Assassin's Creed III - American History, AXED!
The American Revolution during the latter 18th century was a time of strife in the Thirteen Colonies of the British Empire, stretching from Georgia to the south to Massachusetts in the north. Dissent was rampant due to harsh taxes levied upon them and lack of representation in the British Parliament, culminating in events which include the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, events which in turn resulted in the American Revolutionary War.
Within such historical events, a silent (albeit fictional) cog was turning the gears of fate towards the history of an independent United States of America, one that unsheathes its hidden blade to assassinate the villains of its history and performs leaps of faith from high grounds into a wagon filled with haystacks.
Assassin's Creed III takes you to that story.
Developed by Ubisoft (the same jolly good fellows behind Far Cry 3 and Michael Jackson: The Experience), Assassin's Creed III follows the same concept as its mainstream prequels - the main character, Desmond Miles, goes into the Animus to experience the trials and tribulations of his Assassin ancestors, and after Altair in the first game and Ezio in the second, he experiences the life of a more recent, half-Native American ancestor by the name of Connor (trust me, Connor's real name is quite a mouthful to spell and pronounce), in the timeline spanning throughout the era of the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War that succeeded it. With heavy references to historical figures of the American Revolution, which include appearances of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere and the like, the plot is a fictionalised recreation of the American Revolution with Assassins, so please take historical references in this game with a pinch of salt.
Before I start with the gameplay, I have to let this out of my system: THE PC PORT IS FLAWED WITH LACK OF WINDOWED MODE... among other things (plus game crashes and all that jazz), so no screenshots of mine for you. In its stead, I got myself a PS3 port of Assassin's Creed 3, and it's already a good investment considering it got me stuck in the game for almost half a day without food or drink (unless you have a gamer's constitution, please do not attempt what I did at home or anywhere else for the sake of your health).
So... where was I heading? Oh yes... gameplay. Having only getting into the Assassin's Creed series bandwagon recently with this game, I could not say much about the gameplay changes between this game and its prequels, but several gameplay aspects impressed me, especially the vast landscape that Connor can navigate through and hunt for wildlife. It's almost like Far Cry 3 all over again (considering both are developed by Ubisoft), only that it is set in 18th century American frontier. For efficient navigation through the vast tracts of rural area, I would suggest riding on horseback.
Another lovely aspect of gameplay that I almost missed out in Assassin's Creed III is the ability to set sail on a ship. Yes, Connor can helm a ship to the open seas for trade and encountering enemy ships is a fun experience when you command the cannons at your will to fire on enemy ships. If there is a future game from Ubisoft featuring pirates, they should make use of the same gameplay mechanics they used in the shipping missions and sub-missions for an immersive gaming experience.
Overall, if you have an affinity for American history and the Assassin's Creed series, this game is the best of both worlds. Despite only jumping to the Assassin's Creed bandwagon recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the vast landscape, numerous missions and sub-missions, and also heavy references to historical figures and events that happened during the American Revolution, and I hope that the game would offer a similar experience to all who purchased this game, be it newbies who played a game in this series for the first time or longtime hardcore fans of the series.
The game has been out on PS3 and Xbox 360 since 30th October 2012, PC since 20th November 2012 and Wii U since 18th November 2012, so go on and take a leap of faith in Assassin's Creed III!