Sunday, November 4, 2012

Game Review: Assassin's Creed 3

Assassin's Creed is certainly a unique series. I remember renting Assassin's Creed 1 from Blockbuster when it first came out. The sheer scope of the game amazed me. And now, with Assassin's Creed 3, that feeling has returned.

Let's start off with a rundown of the setting. Assassin's Creed 3 takes place during the American Revolution, and the Assassins and Templars are still at it. The Templars seem to back the British, while the remnants of the Assassins support George Washington and the Patriots. The game initially starts off during the French and Indian war, and the main plot ends around 1781.

No Ezio this time, as you take the reins as Connor, the half British, half Native American protagonist. Connor's motivation for becoming an Assassin is a bit more noble than Ezio's or Altair's. Ezio sought revenge for his father and brothers' deaths. Altair had been born into the Order. Connor just, honest-to-god, wants to ensure the safety and freedom of everyone. Unfortunately for him, this has also made him quite naive to the way the world works. Connor goes out of his way to try and save everyone, and he tends to pay for it. Throughout the story, we see Connor struggle with this, as he is forced to change himself while bringing the Templars to their knees.

Of course, the story has always been about Desmond and his quest to prevent the sun from destroying the earth on the fated date, December 21, 2012. While that may not happen in real life, this is a real problem in Assassin's Creed. At the end of Revelations, Desmond, Shaun, Rebecca and Desmond's father had arrived at a temple the First Civilization had built. Within, Desmond learns more about the First Civilization's failed attempts to prevent the last time the sun nearly wiped out the world. Outside the temple, we get to see Desmond's acquired skills, as he travels around the world, gathering power sources to open the final chamber of the temple. The player gets to see how a modern day Assassin works. Besides all the new technology, it's very similar to the way Ezio and Connor operate.

While the final 2 sequences of Connor's story were a bit baffling, the real confusion came at the end of Desmond's story. While it wasn't Mass Effect 3 bad, it was a bit puzzling, though it revealed the new antagonist for upcoming Assassin's Creed games.

Assassin's Creed 3 certainly lived up to the hype. With another game hopefully making its appearance soon, I'm looking forward to seeing where Ubisoft goes from here.

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