Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage Review Roundup

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage promises a return to the series roots – find out what the critics think in this Review Roundup!

Assassin's Creed Mirage Review Roundup

The sands of time have shifted once again as Ubisoft’s iconic Assassin’s Creed franchise returns with its latest installment, Assassin’s Creed Mirage. With each new entry, the series manages to transport players to different epochs and civilizations, offering a unique blend of historical accuracy and thrilling action-packed gameplay. Mirage has promised to be no exception, whisking players away to a world of mystery and intrigue set against the backdrop of ancient Baghdad. Let’s take a look at what the critics are saying about Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is an action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Bordeaux and published by Ubisoft. The game is the thirteenth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, with its story centering around Basim Ibn Ishaq, a character who played a major part in the previous Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Set several decades before, Mirage will play-out as something of a personal origin story for Basim.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage released on October 5, 2023 on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and both PlayStation 5 and 4. The game has been marketed as return to the series roots, with a stronger focus on stealth gameplay and the mechanics of being an assassin.

Assassin's Creed Mirage Basim trailer screenshot

Assassin’s Creed Mirage Review Roundup

Looking at a bird’s eye view of the reviews coming in, it appears that critical reception of the game has been mostly positive, though not overflowing with praise. The general consensus appears to be that the game is solid, and that the return to the stealthy playstyle that made the early games in the series so popular is a welcome one. However, the story and characters are lacking in memorable moments and the dialogue can be stiff and formulaic. If you’re still on the fence about purchasing the game yourself, you can head over to OpenCritic which aggregates all of the major critic reviews. At the time of posting, Assassin’s Creed Mirage was sitting at a respectable 76% Critic Recommended.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage’s return to the stealthy style that launched this series doesn’t do everything right, but everything it does feels like it was done with purpose. This means a shorter game with a smaller map, fewer collectibles, smaller scope in combat, and a limited selection of gear to play with. It also means an overly simplistic plot with mostly forgettable characters, but what the story lacks in depth it makes up for with its straightforward quest progression and fast pacing.

IGN – Jarrett Green – 8/10

Mirage gets so close to great that it’s annoying, but also encouraging. It may not be the complete return to form that I imagined, but it’s the best stealth game to ever have the Assassin’s Creed name on it, and I hope Ubisoft sees this new “classic” branch of AC as something to build on.

PC Gamer – Morgan Park – 77/100

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a true prequel to Valhalla, only able to tell a compelling narrative arc for Basim with the knowledge of what he becomes later in life. At the very least, you don’t need an encyclopedic understanding of Assassin’s Creed to appreciate Basim’s growth from a young street thief to a duty-bound assassin to a truth-seeking detective

GameSpot – Jordan Ramée – 6/10

All told, though, Mirage may very well be my favorite entry in the franchise (after Origins). By focusing on stealth and assassinations-as-puzzles, and keeping the map and missions small but layered, Mirage has shed the bloat of its recent predecessors. The result is a more refined game, from a studio that knows when to exercise restraint, and when to let Basim display his violent talents.

Polygon – Tauriq Moosa – Unscored

The resolution of that mystery is unsatisfying and feels like an odd wrap-up to an otherwise self-contained narrative. Concerns about the conclusion aside, I still had a wonderful time in Baghdad’s ancient alleys and palaces. Not everything is perfect, but the “less is more” design philosophy goes a long way to making this one of the most consistently engaging titles within the series for some time.

Game Informer – Matt Miller – 8/10

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