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Assassin’s Creed III

31 October 2012
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Assassin’s Creed III

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Assassin’s Creed III (2012)
Assassin’s Creed III is a beast. Arguably the single most ambitious title in Ubisoft development history, this third and presumably final chapter in current gen history is so colossal in fact, that the hours you’ll need to invest in it sail comfortably into double digit territory before you barely even begin to scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Thankfully, almost every moment you do invest will be worth it.

This third instalment of the series’ epic narrative unfurls over a sizeable chunk of the 18th Century, with the American Revolution serving as the backdrop for an epic tale involving series stalwart Desmond Miles’ half-British, half-Native American ancestral assassin, Connor Kenway. And being that this is the final chapter in Desmond’s saga the stakes are higher than ever before – the present day is a mere month or so away from an apocalyptic curtain call, and only our heroes’ genetic memories hold the key to stopping it.

Whilst the primary narrative focus sees you stalk and slay a huge roster of Templar targets, there are a vast amount of peripheral activities to sink your teeth into including managing Connor’s homestead, recruiting settlers, establishing trade links and taking to high seas to wage war. And on top of all that, there’s a monstrous selection of multiplayer modes to wade through. Yes, there are some coding snafus and gameplay glitches, but we’ve been told that the bulk of these have been addressed in the meaty day one patch that the super publisher recommends you download to “optimize your player experience”.

So, in spite of the bumpy modern day missions and a slightly flaccid ending, Assassin’s Creed III is by far the grandest and most rewarding instalment in the series to date. As to whether or not it’s the finest moment in the series’ five-year history is simply a matter of personal opinion.

Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson

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It ain't Ezio...

I don't know if I'm overly biased, but I found AC3 to be quite disappointing after the scope, characterization and scale of the Ezio trilogy. The pace was a lot slower, there were lots of little glitches and I found the characters to be very dull and 1 dimensional. Yes there were plenty of side missions and free roaming but I didn't really care. There wasn't the emotional attachment I felt with Ezio; Connor wasn't a sympathetic character, I didn't really care about him and although I applaud Ub... More

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Posted by morphie at 12:40, 13 March 2013 | Report This Post

Love it!

For me - it's the best of Assassins serie. I like its storyline, graphics and generally everything :P ... More

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Posted by chocolade at 13:18, 11 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 5 star my ass

I think Assasins Creed is great. I really like that Connor not only fights for independent but also takes care for his people. ... More

Posted by chocolade at 08:03, 27 December 2012 | Report This Post

5 star my ass

empire please don't make fool of yourself ... More

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Posted by bereski at 15:11, 30 November 2012 | Report This Post

Same Old Shit, Different Game

Let's get the good out of the way first- the game looks sterling. And I mean, 'sterling'. Animations are fluid, graphics are gorgeous, and free running has been improved with edition of the ability to sprint through the trees. Now, where it all falls apart.... is pretty much everywhere else. Have you ever played an Assassin's Creed game? Any of them? Yes? Well, you don't need to bother playing this one then. It's the same old tired game, the same old mechanics, the same old packaging. The charac... More

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Posted by blaud at 12:46, 29 November 2012 | Report This Post

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