Stealth, speed and story. These are three words that are synonymous with the Assassin’s Creed series. With the franchise now in its fifth installment, and at risk of becoming stagnant and boring, Ubisoft introduces us to another ancestor of main character Desmond and tackles a new period in history, the American Revolution.
The majority of “Assassin’s Creed 3” takes place in colonial Boston during the American Revolution. The team at Ubisoft Montreal focused on creating the most accurate representation of Boston in the 1700s as possible. The streets are alive with shopkeepers, town criers and marching Red Coats – complete with field drummers – to announce their arrival. Residents respond to your movements and the more you interact with the world, the more active the world becomes.
The aesthetics of “Assassin’s Creed 3” are stunning. The world presents an evolving weather system that changes naturally throughout the game. Alternating between a bright sunny day in the Boston Harbor to a snowy blizzard in the frontier creates gorgeous visuals that push the boundaries of the Playstation 3, while details like trees, foliage and the unique features of the townspeople hold it back from being truly amazing. The day and night system used in the game immerses you in the world and will truly make you afraid to visit the frontier at nightfall.
The variety of environments used in “Assassin’s Creed 3” breathes new life into the series. The architecture of colonial Boston is perfect for the free-running mobility that the series is known for. This time, however, you are not only leaping from rooftops or scaling the side of buildings, but it allows you to experience the wilderness of the frontier. Being able to scale trees proves difficult at first but is soon fluid and a true experience.
The gameplay in “Assassin’s Creed 3” is actually more of the same, which is both good and bad. The aqueous combat from the previous games returns, accompanied by even more brutal combats. Combat is fun, but a bit more challenge would have been welcomed, especially for the fifth game in the series. Luckily, the story of “Assassin’s Creed 3” will keep you enthralled.
The main story continues from the previous games in the series. Desmond Miles and his brotherhood of assassins are still trying to prevent the end of the world brought on by the Templars. To do this, the team must continue to investigate and discover the Pieces of Eden. To accomplish this task, Desmond must step into the shoes of Ratonhnhaké:ton, also known as Connor, his half-British, half-Mohawk ancestor. After a shocking twist in the beginning, you play as Connor from a boy to an adult. The story of “Assassin’s Creed 3” is one of vengeance, revenge and family. Interwined in this tale are the events that gave us our freedom, the American Revolution.
One of the best points of the story is the ability to interact with the forefathers who help develop our nation. From George Washington to Samuel Adams, it is a historical treasure to be able to interact with the true legends of this country. The game’s writers play with history enough to provide a semiaccurate portrayal of the establishment of freedom in this country. They also go the distance to provide historical references and information.
The game is packed with side missions and quests that make it instantly replayable. The two that stand out the most are the hunting side quests and homestead missions.
The popular multiplayer mode has also returned, featuring a new mode called Wolf Pack, which is soon to become a franchise favorite.