Assassin's Creed III Review

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I suppose that one of the things that history buffs will be curious about, especially concerning Paul Revere, is this question. Is Israel Bissell still getting the shaft?

cricket chirps:
Ok see the final line in the review vid is why im REALLY not sure if i should get this game. See it sounds like more of the same old same old, which IS good, but isn't something that sells the series for me.

This whole game sounds like they remade revaltions in a time period that not only do i not care for, i actively dislike. (this coming from an american born in america)

I agree with this.

Also, it really seemed that the first one's philosophy was about altering the political climate. Changing or preserving the potential course of history via specific targets.

That doesn't seem as likely when set during the actual war. The political climate is already established. All you become, then, is a talented wetwork soldier. Helping one side win doesn't seem nearly as profound as actually setting the war in motion in the first place.

Edit: It just doesn't feel like the series has anything to say anymore. It has become nothing more than inserting their gameplay in a new setting people will recognize.

PedroSteckecilo:

Milanezi:

It WAS hugely important. Though indeed the French Revolution would have been more interesting. Funny though, there would be no American Revolution without the French Revolution, and my country, Brazil, along with most other South American countries, would NOT have sought freedom (at least not when we did) if not for the North American revolution. But again, the French Revolution would make much more sense as a sequel, and later the American Revolution, or Civil Wars, could do something interesting with Lincoln, poor bastard is becoming a puppet for everyone now anyway, might as well put him in an AC game hahaha

Yeah you're not entirely wrong about that...

The American Revolution both showed The French that "It can be done" and that "you don't need kings".

It also bankrupted the French State leading to a lot of the economic upheavals that eventually led to the revolution.

I think the main issue a lot of internationals have with Assassins Creed 3 being set during the American Revolution is that American's have enough games where they're the heroes. Assassins Creed was one of the FEW series's that didn't feature an American lead (other than Desmond, but nobody likes him anyway) and now for the sake of marketing it seems like Ubisoft has now taken Assassins Creed away from us by making a "Rah Rah American Revolution" game with a historical American character interacting with historical Americans, America America America with an extra side of America.

Basically, the game industry has enough goddamn America in it as is and now it has one more... that wasn't previously all America. Just feels worse is all.

captcha: Ace of Spades ^-^

I'm honestly curious how people can keep claiming that Ubisoft decided to set it in America just to pander to Americans...I'm wondering if these complainers didn't play the previous games or just didn't read the lore at all.

ProtoChimp:

Rainboq:

Milanezi:
I KNOW I'M GONNA GET MASSACRED BUT... Doesn't anyone else wants this whole time machine thing to stop? I want a game in Desmond's time! Let's control HIM, the whole game, urban setting! The grand finale to the series!

I'd like to see one set during the buildup to either of the world wars, one set during the Spanish civil war or up to the assassination that triggered World War One (Think of how morally grey it'd be if the Assassins sparked World War One to fight the Templars?

1, it has already been established that the Templars caused WW1 & 2 for their own gains and means of control. 2, can you please tell me what your avatar says? It looks funny.

It says "Chaotic good - You guys can all go to hell, I'm going to rescue Helo." And what if the Templars made the powder keg, and then tricked the Assassins into killing a certain arch Duke?

The trailer for this video was Assassins Creed 3. Just wanted to point that out for no real reason.
Also has anything changed in the multiplayer? I mean, it looks exactly like the last games multiplayer even down to the inclusion of the story bits, that isn't new by the way so listing it as a point in its favor sounds like somebody trying to scrounge up something positive to say about a formula that hasn't budged an inch. I don't know what motivation somebody would have to do that though so I guess he just didn't know.

The most recent trailer I watched was the protagonist swearing revenge against the British for destroying his village, and how he now stands for America. I can't take this game seriously cause I keep thinking to myself, "man, this guy's really gonna regret his decision pretty quickly."

Rainboq:

ProtoChimp:

Rainboq:
I'd like to see one set during the buildup to either of the world wars, one set during the Spanish civil war or up to the assassination that triggered World War One (Think of how morally grey it'd be if the Assassins sparked World War One to fight the Templars?

1, it has already been established that the Templars caused WW1 & 2 for their own gains and means of control. 2, can you please tell me what your avatar says? It looks funny.

It says "Chaotic good - You guys can all go to hell, I'm going to rescue Helo." And what if the Templars made the powder keg, and then tricked the Assassins into killing a certain arch Duke?

