Assassin's Creed III Review

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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.

True. But a reviewer has an obligation to explain why a game is supposedly perfect in every way to justify such a score. In this case, he didn't do so.

Toilet:
Am I the only one who thinks Assassins Creed is really boring?

I'm pretty bored by them too. If they were more Hitman-style where you can use stealth I'd own all of them. It's really too bad too, because I want to enjoy them.

The Navy combat looks like it could be fun though, and if I had friends that owned this game the Multiplayer sounds like a lot of fun.

thanks for the review.

It would have been much better to set the game during the Seven Years' War rather than the American Revolution, especially considering that the protagonist is Half-Native American.

Greg Tito:

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.

I'm on the xbox 360, installed on hard disk, lots of graphical glitches and slow downs. Maybe everyone's standards are different but for me anything below 30fps is unacceptable, I rather have textureless graphics at 60fps over photo realism at 15.

And that's why AC3 runs on most of the time, 15 to 20 fps with the occasional drop spikes down to 10fps.

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

My problem?Their story was OK,could have been great,but they devolved into a damn mess of ideas and twists.They still haven't fixed core problems of the formula,instead they just add more diversions,more padding,so you could feel it justifies your 60$/€ purchase.Multiplayer is something completely different,it just continues The Ship's concept of stabbing.Now ask yourself why are the "fun and interesting",I have my reasons and justifications,can you point out yours?(not to me necessarily,but to yourself)

Terramax:

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.

True. But a reviewer has an obligation to explain why a game is supposedly perfect in every way to justify such a score. In this case, he didn't do so.

The Escapist does not believe that 5 stars is a perfect game. Nothing on this Earth is perfect. To us, 5 stars means an exceptionally excellent game that may have a few faults that you should expect to have a ton of fun with.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/7149-What-Our-Review-Scores-Mean

ExtraDebit:

I'm on the xbox 360, installed on hard disk, lots of graphical glitches and slow downs. Maybe everyone's standards are different but for me anything below 30fps is unacceptable, I rather have textureless graphics at 60fps over photo realism at 15.

And that's why AC3 runs on most of the time, 15 to 20 fps with the occasional drop spikes down to 10fps.

Strange. I didn't notice that at all and I didn't even install it on the hard drive. Perhaps it is just a difference in perception. I notice framerate more on my PC when I'm sitting a few feet from the screen, but when I'm on the couch on a console, I usually don't see it.

Out of curiosity, how are you measuring framerate on your Xbox? I've never heard of a app or tool that lets you do that but it might be useful in the future.

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.

Oh no, you are not the only one. It's one of the most overrated game series' ever.

T3hSource:

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

My problem?Their story was OK,could have been great,but they devolved into a damn mess of ideas and twists.They still haven't fixed core problems of the formula,instead they just add more diversions,more padding,so you could feel it justifies your 60$/€ purchase.Multiplayer is something completely different,it just continues The Ship's concept of stabbing.Now ask yourself why are the "fun and interesting",I have my reasons and justifications,can you point out yours?(not to me necessarily,but to yourself)

Wide, sprawling beautifully designed and crafted work which clearly took hours of patient, passionate hands to design. You can go anywhere in the city / cities, pick fights with guards and choose your strategy to swiftly assassinate each one going unnoticed, brutally devastate them in hand to hand open combat or kill a select few and run away in to a chase. The gameplay is fun and flaws are few and far between (in gameplay). Granted the story could be worked on better, but I think it allows you to create your own story within the world, are you a murderer fueled by bloodlust, or a saint filled by wanderlust and virtue?
That's why I personally find it fun.

So, uh, no mention then of the countless bugs? Poor frame rates? Lacking drawing distance? Broken A.I.? Character animation that doesn't always work? Sound issues? Repetitive missions?

No? Nothing? Just five stars?

But then you go to town on Medal of Honor (an arguably bad game, don't get me wrong) for these exact issues?

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

What's the problem? Greg gave the exact same score to Dragon Age 2

Hopefully 3 deviates from the formula that 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 ran with and isn't basically another expansion pack.

SpiderJerusalem:
So, uh, no mention then of the countless bugs? Poor frame rates? Lacking drawing distance? Broken A.I.? Character animation that doesn't always work? Sound issues? Repetitive missions?

No? Nothing? Just five stars?

But then you go to town on Medal of Honor (an arguably bad game, don't get me wrong) for these exact issues?

