The latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed series. Does it live up to its hype?
Story: The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series is always split into 2 parts.
Present Time: It follows Desmond Miles, a modern day assassin who needs to find pieces of Eden and stopping an evil corporation, Abstergo, the modern day Templars, who wants to rule the world. In this one, the world is coming to an end, its up to Desmond to find the pieces of Eden and stop it!
Ancestor’s Time: The second part is reliving the past through Desmond’s ancestors, the Assassins and their fight against the Templars. ‘AC3’ introduces a new assassin, a half Native American, Half British, Ratonhnhake:ton (Ra-doon-ha-kay-doon, i believe is pronounced) or Connor Kenway. We follow him through his struggle and fight against the Templars during the American Revolution.
Presentation: The series is known for its open world gameplay and platforming, where you can climb pretty much any building you want. You could do the main story missions or go exploring and get secrets. There is always many secrets to discover in the games, taking advantage of the open world and being able to explore.
Graphics: The graphics in this game are amazing! Everything just looks nice. The towns look like the towns back then and forest, even though there isn’t anything too exciting there, it still looks amazing. There are a few graphical glitches and other kinds. I killed a bear with a poison dart and he went flying off the cliff, one time, i got shot and Connor went flying, there is also a guy at a bar that he is sitting in mid air and every 5 secs, he spins around. Some of this glitches are noticeable, some not so noticeable but its not anything too bad, they’re actually more funny than anything. Just as long as it gives you a laugh and isn’t a game breaking glitch, like the one in the early copies of ‘Twilight Princess’, then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s a huge game so you will most likely expect some glitches, kinda like ‘Skyrim’.
Sound: The voice acting in the game is good. Nolan North as Desmond, who does an amazing job, as always. Actor Noah Watts voicing the new assassin, Connor, does a good job. The recurring voice actors, as Desmond’s team, do a good job. The other VA as some of the game’s characters, do a good job. Talking like how people talked back then during the American Revolution.
Gameplay: The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series is known for its open world, of being able to run anywhere and being able to pretty much, climb any building and that is no different with AC3. Now, not just can you climb buildings but cliff sides. The controls are pretty much the same but some parts feel different. Running is a 1 button push, instead of pressing R1+X(PS3) or RT+A(360), which can make it easier and you can pick up a weapon while running without missing a beat. The combat has been slightly changed. No more countering like the previous games. Now, you hack and slash through guys and now there is a combat system, which is not too difficult to do, its just a 1 button push but boy does it look awesome! Some of the kills are awesome too watch but are also brutal. I actually said 1 time “damn Connor, relax” lol. There is also a feature that when 2 guys are gonna attack, you can counter and watch a cool animation of Connor killing both of them. Now, guards have guns so they will shoot, especially during combat. To avoid getting shot, you can actually grab another guy and use him as a human shield, leaving you unharmed and doesn’t slow down the fight. There’s also new features like the Naval Battles which is boat fighting, which is actually fun!
Replay Value: Assassin’s Creed always has a lot of replay value and that is no different with AC3. Whether you decide to do it, after you beat the game or during and you just wanna take a break from the main story missions, you can collect secrets. There is many side missions, some that make you beat or kill some guy or go and collect some stuff or turn in something. Some are pretty dumb and/or pointless but are crucial to getting 100%. They brought back the 100% synchronization where, during the main story missions or any mission, they have bonus objective, which will make you do certain tasks: don’t be detected, kill a certain amount of people in a certain way and stuff like that. These can be fun and challenging but some can also be down right hard. AC3 actually has harder ones compared to Brotherhood and Revelations. You can go back and do them to get 100% completion of the game. Another thing you can do is the Naval Battles which are surprisingly fun. I was skeptical when i heard about it but luckily they are option, aside from a story mission where it teaches you about it and they are actually fun. There is a underground for Boston and New York where you go through dark corridors and try to get more openings to travel faster through the cities. The underground offer puzzles to get through, which add extra content to the game. You can also hunt and skin animals to get items. They brought back the guild missions, where you gotta do different tasks for certain guilds. These offer from hunting tasks to killing and thief guilds. The game has A LOT to do, whether during the story or after so it has plenty of replay value, which is vital for Trophies/Achievements and that is perfect for the Trophy/Achievement whores like myself.