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Assassin's Creed III -- The Tyranny of King Washington
23 April 2013
Conclusion: The Tyranny of King Washington is made to the highest standards, but also overpriced for what it is. Though the new powers refresh and reshape Assassin’s Creed III’s gameplay, most of the locations and missions here are overly reminiscent of what we’ve seen time and time again in the main campaign, and only towards the end does the story really come into its own. It would be a much easier recommendation at half the price.
Pros: New powers refresh the gameplay, High production values, Story eventually pays off
Cons: Overpriced, Doesn't do enough with the setting
Excerpt: The Wii U’s launch line-up included a number of triple-A ports previously released for other platforms, and chief among these titles was Ubisoft’s highly ambitious sequel Assassin’s Creed III. While the game doesn’t take full advantage of the console’s dual-screen functionality, ACIII still offers Wii U owners a lengthy, story-driven action-adventure that is difficult to put down once you’ve become invested in its dramatic narrative that continues the franchise’s...
Excerpt: To many Americans there is a mystical quality to the years of the American Revolution: the men and women who participated in the founding of America shed blood and tears as their lives were torn asunder in the name of something greater than themselves. Their names have become as legend, their beliefs and positions hotly debated by different political factions as the years have progressed, and society changed with that progression.
Pros: Gorgeous environments and representations of famous places and figures take the center stage here. The voice acting also deserves a nod: Assassin's Creed 3 features some of the best performances in a game in years, though the actor for Connor seems less than enthusiastic at times. Ship-to-ship combat is a welcome addition, and adds an extra element to pull players in. Some of the best sequences in the game take place on the water. The attention to detail is stunning, ...
Cons: Despite wonderful visuals, Assassin's Creed 3 stutters, has graphical hiccups that affect gameplay, and has some of the worst anti-aliasing problems this side of the Playstation 2. A large number of glitches threaten to render the game unplayable, most of which should have been fixed by a rather large patch at this point. Some of the historical events here feel contrived, with the Paul Revere sequence ending up perhaps the most grievous offender. The "Desmond story", ...
Excerpt: Despite being deeply flawed, 2007’s Assassin’s Creed was a damn fine example of the current console generation’s potential, one that was achieved in the subsequent Ezio trilogy. But unlike its predecessors, Assassin's Creed III was a game that had few flaws to fix, no big problems to correct, and no gameplay mechanics to reinvent.
Pros: Convinient use of GamePad screen, Remote Play support for TV-less gameplay, Complete version of the game
Cons: Sometimes muddy textures and shadows, Even more glitches than the other versions, Multiplayer servers are empty
Summary: The original 'Assassin's Creed' was a unique but flawed game that set up an interesting world and premise. Unfortunately, the play mechanics were not as precise as they should have been, leading to a title that held more promise than pleasure. Ubisoft, realizing what could be, perfected the formula with 'Assassin's Creed II'. Not only was the gameplay more engaging, but the new lead, Ezio Auditore, immediately became one of the leading characters in all of video gaming.
Excerpt: Connor is a difficult character to like in some respects, because he has little interest in the plight of the patriots except as it relates to the security of his own people. He tends to act a bit like an overgrown child in some instances, lashing out at the people around him, then trusting them and helping them only a short time later. If he’s not the perfect hero, though, at least his shortcomings make him seem human.
Summary: Certain vital events from the American Revolution have become so iconic that they still loom over our collective consciousness. The Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's famous ride, and George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River aren't just important historical events--they are symbols of perseverance, self-sacrifice, and the quest for independence. Assassin's Creed III depicts some of these milestones, though it doesn't fully romanticize early American culture.
Pros: Great storytelling that bridges two time periods, Exciting sea battles, Watching your homestead come together provides a sense of progress, Lots of historical and visual details to admire, Varied missions make good use of individual mechanics
Cons: Far too many bugs and other technical issues, Hunting is underdeveloped, Parkour and stealth inconsistencies
Conclusion: Connor may not be the most likable protagonist, but the story is riveting enough to make up for him. The gameplay has frustrating moments, but the fighting is entertaining enough to keep you brutalizing enemies for hours, and there are plenty of side-missions and extras in this game to keep you around for a long time. When it comes right down to it, Assassin’s Creed III is a good game. It makes changes, but that’s what a series should be doing.