Assassin’s Creed III follows Connor Kenway, a half English, half Native American. The main portion of the game is set before, between 1753 and 1783 whilst in the present-day, Desmond Miles (along with Shaun, Rebecca and William) must prevent the 2012 dooms-day from happening.
In the first Assassin’s Creed, you immediately loved Altaïr, whilst it took some time to warm to Ezio. However, Connor is a hard character to like. He’s hot tempered and eager to get things done as quickly as possible, often without thinking things through properly. This is a shame as the lack of a good story or main character can ruin a game. You need to be able to connect with the character you play, to feel the need to help them in their quest. But where Assassin’s Creed III lacks a likeable character it makes up for in a decent storyline that, without giving too much away, includes a few nice twists that even Desmond voices in the game.
The standard open world gameplay is still in place with a few add extras that make gameplay easier and more fun. These little extras include new weapons such as muskets, rifles and the dart rope, mobile hiding spots such as haystacks in wagons or moving carts, making it easier to sneak closer to your targets. The free running has also been modified, allowing for more fluid movement over obstacles and close combat has also been modified, allowing more options to your attack and defense such as using your enemies as a human shield against firing lines. Along with the new gameplay, there is an added weather feature which changes depending on the seasons, altering how you and your enemies move around the environment.
Another major change is the Homestead. This is where you meet your mentor, Achilles. Starting with a single house and a few outbuildings, you can expand the homestead by persuading people to settle nearby and provide raw materials and craftsmen in return for your help. Assassin’s Creed III also features new, naval missions allowing you to take to the high seas and explore the entire eastern seaboard and attack enemy ships.
Whilst the new features add to the overall gameplay, there are a few problems. There a few glitches in the game such as freezing for no apparent reason and not being able to see where you are going without holding down one of the buttons resulting in the player having to restart the console, losing any unsaved data. Another, slight problem is with the naval missions. Steering can be difficult as you can’t see as clearly as you’d like due to the majority of your view being blocked by the ship you are steering.
As a The added features of Assassin’s Creed III give you more ways to take down your targets and explore the world around you, but the unlikeable Connor and minor glitches are often irritating.
However, Assassin’s Creed III is still a fairly worthwhile and enjoyable addition to the Assassin’s Creed series even if it is lacking in a few areas.
Words: Katie Orchard
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