Age: Pegi 18
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Review Platform: Xbox 360
To begin this review you should all know that even if this review doesn’t make you want the game, all media about the game would make you want the game. If you was not a huge fan of older Assassins Creed titles but still felt you needed to stay true to the story and complete them, you will be pleasantly surprised.
The game starts off with Desmond Miles, the man who The Ones Who Came Before chosen to save the world at the coming date of 21/12/2012. Once again Juno (from the First Civilization) is leading him on his way to save the world but in order for him to do so he must once again enter The Animus, this time the updated 3.0 version. Connor is the main ancestor for Desmond in this title, the offspring of a Native American and British soldier, looking for justice due to his Mothers murder when he was a child, he looks to leave the village to find his way. Juno calls to him telling him he must find a key and to do so he must seek the Assassin Symbol. Now even as a kid Connor is a bad ass but you do not actually get to play as him for the first few hours of the game which i found quite intriguing because I sat there and wondered who I was playing as. At first it was kind of confusing but I suddenly realised that the man you play as is Haytham, Connors father. After the first few hours of the game the biggest shock occurred for me as the whole time I believed Haytham was the leader of The Assassin Order, until he inducts his right hand man, Charles Lee into The Order … Of the Templars. This part really made me think Haytham was a horrible person but prior to that I thought he was awesome and when I found this out it really pulled me into the story. Throughout the story you meet many different historic figures and you even get the pleasure of working alongside them, George Washington, Commander of the Liberation army, its quite weird because you never really know for a long time whether you’re on their side or not. People always complained about the trailers as you always saw Connor kill only British, I thought people like this were really silly just because he only killed British doesn’t mean that it is all that happens in the game.
I thought that Assassins Creed’s combat reached its Pinnacle at the release of Revelations, such fluent combat in a game was so brilliant that along with the style of Ezio made it more elegant than pure fury. It seems the release of Assassins Creed 3 pushed the bars alot higher than ever before, the combat is so much different than Ezio’s style, it was always said that Ezio’s elegant combat style resembles that of a hawk but what the difference is about Connor is that he more resembles a Wolf rather than a hawk, it just seems that he is more pure brutality equipped with his tomahawk, there really is no need for a sword because you can handle any enemy with it, I only ever found myself equipping a sword just for the different combat style. I found myself getting frustrated on a few occasions just because combat varies with many attackers, countering and disarming becomes impossible and the only way you can fight them is because you have to counter them near a object so you can throw them into it, it really did take me a while to figure that one out. It was quite weird having to climb to the top of trees and churches to Synchronize but in all honesty it purely was a great change. Finally a game where you can climb trees, the way you climb them is just so cool, I found myself in the frontier for many hours at a time thinking “I don’t want to fast travel”, so I found myself mainly taking to the branches, across many lengths of woodland, it was almost like you did not even need to touch the ground at many periods of the game. Now Connor lived on a homestead with his tutor of the Assassin Arts, but they wasn’t alone on the homestead, they had so much time to recruit new members to make the homestead its own community, these people they recruited all had different traits, some would farm, others would mine but all the resources you asked them to gather would be used to create new items for you and you could also use them to craft items and clothing to sell to other merchants in all the cities, with doing that it earned you funds to buy more gear. There came a point in the game where I found myself doing missions for The Hunting Guild, the only problem is that my bow and arrow just would not work anymore, I had the arrows, I had the equipment, I just did not know the problem and I never did find out how.
The Graphics in this game are a huge improvement on the last game, everything about it just looks beautiful, there is not much really I can actually say about it just that it looks so good. The thing which gets me most about the art style is the shadows, so much improvement, I have seen myself just running about on loads of occasions just looking down at the floor seeing my shadow, some games don’t put as much thought into shadows but this game puts just enough in.
Another point to mention about this game is the new naval missions that have been put in. I think that this little mode is one of the best things Ubisoft have done to Assassin’s Creed as it adds a big amount of differentiation between what you are able to do in the franchise now, and it definitely adds an hour or two extra game time. The graphics of the sea, especially when you are caught in a storm are breathtaking and I never got frustrated when using the cannons or pivot guns whereas i would get frustrated with normal combat. There is a story unique to the naval missions also, which adds to the main story so I do recommend playing it all the way through!
Finally we will talk multiplayer, I always find myself only playing the multiplayer just a little bit because every time I play it, on every game, It is always the same, just with a few minor tweaks. This game added something new, Wolf Pack. Me and Marshall found ourselves playing Wolf-Pack a fair few times, the game mode consists of a team of 4 people assassinating targets on different stages of the campaign to earn a score. As you gain more and more skill you level through Sequences, the more points you get, the further through you get, it also means that your going against the clock. There really is not much I can say about the Multiplayer just that over the games it is pretty much the same thing just with a few different modes.