Assassin’s Creed 3 is just like every other AC game for the most part. That is generally the idea when you are playing a game franchise like this. However, it is still an amazing accomplishment in gaming from the aspect of a great storyline (with a twist that occurs early on in the game); As well, the relatively seamless controls for a fast-paced free-roaming game. While the controls are smooth, there are also a few issues with character movement that prove to be (at times) annoying enough to make you turn off the game out of frustration.
The attack and counter-attack system is thankfully simple but it borders on being too ‘dumbed down’. The other issues with controls are more related to wonky camera angles and how you occasionally get caught on trees, rocks and even small animals within the cities. This is often an issue that can be alleviated by a patch, but I wouldn’t hold my breath as this game won’t have a patch for some time (if trends continue).
The biggest surprise so far has been the quality multiplayer game in AC3. While it is typically some form of deathmatch (what else do you expect from an assassin game?) it is challenging enough to remain fresh as you try new strategies and grow in your knowledge of sneaking around the maps and jumping your enemies in surprising fashion.
The story is decent enough and it will pull you in like the trailer from a major motion picture. The downside to this is that the voice acting and the intelligence of some of the CPU AI is enough to make you want to stick your head in a microwave and hit defrost. The American Revolution is a great time period for a game like this to take place, and the character development is nice (albeit obvious) as far as it goes for the protagonist(s).
Assassin’s Creed 3 is a quality game with relatively high replay-ability. You will want to go back and try to perfect every mission as you learn new techniques. There is also enough depth in the multiplayer for you to play it exclusively if that is your cup of tea. If you love Assassin’s Creed as a series you should certainly invest in the $60 for this game.
This game delivers on everything it promised and the multiplayer was surprisingly addicting.
R.E.A.L. Rating = 93/100
Deductions were taken for the somewhat wonky control issues and the annoying CPU AI/voice acting.