And here you are. Note the game, author, and score.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/8701-Dragon-Age-II-Review

SpiderJerusalem:
So, uh, no mention then of the countless bugs? Poor frame rates? Lacking drawing distance? Broken A.I.? Character animation that doesn't always work? Sound issues? Repetitive missions?

No? Nothing? Just five stars?

But then you go to town on Medal of Honor (an arguably bad game, don't get me wrong) for these exact issues?

Thank heavens, I was beginning to think I was the only one thinking this.

Maybe PC gaming has spoiled me, but Assassin's Creed III's graphics are downright deplorable in some areas.

Also, these controls are still as finicky as ever. Attempting to run in anything other that wide-open pastures or rooftops might as well result in Connor putting on a blindfold. The last thing I want to do while making my grand escape is run into some item that was nowhere near me and plummet back down.

I'm sorry but this felt more like a commercial rather than a review. I'm assuming you're a journalist that gets paid for your work and I expect the coverage to be a little less one-sided, not gushes of excitement. 5 stars? Really? I don't buy that. It's Dragon Age 2 all over again.

This entire thing was wrong and the author should feel ashamed.

ResonanceSD:

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

What's the problem? Greg gave the exact same score to Dragon Age 2

Hopefully 3 deviates from the formula that 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 ran with and isn't basically another expansion pack.

SpiderJerusalem:
So, uh, no mention then of the countless bugs? Poor frame rates? Lacking drawing distance? Broken A.I.? Character animation that doesn't always work? Sound issues? Repetitive missions?

No? Nothing? Just five stars?

But then you go to town on Medal of Honor (an arguably bad game, don't get me wrong) for these exact issues?

And here you are. Note the game, author, and score.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/8701-Dragon-Age-II-Review

And this folks, is how you get yourself into pointless trouble through a pointless grudge over a pointless review for a pointless game.

OT- Finally, a game set in the American Revolution. I am seriously excited as it is a period of history I never see given too much spotlight in media, and never accurately. From what I've seen they do a pretty good job keeping it from being too out there. Also, they are addressing the hypocrisy of a nation fighting for freedom while still having slaves, among other things. Though I don't know just how they'll make it a truly ambiguous story while still portraying any of the figures accurately, as making just about anyone involved in the conflict into a mustache twirling villain just can't work, and that is essentially how the series has been portraying Templars.

Revnak:

OT- Finally, a game set in the American Revolution. I am seriously excited as it is a period of history I never see given too much spotlight in media, and never accurately. From what I've seen they do a pretty good job keeping it from being too out there. Also, they are addressing the hypocrisy of a nation fighting for freedom while still having slaves, among other things. Though I don't know just how they'll make it a truly ambiguous story while still portraying any of the figures accurately, as making just about anyone involved in the conflict into a mustache twirling villain just can't work, and that is essentially how the series has been portraying Templars.

Funny, after playing 1 and all of the AC2's, I never once got the image of moustache-twirling villains.

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Not much to twirl, for a start.

or here.

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In addition, you mention the ambiguous story. Why would you even want one? The idea is to take a period of history, and say "here's what happened". That's been the entire premise of Assassins Creed to date.

Also, what was the pointless trouble you referred to?

karoliso:
I'm sorry but this felt more like a commercial rather than a review. I'm assuming you're a journalist that gets paid for your work and I expect the coverage to be a little less one-sided, not gushes of excitement. 5 stars? Really? I don't buy that. It's Dragon Age 2 all over again.

This entire thing was wrong and the author should feel ashamed.

Are people really going to start losing their shit over a freaking number?

Basic fact. All reviews are opinion based. The point of it is tell people if they should go buy the game or not. This guy thinks the game is good and you should do so. Go read other review sites to compare and contrast if this one doesn't pick it apart enough for you. Or just wait for Yathzee to make an episode.

This thread is making me feel bad. There's a difference between criticism, and crucifying someone and bringing up the past to shove in their face.

Also, I didn't notice the truckload of games set during the American Revolution that makes this "another one on the pile" that we ought to be tired of by this point. And games like COD that glamorize the American army don't really apply here. Some of you talk to Americans every day on here and should treat their home with the same respect you expect towards yours.

As for OT? I've been bored to tears enough by AC 1 and 2 and their god awful PC ports that not even the setting can pull me in.

karoliso:

This entire thing was wrong and the author should feel ashamed.

