Assassin’s Creed III Game Review

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  •  Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage

Assassin’s Creed III is the fifth main installment in the open-worldaction-adventure Assassin’s Creed series on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U andPC. Players take on the role of Connor Kenway, who is half-British andhalf-Native American, in Boston and other cities during the AmericanRevolutionary War, and also the role of Desmond, a descendant of Connor’s from2012.

The Good
Assassin’s Creed III is very enjoyable overall,but it’s not consistently brilliant. Noteverything about the game gels together convincinglyand the missions’ unnecessary prescriptivenesssometimes undermines the sense of freedom that therest of the game works so hard to create. But itachieves so much that you can’t help but respectit; no other open-world game has ever given us asetting that’s as impressive to observe or as fullof things to do as this. Connor’s story has itslulls but it still tells a tale much richer and morecompelling than most other games manage, set in afascinating period of history. Assassin’s CreedIII isn’t as huge an improvement upon itspredecessors’ achievements as many players will behoping for, but it’s still up there with the bestthat the series has achieved.
The Bad
Where the story line missions usually follow apattern of gathering information, stalking andeventually killing a high-profile target (with theodd naval mission or large-scale battle thrown infor variety), outside of that you’re free to dowhatever you want: hunt for trinkets, clamber overthe rooftops of New York in search of almanac pages,or pick fights with the Redcoats on behalf of thepopulace. There is a vast amount of content in thisgame, from liberating Boston and New York tobuilding up a homestead on the frontier to sailingthe high seas to just enjoying the outdoors andhunting wildlife. But perhaps because Assassin’sCreed III is so huge, it can be pretty inconsistent.It attempts an astonishing amount, and doesn’talways succeed.