Zero Punctuation: Assassin's Creed 3

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Assassin's Creed 3

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed 3.

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Yes,stabbing!Stabbing was what AC1 did best of them all.You can counter stab,but you can't block that way,you can chain stab,you can wall jump stab,run stab and the classical walking surprise stab,which I never use because guards are always watching you and then you have to run off.And not to mention you always get that "sharp blade shoved in your flesh" sound,not some mechanical sound of the hidden blade unfolding,like it's a fancy toy.
This is also why AC2 and so on started a trend that put me off: diversions,from a river to an entire OCEAN of diversions,why?Because it's an open world game.I guess they never managed to do anything significant with the whole "open-world" aspect of Assassin's Creed.Littering sidequests like it's an MMO and having to resort to collectibles seems like bad design decisions to me.

EDIT: The only way I'll be swayed to even look at footage of AC3 is if there are at least some good assassinations.

Yahtzee you charismatic stallion you've done it again. way to move past all of the cultural haterage and on to the faffing! (a word i didn't here very much of surprisingly)

Heh...I too automatically assumed it'd be excitingly explaining how evil Britain was.

Yathzee made a magic school bus reference. My week has been made.

This is what happens when your desire to be different from the last game make you forget the last game existed.

Kinda sad, but then again the Ass Creed series was never my cup of joe.

So the game should be called Farmville: 1780 instead of Assassins Creed.

I liked the AC series (to the point of dressing up as Altair at conventions) due to the assassinations.

I guess I'll go back to playing Dishonoured.

An here I was all ready to make a joke justifying the Assassins participating in the revolution because they wouldn't want to be part of a nation where everything is De-creed.

But it appears the series already has been :(

Sounds like pretty much what I expected. Except for Connor being so bland. I expected after people liking Ezio maybe they'd learn a thing or two.

Well, that's why you don't expect much form game devs.

AssCreed 3: Faff-fall.

OT: Why is money always an issue in these games? Yahtzee mentions it in every review.
Come on Ubisoft >_>

Good. I hated this game. And I like the series. Looks like you can lock this one into your bottom five for this year, YZ.

I feel that AC should have changed name to "Middle Ages economy for retards" somewhere around Brotherhood. Got all games except this on Steam sale - great first, nice second, mediocre Brotherhood and can't make myself finish Revelations. Can't find a reason to buy third also without 90% winter sale =)

i'm having fun with the game and i feel there is something missing from these videos lately oh i remember what it is humor

DVS BSTrD:
An here I was all ready to make a joke justifying the Assassins' participation in the revolution because they wouldn't want to be part of a nation where everything is De-creed.

But it appears the series already has been :(

Enough with the lame wordplay at the end of every ZP. It's just getting pun-ful.

This is why I still consider AC1 the best in the series. Okay, it was a bit basic. Okay, it was a bit tedious to grind all those quests in order to unlock the next piece of story. But in the end, the focus was on what is supposed to BE the focus on a game series about assassins: assassinating people! And trying really, really hard to get away from the guards when your cover is blown, because they actually pose half a threat to you in individual numbers, and will most likely pound you into meatloaf if you decide to fight against three or more at once.

AC2 was also good, but that was mainly because they introduced a new collection of toys and ways to assassinate people. Unfortunately, it was also the game that introduced the limitless amount of gold that the game is way too generous with handing to the player. This wouldn't be so bad, if only there was something that might validate hauling around 100.000+ bucks. But there wasn't really, because everything that was worth buying only costed around 10.000 bucks, and everything else was just various things that increased the amount of money the game would throw your way every half-minute.

And it has, sadly, only been downhill from there...

The lack of the word "faff" in this review makes me sad, but I have to agree with Yahtzee when it comes to the direction the series has gone to. Now I'm still gonna get it but the last Assassin's Creed game I played was 2 which I absolutely loved. Now it seems that more of the stabby fun is in multiplayer and that shouldn't be the case in my opinion. Also I hate it when games give you an overabundance of money towards the end. The Fable games towards the end had me owning the entire damn kingdom and still have enough money to buy another one. I literally had to break every window I could to just spend it and even then I still had enough to buy another kingdom! Stop overloading me with money games and give me it in real life instead!

Cut to Assassin's Creed 4, where it's some twerp descendant of Desmond reliving Desmond's experiences of reliving other people. You know someone at Ubisoft has brought that up as a possibility. Might rent this one, probably not though. Now I'm going to work on getting that platinum trophy in Okami.

Excellent critique as always! Looks like I made the right choice when I stopped buying these when the third decided it didn't want a number or a new protagonist. Wait, didn't fans vote on this time period?! Oh well, even if AC3 was set in Ancient Egypt they probably would have still found a way to shoe-horn in boat racing down The Nile...

personally I blame the games stupid call of duty releases schedule you see with every new game the team of multicultural people finds it more and more boring to come up with assassination missions so instead They design more and more side activities leaving less room for the actual assassinations.
thats what i think anyway im probbaly wrong.

You know what I really like in Assassin's Creed 1? Besides the stabbing I mean.
I really liked the philosophy behind it, as well as the characterization of the targets. If you read the Codex in AC2, Altair becomes really deep and though-provoking. The targets both in AC1 and AC2 had some depth to them. Okay maybe the AC2 targets were general assholes, but at least it gave you a look into WHY they were assholes.

Welp, seems like AC2 is gonna keep its crown on my AC games ranking.

I thought the AC2 expansion packs forced the writers to stick with old stuff and add onto it until they could make a fresh transition like between AC1&2, but apparently I couldn't have been more wrong.

