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Assassin's Creed 3 review

A fantastic open world, historical adventure that's let down by flaws in its core gameplay
Tue Oct 30 2012, 16:00

ASSASSIN'S CREED 3 is the game every fan of the franchise has been waiting for, ending the long 'Assassin's Creed 2.5' interim period Ubisoft seemed to dawdle on with its Brotherhood and Revelations titles.

In terms of plot and gameplay, fans of the Assassin's Creed franchise will feel right at home with Ubisoft's latest entry in the series. Assassin's Creed 3 follows the same narrative direction as the series' previous titles, containing both present day and historical plot arcs.

But despite building on the groundwork laid by previous Assassin's Creed titles, the latest plot is significantly more epic in tone. Assassin's Creed 3's plot follows directly on from the previous game, seeing Desmond Miles attempt to prevent the end of the world prophesied in Revelations.

With the world's end set to occur in mere months, the game follows the same split narrative direction as previous Assassin's Creed titles, seeing Miles use the Animus, a machine capable of making its users relive the lives of their ancestors, to try to find the information he needs to save the world.

However, rather than focus on previous lead man Ezio Auditore and his long war against the evil Knights Templar, Assassin's Creed 3 jumps forward into the 18th century, focusing on new protagonist Connor Kenway, a half-British, half-Native American assassin, and his involvement in the beginning, middle and end of the American Revolution.

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Without giving any spoilers away, Assassin's Creed 3's plot is one of its biggest strengths, kicking off with Connor charged with killing his own father, who is ironically the head of the newly founded states-side Templar chapter. Playing through the single player campaign, we have to say the plot is Shakespearean in scope, seeing Connor develop and grow from a scared young boy into a terrifying assassin and key player in the American Revolution. Fans of the series will definitely approve.

The problem is that while the game gets several things right, finally retiring Ezio Auditore from his role as the series' main protagonist and tying together all the plots and gameplay developments seen in previous Assassin's Creed titles, it fails to address certain core flaws in its central stealth dynamic.

At its heart, like all Assassin's Creed titles, Assassin's Creed 3 is an open world stealth game, tasking you to navigate the world map, picking up missions as you go.

 

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