Ignite the Revolution.
Assassin’s Creed III is a historical action-adventure stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal (and other Ubisoft studios). The game is the fifth major installment of the series. It introduces a new assassin, Ratonhnhaké:ton (also known as Conner Kenway) though the frame story continues in the series’ chief protagonist, Desmond Miles.
Is It Worth?
Although inconsistent, Assassin’s Creed III is a good game in itself. The only problem is it never really rises above its predecessors. If you are a fan of the series like me, you will probably be left a bit underwhelmed.
A little about the Gameplay
Like all the games before, Assassin’s Creed III basically has two stories – one set in the present, and one in the past. The frame story set in the present involves Desmond Miles who along with some members of the Assassin Order tries to find a way to avert the 2012 apocalypse, by reliving the memories of his ancestors using the Animus. The other half of the story in set in the 18th century which follows Desmond’s half-English, half-Mohawk ancestor, Ratonhnhaké:ton/Conner Kenway. This is set during the American Revolution as Conner fights the Templars as they attempt to take control over the newly formed nation.
The game takes place in an open world with nonlinear gameplay allowing the player to roam freely within several regions throughout late eighteenth-century America such as the cities of Boston and New York, along with portion of the Eastern Seaboard and the Caribbean Sea which may be explored using the flagship of Assassins’ Navy – the Aquila – captained by Conner himself. Apart from this, a huge wilderness known as the Frontier is available for exploration.
Unquestionably Ubisoft’s most ambitious game till date, the game continues to build and improve the previous features that made the series so popular and introduces some new fantastic gameplay elements.
Close combat has been improved significantly with Conner able to take down multiple enemies with easy. The player need not manage the lock-on enemy mechanism of the previous games. The game AI itself does that, providing smooth combat.
A new weather system has also been introduced along with the day-and-night system of the previous games. This affects the gameplay as the snow and fog reduces visibility aiding stealth. Also, Conner runs slower in deep snow.
The economy system has been retained with the Davenport Homestead acting as the base of operation. It also acts as Conner’s adopted home.
Animals found in the wilderness may be hunted down, with the quality of kill determining the selling price. This requires that the player hunts with utmost caution. Baits and traps may also be used.
A revamped version of the recruitment feature is also included with recruits having a wider skill set. They are able to cause riots etc.
However, the most fun new feature is naval exploration. Using the Aquila the player may sail high seas. Being an 18th century ship, the Aquila is loaded with canons and swivel guns that the player may use to take down other ships. Environmental factors like wind direction and speed, along with tides and rocks are needed to be taken into account when captaining the ship.
The multiplayer is also retained, only this time the game allows co-operative modes.
1: The story spans decades, which has both its merits and demerits. We witness Conner rise from a little boy to a master Assassin, and his troubled relationship with his father that parallels the relationship of Desmond and his father in the present. There also is big twist right in the middle of the game that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
2: Once again, Assassin’s Creed features beautifully rendered cities to get lost in. The incredible attention to details always gets me.
3: The best part of Assassin’s Creed III is, unquestionably, naval warfare. Captaining an 18th century ship is just so much fun!
4: A lot of side-missions have been included this time that’ll keep you occupied if you ever get bored of the main story (which you probably won’t).
5: Free running is more fluid than ever. Climbing trees is an interesting new addition.
1: I don’t know whether the writers intended it to be this way or not, but I never warmed up to the characters, especially Conner. He never felt like an assassin to me. He was more of an errand boy. So much that when I think of Conner, the first thing that comes to my mind is “What would you have me do?”.
2: The game has a lot of bugs and glitches. Frame-rate alter inconsistently reducing the graphics, especially during fog. Even if you just want to enter a building, the game opens up a proper loading screen. This gets annoying after some time.
3: Like Assassin’s Creed II, the game takes some time to build up before you get to control a proper Assassin. However, Assassin’s Creed III takes a rather long time. So much that you are left wondering when will the fun stuff come?
With its gorgeous and huge worlds, epic storyline and naval warfare, Assassin’s Creed III is another good addition to the series. However, too many bugs and glitches along with a rather pale mission design prevent it from becoming a great game.