And is it meant to be Michael bay? For some reason every time I zoom in it become all pixel-ly. And that could work really well. Also what's a powder keg?

Stabby Joe:
I'm glad you mentioned that Conner is an "equal" against the Red and Bluecoats as the marketing was borderline if not over the line uncomfortably... well...

The French-Canadians really did know how to market to America.

First rule of marketing: target the lowest common denominator and go from there. The absolute lowest. Happens all the time in superhero movie trailers.

Anoni Mus:
5 stars? Doubt it deserves it. How much the escapist gave to AC, AC II and AC Brotherhood?

You haven't played the game.

VaNilla:

Anoni Mus:
5 stars? Doubt it deserves it. How much the escapist gave to AC, AC II and AC Brotherhood?

You haven't played the game.

That's why it's a doubt. AC series has too much things to get better to be able to deserve a 10. For example, if the combat in this game is still as easy as before; then it should never get a 10.

Toilet:
Am I the only one who thinks Assassins Creed is really boring? The only good Assassins Creed game was the first one due to its length and the fact that it got to the point while Assassins Creed 2 was so padded and long winded I had to force myself to finish.

Plus everything is mediocre and easy: the running is hold a button a push a stick forward, the combat is wait for a baddie to attack and push a button and the actual assassination missions are so far and few between calling the game is hardly about Assassins. Challenge is desperately needed.

I'm with you, IMO the series has gone on way too long and seems to be more about 'how many sequels can we make?' rather than having a coherent overarching story with a beginning, middle and end.

Milanezi:
I KNOW I'M GONNA GET MASSACRED BUT... Doesn't anyone else wants this whole time machine thing to stop? I want a game in Desmond's time! Let's control HIM, the whole game, urban setting! The grand finale to the series!

Yeah, I was hyped for that after the first game was made and they claimed it would be a trilogy with the third being in the future (Desmond). The funny thing is unless this game finishes the Desmond plot, the whole 2012 apocalypse part of it will be a story of the past instead of the future. Desmond is now literally modern day.

Milanezi:
I KNOW I'M GONNA GET MASSACRED BUT... Doesn't anyone else wants this whole time machine thing to stop? I want a game in Desmond's time! Let's control HIM, the whole game, urban setting! The grand finale to the series!

Been wanting this since the first one.
The moment I saw him in the animus I went "why the fuck is he just dreaming of killing shit?".

I lost interest in AC after Bro'hood. The single player was getting repetitive and dull and the multiplayer was just plain annoying (for me anyway). About the only thing I have interest in, is how Desmond's story plays out. (I'll just read it up)

PedroSteckecilo:
Still hugely disappointed at Ubisoft for deciding to set the game during the gawdem American Revolution. Really it is NOT as big a deal to the rest of the world and it seems to me the French Revolution would have provided a far more interesting (and far more morally grey) storyline.

Though I'm curious to see how "equal opportunity" the plot is as the review was fairly spoiler free, it seems to me that painting the British as the "bad guys" seems far to simplistic and doesn't really fit the more politically neutral tone of the rest of the series.

This basically killed any chance of me getting the game (well aside from the microtransactions). I really just don't care about the American revolution. To make me want to play an AC game I have to either be interested in the history, or at least enjoy the prettiness of the levels, and sadly this time around neither of those are offered.

Quite disappointed by this review, myself. I don't play Assassin's Creed for the combat mechanics. Tell us more about whether the story and characters are well served.

Toilet:
Am I the only one who thinks Assassins Creed is really boring? The only good Assassins Creed game was the first one due to its length and the fact that it got to the point while Assassins Creed 2 was so padded and long winded I had to force myself to finish.

Plus everything is mediocre and easy: the running is hold a button a push a stick forward, the combat is wait for a baddie to attack and push a button and the actual assassination missions are so far and few between calling the game is hardly about Assassins. Challenge is desperately needed.

You just listed Assassin's Creed 1 and 2's problems together by the way.

Assassin's Creed 1 was one of the most repetitive triple A games I've ever played. It was recycled missions all up until the end with different targets. It was very good don't get me wrong, but far from a great game.

Brotherhood and Revelations were a great step up from Assassin's Creed 2 in my opinion. If you can get them cheaply I'd suggest doing so. Because I thought I was done with Assassin's Creed too until I played Revelations recently.