The first thing I thought of when seeing that was this.

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DrunkOnEstus:

As for OT? I've been bored to tears enough by AC 1 and 2 and their god awful PC ports that not even the setting can pull me in.

The PC aspect (of previous AC games) is pretty good, there's still the insanely imprecise turning and movement which is a throwback to the sixaxis, but with a 7-button mouse, controlling it is as easy as you get with a controller. Having the ability to throw multiple graphics cards and processor cores at a ported game also irons out quite a lot of the issues people have with them.

and then Dark Souls comes along and throws my argument a curveball.

And that was because the developer truly does not get PC gaming. But released Dark souls anyway.

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.

because Ubisoft is French, I don't think they wanted to set a game during the French Revolution, knowing it lead to Napoleon, who is possibly a Templar. The closest you can get to kill Frenchmen in an Assassin's Creed game is in the ACIII:Liberation game for WiiU, set in French-owned new Orleans.
I'm still excited to get this game!

Toilet:

Plus everything is mediocre and easy: the running is hold a button a push a stick forward,

Yeah! Whatever happened to COMPLEX running where I'd have to regulate the character's heart beat and perspiration! This game is sooo simplified!

Anyways, I have choice of either this or dishonored, and I'm not sure which I should get!!!! T_T

Witty Name Here:

Toilet:

Plus everything is mediocre and easy: the running is hold a button a push a stick forward,

Yeah! Whatever happened to COMPLEX running where I'd have to regulate the character's heart beat and perspiration! This game is sooo simplified!

Anyways, I have choice of either this or dishonored, and I'm not sure which I should get!!!! T_T

assassins creed is a much longer game, I beat dishonored in a day, (and I had college classes and work that day) AC3 I've been playing nonstop since yesterday and still only feel like I'm at the beginning.

that said i love both and wish I owned Dishonored but I only rented it AC3 I do own and can honestly say I'm having more fun with it, just seems like a much bigger game.

Milanezi:

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.

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

I still want a Dynasty-era china setting, fall of the Romanovs setting, or a War of the Roses setting.

ResonanceSD:

What's the problem? Greg gave the exact same score to Dragon Age 2

Hopefully 3 deviates from the formula that 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 ran with and isn't basically another expansion pack.

And here you are. Note the game, author, and score.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/8701-Dragon-Age-II-Review

Sorry to deviate, but what's 2.3? I've got ACII, AC:B, AC:R, and...

RadioactiveMicrobe:

ResonanceSD:

What's the problem? Greg gave the exact same score to Dragon Age 2

Hopefully 3 deviates from the formula that 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 ran with and isn't basically another expansion pack.

And here you are. Note the game, author, and score.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/8701-Dragon-Age-II-Review

Sorry to deviate, but what's 2.3? I've got ACII, AC:B, AC:R, and...

Ah, I added one, my bad XD

But the idea shines through, right? 2, and then some expansion packs.

ResonanceSD:

Revnak:

OT- Finally, a game set in the American Revolution. I am seriously excited as it is a period of history I never see given too much spotlight in media, and never accurately. From what I've seen they do a pretty good job keeping it from being too out there. Also, they are addressing the hypocrisy of a nation fighting for freedom while still having slaves, among other things. Though I don't know just how they'll make it a truly ambiguous story while still portraying any of the figures accurately, as making just about anyone involved in the conflict into a mustache twirling villain just can't work, and that is essentially how the series has been portraying Templars.

Funny, after playing 1 and all of the AC2's, I never once got the image of moustache-twirling villains.

image

Not much to twirl, for a start.

or here.

image

In addition, you mention the ambiguous story. Why would you even want one? The idea is to take a period of history, and say "here's what happened". That's been the entire premise of Assassins Creed to date.

Also, what was the pointless trouble you referred to?

Okay, AC2 and Brotherhood were not ambiguous, and AC1 hardly was ( a few of the latter guys were mildly understandable, but most of the Templars were utter bastards). And for those games, that made some sense, as the Borgias seriously were as evil as they get portrayed, but outside of one rather idiotic British general who's name escapes me (I think it started with a B) none of the figures are like that, and most of them are very admirable, especially for their time, with the worst being simply proud. Assassin's Creed really likes playing up the bastardiness of the Templars though, and the simple truth is that nobody fighting in that war fit that image.

