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The story sets the stage for an assassin recruit to work with an Animus technician to build a character and take him into the virtual world of cat and mouse as each killer stalks the other.

These tense online encounters for up to eight gamers play out as simple death matches on lush maps where opponents are assigned contracts to kill one another and are awarded points for their use of stealth abilities.

With the incredible selection of third-person action games in 2011 — not limited to inFamous 2, Batman: Arkham City and Gears of War 3 — the release of Assassin’s Creed Revelations easily could be forgotten. That, however, would be a year-ending mistake and deprive any mature gamer of a truly memorable experience.