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GF Rating
8.1

7240 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

It's Just Not Fun Anymore

posted by Degausser (BERKELEY, CA) Nov 12, 2012

Member since Oct 2012

6 out of 11 gamers (55%) found this review helpful

Gameplay. It’s the canvas upon which every video game is painted. The chance to interact, to participate, to do – that’s what we love most about this medium. But the creators of Assassin’s Creed 3 have neglected gameplay, focusing instead on cinematic presentation, and the game suffers because of it. It’s just not fun anymore.

Assassin’s Creed 3 never rewarded me; in fact, it’s a never-ending string of cheap challenges. There were always too many guards, and they were always too suspicious of my presence. Missions often required me to fail over and over again while I figured out which route I was supposed to take or which guards I was supposed to kill. Even when I wasn’t looking for a challenge, when I just wanted to go for a walk around Boston, I had to be wary of any redcoats in the area. Otherwise, they quickly decided that I was a criminal and chased me until I found a pile of hay to jump into. The purpose behind this constant threat may have been to create tension or conflict – but it does neither, and it doesn’t need to. That’s the job of the characters and the story and the missions. All it does is make me want to quit playing, which is what I did.

Even though Connor was a total schmuck, the voice actor behind him did an excellent job of bringing that schmuck to life. This was true of all the characters. When Connor spoke down to others, I could hear the resentment in their replies.

The voice-work was impressive, but the animation almost outshined it. At one point, one of the characters said something clever, and the person he was speaking to just gave him a look that said “Really? Did you really just go there?” and I couldn’t help but laugh.

Unfortunately, those laughs were too few, and they couldn’t make up for the awful gameplay. That towering monolith of videogame design overshadows the rest of the experience, turning what could have been a great game into a great movie – minus the parts where you actually get to go do st

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Good, but not Great.

posted by ozzyman75 (JOHNSTON, SC) Nov 10, 2012

Member since May 2010

10 out of 19 gamers (53%) found this review helpful

The game takes a different approach to the AC series. It starts off rather slow. The beginning is a 2 to 3 hour tutorial basically. It's so slow that you quickly become bored. Finally, you get to the next part which is a bit of a grind as well. Eventually, about 8 hrs in you finally get to the AC series that we all love and enjoy. The games good, but its not great. It has numerous bugs and glitches. I even encountered a game crashing glitch. I thankfully was able to recover my previous save point. So over all. I give this game a 6/10

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Pale shadow of earlier titles

posted by norse (SEATTLE, WA) Nov 8, 2012

Member since Mar 2011

7 out of 14 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

Yet another sequel to a fantastic top-shelf series that fails miserably to live up to its predecessors. The game is mindblowingly boring when it's not infuriatingly annoying. Character motivations are unclear, the story is trite, gameplay feels like taking care of chores in between drawn out cutscenes. Technically, there are quite a few bugs and glitches (I kept repeating one sequence for an hour due to getting stuck on varying bits of geometry), and the story is horribly lacking in suspense or wit compared to the other games in the series. Like Mass Effect 3, a good game to stay away from, sadly. Also, the first time I've known Ubisoft to utterly fail. I do wonder what happened there.

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