With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, it’s up to Desmond Miles to save it. The big question now is can he? For five games I’ve been involved in Desmond’s life and now I’ve come to the epic conclusion of his story. Along the way I got to step in the shoes of his assassin ancestors Altair and Ezio Auditore. Now it’s a Native American named Connor, and the historic backdrop takes place during the American Revolution. America is fighting for it’s independence from the British, and Connor is on a quest out to wipe out all the Templars that stand in his way. History and the “End of the World.” If that’s not exciting enough then you might want to check your pulse.

PROS:

This Is Desmond’s Story
While I got to play as Connor while tapped in to the Animus, the game was more about the adventures of Desmond Miles. While I felt like Assassin’s Creed 2 was more about Ezio, the Assassin’s Creed games as a whole were always about Desmond no matter what happened in the Animus. Sure scaling tall buildings, making leaps of faith into haystacks, and stealth killing enemies was awesome, but it was the struggles facing Desmond in the modern world where the game took center stage. The actual assassins just made it popular. Besides I don’t think that Ubisoft would have sold as many copies of the game with Desmond on the cover right?

It’s A Revolution
Once in the Animus Assassin’s Creed 3 transported me to Colonial America during the time of the American Revolution. Cities including Boston and New York were filled with people along with a few nasty “Redcoats” making their presence with their pompous attitude. During my journeys I even met a few famous Americans including Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, and the man who eventually became the first president, George Washington. While playing the game I really felt like I was there living and breathing the events that would shape the birth of our great nation. I was so transversed into the story and felt like I was living history. It was amazing!

Naval Battles Are Awesome
Man the cannons! This Assassin’s Creed game is not just about stealth and killing Templars. Assassin’s Creed 3 now features actual naval battles where I captained an actual ship and took on other naval vessels in epic battles. I had my doubts in the beginning about the naval missions, but became addicted to it the more i played. Piloting the high seas on the Atlantic coastline is a lot of fun. Physics seem to play a big role as well with winds, waves, storms, and much more just to play out on the realism. I was also able to upgrade my ship making the battles just a little bit easier.

Multiplayer
I consider Assassin’s Creed to be more of a single player experience. Multiplayer was more of an afterthought and not needed. Well it looks like Assassin’s Creed 3 received a major overhaul in this department. No longer is it lame and boring. Here I found multiple game modes where I was able to put my skills to the test as I assassinate targets while avoiding the same. I enjoyed multiplayer the most in Wolf Pack mode where I worked as part of a team to eliminate enemies in increasing waves of difficultly. Assassin’s Creed 3’s multiplayer definitely gives me a big break between all the shooters that I have allowing me to engage in something different as well as have fun in the process.

CONS:

There’s A Glitch In The Animus
Here’s an example of what happened to me. So here I am roaming through Boston and I noticed one of the pages of Ben Franklin’s Almanac flying through the streets of the city. I was on my way to capture it when all of a sudden something was blocking my path. It was my horse that was glitching as I moved. I had a good laugh or two for awhile, but it then became a real pain in the ass for me as my glitched horse just followed me flickering around everywhere I went until I ran into a building. As I went through various message boards I began to notice that other players were also experiencing some random bugs. Assassin’s Creed 3 is filled with these random moments, but none of them are major game breakers. Hey Ubisoft, hopefully an update is in the near future.

IN CONCLUSION

As much as I have enjoyed playing Assassin’s Creed 3 so far I’ve come to the conclusion that this game is good, but still not as great as what Assassin’s Creed 2 was. There are plenty of improvements including a more fleshed out story, the naval missions, and fantastic multiplayer, but it still has a long way to go to match the greatness of what Ezio’s story was. The bugs eventually will be exterminated. and the King Washington DLC is something I’m really looking forward to. Ubisoft clearly has another big winner on their hands and I can’t wait to see what the next Assassin’s Creed game brings.

Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox 360
Players: 1-8 (online multiplayer)
Price: $59.99

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