Assassin’s Creed 3 Throwback Video Game Review

I can remember a time when it felt like every other year there was a world-ending prophecy. Remember Y2K and the end of the Mayan Calendar? Neither of them would cause the end but, with these events, it’s fun to see how some stories can come from what they were expected to be.

Assassin’s Creed 3 is a video game that uses the Mayan Calendar as a catalyst for our character to continue researching history. In the aftermath of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Desmond is searching for a way to stop a coronal mass ejection that could fry the earth.

Historic Setting

After being told where to go and what to look for at the end of Revelations, Desmond would need to find a key.  Using the memories of his ancestors that lived during the last half of the 18th Century, he began his search.

The first part of the game you are playing as Haytham during the start of the Seven Years War. For the bulk of the game though we play as Haytham’s son Ratonhnhaké:ton. Ratonhnhaké:ton would get the nickname of Connor and have his adventure during the American Revolution.

Gameplay

The changes to gameplay in Assassin’s Creed 3 are a drastic change from what came before. The base control scheme from Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations allowed for a style of play that is mostly defensive. Assassin’s Creed 3 removes the high profile button that would allow for relentless defense and medication. The control change alone would move gameplay to more of attack and time your blocking to counter-attack.

The other most significant change comes from the setting itself. The British Colonies just before the American Revolution were constructed in a way that it forces your character to spend more time on the street. In Boston and New York, the buildings are so far apart that you cant jump across them.  The changes movement to more of a ground-based one with the parkour being more fluid than before. And with the massive wilderness between Boston and New York, riding horses are more prevalent than before.

Final Thoughts

After playing the full Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed 3 was a breath of fresh air. With a different historical period than the last three games, we get new personalities to enjoy. Add the changes with gameplay and this game is a joy to play.

Assassin’s Creed 3 falls in a strange place for being able to recommend it. It’s still enjoyable on its own even six years after its release. The historical story is self-contained, but Desmond’s modern-day story has the possibility of confusing you if you have not played the previous games. I do recommend this game for fans of the series and people who want to see more of the American Revolution.

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