PedroSteckecilo:
Still hugely disappointed at Ubisoft for deciding to set the game during the gawdem American Revolution. Really it is NOT as big a deal to the rest of the world and it seems to me the French Revolution would have provided a far more interesting (and far more morally grey) storyline.

Though I'm curious to see how "equal opportunity" the plot is as the review was fairly spoiler free, it seems to me that painting the British as the "bad guys" seems far to simplistic and doesn't really fit the more politically neutral tone of the rest of the series.

What do you think AC IV or whatever they will call it will be? Because you know that Ubisoft isn't going to end it here. You can count on it that they'll move it to France, and Ubisoft's true nationalism will show.

Lost interest in the franchise when they started milking it to the ridiculous degree they did.
Brotherhood had very little story, and not much innovation in the gameplay.
Revelation had no story, and the one or two things they added made the game objectively worse.
I'm done with Assassins Creed.

still have to wait till the 22nd for the pc version. but at least its nice to hear its good.

Well I just had my first semi-rage quit with the game. I pre-ordered so I should be able to get that sword that all the trailers were going on about, right? Well (I'm guessing) first you have to find 4 items for some jackass and one of them is on top of a mountain that I ran around three fucking times and there is no apparent way to ascend to its peak. The closest I've come is a jump that clearly the game says "Nope, you can't get up that way" when it's quite clear I should be able to make the jump.

Can't believe the game's only been out for one day and already I'm FORCED to wait until someone puts out a video showing how to get it. When I say I ran around this mountain 3 times I literally mean it, as much as the barriers in the game would allow, I've tried every conceivable avenue 3 times and not a single one works.

PedroSteckecilo:

Milanezi:

It WAS hugely important. Though indeed the French Revolution would have been more interesting. Funny though, there would be no American Revolution without the French Revolution, and my country, Brazil, along with most other South American countries, would NOT have sought freedom (at least not when we did) if not for the North American revolution. But again, the French Revolution would make much more sense as a sequel, and later the American Revolution, or Civil Wars, could do something interesting with Lincoln, poor bastard is becoming a puppet for everyone now anyway, might as well put him in an AC game hahaha

Yeah you're not entirely wrong about that...

The American Revolution both showed The French that "It can be done" and that "you don't need kings".

It also bankrupted the French State leading to a lot of the economic upheavals that eventually led to the revolution.

I think the main issue a lot of internationals have with Assassins Creed 3 being set during the American Revolution is that American's have enough games where they're the heroes. Assassins Creed was one of the FEW series's that didn't feature an American lead (other than Desmond, but nobody likes him anyway) and now for the sake of marketing it seems like Ubisoft has now taken Assassins Creed away from us by making a "Rah Rah American Revolution" game with a historical American character interacting with historical Americans, America America America with an extra side of America.

Basically, the game industry has enough goddamn America in it as is and now it has one more... that wasn't previously all America. Just feels worse is all.

captcha: Ace of Spades ^-^

How many games are there about the American Revolution? Seriously I can't believe so many people are upset about it taking place during this time period. The main character Conner is half Native American and half British. That kind of shows that he is pretty much hated by both sides of the war, and I've seen plenty of trailers pointing out that fact. Plus from a quick description of the game on TvTropes it says that he's only using the war is just a back story and he's only helping American historical figures so he can get closer to his targets.

Man people come up with the dumbest reasons for hating games, especially when they don't do their research.

LobsterFeng:

How many games are there about the American Revolution? Seriously I can't believe so many people are upset about it taking place during this time period. The main character Conner is half Native American and half British. That kind of shows that he is pretty much hated by both sides of the war, and I've seen plenty of trailers pointing out that fact. Plus from a quick description of the game on TvTropes it says that he's only using the war is just a back story and he's only helping American historical figures so he can get closer to his targets.

Man people come up with the dumbest reasons for hating games, especially when they don't do their research.

Same here. Although I only played Revelations a month or two ago and generally need to space these games out a bit to not get burnt out, the setting of Assassin's Creed 3 is just too good for me to pass up. I've been excited about seeing their take on the period since they first announced it. So far, it hasn't disappointed me.

TheEscapist really needs to improve the quality of their reviews, not a single mention of glitch or the choppy frame rates.

