Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Game Review - Assassin's Creed 3

Title: Assassin's Creed 3
Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: PS3, XBox 360, PC

If anyone's wondering how I've finished this game so soon after it was released, well, I haven't.  I have played enough of it to write this review however, so don't go telling me that my opinions are invalid because I haven't played all of it.

Now, Assassin's Creed 3 is the third numbered game (obviously) but in the series as a whole it's actually the fifth.  Before this you had the two mid-quels, Brotherhood and Revelations which wrapped up the storylines for Altair and Ezio.  But I'll get to those in separate reviews.

As with the other games in the franchise, you have a specific time period to work in.  This time around you're working in the American Revolution which means you'll come across such historical figures as George Washington and Ben Franklin.  Our assassin this time is Connor Kenway, a half-native and half-british young man with a few issues regarding his father (spoilers! Play it yourself and find out)

There's a few differences in the fighting style, for one Connor uses his tomahawk and while you can use a sword and a pistol (or a bayonet, whichever takes your fancy) it's not as important for him compared to both Altair and Ezio who almost exclusively used swords to fight.

If you've played the other games I'm sure I don't need to mention the free-running mechanic, but instead of the sprawling urban cityscapes of Rome or Constantinople, a lot of this game takes place on the American Frontier.  So get used to using the trees to help you get around and keep out of trouble, don't worry, there is a helpful tutorial on how to do it.

As Connor is half-native, animals play a much bigger part in this game.  You can hunt any of them and sell their pelts in the towns, a nice way to get money really and if you combine hunting and your customary house then money will never be a problem.  (Though to be fair, it never has been in these games)  For those who've played Red Dead Redemption, cougars and bears are around and yes, they're still a pain in the ass.

As always, interesting and compelling story, likeable characters, hateable villains and there's probably a twist at the end.  I'm not being payed by Ubisoft or anything but, buy this game.  It's worth it.

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