In the fourth installment of the Assassin's Creed series you will once again be playing as Desmond, Ezio, and Altair. You will have to journey, this time, to Constantinople, as well as a couple other locations. You will spend the majority of the game as Ezio. It will be up to you to take on the quests, and memory sequences to try to fit the pieces back together that you encountered in the previous game. You'll also get the chance to reclaim the city, take back the shops, assassinate many who stand in your way, and perhaps you will once again fall in love.
Graphically this game definitely shows that its willing to try to pump out some good graphics. Sure there are some issues with the cutscenes, most notably the syncing of mouths, but overall they were very well done, and very informative. The character model for Ezio was exactly what I would expect him to look like when he was older, and the several different models of Altair definitely allows you to see even through age he was still a strong individual. There's also the historical figures, now I can't say that they are spot on as I've never seen any of them in real life, but they seem to have the correct cultural influences to make them feel correct.
The music was appropriate for the game. There was of course your usual music, and your battle music. I will also point out that there will be a hushing of the music at certain times, when this occurs check your surroundings, otherwise you might find yourself on a blade, and not in a good way.
The controls were pretty solid for the game, with the introduction of the hook blade control timing was essential in certain sequences. There are times where you're trying to jump further up a wall and if you're not careful you'll push off into nothingness, and there are times where you're trying to line up a jump off a rooftop and Ezio will stumble and cling to the edge, but the majority of the time what you want the controls to do is exactly what they will do.
As stated before you're going to spend the majority of the game in the body of Ezio, well older Ezio, and you'll be journeying to Constantinople. You are going there in search of keys hidden by the Polo family. Now of course the Templars are also looking for said keys so you're going to have to beat them to it. If you can you will be rewarded by entering the library of Altair. Just like Brotherhood you will be able to purchase landmarks, banks, tailors, blacksmiths, etc and all of that will help fund your growing assassin empire in the city. Of course you'll also be tasked with taking back the dens around the city to spread your influence, but that's not too hard if you've played previous games you already know what to do. Sadly you won't get to do much early on in the game but after a while in the city you'll find that the open-ness will become just that. You can take the missions at your own pace. There are plenty of side-missions to keep you occupied as well and they range from assassin guild missions to thief guild missions.
There is just something about this game that had me constantly coming back, I wanted to gain complete control of the city, I wanted to gain complete control of the areas that you can send your assassin's off to, and I wanted to make sure that any enemy unit walking on rooftops accidentally perished from a hidden blade. Now there are a lot of missions in which you have to follow specific rules in order to have 100% sync, and I'm going to tell you right now that even though I didn't complete many 100% that didn't stop me from enjoying myself. Sure there were a couple of times where I swore a bit after a mission because I thought I did just what it said, and just missed out, but in the end, I was able to complete the game at over 50% sync, so that's something, I guess.
If you've played a game earlier in the series and want to know if you should pick this game up the simple answer is yes, this is a very well made game, there's even a little bit of history you can learn about the actual historical people and buildings that you will encounter. Sure the journey of Altair and Ezio are ficticous but that definitely doesn't take away from the fact that you're going to be playing around in history, even if you don't know it. This game is a definite purchase in my opinion, and through the meat of the game, you'll find you're going to enjoy it. I do have to say, however, that the ending will leave you wanting. This game gets a 9.3 out of 10.