Reader Review: Assassin’s Creed 3 (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)

AC3_BOXThe newest game in the Assassin’s Creed series is here! And since I’m totally clueless when it comes to Assassin’s Creed games, I’ve enlisted the help of my brother Jeff once again. So here’s his take on the game (Wii U version reviewed here).

Technically the fifth game in the series, Assassin’s Creed III continues the story of Desmond Miles and his journey with the futuristic Animus, a device that allows him to relive the lives of his ancestors. Desmond now searches for a solution to avert a global catastrophe as he learns of a massive solar flare that will wipe out all life on Earth in a matter of months. He uses the memories of his half-Native American ancestor known commonly as Connor in order to find a key while combating the opposing Templars during the times of the Revolutionary War.

Like previous games in the series, there is sort of a home zone where Connor can upgrade his abode and the land around it in order to make additional cash and items to help with your missions. It is also the place where you can start the naval missions where Connor goes out to sea with Robert Faulkner and command a ship in order to protect the waters from Templar control. The naval missions are particularly interesting because they offer something uniquely different from the series that could almost be from an entirely different game, and they are also really fun!

The main gameplay is very similar to the previous games as far as combat and stealth portions go. In combat you can smoothly jump into and out of a fight and countering enemy attacks is very easy to pick up, and even though I am pretty bad at sneaking around in games you get plenty of chances to evade pursuers and get away without a scratch. Although the Wii U controller does not have anything too special for the game it does provide a nice map of the area and allows the player to have the controller be the screen if they wish.

Overall, Assassin’s Creed III proves to be my favorite of the series and I’m sure fans of the previous games will find no quarrel with this one. There were a few bugs every now and then with multiple instances of citizens or wanted posters being up even though I had no notoriety but these bugs were far and few between and were just things I noticed. The game proves to be just as addicting as the others with many treasures and collectables to find so there are plenty of things to keep gamers playing. –Jeff Orth


Kid Factor:

Assassin’s Creed 3 is rated M for Mature with ESRB descriptors of Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language. Because of all that, it’s definitely best for older gamers. But the game could also be considered educational, too. Even brother Jeff said it could make learning about history fun. (Kid Factor by Cary Woodham)

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