Assassin’s Creed III can basically be summarized with one word; ambitious. Assassins Creed III takes massive gameplay and narrative chances, this could have easily been an absolute catastrophe, but it wasn’t. Actually, ACIII is arguably the best game in the series. The gameplay offers new mechanics and more variety while the story is an emotional roller coaster that you must see through completion. It’s too bad though, that ACIII is denied perfection due to its numerous glitches.
Assassin’s Creed III has arguably the best story in the series, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has fallen into a rut, each entry forced to follow the same plot line: you must stop the templars by assassinating them. That was fun, but it’s time to mix it up. Assassin’s Creed III does just that, while it still follows the age old struggle of Templars vs Assassins, Assassins Creed III makes it more exciting by making the story far more emotional and personal. The new hero’s (Connor Kenway), story is very emotional and powerful. Even though Connor isn’t as charming as Ezio, Connor’s story is more interesting by making the story feel more personal. You come to care for Connor and his motive, which is the pursuit of justice and freedom for all. Connor has an almost naive view of the world, he at first sees the world as simple good and evil, and that everyone, black, white, native, etc, should be free. It becomes clear by the end that Connor strives for that which does not exist. I could write a book about Connor and his motives, just know that he is an amazing character. The story takes chances, without spoiling, Connor explores the Templar ideology more than any other assassin in the series. The game is also not afraid to take well know historical figures such as George Washington and question his motives. The characters in this game are not simple good and evil. Every single character, even the antagonist, are well developed 3-dimensional characters. The only reason that ACIII story isn’t a perfect 10, is the abrupt and unsatisfying ending to Desmond’s story. I mean, we’ve gotten to know Desmond over the course of 5 games. 5!!! The end felt as if they pulled it out of their ass at the last second.
The gameplay is absolutely mind-blowing. Warning to veteran fans like myself, the developers have completely changed the controls and it takes quite some getting use to. However, every change was made for the better being that combat is far more fun and varied, free climbing feels more fluid with the addition of tree and rock climbing, and being stealthy is more fun. Luckily, the game takes its time to help you get used to these changes. Also, the city’s along with the frontier are amazing and offer a fresh addition to the series. Although the cities aren’t quite as fun as say Rome or Constantinople, they offer a great experience nonetheless. Naval combat is also a welcomed addition to the series and to say the least, it’s epic and it’s a blast to wage war on the sea. You could spend another dozen hours on the high seas if your heart longs for it. The gameplay is perfect, it’s too bad though that it is hindered by a handful of bugs and glitches. It’s possible that during combat you can’t attack, or you could be trying to fire your gun and it doesn’t work, but these glitches are rare but they do exist. The game actually borders on a perfect score, but I can’t ignore the glitches. In the long run, Assassins Creed III is such an amazing experience altogether that these setbacks seem to be only a drop in the bucket.
Assassins Creed III’s music is as amazing as any current game soundtrack. It capture’s the mood perfectly and gives every scene more emotional resonance. The sound effects are also stellar, and the sound of every sword, gun, cannon, and death sounds very accurate. But, like most of the game, it’s glitches hinder the experience. There are several times where the music will overpower the dialogue, and there are times when a conversation will end mid-sentence. Once again however, these negative points are few and far between and barely scrape the overall wonderful audio experience of the game.
The graphics look better than ever, the cities and forest look beautiful, and there is now a beautifully done weather system. The animation is excellent, and the facial animation is top notch. Obviously you will see certain graphical improvements in the PC version on a top-of-the-notch machine, but altogether Assassins Creed III has the best visuals in the series.
The multiplayer is fun, but for the most part it’s the same multiplayer system that we saw in Revelation. The addition of wolf pack and domination is great, but everything else feels the same. It’s also not a contender against multiplayer powerhouses like Halo, COD, Battlefield, or GOW.
Addictive gameplay, beautiful graphics, and a moving emotional story make Assassins Creed III a must own. It’s a shame that there are so many glitches that break you away from the immersive world it does so well to pull you into. Regardless, Assassins Creed III is a superb game and a must own.