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"The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves." -George Washington,
This review is from: Assassin's Creed III (Video Game)
I am a longtime fan of this series (as well as third person action titles like "Uncharted", "Gears", and "Resident Evil"), and I have played every "Assassin's Creed" entry that has appeared on consoles. AC3 is my favorite of the bunch, surpassing even the debut of Ezio in Renassaince Italy three years ago. Though some "sandbox" fans may lament the fact that the game keeps you on a rather tight leash for the first few hours, I feel that the story is so stunningly presented, and your missions so riveting to execute, there is little to complain about. You'll soon be given the opportunity to either stick closely to the engrossing narrative, or to roam about in the fascinating sandbox (and in true AC style, there are a few surprises revealed during those early hours that are a thrill to take part in).
The setting of the Revolutionary War is fascinating, particularly for fans of early American history. I found the story to be highly engaging, and I couldn't wait to see what came next. The game controls beautifully in every aspect, from free climbing to combat. Controls are so responsive and intelligently implemented (following the AC pedigree, but refined to their best incarnation yet), I'm generally not even conscious of the controller in my hand. From a technical perspective, the graphics, sound, and voice acting are among the best of this console generation, if not the very finest. A great attention to detail can be seen in elements such as the shadows, the snowfall... even the pores of characters' faces are realistically rendered.
But there's more to AC3 than the measurable assets. There is something about the way in which the entire package comes together to create something intangible, something truly rare. In the shoes of Connor (and others), I hear the snow crunching beneath the soles of my feet as I traverse this wilderness of the northeast and the textured surface of Boston's cobblestone streets. Far beyond that, however, I can FEEL it... this game has so thoroughly immersed me, it is as if I have been transported to another time, another place, and into the shoes of other human beings... I feel as though I have truly assumed the role of the characters, embarking upon an incredible adventure.
I realize it's fiction, of course, but I feel as though I am actively taking part in one of the most remarkable events in the history of mankind, shaping the world as we now know it. The goal of games is to create experiences for the players that would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in reality. In that regard, AC3 is a great success. I have been able to lose myself in its experience, and every moment spent in Connor's shoes has been enjoyable. It is one of the finest games I have ever played, and the scope of its vision and ambition has left me stunned.