Assassin’s Creed III proves to be a game first of its kind; no, not in terms of gameplay but in terms of a brilliant setting and great attention to detail. This game is positioned right in the heart of the American Revolution. The protagonist Connor has blood from both sides, with a mother as one of America’s Natives and a father from across seas. After great surprises unfold within the story, the player will learn that Connor is the new face of fairness in the never-ending war between the Assassin’s and their sworn enemy, the Templars. Players are playing through a game that mirrors a history book. Although not every aspect is true, the events that people end up playing through are so close to accuracy that the learning experience can be considered nearly ground-breaking. Assassin’s Creed III takes gamers on a journey through time, with one of the most exciting, striking and outstanding Assassin’s Creed games to date.
Like always Assassin’s Creed has demonstrated to be another amazing installment to the fast growing franchise but what sets Assassin’s Creed III apart from the other installments? We are talking about a series that has never done a thing to let gamers down with one of their titles; a game that puts so much focuses on detail it could be one of the only game the reaches nearly perfect every time. Could there be something wrong with a game with so much praise?
Going into too much detail revolving around even the beginning stages of the story could be considered a spoiler. To touch base a little about what players will be dealing with we will say two powerful words: remarkable and astonishing. Assassin’s Creed III’s story can be described as both these strong terms because the game simply does not fall short of impressive. This is a story that so greatly respects the classic Assassin’s Creed feel yet it brings on new twists that players could have never fathomed. Getting to know Connor and the past around him becomes an enjoyment all on its own. Although we will not spoil any part of the story for our readers, expect to control more than just Desmond and Connor.
After the loads of information presented to players pre-launch in terms of trailers and press releases, there are still surprises around nearly every corner despite the players thinking they know what to expect. How predictable the game can be with the historical events timeline things turn out to be so unpredictable when it comes to actual elements of the story. The player will take part in events that they previously only knew through a history book. The player watches history unfold right in front of their eyes with facts along with believable fantasy. The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill; these are just a few of the things that the player will be able to see unfurl on screen. The historical accuracy is a praise point all on its own but the fantasy that is added with the Assassins and Templars turn out to feel like they were actual parts of history all on their own.
The story isn’t all good for every player however. At times, even with all its greatness, there seems to be parts that have been missed or left untold. These are some important corners that shouldn’t have been cut that can leave the player wondering about the next events that take place. Although, not often does this happen, even at the end of the game players will wonder about ‘that one thing that happened at that one part’ or ‘why did that one person do that’. It is questions like these that tend to go annoyingly unanswered but that also probably do not play a vital role in the overall story of the game. Despite the great attention to detail it can be seen that aspect of the game just weren’t all tied up the way some would have expected them to be.
Also to note, any new player of the series might want to take part in previous Assassin’s Creed titles before jumping into Assassin’s Creed III. They are all great games and the reason why we advice this is not because Connor’s story won’t be understood but just so that the full effect of this glorious game can be achieved. Background knowledge of who the Assassins are and what their cause is along with information on the Templars is a perk when playing through Assassin’s Creed III. Having a little information on the series past is the only way one could get the full effect of the circumstances that take place. Assassin’s Creed III was obviously not made for those new to the series but we did think it was important to make note of this in our review in case any of our readers were captivated from commercials and trailers instead of the greatness of Assassin’s Creed past.
One of the biggest parts of Assassin’s Creed is getting to know the protagonist. In this title it is known that the player will take control of a brand new assassin named Ratohnhaké:ton. This man is half British and half Native American. He grows up in a Native American tribe who accepted him despite his mixed ethnicity. Later he needed to fit in with the colonist and adopted the name that most people know him by as Connor. His heritage is of much importance to him, as is the land and people of his village. It is instantly clear where his heart lays. The player will first meet Connor as a child. His adolescence show how naive he once was and how he grows into the determined hot-headed assassin as we know him.
Connor’s attitude plays a big role in whether a player will love him or hate him. He isn’t how one would predict him to be but then again he is. He is someone with a truly good sole, even when it comes to killing people, which is a surprise to the no-remorse way players may have preferred him to be. Connor cares about the earth, the land and nearly every individual. If they don’t have to die then why kill them is common in his emotion… Unless the player forces him to kill then I guess he has to. He has every capability to kill, every skill necessary to kill and yet that is not his preferred route to take. This isn’t typical to what a player would assume an assassin to be which is odd but it seem true to his native heritage.
Growing up with Connor forces players to love and get to know him as a character. The player will learn to hunt as a teenager with Connor, daringly climb trees and become an assassin right there with him. It is as if the player is there with Connor, experiencing his experiences and learning from childhood mistakes. There isn’t a part in the game where it seems as if he has just gotten good on his own because you are there with him training to be an assassin. Assassin’s Creed III lets the player know Connor before he is sent on his task to track down the Templars, giving an instant emotion attached to the character.
One of the beauties in Assassin’s Creed III is the great attention to detail. Just as was mentioned above this is definitely one of Assassin’s Creed III’s strong suits. Not only are the graphics stunning but the things that the player will see in the environment are exactly to how it would be in that time period. The building structure is accurate, the landscape is well done, and the weather even changes. It is details like the ones you will see in Assassin’s Creed III that are just not taken to the correct extent in competitor titles. If there is one thing that every player should be able to agree on it is the work the development team put into detail in this title.
Even though some might say there is little importance to the things we are about to mention this illustrates one of the most ‘revolutionary’ aspect of the game. First of all, there are animals everywhere. The extent of animals in Assassin’s Creed III goes beyond just having a few select critters to hunt. There are not only hunting species like bears, wolves and mountain lions but there are domestic animals like cows, chickens and pigs. Connor can interact with each different species in a different way, aside from hunting. It is so rare to have a game that has so much detail that the player can see that dogs and cats don’t tend to get along. Not only does it seem like the animals interact with Connor but it is as if they interact with each other. It is details like these that slightly enhance gameplay and that more players should notice.
