Review: Assassin’s Creed 3
The Christmas triple-A releases are coming thick and fast, most major titles are releasing within the next month and we know you’re looking forward to this one. Assassin’s Creed 3 is finally here in a whole new setting with a whole new character but is this drastic new revamp worth it? Well, you’re just going to have to keep reading to find out.
The historical locations of previous Assassin’s Creed titles were always fascinating; the amount you could learn about 15th century Florence and 16th century Constantinople could suck away days of your life. Assassin’s Creed 3 has decided to take the series a whole new, completely different location. Your new protagonist, Connor is a part English, part native-American during the American revolutionary war.
The war-torn time has also led to quite a change in how the game plays; it’s taken a significantly more action-orientated approach; instead of your goal being to assassinate a single individual, you’ll often find yourself running into larger battles with very little choice but to butcher them all with your insane assassin moves.
Of course, assassination missions are still around but there seems to be a lot less freedom as to how you’re able to take the target down which is disappointing. Don’t worry though, you’ll still be running from point A to B across the vast land as well as stealthily stalking important figures to discover vital information.
The combat system is pretty much exactly how it was in its predecessors, except there are now a tonne of new crazy combinations which can be randomly pulled off against your foes. After many hours with the sword-swinging, bow firing warfare; the movement is notably more fluid and more enjoyable than it previously was.
Even though you do spend the majority of the combat countering your opponents attacks to perform a quick and easy execution. Countering is now significantly easier and allows for more options as the game slows down when you hold the counter button to give you the ability to either kill or grab them to block incoming fire (meat shield).
The new setting has also meant that the free running system has been given a tasty new facelift to allow Connor to elegantly run through the tree tops. Although free running through the city may still be a massive pain in the arse due to how clumsy Connor feels, in the forest he becomes a force to be reckoned with, nothing will stop him from getting to his objective. With very little effort, you’ll swing through the tree tops and glide around trees without even having to think.
Assassin’s Creed always was a beautiful game due to the attention to detail but Assassin’s Creed 3 is the best looking open world game to ever be released on a console and I don’t see this title being taken anytime soon. The first time you climb to the top of a church spire and see everything from busy city centres to snowy forests with the sun setting over the horizon, your jaw will hit the ground; wondering through this stunning world will never get old.
A beautifully detailed world is one thing but the atmosphere of Assassin’s Creed 3 makes it one of the most immersive games I’ve played to date. Every time you wonder through the city streets and hear market vendors shouting about their products or trying to escape a pack of wolves in the snowy forest, the deep snow slowing your escape from the blood thirsty predators. Wolves are one threat during the snowy seasons however summer is when the bears are out to play and oh boy, they’re freakin’ terrifying when they charge.
This fancy pants new game engine has come with a good chunk of problems though, usually in the form of bodies oddly stretching and bending around objects to corpses phasing through walls and buildings, making it impossible to loot them.
An epic new addition to the series is naval warfare missions. Connor and his band of merry men set to the high seas in a boat equipped with a whole bunch of heavy weaponry capable of sinking even the most frightening of battleships. It was a feature I assumed would be nothing more than a bullet point but I was totally wrong; the naval warfare is a blast throughout, it’s extremely simple to control and you can’t help but get excited when you finally sink an enemy ship after a 10 minute epic battle at sea, trying to outmanoeuvre and one up each other until you eventually come out on top.
Assassin’s Creed always had an incredibly soundtrack which has thankfully continued into the third instalment. No matter the situation, the games music will have something special waiting; whether it’s just the ambient sound of birds chirping away or dramatic beats to build tension.
The incredibly addictive multiplayer modes are also back with a few new additions such as a coop mode where players work together to kill Ai targets as well as the much loved death match mode where players hunt each other down in a vast variety of different locations. It’s just as fun as it used to be and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it more.
The American Revolution is an era that very few developers have attempted to tackle and the ones that try, may as well not have. Thankfully, Ubisoft Montreal have fucking nailed it; Assassin’s Creed 3 is a fantastic addition to the series, albeit a few things such as focusing more on larger warfare when the series should stick to its routes of giving the player the choice as to how they’d like to play.
Review: Assassin’s Creed 3 Results
What we liked:
Fantastic story continued
Plenty of content
Beautiful new world
What we disliked:
Constant animation glitches
Lack of assassination freedom