo dropped today. Currently sitting at 76 w/ 77 reviews in.


On the other hand…

From PCG. Seems like a classic “wait a few months for the massive Ubisoft discount” game. This, from Eurogamer, is really encouraging though:

It’s my biggest complaint with the modern ACs. Buildings aren’t puzzles any more.

Yeah, it sounds like if you’re looking for a very streamlined game steeped in the AC old-school ethos, there’s a lot to like here. Baghdad itself sounds like a good city setting to explore. But also, I’m seeing a lot of issues that the story is almost threadbare and there’s a definite lack of memorable characters.

I’ll get to it eventually, I suppose. But yeah, after a steep UbiSale.

For me the most important question is if the world is beautiful and nice to explore. There’s no AC game with a story that I’d like, and I only ever liked Odyssey gameplay (if only cause it’s only Diablo-style grind fest I’ve played in years so it felt fresh to me), but the whole series enchants me with its worlds. Only Unity, I think, managed to have gameplay and story annoying enough to take me out of the experience, AC3 was close too. Valhalla is a slog of a game but it still is a beauty. So that’s my bar for Mirage, make me want to walk these streets.

The reviews I’ve read certainly think so

If I have a quite month with a lot of time I may just subscribe to their service and bang the game out. I have so many other games that it certainly can wait a while. At least it’s not a total bomb.

I am thinking a Ubi+ sub might be the way to go here.

That’s funny, I think Unity and AC3 were a couple of my favorites of the series.

I had forgotten that this game doesn’t have any modern day story bits, which I suppose is probably a selling point for lots of folks but kinda bums me out.

Is there a tl;dw for that 27 minute review?

It’s classic Assassins Creed, with stealth + assassination + parkour. 15 hours main campaign, 25 hours to 100% it.
Alas, there is no innovation or evolution in the main mechanics, feeling kind of trite, the writing is bad, and the overall structure uninteresting. The city is nice at first but it’s lacking more differentiated districts.

Thanks! There’s not anything here to make me jump at a purchase, but I do like the idea of a smaller, more constrained game that returns to the stealth-and-planning modus of the series’s roots. Like many others here, I’ll probably do a month of Ubi+ at some point to check it out.