Those are not rare glitches either, it pops up at a consistent rare that force you to notice and be annoyed. Did Greg really play through enough of the game before he reviews it? I do agree that it's the best AC game yet, but all the graphical and mechanical glitches should cost the game at least a star down.

cricket chirps:

Milanezi:

Toilet:
Am I the only one who thinks Assassins Creed is really boring? The only good Assassins Creed game was the first one due to its length and the fact that it got to the point while Assassins Creed 2 was so padded and long winded I had to force myself to finish.

Plus everything is mediocre and easy: the running is hold a button a push a stick forward, the combat is wait for a baddie to attack and push a button and the actual assassination missions are so far and few between calling the game is hardly about Assassins.

It's not about assassins as we understand it, it's about hashashins (or something like that), which is the origin of the world Assassin, which was a clan of religious zealots in the middle east, wikipedia has more on the subject, sincerely, I never cared much to go after it ahahah.

I'm amazed you enjoyed the first game, most people, me included, hated it, it was ridiculously repetitive...

See this makes no sense to me, people say all the time how bad AC 1 was, then HOW did it become such a long and huge series exactly?

1,2, and bortherhood were good.
1: started the whole thing and gave us a game style we were not used to.
2: Vastly imporved upon 1 mechanicly and thematicly.
Brotherhood: Added a multiplayer aspect to a game that seemed it could not have one, AND IT WORKED!
Revelations: series dies for me, nothing in the aspect of improvement to me, same old stuff, beat the whole game and questioned why i spent all that time on it.
3: Sadly sounds exactly like revaltions, no improvements, "yay historical accuracy!" of an uninteresting time period, woot more multiplayer that you already have two games which hold essentialy the same thing.

._. i am dissapoint ubisoft, why? why am i so dissapoint?

I understand it. And I have no answer lol
I do have a guess: AC 1 was bad because it was repetitive, but everything else was at the very least promising. That's enough for a BIG company such as Ubisoft to go on with a remake anyway, and try to fix what people didn't like before (as they did). A great example of that is Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, I love that game, but as far as I know, nobody else did, however, not only did it get a continuation, another company took the responsibility to do so (and again, I'm the only one who also enjoyed it lol). Lesson to be learned: if AC had been produced by smaller company, it might never have had a continuation, no matter how promising the game was, the risk wouldn't be worth it, but big companies CAN take the chance with a bit more security...

T3hSource:
Sorry,playing AssCreed 1,can't hear you over the interesting philosophical conflict between Altair and his enemies.
All I want is "assassinations",good ones,like those in which you can use stealth the entire time,the series always has had the potential to accomplish that,but they never do it,ever.Just add more distractions and be done with it.Also is Connor the only assassin in the entire game?No mention of the development of the Templars as an enemy faction,but I guess that falls into spoiler territory.And another big mini-game,because the last one didn't already show the "what do we do now" panic of the devs.
I guess I'm missing the point that people accept these series as "dickhead with a hood in past eras".I'm disappointed.

Hey another person who doesn't think Ezio is amazing. Glad to have company

This review is bullshit. They don't mention the horrendous visual problems the game has (for instance, in my game characters faces stopped moving in three different scenes. Just wooden heads with a speakerphone), or the semi-functional nature of a lot of the new mechanics. Such as the addition of free-aim ranged attacks, that don't let you use the weapon until the game paints the target. Which defeats the purpose entirely.

Now, it's very pretty to look at, and there's a lot of fun stuff to do, but this is not five-star game. The incredibly long tutorial mission set (which is supposed to have a plot twist, but you'll see if coming a mile away, even if you, like me, don't think it makes much sense) restricts your abilities immensely, and just isn't any fun. The graphics errors are worse than dishonored, which at worst makes you think your eyes are blurry, unlike this which makes you wonder who approved a game where the cast's animations can fail entirely. The gameplay is improved in some places, true, but in others (mostly the new stuff) its clunky and only works half the time.

Not bad enough to trade in, but in no way perfect

EDIT:
Also, I hate a lot of the character design choices. I don't like downgrading from the Hidden Gun to a pistol. I HATE the hidden knife. I want two blades on my wrists, not a detachable spring-loaded dagger.
Nor do I appreciate the game's default state having the HUD turned off.
But I need to stop or i'll be here all day, picking at annoyances

Milanezi:
I KNOW I'M GONNA GET MASSACRED BUT... Doesn't anyone else wants this whole time machine thing to stop? I want a game in Desmond's time! Let's control HIM, the whole game, urban setting! The grand finale to the series!

