|Posted on January 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM|
I've always been intrigued by the Assassins Creed series, the games stories always interested me. But because all I had was a Wii, like Arkham City I missed out on these games. Sure there were the DS games, but those weren't the true Assassins Creed experience. Fast Forward to the day after Boxing Day; while browsing the mall I notice that EB Games was selling newly released Ubisoft games for 30% off. As soon as I saw that display on the front window, I knew exactly what game I was getting.
Assassins Creed 3 was Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, and published by Ubisoft, it was released on November 18th 2012 for the WiiU.
Assassins Creed 3 follows series Protagonist Desmond Miles, as he relives memories of his past ancestors. In this game Desmond is reliving the memories of his ancestor Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor) as he tries to find a way to protect his village from the ever expanding English Settlers. AS the story progresses he realizes that he is fighting for more than just his home, and that an even bigger threat looms in the distant future.
One thing I noticed with Assassins Creed 3 is that unlike the first game, this game is much faster paced. It's not "No More Heroes paced" with the quick action and the dispatching loads of enemies in no time, but more comparable to Arkham City. The game moves quicker but still at a moderate pace. The Comparisons to Arkham City don't end there though; while playing through the game I noticed a bunch of similarities. The most notable being the combat system, In Assassins Creed 3 button mashing the attack button will only end up getting you killed as enemies in the game are smart and will parry or block incoming attacks. Not only are they smart but most of the time you will be fighting more than one so learning how to counter attacks is also important. Like Arkham city though, most times it is better to utilise stealth rather than Ramboing every group of enemies you see.
Speaking of Rambo, in Assassins Creed 3, you have a large inventory of weapons and equipment at your disposal. Everything from Guns, to arrows, to blades, and smoke bombs are carried on you at all times. Your inventory is easily accessible on the fly, even in the middle of combat; so if you feel you would be better off using your sword over your tomahawk you can switch. As you progress through the game new weapons, equipment’s and outfits become available for purchase. Because you can’t hold everything you buy on you, your non equipped items are stored at your home base (Davenport Homestead).
In order to buy new weapons and equipment, you need cash and since you don’t earn money from missions you have to find other ways. One of the main ways to earn cash is by seeking out chests in the environment. In addition to cash chests also contain recipes and items. But in order to find chests, rather than running around the environment randomly you need to purchase maps. If you don’t have money for maps another way to earn cash is by sending out trading convoys.
Trading Convoys are horse drawn carriages containing goods to trade with general Stores in Boston, The Frontier and New York. When you select a convoy to send you are given a run down on how long it will take the convoy to get where it’s going, the profits that will be made when it reaches its destination, and the risk to the convoy (Looters along the way). If your convoy is attacked on route to lose whatever good where inside as well and you make no money from it.
You can’t trade unless you have things to trade; the fastest way to earn trading items is by hunting. In the frontier is where you will be doing all of your hunting. Players have a large variety of game hunt and skin, from raccoons, to Elk, and even wolves. While hunting bigger game like Elk and wolves is more dangerous as these animals don’t go down easy and do attack, they offer more to trade and are worth more. Quality of the kill is everything, using arrows and knives to kill game are better than bullets. Bullets damage the pelt making it worth less to merchants. Inviting artisans and craftsmen to live on your land (Davenport Homestead) is another way to earn cash. The more people you invite increases the community there. Lastly, looting the bodies of dead soldiers will also earn you money, the pickings are slim but they add up eventually.
The game also features naval missions on the Assassins Ship the Aquila; these missions are based around the pursuit and capture of Nicolas Biddle a rouge Continental Capitan. The missions take place on the Atlantic Ocean from the waters of Quebec to the Caribbean, most missions require players to escort or protect ally vessels or sink enemy ships or fleets. While The Aquila is a fast and very maneuverable ship as these missions progress upgrades are needed to give the ship an edge. When players earn enough money upgrades including, extra cannons, specialised ammunition and armour upgrades become available.
Returning from Assassins Creed Revelations is the multiplayer mode. In Assassins Creed multiplayer players have to track down their assigned target, all while they are being tracked by someone else. Players have to try their best to remain hidden and blend in with the NCPs in order not to be detected. The multiplayer also features a very Call of Duty esque game mode call Domination. In Domination players have to hold down an area and defend it from rival players.
Lastly the game features support for Ubisoft’s Uplay feature. Completing certain objectives in the game will earn players U points, which they can then use to purchase special in game items or upgrades.
Graphically, Assassins Creed 3 looks phenomenal; the animations are smooth, and visually stunning. There is no over glossiness, everything looks clean and perfect. Gameplay wise as stated before the game has a quicker pace than its predecessors, combat is quick, and with the games new AnvilNext engine the free running system is a lot easier to use and more fluid than before. Control wise like most WiiU launch titles, it will take a while to get use to the control scheme as gamers try to adapt to the WiiU’s unconventional controller. Unfortunately the game only supports the Gamepad.
The game does have a few points of criticism though, most notably load times, like Arkham City, this game has very long load times, when you start the game players can be waiting anywhere from 20 to 40 seconds for the game start, and that’s just the story mode. While they are few (I only encountered three) the game does have a few glitches, these being soldiers getting stuck in bushes, or walls, and Connor falling into bottomless pits. Like I said during my entire play through of AC3 I only encountered these two glitches and only one time each.
Assassins Creed 3 is an awesome game, and the glitches and bugs can easily be overlooked. The game looks great, plays great, sounds great, and feels great. The Visuals are stunning and the vistas breath taking, this is a beautiful game. The story is well written and easy to get lost in; Connors story is so engaging that you many come to loath the parts of the game where you have to play as Desmond. The story takes a while to start at first but it is worth the wait. It is so cool to take part in famous events like the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of the Chesapeake alongside famous people like Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Paul Revered, and George Washington. The game is a great length and the multiplayer just adds more to this great package.
Even if you haven’t played any of the Assassins Creed games, if you have a WiiU and are looking for a great game to tide you over till March look no further then Assassins Creed 3, this is a great title and well worth the money. Assassin Creed 3 gets 10 out of 10.
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