Awhile back I complained about the Assassin's Creed franchise's treatment of the Catholic Church. Though I love all games in the series, I believe that Assassin's Creed 2 and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, take too many gratuitous shots at the Catholic Church and the Catholic religion. Though the Renaissance popes were often villainous (such as the Borgias) that should not reflect on the religion itself or on individual Catholics.
Now I've just gotten Assassin's Creed Revelations, which takes place largely in Ottoman Constantinople about 60 years after the fall of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) capital. I've just started the game. Interesting that so far in the game the Orthodox Christian Byzantines are resurrected as villains while the Muslim Ottomans are treated as heroes. In Assassin's Creed Brotherhood the corrupt Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his son Cesare ruled Rome. Since as the assassin you are trying to liberate Rome, in that sense making them villains makes sense. In Assassin's Creed Revelations, even though Constantinople is the Ottoman capital, your goal is to liberate it from ... the Byzantines. Huh? It's like the designers of Assassin's Creed are determined to make Christians the enemy.
Some of it I get. Some of it. The underlying villain in the series, the Templars, are ostensibly an order of Christian warrior monks who became an international conspiracy. However, the fawning treatment of the Ottomans in Assassin's Creed Revelations is a bit too much for anyone who has actually studied the Ottomans.
The Ottomans were devotees of religious pluralism, the game says. Indeed, becoming a Muslim was not required -- so long as you lived in special areas called millets (the Ottoman version of the dhimmi) and payed special taxes. The Serbs and the Greeks in particular found the taxes crushing and the experience horrible. The legacy of Ottoman rule and the determination of Christian Orthodox Serbs to never again live under the rule of Muslims (Such as the Bosnians and the Albanians) played no small part in the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990's. The game says that upon the conquest of Constantinople the sultan loved the Hagia Sophia so much that he turned it into a mosque but otherwise left it largely intact. Unfortunately, changing what was then the largest church in Christendom into a mosque doesn't exactly scream "religious tolerance;" such tactics have been used by Muslims over the centuries to supercede other religions (think Dome of the Rock and al- Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Babri Mosque on the site of the Hindu Temple of Ram in Ayodhya, India).
Like I said, I'm early in the game, and the game is, all other things being equal, excellent overall, but I can't help but notice the politically correct disparity in treatment of religions here.