Also I agree the setting is quite dull. If it's further away in the past or a distant continent, it's more mysterious and fun to explore to me, be it cities, cultures, characters, or anything with "c", really.

DVS BSTrD:
An here I was all ready to make a joke justifying the Assassins' participation in the revolution because they wouldn't want to be part of a nation where everything is De-creed.

*Five seconds later, his body is found bleeding out from a stabbing wound with a note on the back*

"Death to Puns."

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"What is your problem with not stabbing?"

T-Shirt. Now.

Assassin's Creed Ken Dodd version?
I'd buy that.

Sounds to me, from this review anyway, that the developers got confused about what kind of game they were making, some thought they were making Farmville, some thought they were making Port Royale, and some thought they were making Age of Empires; and in the end they decided to hybridize them all together and see what happens.

As an Englishmen I find this game offensive, there isn't nearly enough queuing.

Vertigo4321:
You know what I really like in Assassin's Creed 1? Besides the stabbing I mean.
I really liked the philosophy behind it, as well as the characterization of the targets. If you read the Codex in AC2, Altair becomes really deep and though-provoking. The targets both in AC1 and AC2 had some depth to them. Okay maybe the AC2 targets were general assholes, but at least it gave you a look into WHY they were assholes.

Yes,THANK YOU!
Someone else finally says that.Look up " Assassin's Creed Bloodlines all cutscenes " on youtube,it actually adds a bit more character into Altair and shows how Maria Thorpe(Robert de Sable's bait in the "last" assassination) became his ally.

Western made video game provides ample money with nothing to spend it on...
Yup, that's normal. That's an issue with many Western made games.

I much prefer to make money more difficult to earn and give me something to spend it on like Dark Souls, FFXII, FFXIII or Dissidia 012.

Games like Sacred 2, Skyrim, DA:O and it seems Assassin's Creed have money in them, for the sake of having money in them. You earn far more than you'll ever need very quickly and there's nothing to spend it on because of loot (or in Creed's case, pointless circular gameplay enhancements). May as well just make everything free... you wouldn't want to actually CHALLENGE gamers, would you?

First time in a while where I agree with Yahtzee at every turn. AC1 suffered from being repetitive as all fuck and I'll still argue to my last breath that AC2 was infinitely better. However, in Revelations and 3 we've now got to a stage where we've come full circle, and the side missions that were fun and refreshing in AC2 (and to only a slightly lesser extent Brotherhood) have now just become a chore.

I did like the new Homestead system though. Making the Homestead grow through characters that I could actually connect to, rather than just accounting, made it seem like a much more rewarding experience; and the ship missions are legitimately some of the most fun I've had on a console this year.

Actually, that's it! Ubisoft, don't make any more AC games. I'm a huge fan of the series, but the games I like will always exist now no matter what, and considering the attitude the last two entries have taken I can only see further games getting more and more bloated and convoluted. You've finished Desmond's arc now, and anything left in the story that remains unresolved isn't really worth making a whole new game around if all you're going to do is string us along with cliffhangers every time. So, end the AC franchise, and use the mechanics of the ship missions in AC3 as a template to give us a pirate game based entirely around that as the central mechanic. You literally could not take my money fast enough if you did that.

EDIT: Another thing about the last two AC games, which might sound minor but really niggled at me while playing them, is the look of the map in them. Why did they make it so dark? Why is it, even at full zoom, so far out? In AC2 and AC:B, the maps were both aesthetically pleasing to loo at, and incredibly simple to navigate, and it was little touches like that, how they managed to make something as small as just looking at the map feel rewarding, that made me love those two games so much. In AC:R and AC3, the maps are terrible.

AWE. I was hoping he would review Halo 4 but I guess ripping Ass Creed 3 to bits will have to do. I have to say though he could of done so much more with it.

I actually like the massive amount of stuff you do in Assassin's Creed 3, mainly because I like the scale of size and freedom. Same thing that made Red Dead Redemption so good.

I have to assume that because half an hour has passed since this video went up and there aren't 400+ comments already plastered all over it that the fans of this game are still sitting in abject shock with their lower jaw hanging somewhere past their solar plexus. From what I heard from everyone's friend who has a friend who owns this game it was some kind of gift from the gods and Yahtzee just gave it the worst review a game can ever get: B for Boring.

I'm glad I didn't bother ordering AC3 now. It sounds exactly like I was expecting it to be; a way to squeeze more money out of people.

This is why I don't get why people don't like the ending of AC 3. Desmond sucks. Who cares about him. Far as I'm concerned this just means much more freedom in the sequel to do fun shit instead of having to be shackled to the weird Lost ish plot of Nolan North character type number 12349284

Also Assassins Creed 1 is still my favorite, for more reasons then just the ones Yahtzee went over in this video but he covered most of my bases.

SnakeoilSage:
I have to assume that because half an hour has passed since this video went up and there aren't 400+ comments already plastered all over it that the fans of this game are still sitting in abject shock with their lower jaw hanging somewhere past their solar plexus. From what I heard from everyone's friend who has a friend who owns this game it was some kind of gift from the gods and Yahtzee just gave it the worst review a game can ever get: B for Boring.

Or...maybe people aren't going to explode because some people disagree with them. I mean come on, not everyone is like that.

ironsaber2:
AWE. I was hoping he would review Halo 4 but I guess ripping Ass Creed 3 to bits will have to do. I have to say though he could of done so much more with it.

Dude, Halo 4 came out last week. Did you not see his video on Hunted: Demon's Forge? He probably just got his hands on the game, give him time to, you know, play it a bit before expecting a video to be churned out.

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