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Assassin's Creed: Mirage review


 
A mesmerizing return to the series!
 

Developer: Ubisoft Bordeaux, Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

Reviewed on: PC

Also available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One & iOS

Release Date: 5th October 2023

Rating: MA15+

Price: $64 JB HiFi

 

Assassin's Creed: Mirage is a triumphant return to the roots of the franchise, a nostalgic nod to the classic Assassin's Creed games that many of us fell in love with. What sets Mirage apart is its dedication to recapturing the essence of stealth and intrigue that made the early titles so iconic.



This instalment also holds an interesting treat for fans of the series - the return of Basim, a character we met in Valhalla. His enigmatic presence adds an extra layer of mystery to the narrative, tying the Assassin's Creed universe together in a satisfying way.


What truly sets Mirage apart was its return to focus on stealth and subterfuge over outright action. It's a game where the thrill of the hidden blade and the art of blending into the bustling streets of historic Baghdad take centre stage. The feeling of being a true assassin, lurking in the shadows and striking from the darkness, is remarkably well-captured. The AI enemies aren’t overly challenging, but they still present a good battle, and it is still satisfying as ever to chain sneak attacks together and hide the bodies amongst the florae. The free running/parkour feels effortless and very well done and makes moving around the world a breeze.



The visuals are incredibly impressive as always, and Ubisoft yet again have perfected the environment, with lifelike realism and incredible detail everywhere you look. The world of Mirage is a masterpiece of design. The vibrant streets of ancient Baghdad, with their bustling markets and intricate architecture, are breathtakingly brought to life. Graphics-wise, I didn’t encounter really any bugs, or glitches, and the game ran on my PC at a solid 80-90fps on Ultra settings. I personally chose to play the game in the Arabic language, which really helped the immersion. The attention to detail in the language, architecture, and ambiance is nothing short of remarkable.


Assassin's Creed: Mirage doesn't just revisit the past; it reinvigorates the series with the soul of the old games while introducing fresh elements. If you're yearning for a return to the golden era of Assassin's Creed and a chance to explore the beautifully crafted world of historic Baghdad, Mirage is an experience you won't want to miss. It's a triumphant comeback for the franchise and a testament to its enduring appeal. If you have been yearning for the original feel of Assassins Creed, Mirage is a perfect shaped hole to fill that spot.





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