And the trouble may not come, but I'd suggest not making a habit of insulting the staff. I've seen a lot of people get in trouble for it (especially for making fun of Greg Tito), and there really is no point to it. Also, I hate how everybody holds that review against him.

DVS BSTrD:
You can pet random dogs in Assassin's Creed 3. It's the best game EVAR!

Sold.

Completely, totally sold.

I find it interesting how many people have forgotten what Five Stars from the Escapist actually means.

A little comment on the video review part, please show more gameplay footage.

From what I saw, it seemed to take abit too much from cinematics and trailers. And I'm pretty sure I might have seen only 5 seconds of actual combat where Conner breaks one guy's neck. That's it for the entire combat aspect of the game.

Just saying cinematic snap shots are for the trailers, now that the game is out we need the meat and bones!

hmmm still not sure, I was excited now I'm kinda meh. Probably wait a few months at least.

I am curious as to how they handle the historical figures and stories here though. Paul Revere is only remembered because his name worked with the rhyme and he survived his ride because he stopped at the pub.

I was in Boston a couple years ago and tried taking a guided heritage walk and had to walk away because of "how great the revolution was!" "the shot heard around the world" and how proud they were about not wanting to pay for the garrison.

I liked the review. I agree with it but I am fraustrated in some parts and such, but it doesn't really matter sice it was related to the secondary objective (Which I made a habit to get all of them or reload from checkpoint). Also I like Connor...don't know why...

I'm sure Ubisoft wanted you to experience the forest they created and that is why they drag you through the forest. xD (Least there is easy and free fast travel this time)

Also I didn't see the mention of the Navel missions. I found them incredibly fun, and I felt like a captain too. :D

Would of liked to see more detail in the review, but still hoorah for the review. (I got AC3 yesterday and I love it. ^.^)

I love the game so far, but it desperately needs a patch.

And a god damn editor. I haven't seen that many typos in a game since old Capcom games... I mean, the database entries are absolutely hilarious AND informative, but it's like they did one draft of them and just decided to let any mistakes slide.

I don't think you mentioned it in your review, but one thing about this game really bothers me.

There's only one "heat" meter. It doesn't matter if you kill only the British guards or only the Patriots. They're both gonna be mad at you. Like, I never killed a Patriot guard, but if you go on a killing spree in British occupied town, they'll still come after you. It's actually a pretty big glaring issue.

Final words, escapist, please improve the quality of your reviews. Make it more professional like it was coming from someone that played games for years and not someone who's just starting out and are awed by moving pixels alone.

I really enjoyed your videos and news, this site got the potential to be a one stop website for geeks......if you would only improve your reviews. If you want people to take you seriously, you must first be serious about your work. Even if it's about games.

antipunt:
The irony of these AC3 threads is that there's always a massive "UK fuck yea!" vibe. Every. Single. One.

The hypocrisy is practically palpable.

If you say so. All I hear are accusations of American jingoism. UK escapists just don't want to be painted pitch black. I'm glad to hear that AC3 actually went for shades of grey.

StormShaun:
I liked the review. I agree with it but I am fraustrated in some parts and such, but it doesn't really matter sice it was related to the secondary objective (Which I made a habit to get all of them or reload from checkpoint). Also I like Connor...don't know why...

I'm sure Ubisoft wanted you to experience the forest they created and that is why they drag you through the forest. xD (Least there is easy and free fast travel this time)

Also I didn't see the mention of the Navel missions. I found them incredibly fun, and I felt like a captain too. :D

Would of liked to see more detail in the review, but still hoorah for the review. (I got AC3 yesterday and I love it. ^.^)

The naval missions are both mentioned in the written review and the video. Not sure how you missed that, but I agree, playing as captain is absolutely amazing.

ExtraDebit:
Final words, escapist, please improve the quality of your reviews. Make it more professional like it was coming from someone that played games for years and not someone who's just starting out and are awed by moving pixels alone.

I really enjoyed your videos and news, this site got the potential to be a one stop website for geeks......if you would only improve your reviews. If you want people to take you seriously, you must first be serious about your work. Even if it's about games.

I take my work very seriously. Thank you for assuming I don't.

I've been playing games for 25+ years, man. I reject the notion that playing games for a long time means you need to be cynical twat. I'm still enthusiastic for games, and if I find a game that truly entertains me on every level, why the fuck shouldn't I give it 5 stars?

The only answer I could come up with is to satisfy people like you, which honestly is no reason at all.

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