Assassins Creed 3 is the fifth game released by Ubisoft Montreal, further extending the epic tale of the Brotherhood of Assassins and Desmond Miles. Is it worth buying? Is it worth even looking at?
Ever since 2007, Ubisoft has been pumping out games for this franchise. Let us take a moment to see how far Ubisoft has come in its development of the game.
Assassin’s Creed (I)
The story of Assassins Creed begins in the Holy Lands during the Third Crusader Era, however before the player gets the chance to scale ancient buildings and end lives, they find themselves pulled out of the ancient time frame and planting into a near by future (ironically, our current present, 2012). We find out that we do not play directly as an assassin in the crusades, but instead as a would be assassin in this day and age, who fled his brotherhood, only to be captured by the modern day equivalent of the Order of Knights Templar.
During his templar imprisonment, Desmond is forced to subject him to a mysterious machine that can read ancestral memories through DNA, called the Animus. The Templars intend to use the ancestral memories of Desmond Miles to find a mysterious artifact by following the footsteps of one of Desmond’s ancestor, Altair Ibn La’Ahad. This double story was one of the things that made the assassins creed franchise unique, as it offered two types of game play; the assassin style of altair, coupled with the investigative style of game play with Desmond, who snoops around the office after hours to learn about his captors.
While the game had many unique and entertaining features, faults soon begin to appear, as players are forced to go through the annoying and rigorous routines to prior to the assassination missions, which seemed to have no actual relevance the story. While every so often, a new class of mini-mission appears, there are too many repetitions of the ‘Pick Pocket’, ‘Eves Drop’ and ‘Beat em up’ tasks, which soon rob the game of any fun and discourage players from progressing through the interesting narrative.
Assassin’s Creed was a moderate success. It was a fun game to play in short bursts, though its faults outweighed its perks. Because of this few gamers truly expected a sequel worth playing. Gamers found themselves pleasantly surprised, however, when Ubisoft released the sequel Assassin’s Creed II.
Assassins Creed II
Assassin’s Creed II is a text-book example of a perfect sequel. While keeping all of the interesting and unique elements that attracted gamers to the original Assassins Creed, such as the unique parkour travelling, and its gripping story, the developers also took the time to heed to the criticism of their customers. Boring pre-assassination missions are gone, replaced by story relevant missions that made for a more complete playing experience. Along with these changes, players were introduced to an entirely new character, region, and time period.
Leaving Altair and the arid sands of the Holy Land during the Third Crusade, players were introduced to the young and charismatic Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the son of a wealthy Italian banking family who became an assassin in order to avenge the murder of his father and brothers. This new story showed that the war of the Templars did not end after the Crusades, and gave players an emotionally gripping story, adding a touch of color to the black and white life of an assassin.
Assassin’s Creed II introduced various new features to the game play, including an advanced weapon wheel, a more advanced stealth and blend system, and awesome assassination tricks (aerial, hiding and hanging).
With the success of Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft let gamers know that it was their intention to publish a new episode to the story every year. So far, they have kept to their word, but it seems that this promise has led to the loss of fans, as games became less unique; they would be best described as expansion packs.
A.C. Brotherhood and Revelation
While there are new features in the two subsequent game releases (Brotherhood and Revelations), players still play as Ezio Auditore (though they do travel to new regions). These games were meant to give more depth to the story, and while Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood added enough new features to embellish the story (such as having assassins aid you in combat, as well as parachutes and a cross bow feature), Assassin’s Creed Revelation was too much of the same, not allowing for many new features. Because of this, and Ezio still being the main character, Revelations was not well received.
Assassin’s Creed III
Due to the failure of Assassin’s Creed Revelations, many fans are hesitant to buy Assassin’s Creed III, but after a few gameplay showings, Assassins Creed III may be the breath of freshair that is needed to keep the franchise from plunging into mundane repetition.
As you can see from the video, this Assassin’s Creed game takes place during the American Wars of Independence in the 18th century (that’s the 1700s). In this game, like A.C. II, we take charge of a mysterious new character, by the name of Connor, and explore a unique new environment. Next to nothing is known about this character except that he is half native american, half english, and a 100% pure bad ass.
Equipped with an different arsenal that consists of a long bow, tomahawk and other different weapons, some would say that Ezio Auditore had better weapons, yet even so, Connor whoops just as much ass.
Through the various trailers we see new additions and improvements to the game that should make this Assassin’s Creed a new experience for even the most seasoned players. A.C III trailers have revealed new features such as hunting and naval combat, while also showing improvement in the basic combat system, stealth system and parkour system, as we see in the Boston Massacre Demo:
Facing new threats such as firing lines and heavy artillery, players are also given more of an incentive to use stealthy tactics to achieve goals (though the assault option is still there for die hard Rambo styled players). Another cool feature that we see in some of the earlier videos is the integration of nature to the climbing/parkour infrastructures. Now players can climb trees and scale cliffs in order to reach opponents who aren’t in urban areas.
One of my personal favorite tricks is the hanging drop, where Connor drops a noose over the neck of an unsuspecting foe, then uses them as a counter-weight to lower himself on the ground silently, while eliminating a threat in the process.
Personally, I believe that Assassin’s Creed III will make up for Ubisoft’s mistakes, and while I was a huge fan of Ezio Auditore, I agree with most when I say that his time should have ended sooner. Not only am I excited to play with a new character, but I am also curious as to how the Templars will be involved in the Revolutionary War.
I also wonder how many famous cameos will happen; in the previous assassins creed games, I was a huge fan of the integration of real history and people to the fictional story. We have seen George Washington on the trailers, but who else will we see? Do we get to kill Benedict Arnold? It is questions like these that make me excited in anticipation of the new game, which will be out on October 30th, 2012.
I plan to buy the game immediately and let you guys know if it lives up to the hype. Based on the trailers and demos (which can be deceiving, I know), the game looks highly promising.
So in short, the answer is Yes, this game is worth buying!
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