Tuesday, 30 October 2012

LADY ELEANOR VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Assassin's Creed 3 - Ubisoft

Release Date: 31/10/12


Assassin's Creed III is a third-person Action-Adventure game in which players take on the role of an assassin hunting remnants of the ancient Templar order, hiding in plain site against the backdrop of the American Revolutionary War. The game is the fifth overall release in the Assassin's Creed franchise and the first to include significant use of firearms. Features include: an all new assassin character, a link to the modern Desmond Miles character from earlier games, gameplay spread over decades, naval combat, Native American weapons, new physics, animation and weather systems, and intense multiplayer featuring new characters.

A Revolution in Assassins
The American Colonies, 1775: A brave young warrior fights to save his homeland. But what begins as a struggle over territory turns into an extraordinary journey that will transform him into a master assassin - one that will forever change the destiny of a newborn nation.

You are Connor, warrior son of a Native American mother and British father. As the colonies draw closer to revolution, you will dedicate your life to the freedom of your clan, becoming the spark that ignites the revolution into a full blaze. Your crusade will lead you through blood-soaked battlefields and crowded city streets, to the perilous wilderness and stormy seas. You will not only witness history... you will make it. Set against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest Revolutions in world history, prepare to be drawn back into the centuries old battle between the Assassin’s Order and their sworn enemy, the Templars. Unleash lethal new skills and experience a stunningly realistic world created by Anvil Next, a new engine that redefines gaming. Welcome to an entirely new chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga.
Key Game Features

A New Master Assassin - As Connor, a Native American assassin, unleash your predatory instincts to stalk your enemies and devastate them with new weapons including tomahawks, rope darts, firearms and more.
Ignite the Fires of Revolution - Fighting from Lexington to Bunker Hill, you are America's first highly trained master assassin. Incite the revolution by working behind the scenes alongside historical icons like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and more.
Explore a Brave New World - Pursue your enemies through massive environments, from bustling city streets to blood-soaked battlefields, and into the far reaches of the American frontier.
Stunning New Design - Experience the power of Ubisoft-AnvilNext, the new engine designed for Assassin's Creed III. Revolutionary physics, animation and weather systems deliver unprecedented realism, while a whole new combat system delivers more intense, gut-wrenching battles than ever before.
Conquer the Seas - Take command of your own naval warship and send your enemies to a watery grave.
Intense Multiplayer - The acclaimed multiplayer system returns with a host of refinements, including all-new characters, maps and modes to deliver the most compelling online experience yet.


Lets start this out honest from the get go, I’ve been a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed games for a number of years with the original title, starring Altair, being the thing that made me buy an Xbox in the first place. The graphics were gorgous, the gameplay addictive and there was just so much you could do including figuring out which tactics suited your style of play better whilst you were running (or riding) through a landscape that took your breath away.

So when we heard about the second title starring Ezio, I was more than up for the challenge of moving on to Renaissance Italy, they’d increased the landscape, they gave you more abilities and they also worked on giving the player more gameplay with meticulously researched buildings and the ability to swim (you wouldn’t believe how many times poor old Altair drowned whilst I was trying to get some of those flags) with steadily increasing options with additions including guilds and building up your finances through shop purchases. It was innovative, it brought a purpose to collecting money and of course tied it all up with a storyline that was hard to let go.

Then we hit the third outing, this time with Connor Kenway, (birth name Ratonhnhaké:ton) taking the player to the American Colonies during the Revolution. This time, a whole new set of skills, a selection of new weapons with the player managing their homestead to earn finances as well as my favourite part of taking to the High Sea’s in your own ship, fighting it out with cannon.

Add to this a top notch storyline, a lavish new fighting style backed up with so many choices to make and you know its something epic, but I’ve yet to mention one thing, the scale. You thought the other games were big? This one is one and a half times the size of Rome, its epic, there’s so much to see, so much to do and of course new routes to find to achieve your objectives with the simplest straight forward one not always being the best way to hit the area that you’re trying to reach.

Finally throw into the mix tree running and hunting and all round this game is one that will keep you playing for quite some time, so much so that as of the time of writing this I’ve already logged a lot of time (but I’m a girl who loves achieving each objective) and still have a huge amount of things left to do. So much so that I haven’t even looked at the multiplayer options yet that include a variety of options from hunting your friends throughout the landscape or capture and holding land. It’s definitely one of the games of the year without a question and when added to scale, playtime and graphically it’s definitely a game that holds a knife to your throat demanding that you own a copy.

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