Assassin’s Creed is not a game, it is not a series, it is not a franchise – It is an Epic. That is what a die-hard Assassin’s Creed fan would say but that is what is true and what makes the series so special are the improvements in every new installment. What am I talking about? It’s Assassin’s Creed III. The game is as perfect as it can be. The music, gameplay, story, everything seems to be flawless.
Setting and Location
The game is set in the 18th Century American Revolution and well according to me, the setting is perfectly executed. You will get to see some of the most famous events in history such as the Boston Tea Party and epic battles such as the Battle of Fort Duquesne and Battle of Fort Hill as well as Valley Forge. Meet leaders such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
You don’t just live in a revolution, you are a part of it.
The game features beautiful forests, grasslands, mountains and oceans. The detail is almost real-like. The animals, cities and people are real now. Dogs bark at you, Cats meow. Cows and Pigs in the country farms. There aren’t just people in the game but children too. Everything seems real life. The open world experience has come a long way since Assassin’s Creed began in 2007 and it has improved.
Connor Kenway or Ratonhnhaké:ton is a Half-British, Half-Mohawk Assassin who has swore to kill the Templars and also, make America a free man’s land. The character’s story as well as life isn’t shown as deeply as it was done in the case of Altair and Ezio, probable reason being that this time, it is not the character’s story alone but a nation’s. However, some instances from Connor’s life are still shown and portrayed in the same emotional Ubisoft way, they know how to trigger emotions. Connor has a better understanding of life than his predecessors as he already knows the difference between right and wrong. He is a simple lad who is on a mission and who has sworn not to deviate from it until it is accomplished.
You grow up with Connor in the overall gameplay from a 5 year old child to a grown man.
The story is well narrated and is not that shallow as it was criticized earlier. The overall story and conclusion to Desmond Miles’ story may as well be shocking and sudden for you. That is what they did in this game, at moments you feel like you know where the story is going but it goes exactly the other way round. The style of storytelling is a little modified as you don’t start with Desmond or Connor directly instead you start with Connor’s father, Haytham Kenway. Reason being the ‘key’, another Piece of Eden which does exactly what you think it will do, it opens a door. The door inside the Grand Temple that Minerva and Jupiter have been mentioning since Assassin’s Creed II.
Desmond Miles has transformed into a Master Assassin and you get to play 3 missions using him. Yes, that is right. The real life, 21st Century Assassin Experience. Climb Skyscrapers, Infiltrate Stadiums, Assassinate Templars.
The story is right where it should be, ‘The Beginning of the End’.
Soundtrack and Background Score
Sadly Jesper Kyd, didn’t contribute this time but the music by Lorne Balfe is equally good, if not better. The music will keep you hooked to the story-line and will give more of a movie like feel than a game. Perfect compositions fit at perfect scenes and moments. When you listen to the main ‘Assassin’s Creed III Theme’, a revolutionary and rebellious feeling is sure to jump in your mind. The track I loved is, ‘Fight Club’ which comes in all the Mano-a-Mano brawls in the game.
Assassin’s Creed didn’t lose the musical charm it has always had.
Finally, the best thing in Assassin’s Creed III is the gameplay experience. Combat has been improved to a great extent, with gruesome moves and fierce counters. Though the basic Combat remains the same, Defend and Counter. Dual-Wielding of weapons helps alot and now, more than one enemy can charge at you at the same time which makes the combat more interesting.
Free-Running and Climbing has improved. When the Creative Director said, “Almost anything is climbable in Assassin’s Creed III”, he meant it. You can climb trees, hills, rocks, buildings and almost anything that I missed. The new interface of the HUD is more cleaner.
The Hunting is well a very new and innovative concept added in this installment. When a Black Bear charges towards you, the visual is so realistic that people may wet their pants. Not kidding. Apart from Black Bears you can hunt Elks (Male and Female), Foxes, Wolves, Rabbits and Hares. You can kill them directly with your blade or you can use Bait and Snares. If feeling adventurous, you can go face to face with a Bear, Elk or Wolf to trigger combat.
Naval Warfare is a mini game sequence which is not a disaster as the Den Defense in Assassin’s Creed : Revelations. The ships are realistic and the Naval battles are well synchronised. You can sink ships using Cannon Balls, Manned Guns or Chains.
Fighting in the ocean could never be more fun.
If all of these were the cake then the Multiplayer is the cherry atop. New modes such as the ‘Wolfpack’ adds more the Multiplayer fun. You are a team of four and you complete sequences by hunting CPU players. Apart from the Wolfpack I didn’t find anything else that was completely new in the Multiplayer, though the interface has improved to a greater extent.
In a nutshell,
Improved Graphics and Combat
Serene Setting and Location
Improved Gameplay and New Features
Can be a little too much to do, thus confusing Gamers.
IGN rating – 8.6/10
My Rating – 9/10