For anyone unfamiliar with the principal of the Assassin’s Creed games, the premise essentially involves re-enacting an age-old conflict between the evil Templars and the noble Assassin’s Brotherhood through various momentous points in history. Previous titles in the series have spirited players back to the crusades and Renaissance Italy, but the latest episode takes place during events surrounding the American War of Independence.
For most of the game you will play as a young half-English, half-Mohawk fellow called Connor who, in an attempt to save his tribe’s village, is set on the assassin’s path and becomes embroiled in the politics and conflict of the American Revolution. Despite this major change in setting, the underlying game-play formula remains largely the same. Using your acrobatic talents, stealth abilities and finely-honed killing skills, you get to explore vast areas-including 18th Century Boston, New York and wild frontier lands-uncovering plots, gathering support and, of course, assassinating bad guys.
There’s a lot more to it than too. Assassin’s Creed III has a seemingly limitless supply of side missions and mini-games, including finding collectables, hunting wild animals and even naval combat. A decent selection of multiplayer modes fleshes out the experience further still, resulting in a mammoth game that could keep you occupied for months.
Assassin’s Creed III takes a long time to get going, though, Where previous games in the series reveled in getting creative with the people and events from long ago, the latest episode feels, at times, bogged down by a more somber and serious approach to historical accuracy.
This aside, Assassin’s Creed III retains much of what made earlier games in the series so enjoyable. It’s possibly the best-looking game in the series so far too. Seasoned assassins will undoubtedly find plenty to love, though we’d recommend newcomers try one of the previous titles, such as the series ‘career high Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, now available at a budget price.