It time for a history lesson – sort of. In Assasin’s Creed III, you play as a guy who uses some sort of strange device to go back in time and assume several roles of characters during the Civil War. The purpose of the visits is to get information regarding some high-tech wall whose secrets are there to be uncovered.
Most of the game you will be in the Civil War era, and you are given several tasks – like free some slaves, battle certain armies (or companies), perform assassinations of important leaders, play hide and seek with kids (what?), and so on.
This game is one of the better looking games for the WiiU so far. I really liked the way the graphics are laid out no matter which era I’m in.
As for the controls, they take some use getting to, but it’s no hard. You just have to remember that guns in the Civil War era take some time to reload after every shot. But this game does not use the touch screen of the WiiU Game Pad – which makes it almost identical to the PS3 or the Xbox 360 version. If you’ve played either of those versions, there isn’t much incentive to play this version.
And as with some of these sandbox type games, the choices you have can get so large that it can get overwhelming. Later on in the game, I was wondering where I am supposed to go in order to advance the story line.
This may force players to buy the strategy guide – or sift through many YouTube videos.
But this is one game that fans of action adventure ought to try – if they haven’t played the other versions of this game. Assasin’s Creed III is a definite rent, and a possible buy.
posted by JSilver (PALATINE BRIDGE, NY) Apr 17, 2013
Member since May 2007
I never played any of the previous Assassin's Creed titles and thought I'd give this one a try. Not far into the game I found myself getting very frustrated with not only the controls but with the missions. I was also very confused as to what was going on with the story. The game starts out in what seems to be present day with a handful of people driving in a van into the woods where they then exit the van and enter a cave. You control the main guy and you take some weird glowing ball and put it into a wall in the cave opening a secret door. Then in that room a device is activated and I was in a computer-like world running around while some female spoke to me. All of a sudden I am a guy in colonial times at an Opera??? The game starts out weird and slow. Upon my arrival in Boston I was suddenly thrust into a few missions that asked me to avoid being seen by soldiers. How am I supposed to do that when they are all over the place and can see me from a block away? And as soon as they saw me (which was immediately), they then start running after me. So I climb up onto the rooftops to get away only to find out that the enemies can also climb up there to chase after me. Apparently everyone in this game is Jackie Chan. While trying to fight them I had no real understanding of the controls and to which buttons were attack, I found myself just mashing buttons frantically like an idiot. With enemy soldiers chasing at me from every direction, there is no way to outrun them. No "Alert" time that goes away while hiding on a rooftop or behind a wall, the enemies always knew where I was. The only way that I found I could get away from them was by jumping from a really high point into a stack of hay to hide in. Another thing that confused me was the "Synchronization DNA Tracker". I have no idea what that meant for the game and what it did. This Wii U version takes NO advantage of the Wii U gamepad. I thought the game was cool up to 5%, but by 9% I hated it. Swing and a miss.