The fifth installment to one of best known franchises in gaming today was one of the most anticipated games of 2012 with 38 million copies sold and still counting for the wildly successful Assassins Creed franchise, but does it live up to bar set by its predecessors? This very popular game is among the featured titles in Tesco’s collection of great pc games. Here’s my personal account of how I found Assassin’s Creed 3 game so far.
Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed 3′ takes place during the American revolution with a new assassin, Connor Kenway. Connor is a half-British and half-Native American. The game takes place in Boston and other early-American cities. The story is not focused around Connor taking a cliché role against the British forces but instead the narrative follows a path that places our assassin in his quest against the Templars. This gives players an interesting story that puts them against and as allies to both sides of the British and American forces at different points throughout.
As a fan of the previous Assassin’s Creed games, I was expecting a game that remains largely unchanged in terms of game-play. However, I was instantly familiar with the combat system, the controls and enemy AI aspects but the new tools and weapons placed in the players hands keep the game fresh and fun. The trademark fluidity of the previous games is back and is even more polished than before with more gore and impressive brutality. Oh, you have a tomahawk now too and who doesn’t love a tomahawk?
The in-game world is expansive and beautiful, featuring much more natural and forest landscapes than before that make a great addition alongside the colonial settings of Boston and other cities. As seen in the former titles, the game features a famous historical figure to aid the player in their struggle against the Templars and who else in America fits better than Benjamin Franklin himself? The dialogue and characters within the story have much more personality and quirkiness than the previous games in the series, however the main character, Connor has been called ‘dull’ by players and critics and ‘not as interesting’ as Assassin’s Creed 2’s charismatic Ezio.
The multiplayer is back with enhanced matchmaking to reduce down-time between games – a big issue in former games in the series. This side of the game is good but hangs very much in the shadow of the refined single-player. It is definitely worth dipping into the online aspect with friends for a night of stealth and swordplay but it is not something you will be playing into the early hours of the morning.
In summary, there is a reason this title sold 3.5 million copies across platforms in the first week alone – it is a fantastic, brutal and highly polished game. Definitely worth a pick for players new to the series and hardcore fans of story so far will not be disappointed.