Assassin's Creed III (NA)
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The American Colonies, 1775. It’s a time of civil unrest and political upheaval in the Americas. As a Native American assassin fights to protect his land and his people, he will ignite the flames of a young nation’s revolution.
Assassin’s Creed® III takes you back to the American Revolutionary War, but not the one you’ve read about in history books.
- As a Native American assassin, eliminate your enemies with guns, bows, tomahawks, and more!
- Join the Continental Army in a war for our freedom. With your comrades at your side, hunt down the British redcoats through chaotic city streets, and engage in full-scale military assaults in the wilderness. Experience the real war that shaped our nation.
- Experience the truth behind the most gruesome war in history: the American Revolution.
- Introducing the Anvil Next game engine, the stunning new technology that will revolutionize gaming with powerful graphics, lifelike animations, immersive combat, and advanced physics.
A new take on the franchise, but not one everybody can love.Shodex | April 15, 2014 | See all Shodex's reviews »
Assassin's Creed III, at the core of it's gameplay doesn't stray far from it's predecessors. The combat, free running, and other elements of Assassin's Creed are all there and while tweaked slightly, they remain very much so unchanged. But after three games with fan favourite assassin, Ezio Auditore, we're finally getting a new setting and a new assassin. We've jumped from renaissance Italy to America during the revolutionary war, and the new assassin is a half Native American named Ratonhnhaké:ton (or, thankfully, just Connor).
ACIII has a much slower and narrative driven start than before. You'll start the game in London, playing as a man named Haytham Kenway. You'll quickly be leaving England for the new world by ship, however. On board this ship is where the game tutors you on the basic gameplay, and while some interesting things do happen this sequence drags on much longer than it needs to. Eventually you will arrive however and the game will open up to something more familiar, you'll be scaling buildings and swashbuckling for a time before the story shift's over to it's poster boy, Connor.
The game slows down a lot at this point as Connor is just a young boy when you first meet him, living among a tribe of other Natives. The game again will spend some time teaching you some of the new things. You'll be taught how to free run though a forest like you would a city, hunt animals properly, etc. This sequence also drags on a bit, but before long catastrophe will find Connor and he'll be driven from home, this is where he meets his mentor and trains to become an Assassin.
An immediate criticism I have with ACIII is it's linearity, there are very few (if any) missions where you just have a target in the middle of a bustling crowd where you have to figure out an effective way to open his throat and escape. Missions all seem to just be a set of scripted events leading you through a series of action sequences, and while that can be fun I think it loses sight of what AC is all about. The action scenes are more grounded than before as well, ACIII takes a more serious and gritty approach which I'm perfectly okay with but I can't help but miss the sheer over the top nature of Ezio's adventures. Basically, ACIII has no crazy renassiance hang gliders and tanks like in ACII and the other Ezio games. This isn't a problem in itself, but it can leave ACIII seeming boring in comparison.
Opinions will differ, but I personally found the story to be a lot stronger this time around. Ezio is still by far the most entertaining assassin, but Connor is interesting. He's hot blooded and naive, he lacks Ezio's suave perfection and becomes more sympathetic as a result. The main villain, whose name I won't reveal for sake of spoilers, is the best in the franchise and provided a very interesting conflict. It's a slower, more grounded and serious story, and this turned a lot of people off but I personally found it very engaging. Personal taste will determine how you enjoy ACIII in the end.
All in all it's a solid entry to the franchise, but it has it's problems as most things do. It's not a perfect game, but it is one worth playing.
Adequate but dissapointingCgtitan5 | April 15, 2014 | See all Cgtitan5's reviews »
When I first heard of AC3 I was excited because I absolutely love history, especially American History. Although the setting and history elements are great, the gameplay is subpar. I loved the beginning part of the game because of Haytham. In my opinion Haytham is one of the only redeeming qualities this game has. Haytham like Connor are the characters you get to play as, with Connor being the main protagonist and the one you play as most of the time.
AC3 in my opinion adds far less than what AC2 and Brotherhood did. I also feel that Connor just doesn't live up to the awesomeness that was Ezio. The graphics for AC3 are great but the fps does seem erratic at times, especially in major cities. A good thing about AC3 is the combat mechanics. The combat is much simpler and enjoyable than a lot of the other AC games. Overall I am not sure I would recommend this game unless you really want to play all the AC games.
A little too much to handle at times...damienjameswebb | Feb. 21, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
I did like the enhanced gameplay and story depth.... but there was just too much stuff to do there was an almost GTA level of over complexity in regards to extra stuff you can do. the assassin's games to me are much better when it's focused more on the story, i didn't like getting sidetracked by managing your estate. Assassin's 2 was probably the best use of estate management in the fact that it was a simple, straitforward way to make extra money to buy weapons, ammo, etc. AC3 just never got close...
in any case, this is still a good game. the free running is fluid, and the story is really intense and makes you wanna keep playing. it has some flaws, but it's still worth playing (especially for the sailing parts).
Rather Pointlesschataolauj | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
Other than the you playing as Desmond and doing all these things outside of the animus, this game is kind of pointless. The beginning of the game was pretty good, but as you keep on playing, you feel like you don't really want to play anymore; you feel like playing only to see the ending. Conor's personality made the game worse than it already was. Conor never really made his own choices throughout the game. He basically listened to his father or the old, black dude (don't remember his name). His point of view is pretty stupid compared to Altair's and Ezio's, but I guess Ubisoft was trying to make Conor different from them. It's still worth a buy, but only for a lower price than what it's currently priced at.
More interesting story from a North Americain.sergebelanger22 | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »
In this one, you play as Connor, a metis who wants to save his village from the British and gives freedom to all. This is the first time that the action goes on this side of the Atlantic. It feels very different to run in Boston and New-York, compared to what we are used to (Constantinople,Jerusalem, etc...). It feels refreshing to see French and English soldiers fighting in this series. There is a small recap at the beginning of the game, but you might want to read more on the story before starting if you care about the story. If not, you will miss a lot of reference throughout the game.
There is not a lot of new weapons though. You use your tomahawk, but it is used more or less the same as the other weapons. The combat is pretty much the same as before, however some combats will be harder than before.
A new addition is that you can craft some items to either sell them of offer them to specific people in order to complete side quests. Speaking of this, there are a lot of side quests which lengthen the game by 3 at least. Most of them at least gives you a little something, so you may want to do them. Just do not get all the feathers. This is the only thing that should not be done in my opinion.
The part with Desmond is still weird, but the end needs to be reached with him or you will miss a big part.
They added naval missions which are very fun. You really feel like you are having the power when you sink the other vessels.
They also added hunting. You can hunt deer, beaver, etc.. I did not really care about this, except to complete some side quests.
There were few bugs encountered, but only once it was an issue. I was stuck in a waterfall and I died. Other that that, the bugs are only cosmetics, so I do not really mind.
In the end, AC3 needs to be played for the story and for all the stuff that it contains. It really looks good forward.