Assassin’s Creed Mirage

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a game by Ubisoft
Platform: PC (2023)
Editor Rating: 8.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.3/10 - 8 votes
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Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed Mirage

When I first heard about Assassin’s Creed Mirage, I was very excited. I am a huge fan of this franchise and for the most part, I have found enjoyment in all of the games that have been released so far. While I do think that Ubisoft has perhaps lost their way just a tad with the focus on RPG like elements in the last game which really took it over, I still enjoyed it. However, I would be lying if I said I was not hyped when it was said that the next game would return things back a bit more to the roots of the series as far as the gameplay goes.

A Coming Of Age Story

One of the most interesting things Assassin’s Creed Mirage has going on for it is the story. It is set in Baghdad during the 9th century and if you played Assassin’s Creed Valhalla you may recognize the main character, Basim Ibn Ishaq. He is basically a street thief who is just living a rather pointless and crime filled life. Until one day, he finds a cause greater than anything he could imagine as he joins the Assassin Brotherhood as he tries to fight against the Templar Order! Ubisoft has promised that the game will be a more “linear” and story focused experience this time around which has me very excited.

Stripping It Back

While I am all in on the story that Assassin’s Creed Mirage is telling, it is the gameplay that has me most excited for this game. Look, I enjoyed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but that was a game that was far too big for its own good. They went way over the top with all the RPG mechanics and with this game they are stripping that back so it is more straightforward. I know this on one hand sounds like a downgrade, but I think this is just what the series needed to give it a shot in the arm and move away from The Witcher/Cyberpunk 2077 style RPG it was becoming.

Making Your Move

They have also said that Assassin’s Creed Mirage will feature a bit more of a classic style of gameplay too. You will have to be much sneakier as you move around the different parts of Baghdad to find the perfect way to take out your target. With parkour and close quarters hand to hand combat being focusses once again, I think that this sounds like it is going to be a much more intimate kind of experience than the last few games in the franchise have offered.

Is It Time To Move On?

From what little we have seen so far; Baghdad looks incredible and is going to make for an excellent playground to run around and assassinate people in. However, Assassin’s Creed Mirage currently is still listed as being available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Look, these games always look great and the last game, Valhalla took things to a whole new level. However, I do wonder if still having these games on the older hardware is going to hold things back in terms of the presentation of the game. It is awesome that those still on those consoles can play the game, but I do wonder what a true next-gen game could look like.

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While Assassin’s Creed Mirage is still a pretty long way away as I write this, it is without a doubt going to be one of the biggest games of 2023. I am loving the whole idea of returning to what the series was before Origins started the RPG style path that Odyssey and Valhalla took to the extremes. I am sure fans of the series will be very hyped for this game when it eventually drops!

Pros:

  • The setting is very cool
  • I am interested in playing as Basim Ibn Ishaq and experiencing his story
  • The gameplay is more like classic Assassin’s Creed and that is cool
  • It is good that Ubisoft has listened to what the fans want

Cons:

  • Those who love the RPG direction in the last few games too may be disappointed
  • Are the last generation consoles holding the game back?

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

While I am a fan of the series, I was actually going to pass over Assassin’s Creed Mirage. I had series fatigue and that is coming from someone who enjoyed the RPG direction the series was going. I was all in on this franchise for many years and to be honest with you, there are far more good games in this series than bad ones. Yet, I was going to give this one a miss, but then my wife surprised me with this for my birthday and I decided to give it a try and I ended up really enjoying it.

“Going Back To Its Roots”

One of the things that had many people excited about Assassin’s Creed Mirage was that before the game came out, we heard the phrase “going back to its roots” over and over again. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was and is a truly massive game, so massive, that it felt over the top and too much for some people. While the RPG stuff and all the numbers is massively scaled back from what we got with Valhalla and even the earlier RPG installment, Assassin’s Creed Origins. Do not go into this expecting something like Assassin’s Creed II or III.

A Heart Of Gold

One of the neat things about Assassin’s Creed Mirage is that this is a game that can stand on its own, but it does also tie into Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Our main character is a young street thief called, Basim Ibn Ishaq. It is basically the story of how he joins the Hidden Ones. He is a fantastic character and it is interesting to see him as a street thief, but with a heart of gold in comparison to the man that we meet and deal with in Valhalla. The game tells a great story and I think that it is one of the better Assassin’s Creed stories of the last few titles. I got a huge kick out of playing as Basim, but you do not need to have played all the way through Vallala to play this, but you will get more out of it if you are already familiar with the series.

Thinking First!

The RPG stuff in the previous game was deemed to much for some people. Assassin’s Creed Mirage scales that back considerably and the game is once again more about stealth than grinding stats so that you can take on certain enemies. I liked sneaking around and thinking about how I was going to attack those who were unaware I was even there! Using the shadows, destructive elements in the environment and more are all a ton of fun, and 99/100, if you get spotted by an enemy, it is because of something that you did. I really enjoyed the gameplay here and hope that Ubisoft makes another Assassin’s Creed game like this. I feel that there is room for both the big RPG style games and also these more scaled back games too.

It Is An Assassin’s Creed Game Afterall

While the gameplay may not be as “grand” as it was in the last few games, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is still a big budget AAA video game and that is most evident in its production values. Yes, there are a few graphical glitches here and there, but for the most part, this game looks spectacular. I love the setting here and the clever use of lighting is really awesome and makes things so much cooler. The voice acting is as always great. The voice acting in this franchise is always something that is so very well done and I honestly feel like it deserves more credit than it gets for it. It helps sell you on the story and the characters even more.

8.5

I get that some people were a little burned out by the franchise, not even because they grew to dislike it, just that Valhalla and the other Assassin’s Creed RPG installments demanded so much time from the player. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is not like that! This is just an awesome 3rd person action/stealth game that may not be exactly like the older games were, but it more than fills the void left by them. I had a blast with this and I would say that it was easily one of my top games of the year!

Pros:

  • I loved playing as Basim Ibn Ishaq
  • The story is engaging and has lots of references to older games
  • The stealth gameplay is exciting and makes you feel badass
  • This is perfect if the more recent games were too much for you

Cons:

  • While it stands on its own, fans of the series will get more out of the story
  • I did experience a few graphical glitches on the PS5 version of the game

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