Assassin's Creed 3 Review

Hello everyone, now I'm sure that many of you might have played at least 1 of the 5 Assassin's Creed titles. From 1-Revelations you have played an Assassin's Creed title, either that or a friend has told you about the series.

Recently though after Assassin's Creed II Ubisoft continued the story of Ezio from AC II with Brotherhood and Revelations, however these titles came to us at the same rate a new COD was released. A new year a "new" Assassin's Creed game,Brotherhood was AC 2.5 and Revelations was AC 2.6, these titles offered nothing new or changed the way we play Assassin's Creed and instead simply finished off Ezio's story.

Assassin's Creed III which was released last year and this time is ACTUALLY a new Assassin's game, if there is anyone who is hesitating on playing AC III let me tell you now, it is worth your time and money.

Let's begin with the review of Assassin's Creed III.

Story
AC III's story continues Desmond's struggle to find a way to stop the end of the world from happening.

In order to do so he goes into the Animus again to discover where an amulet is, this amulet is a key to a door they find in the ruins of an abandoned vault of the ancient civilization before them.

Set in Colonial America Desmond's ancestor Connor Kenway, is the son of a Templar but is trained as an Assassin. The Templar Order is helping the British take control of America by giving them money and weapons, Connor discovers this and rallies with General George Washington to  fight the British while also hunting down his father and making sure America is free of the Crown and Templar Control.

Connor as a new character is very troubled and aggressive. He's the son of a father he's never met and is his enemy, Connor is a vengeful Assassin and sometimes makes him a very unliked character at points in the story.

He sometimes comes off as too aggressive in the story but at some points very smart and calm, he's very patriotic at points and speaks greatly of freedom for the people of America and end to British rule. He's not as charming as Ezio but is much more outspoken and forceful of what should be done in order to win the day.

He's also troubled because his mother was killed during a fire at his village when he was a boy, to later realize his father might have been the one who ordered to burn the village down. He has an internal conflict of whether he should actually kill the father he's never met or ignore his feelings to complete the mission.

Presentation
Assassin's Creed III is MASSIVE!

By far Assassin's Creed III is the biggest Assassin's Creed and looks amazing. Colonial America re-visioned into digital presentation has never looked better, the new engine used Anvil Next, adds great detail to the world of Assassin's Creed but has the occasional graphical glitch.

Missing environments such as cliff sides, trees and sometimes the ground are minor glitches you will see in the game but it makes sense considering how big the world is combined with the magnificent attention to detail these glitches are understandable.

Frame rate does get dicey at times but it's an extremely rare occasion that it might as well not even be a problem.

Gameplay


Assassin's Creed III plays like an Assassin's Creed game but has a much more fluent and innovative approach to how we play the game and what we're able to do in the environment around us.

Almost anything you see in the game can be used to climb and everywhere you see, you can explore.

The Frontier map for instance is a map in which you can climb mountains, rise up in the trees to hunt both man and beast as Ezio would to hunt his target.

Connor is more agile and aggressive with his combat and running abilities, climbing the roof tops of Colonial America feels just as fun as it was climbing the roof tops of Renaissance Italy but is enhanced with the fluidity of Connor.

New to Assassin's Creed is hunting, Connor was raised to be a hunter and a warrior and his training reflects in game, Connor can inspect clues on the ground or on trees and bushes telling him what animal was recently here.

Hunting is used almost like it is in Red Dead Redemption but serves a purpose like it did in Far Cry 3. Animal pelts, claws and specific items you can obtain from killing the animals can be used to craft special items for Connor, such as bigger arrow quivers, bigger pistol cartridge capacity and the ability to carry two pistols as well as unique weapons that can only be made through the Crafting system.

Side missions are varied and plenty, if you don't want to run through the main story quickly and take your time to enjoy the game you are looking at an extra 7-9 hours to assassinate targets through Assassin Contracts, hunting down rare animals, taking down British forts, liberating districts of Boston and New York from Templar Control, finding specific items for NPCs you find in the world and expanding your Homestead with unique characters that have specific and certain skills useful for Connor to create medicine or trading supplies to earn extra money on the side as well as Crafting special items.

Almost like the Villa in AC II the Homestead is your big hideout for you to meet characters through out the story to make items and supplies for Connor to use or to trade with shops in the world. These characters you meet can make specific items based on their specialty, medicine, metal work, clothing, food etc.

Fighting enemies in AC III is more or less the same as it has been in the last few AC games. Block, attack, dodge, counter and so on.

If you've played Revelations down to the first Assassin's Creed you will know how to fight opponents in AC III with the only thing new to learn is the controls.

If you want to complete only the main story it should roughly take you about 13-14 hours, but if you add side missions and tasks you're looking at 20-22 hours or more of gameplay.

Multiplayer
The multiplayer is the same it has been from Brotherhood but is improved with quicker search time for matches and introduces several new modes.

Wolf Pack is one of the new modes and allows you and 3 other players to kill targets as a team to earn points in order to keep the game going by reaching high Sequences(Rounds) the more points you and your team earn the longer the match can go on.

However for this mode you NEED to find 3 other friends with AC III to get the full experience of this mode, if you play with random players you will get a selfish player who will run throughout the map and kill the targets, alerting them of your team's presence and causing them to flee, spreading them out and around the map causing the rest of the team to run, loose time, earn less score and then kill the targets.

These players will do this to probably just have bragging rights and being at the top of the leaderboard and being the featured player.

In Wolfpack you MUST earn better score to progress through the sequences, if one player breaks up the pack of targets then it's harder on everyone to make up for the lost score and keep the game going.

The rest of the multiplayer is the same as the last versions of the multiplayer, stalk the map to find your target, kill and make sure you're stalker is not close to you.

I don't care much for it, to me the multiplayer is out of place, you don't buy a new AC game for the multiplayer, you buy it for the single player.

The Verdict
Assassin's Creed III does well in it's story, graphic presentation and gameplay. However it's multiplayer is out of place and to a certain extent is pointless, I can't think of a strong solid reason to keep playing the AC multiplayer, unless you enjoyed the multiplayer from Brotherhood and Revelations.

If you're an Assassin's Creed fan that wants an Assassin's Creed that was just as good as Assassin's Creed II was, then this is the Assassin's Creed game for you.

Assassin's Creed III earns a solid 8 out of 10

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