Assassins Creed moves away from the familiar settings of Monteriggioni and Constantinople which followers of the series will be familiar with now. This is a huge decision by Ubisoft to move the game to a completely new surrounding and new continent. The game opens in the present day, with Desmond, his father, Rebecca, and Shaun finding the Temple in a cave in New York, Desmond uses the Apple to gain entry to the Temple and in doing so starts to activate a lot of equipment. He also activates a timer to the event which is set on December 21st 2012.
Shortly after Desmond falls into a Fugue state at which point he is returned to the Animus and bleeds back to Haytham Kenway who is set to become the Grand Master of the Templar Order. You get thrown in at the deep end literally when the game opens at the London Opera where your job is to get a medallion from a patron which inevitably ends with you killing him and fleeing in the crowd of people, but not before a young boy witnesses the murder. The Medallion is thought to be a key to a storehouse of “Those who came before” so Haytham is sent to the American Colonies to find it. The next section of the game take places on a ship which helps to show you how far away from the familiar area you are. Things aren’t exactly rosy on the ship as there are whispers of mutiny and crew member working to their own agenda to turn the ship into a travelling ship. Haytham prevents this from happening and the Ship then arrives in Boston where the adventure really kicks off.
The environment looks like what we would expect from assassins creed however has an obvious american twist it still looks beautiful and the sections of the game that allow you to synchronise and open up areas on the map still are extremely rewarding. The story missions in the game still follow the same kind of pattern of stalking and either gaining information or killing someone however being a massive area you have the ability to go off and do your own thing, look for treasures, fight redcoats, and even hunt for Benjamin Franklin’s Almanac pages!
Later in the game you take on the role of Haytham Kenway’s Son Conner who you will play for most of his life taking him from early stages all the way through to adulthood and not wishing to give you spoilers into the life of Conner but you will see him in taking a part in key moments of the American Revolution. There are a lot of differences between Conner and Ezio as you would expect however Conner does becomes a very interesting character to play.
Fortunately Ubisoft released a patch on day 1 which seems to have fixed quite a lot of the graphics issues however truth is there still is occasional issues that you will see but nothing that for me took away from just how good the game is and Assassins Creed 3 definitely holds its own in the series. I would suggest that everyone tries their hands on the Multiplayer aspect of Assassins Creed which has continued to grow from strength to strength since it was added to the game in Brotherhood. Assassins Creed 3 introduces a new co-op mode called Wolf Pack where you an a team work together to kill NPC targets, it is a lot of fun a change from the regular assassination mode that pits you against other player controlled characters, which still is very good.
Although during AC3 you are kept on story line, the story itself is very good and interesting to see how things pan out, I haven’t finished the game yet because I spend a lot of time deviating and going to annoy guards but I will get there in the end, a welcome addition to the series.
All Things Xbox Rating: 9/10