Game Review

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion – Engaging, Fun, and Full of Good Ideas

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a small and enjoyable game featuring novel gameplay. Still, it rapidly reveals that you will have to grind a lot to proceed.

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion: Essentials

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion was developed and published by Ubisoft Entertainment. It was initially released on November 20, 2018. Since then, it has been downloaded over 5 million times on Google Play alone, where it currently sits at a 4.3 out of 5-star rating with more than 345 thousand votes. On the iTunes App Store, the game has 4.7 out of 5 stars with around 1.6k user reviews. These numbers show that the game is still fairly popular among the gaming audience, so let’s dive deeper and see what AC Rebellion has to offer.

Gameplay

Rebellion is a strategy-action role-playing game, not like the standard AC games. Your team of up to three assassins will be sent on numerous infiltration missions as part of the game’s fundamental gameplay. You will be given a variety of goals to achieve while on missions in order to finish them. Each task can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Depending on your preference, you can either try to force your way through the entire process from beginning to end or take a sneaky approach and sneak past certain foes while killing those you cannot escape.

Each task is broken down into a number of rooms, and most of the time, you can choose the path you wish to pursue. You can occasionally take a side trip to gather some supplemental treasures or materials that will aid you in your journey. You may encounter hazardous traps or locked chests while playing, and if you manage to avoid them, you will receive extra rewards. 

You can acquire a variety of characters from the Assassin’s Creed franchise in Rebellion because it is a role-playing game. This is easily accomplished by getting DNA snippets for each character. Sometimes you can find these bits as rewards for quests or in DNA cubes that you can buy for small amounts of money.

Each character you acquire is appropriate for a particular role. Some are skilled at slipping past foes unnoticed, leaping, and killing them. Some characters prefer to deal with enemies head-on, and they work best when your enemies cannot escape them. Some are adept at picking locks and disarming traps. All things considered, you will typically want to put together a team that can handle any scenario.

The gameplay itself is pretty basic and straightforward to comprehend. Each mission will start in a primary room; from there, you can decide which character to assign to handle the next room and where to go next. The neighboring rooms’ adversaries, traps, and obstacles will be visible to you, but you can only send one of your characters to deal with them. Therefore, it’s crucial to know what each of your characters excels at and to make the most of those skills. For instance, until the player can disable the traps, you shouldn’t send them into the room with them.

Another gameplay element is the Headquarters, where you will spend some time between missions. You can construct and improve a variety of rooms here to advance. For instance, you can level up your characters and enhance their stats in the Training Room. In addition, you can create different weapons with the help of a weaponsmith to equip your characters and more. Also, keep in mind that you will need to gather various materials in order to create weapons for your characters and improve them. 

Game Atmosphere

This is one of Rebellion’s positive aspects. While playing the game, you will undoubtedly sense an Assassin’s Creed vibe. You will experience a rush and a sense of accomplishment each time you successfully assassinate an enemy, disable multiple traps, or open a treasure chest. Additionally, the majority of the characters from the original games are accurately portrayed in Rebellion, and both their advantages and disadvantages work well in the game. 

Still, some of the missions will become monotonous at times, which may have a detrimental impact on the overall atmosphere, but this is true of most hero-collection RPGs. Grind will sometimes be required to enhance your characters and upgrade your Headquarters. Let’s face it: grinding can be tedious for some individuals, but as previously stated, it is a feature of nearly every modern gacha game. 

Yet, to spice things up, you can play one of three different kinds of missions. 

  1. You can get Codexes for training your characters through Standard missions, which you can earn. 
  2. You can build gear using the various resources you find throughout loot missions. 
  3. You can obtain DNA shards from Legacy tasks required to unlock new heroes. 

In addition to this, there are time-limited special Event objectives. You can unlock some recognizable characters from the AC franchise, including Kassandra, Alexios, Edward Kenway, Altar, and many others.

But the atmosphere is only enhanced by the sound effects that work really well with the overall theme. The sounds of your characters assassinating unsuspecting adversaries are delightful, and some of the skills have fantastic sound effects. This adds to the full immersion and is yet another one of the best aspects of Rebellion.

Artwork

If you think everything so far is too good to be true, cut it because, unfortunately, the graphics aren’t all that great. 

While all the characters are depicted amusingly, the models appear to be from the PS1 era of gaming. The characters all have low-poly models, the animations aren’t very appealing or flashy, and the overall graphics are a significant letdown compared to the rest of what Rebellion has to offer. Granted, this was most likely done to minimize production costs and make the game more accessible for low-end devices. Still, graphics are one of the most crucial aspects of the gaming experience in today’s day and age. The game’s appearance, which appears to have been discovered in a time capsule buried 20+ years ago, is unlikely to appeal to everyone as is.

Still, other individuals find the overall graphic style entertaining and cute, and having the game appear the way it does won’t damage the overall experience for them. 

Tech Compatibility

When it comes to requirements, these aren’t exceptionally high, and most recent smartphones will easily be able to run the game. 

For Android users, the minimum requirement is a smartphone that supports Android 4.3, while the bare minimum for iOS users is iOS 9.0

Still, it’s worth noting that the game isn’t as polished as it should be, and many people have reported bugs, crashes, and other issues while playing it. These can seriously degrade the overall gameplay experience. Fortunately, the developers are making every effort to issue updates regularly, and many of the bugs are being addressed with each new version. 

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion: F2P or P2P

Should I pay, or should I play?

This, of course, is purely subjective. You should be OK if you are the type of person who doesn’t mind taking their time to get through the game. However, in order to proceed through the game, you will need to grind a lot, and most of that grind may be avoided by purchasing various packs via microtransactions. 

So, if you don’t mind taking things slowly and playing the game during your daily breaks, you’ll be OK as a free-to-play player. Even still, some of the events may be difficult for F2P gamers. For example, when many of the iconic AC characters can only be obtained through these events, it can be highly annoying not to be able to gain them without spending money. 

Aside from that, it’s worth noting that the game will frequently throw popups at you, offering you various packs that will help you progress. Unfortunately, these popups can be highly obtrusive at times and will indeed harm many gamers’ gameplay experiences. 

Review Summary

Overall, Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a good game that brings together the majority of the familiar characters from the Assassin’s Creed franchise and allows you to form some of the most unlikely teams of heroes. Definitely recommended for all franchise fans.

Interesting gameplay, but low progression and too repetitive.

4
Our grade:
4

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