The game you're looking for is Watchdogs.

ExtraDebit:

Milanezi:
I KNOW I'M GONNA GET MASSACRED BUT... Doesn't anyone else wants this whole time machine thing to stop? I want a game in Desmond's time! Let's control HIM, the whole game, urban setting! The grand finale to the series!

The game you're looking for is Watchdogs.

Very evil demonic grin of unquenchable desire: I WANT WATCHDOGS NOW

ExtraDebit:
TheEscapist really needs to improve the quality of their reviews, not a single mention of glitch or the choppy frame rates.

Those are not rare glitches either, it pops up at a consistent rare that force you to notice and be annoyed. Did Greg really play through enough of the game before he reviews it? I do agree that it's the best AC game yet, but all the graphical and mechanical glitches should cost the game at least a star down.

You know, people were always saying how Skyrim was one of the glitchiest games out there, but I never had any trouble playing the game and never ran into a single one and I couldn't help but wonder what everyone was talking about. It's perfectly possible that he just didn't get any, glitches aren't universal.

OT: Well, good to hear it's so good. I got it yesterday and I was looking forward to playing it...but I lost power because of Hurricane Sandy. I'll play it when I get the chance.

T3hSource:
Sorry,playing AssCreed 1,can't hear you over the interesting philosophical conflict between Altair and his enemies.
All I want is "assassinations",good ones,like those in which you can use stealth the entire time,the series always has had the potential to accomplish that,but they never do it,ever.Just add more distractions and be done with it.Also is Connor the only assassin in the entire game?No mention of the development of the Templars as an enemy faction,but I guess that falls into spoiler territory.And another big mini-game,because the last one didn't already show the "what do we do now" panic of the devs.
I guess I'm missing the point that people accept these series as "dickhead with a hood in past eras".I'm disappointed.

What's your problem with them again? They're fun and interesting, that's why I play them.

PedroSteckecilo:
Still hugely disappointed at Ubisoft for deciding to set the game during the gawdem American Revolution. Really it is NOT as big a deal to the rest of the world and it seems to me the French Revolution would have provided a far more interesting (and far more morally grey) storyline.

Though I'm curious to see how "equal opportunity" the plot is as the review was fairly spoiler free, it seems to me that painting the British as the "bad guys" seems far to simplistic and doesn't really fit the more politically neutral tone of the rest of the series.

I was in favour of Victorian era britain, early on in the industrial revolution!

Hmmm. I personally feel 5 is a little too much. There's a lot of little niggling issues. Getting caught on random debris when chasing people, occasional framerate drops, guard chases seem to last much longer than they did before. This is probably still the best AC game yet, but it's more of an evolution rather than revolution, and that alone, to me, means 4.5 is the cap.

And in case I haven't made it abundantly clear, the thing about the scores is just my opinion, I'm not saying the reviewer is wrong.

ExtraDebit:
TheEscapist really needs to improve the quality of their reviews, not a single mention of glitch or the choppy frame rates.

Those are not rare glitches either, it pops up at a consistent rare that force you to notice and be annoyed. Did Greg really play through enough of the game before he reviews it? I do agree that it's the best AC game yet, but all the graphical and mechanical glitches should cost the game at least a star down.

I experienced no graphical glitches or loss of framerate. The whole game feels really fluid and natural, actually, which is an achievement in itself with such a large world.

What version did you play? I've heard the PS3 version had more technical issues, but I played it on the Xbox 360.

ProtoChimp:

Rainboq:

ProtoChimp:
1, it has already been established that the Templars caused WW1 & 2 for their own gains and means of control. 2, can you please tell me what your avatar says? It looks funny.

It says "Chaotic good - You guys can all go to hell, I'm going to rescue Helo." And what if the Templars made the powder keg, and then tricked the Assassins into killing a certain arch Duke?

And is it meant to be Michael bay? For some reason every time I zoom in it become all pixel-ly. And that could work really well. Also what's a powder keg?

image

Also, a powder keg is a saying to describe an extremely volatile situation that will ignite and possibly explode beyond what some might call 'the Godzilla Threshold' very quickly.

Meh, the gameplay still looks slow and clunky. I think I'll stick to Tenchu and Shinobido.

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