posted by CitiRaven (GRAND CANYON, AZ) Nov 29, 2012
Member since Feb 2009
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I was surprised that in my first four hours of playing Assassin's Creed III, I didn't set foot in the mocassins of Connor Kenway, the new face of the Assassin Order pictured on the cover. But everything else I experienced was, in a word, stunning.
Minor spoiler alert: You begin the game as Haitham Kenway, in London. Events unfold that lead to Mr. Kenway booking passage to Boston. There is little to do in London or on the ship, but the black and white stoned minigames are a pleasant and riskless distraction.
Colonial-era Boston is beautifully rendered, and while the buildings are a far cry from midieval Rome and Constantinople that fans of the series are no doubt used to, free running, climbing and other movements should be as flawlessly picked up as riding a bike. No hook blade here, sorry. Those checkers-style minigames return here, this time with a few pounds changing hands, as well as slight variations on the rules.
Combat takes a bit to get used to. The timing is much more reactive. Instead of holding down the right trigger to enter a combat stance like in the previous games, you tap the B button to enter your parry stance. From there, you tap B to counter an incoming attack signified by a hollow red triangle above the opponent's head. Action freezes while you decide to (A) disarm the foe, (B) toss the dazed opponent in a given direction, or kill him with (X) a melee weapon or (Y) a ranged weapon. A minor hiccup may be experienced while you figure out the timing, but the new system is much cleaner in practice than the previous one. Blending works the same as in previous games. Approach a bench or a group of citizens to become undetectable. Now you can hide in bushes for the same effect, and there are even mobile hiding places in the form of horse drawn delivery carts.
The scope of ACIII is massive. My first three missions as Haitham took almost four hours to complete, and I know I've barely scratched the surface here. This is definitely one to buy.
Assassin's Creed 3 fell short of my expectations, however it's still a good game. If this is the first game of the series you play, you'll love it; but if you've been a fan since Altair the game will be missing a lot of elements. The control set-up for free running is pretty much the same, but weapon controls have changed along to only two buttons and the block/disarm/counter have been molded into one button with different options that often don't do what you want. The new controls definitely lost points with me.
Another disappointment was the lackluster main character, Conner. After the cool and collected Altair and the charming yet efficient Ezio, Conner just falls flat and you have a hard time coming around to him, if you manage to at all.
While the locations and Revolutionary War provides for an interesting setting, it becomes a bit boring after awhile. Boston and New York are essentially the same in regards to buildings and the layout. The previous games provided rich and unique locations, but Colonial America just lacks the richness.
Overall it's a decent game but nowhere near as good as it's predecessors.
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
It's yet another great installment of Assassins Creed from Ubisoft. I really like the smoothness of the game, by that I mean the graphics are awesome and the game kind of has a different feel to it which is great. I noticed they made a bit more challenging combat system which might take a little getting used to but its not bad at all. I haven't played the online yet but I assume its very similar to the previous Assassins Creed games. I never buy single player games and I was never a big fan of Assassins Creed online play but if you do like it, I would recommend buying the game otherwise it's a perfect rent.