The much anticipated Assassin’s Creed III finally released after the long series of Ezio and Assassin’s Creed II. Not only has the anticipation for many people been high for this game, but we are taking a journey with a new character by the name of Connor who is a native Indian. This new title makes one big change for Assassin’s Creed with a completely new setting of early America. But how exactly does this new setting hold up compared to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series?
The story of Connor is much shorter lived than Ezio’s story. Connor’s character is a young boy when you first start playing as him and the way they set up his storyline is the best I’ve seen in the series so far. Assassin’s Creed III has a nice little plot twist early in the game that really set’s Connor up to being a great character, but the strange thing is that he really isn’t. Connor’s attitude and blood thirsty personality really hinders him from being a character you care about. The most interesting and complex character in the game is actually his father Haythan. From his charm to his power hungry mind he will keep you guessing as the game progresses. I will not go into further detail in this but if it was not for Haythan this game’s story would have been a complete bore. Assassin’s Creed III starts off on a very high note but much of the middle is uninteresting until Haythan pops backup as a main character. It is not a bad story by any means, it is just that Connor is not particularly interesting without a little help from other characters helping him along the way.
The gameplay has added a few new tricks and effects here and there but if you have played any of the other Assassin’s Creed games you know what to expect. It is a nice change of pace with an early American landscape to travel across. And by the way, it is massive. I actually did not know you could quick travel early in the game and it would take me around 20-40 minutes just to get to where I needed to be. So if you feel like journeying the world you will have plenty to journey. You can also hunt now. Anything from Rabbits to bears are in the wild. You can set traps, stalk them, or shoot them with your new bow and arrow. There is plenty of ways that you can hunt these creatures down and get new material with their hides. Another noticeable thing to me was the fact that you can now press a button to jump over fences and posts rather than jumping on them. This allows for much more fluid running gameplay and was a great addition to the game. As I said before there is a few new items such as the a rope that you can stab people with and tie them in trees. Or your new main weapon the axe which replaces your sword. The newest addition though would have to be sailing ships and having battles in the sea. This really changed the pace of the game and I have to say while I didn’t find it to be amazing, I definitely did enjoy it as well. All in all the gameplay was nothing less than great.
It seems that every Assassin’s Creed game has good graphics. Not because it is technically a power house, but because the style and art of Assassin’s Creed is a huge hit. From the beautiful clothes you wear to the massive landscapes that you will journey. This game is pretty no matter how you slice it. None the less there is still plenty of pop-ins, jaggies, Frame rate issues, and low texture counts. The game is still a pretty game but technically this game could really benefit with next-generation hardware.
Even though the story seems to be lacking at times, and the technical flaws with graphics, the gameplay is still great after all these years. The new additions works great in Assassin’s Creed III and I found myself enjoying the pace of the game rather than feeling it was repetitive. The biggest flaws of the game is the main character rather than the gameplay. It isn’t that Connor is a bad character, it is just that Haythan is a much more interesting character and when he is not in the game this clearly shows.
Story – 8
Gameplay – 9
Graphics – 8
Action/Adventure – 8
Overall – 8.4