Another cool detail to pay attention to in Assassin’s Creed III is the ages of those around you. It is not uncommon in the gaming industry to see a game that only has adults of a certain age. Often times it is as if different ages don’t exist but that is not the case in Assassin’s Creed III. In this game the player will encounter characters, even just simply pedestrians of all ages. Although the orphan children trying to get your attention of the street will more often than not get in your way it is still neat to see a game take the characters in the world around them and age progression into consideration. Under no means has Assassin’s Creed III perfected having humans of all ages as part of the setting but it is definitely a step in the right direction for all games out there.
Now that we have taken care of paying tribute to the details that most players probably have little to no care about we thought we would touch base with a more interesting topic to most, graphics. The graphics of this game are amazing. The scenery is something to look at and this could be the best water we have ever witnessed. Each and every brick on buildings seem to be in place perfectly and the colors match. The graphics in this game are great to the point of fibers on the redcoat’s jackets.
Toward the beginning of the game it is pretty apparent to any Assassin’s Creed fan that the controls are slightly different. With that being said, this is neither a good nor a bad thing. Once the game is all broken in, being able to find your way around the controller will be very easily. One of the minor things that will take a little while to get used to is the menu where weapons can be changed. This again is neither a good or bad thing, just something that might take a little bit of time to get in full swing with. Since we have mentioned the menu it is important to also note that the main start menu is something to brag about. In this menu there is the wonderful option to read through a data base filled with actual historical facts that have been recently played through. This area of the game is filled with events, people and landmarks that would be notable to the time period. Something like this adds so much to the game because it lets the player control how in-depth they wish to take their knowledge of the events that take place and the game as a whole.
There are so many different abilities and weapons at the player’s disposal. Assassin’s Creed III probably has the most skills and weapons of all the titles in the series. Connor is well equipped and he has many different ruthlessly violent attack and finishing move with each weapon. One of the weapons that is the most useful and interesting is Connors tomahawk. This is so recognizable to the Native American culture which makes it so logical of a weapon choice without lacking any cool factors. Along with the tomahawk Connor has many other weapon options however; one could never go wrong with the Assassin’s Creed classic, the hidden blades.
There are also many side missions that the player can take part in aside from the actual story. This is added into the vast open-world aspect of the game. As the games open-world is something to admire some of the side quests can come across a bit repetitive. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things to do but they all aren’t unique and different. It is not uncommon for the player to be asked to do the same thing within minutes of performing that same task. For example, while running through New York a farmer stops Connor to ask for help in protection while he harvests his crops. Once the side mission is accepted and complete the player is let out into the world again. After continuing on the marry way for a brief moment an identical farmer runs up from the neighboring far asking the very same question. This is common in gaming just a little repetitive and disappointing to see. Although, this is something that doesn’t happen very often it is still something that could have been brushed up on.
Other than side missions, the player has a world of options to take part in aside from the story of the game. There are hidden pages and feathers to collect, land to synchronize, and seas to sail so the player will almost never have anything to do in Assassin’s Creed III. This is a long game, not only in terms of story but with everything one could take part in aside from that. The game is definitely wroth the amount it cost compared to games of the same price out there. This is a game well worth the buck for what it offers the player.
Assassin’s Creed III also offers players a great multiplayer mode. This is one of the most unique yet sort of relaxed multiplayer modes in the gaming industry. It can be considered competitive and addicting straight from the get go. Most multiplayer types are set up sort of like a game of hide and seek. The player is put on a target to kill and it is their job to kill that target without making the mistake of killing a civilian. It goes far more in depth than that but that’s the just of things. There are of course abilities to aid the player in finding out whose who and a wonderful tutorial system.
The tutorial for the multiplayer mode helps new players understand the way this multiplayer is supposed to be played. Instead of throwing noobs out into a harsh community of people who know how to play they are taught the steps they need to take to score well. It’s a nice way to help new players get on their feet before being pushed down.
Unlike most titles out there this is not the type of multiplayer you need to dedicate your life to in order to stand a chance because it weighs players equally despite their level. As players level up they do unlock new skills but not to the degree of those with higher levels having a total advantage over a newer player. Most of the things that can be unlocked are in terms of look and weapon choice that can be unlocked with points earned through multiplayer games. With that being said this doesn’t give up the opportunity of a game company being money hungry because the same items that can be purchased with hard work and effort can also be purchased straight out of the players wallet if their desire. This comes to be unfortunate news for those who work for what they earn and a negative point to make about a nearly perfected multiplayer game type.
There are so many different types of games to play in the multiplayer mode, most of which are extremely fun but some in which are not at all. No game is perfect and although Assassin’s Creed III is making a close stride to that statement there is just no way of reaching that length. The game presents a unique experience that is welcome to players old and new. The multiplayer portion of this game is fun and should be tried by anyone who buys the game.
In conclusion, Assassin’s Creed III was a truly impressive title that we believe most players will enjoy. This is a game that offers so much in terms of story and does its best to not fall sort in graphics, side missions and multiplayer. Assassin’s Creed III is a game well worth it to buy because of how much it offers players. If you are interested in the game buy it, don’t rent it because there is no way that the player can get a significant amount of the game tried in a short period of time. Also new players should again be wary of the title because there will be certain parts that might be tough for a new comer to understand when it comes to story but that does not mean the game won’t be enjoyed. The open-world aspect is a true beauty and the multiplayer is addictive. This game comes so close to perfections it almost scary… in a good way. So sit back, relax and enjoy your journey back to the American Revolution with a copy of Assassin’s Creed III; it is worth it!