Assassins Creed III continues and concludes the story of Desmond Miles who is still trying to stop the 2012 Apocalypse from happening. Assassins Creed III also introduces us to the new character Connor Kenway who you will be playing most of the game as. Connor is an assassin and his story takes place during the American Revolution. Assassins Creed games are one of my favorite series this gen, and I liked most of the games that have come from this series so let's see if Assassins Creed 3 is another solid entry to the series.
For the first time in a Assassins Creed game you will actually play as two new characters in the Animus. At the start of the game you play as Connor's dad which will give the player a backstory to Connor's main story. For the first time as well you will play actual missions as Desmond. In other Assassins Creed games most of the time you just walked around as Desmond so it was cool to finally play missions as Desmond in AC3.
Story missions are pretty much the same as past Assassin Creed games were you have to find out information before going after the target you have to assassinate. The missions for those of you who are unfamiliar to AC games are eavesdropping on a conversation but there is a ring where you have to be inside so you can actually hear the conversation and there are also missions were you have to tail a certain target. Along with the old Assassins Creed missions there are some new missions like being able to take control of warships and actually battle other ships. You will also come across some historical missions like taking part in the Boston Tea Party were you throw the tea into the sea.
Don't want to rush through the story? Well Assassins Creed 3 is a free roaming game so it's up to you what you want to do. You can do some of the many new additions to the game like hunting animals which rewards you with different parts of the animal so you can sell these animal parts for money. Hunting sometimes might not even be something you was planning to do as you can be attacked by an animal like a Bear or a Wolf randomly.Fights with these kind of animals will prompt a QTE to kill the animal you are fighting/trying to get away from.
Other things you can do in Assassins Creed 3 is search for treasure chests or Almanac pages. Almanac pages can be tricky to get as they don't just stay on the ground waiting for you to come pick it up the pages they actually get taken away by the wind so you have to run around and climb buildings to get these pages. There are also quite a few side missions to complete when ever you want. These side missions are not all the same and range from all kind of things like contracts, hunting challenges for the hunting society, attack and defend convoys and there are also Naval missions. So once you complete the game or if you just want to take a break from the main game there is a nice selection of other things to do to keep you busy.
Gameplay feels similar to past game with a little bit of changes on the side. If you are unfamiliar with the gameplay there are two buttons used to break the defense of the enemy and also counter his strikes (B and X and Circle and Square) the other buttons are to use weapons and the triangle and Y button can be used
to shoot your guns. There is a nice selection of weapons to choose from like old classics like the hidden blade, your own fists and a sword but there also some new weapons in your inventory for AC3 as you can now use a Bow And Arrow, Tomahawk and the Rope Dart. The Rope Dart was pretty fun to use as you can actually use it to hang your enemies. The climbing feels the same but there is a few additions to the climbing gameplay as you can actually climb trees and run through peoples windows for the quick escape from pursuing enemies.
I also loved that Assassins Creed 3 has new scenery. It was starting to become boring seeing the same old buildings and features of Italy (Although they looked stunning in HD) it just became tiresome. So with new scenery also comes a variety of weather like rain, sunny and even snow! Weather like Snow and Rain wasn't featured in past AC games so it's cool to see it finally added to the series. Forrest's looks awesome with the hundreds of trees that you can climb up or jump from tree to tree as you look into the distance you can see a variety of different animals just walking around the Forrest. The change of scenery was defiantly a good and welcome one. Character audio sounds good, and I couldn't really say anything bad about them. Soundtrack is also your typical awesome Ac soundtrack.
Multiplayer also returns to Assassins Creed as you can take part in a bunch of different game modes. These game modes can be Free-For-Alls like Deathmatch, Wanted and Assassinate or Team Modes like Domintion, Manhunt and Artifact Assault. The new mode added to AC Multiplayer is the Wolfpack mode. Wolfpack mode is a similar to Gears Of War's horde mode were you have to work in a team to beat the waves of enemies (There are 25 waves in Wolfpack) AC3 online multiplayer is still the same old fun online mode that was in the previous games and should give you a good reason to return once the revolution is over.
The Final Verdict
Assassins Creed 3 was another good but flawed addition to the Assassins Creed series although the game is still haunted by some bad bugs (Some can be gamebreaking) Assassins Creed 3 still managed to entertain me with it's amount of content and things to do as well as the nice twist to game that you play as 2 new and different people for the first time ever in a Assassins Creed game. If this was the final Assassins Creed game (I doubt it to be honest) it certainly left a final good taste in my mouth.
+Lots of content
+Cool additions like Naval missions and hunting
+Scenery is a welcome change
-Lots of bugs in the game
-Gameplay can feel repetitive at times