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4.0 out of 5 stars We don't serve tea here, November 3, 2012
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This review is from: Assassin's Creed III (Video Game)
I pre-ordered the Steelbook version for $1 more on Amazon, it also came with a $5 Amazon Video credit (and all the other add-on content that came with the Standard version). The Steelbook case is very solid feeling with nice artwork on the front and back. If the Steelbook was more than $1 difference I probably would not have ordered that version.

I've been waiting for this game to be released all year! I have enjoyed previous Assassin's Creeds immensely but as a history buff and DAR member this game was the one I really wanted to play. Overall I have no qualms with how the "story" plays out, in fact I rather like killing British subjects because of this game. I did however notice that certain aspects of the game were very similar to other popular games. Some of the game mechanics such as the side missions, map, hunting, "exploration" etc are very similar IMO to Red Dead Redemption. (Tragically, the horse still "gallops" like a lame half-wit.) I could see some vague similarities between the mechanics of this game, Skyrim and Fable III as well, but not as much as RDR.

On a personal note I found it rather interesting how a lot of important elements were tied in to the current with this game. 200+ years ago my ancestors (and some of yours as well) said enough was enough to living under the oppressive rule of tyrant 3000 miles away. Instead of allowing their arms and rights to be stripped from them, they mustered up the courage (and militia) to fight for what was right and had the strength to overcome all obstacles in order to succeed. Sadly, I think our ancestors would roll over in their graves if they saw the state of this country now. Today our media is censored, our politicians are puppets for foreign interests and big companies and our money isn't worth the paper it's printed on...(sorry George). Tomorrow it'll be our right to vote and bear arms. A revolution is brewing before the apocalypse and it's not just a historical action-adventure open world stealth video game anymore!

PROS
Graphics are great, lots of attention to detail
Naval battles
Cinematic cut-scenes are almost real looking
Well-researched, meticulously plotted and beautifully executed account of the American Revolution consolidated and developed into an action packed game
Character movements are fluid and "cat like"
Well thought-out weaponry (ex. rope dart)
Improved combat abilities and stealthiness (ex. ability to start a riot, hiding in tall grass/moving carts, etc)
Assassin recruits have more skills and uses (ex. assassinate, riot, bodyguard, etc)
More challenging than previous ACs
New nifty miscelaneous additions (ex. lockpicking, crafting, trading convoys, etc)
Open world game play, very expansive
More character customization
Improved menu interface
Soundtrack

NEUTRAL
Lack of merchants
Earning $$$ dependent upon hunting and looting (yay!) more than completing missions
Cities can be cluttered/crowded
Collecting feathers (and clumsy Benjamin Franklin's almanac pages..er)
No historical landmarks in a historical based game ...?
Bugs/Glitches, most of which have been fixed with a patch

CONS
Slow-paced beginning, very saturated with dialogue
Graphic heavy game can be slow loading, also takes up 4.5GB on the hard drive
Trusty steed is still "special"

BUGS/GLITCHES
*Most of the issues I experienced were in the first 3 sequences and primarily during the final combat scenarios. Even after installing the patch Connor would start vibrating in an up/down spastic manner while still killing before the completion of the mission, Also, if Connor was leading or directing someone or a group, at the last phase of the mission it started glitching and then would freeze. The mission then had to be restarted from the last checkpoint. I did not experience these problems past Sequence 3.
*The horse is still mildly retarded, if not worse than before (it's like a cockroach, it just won't die!) The horse will trip over the smallest thing that the character on foot normally wouldn't.
*Connor has occasionally gotten stuck/frozen while climbing out in the Frontier. Climbing the tree for the viewpoints Connor occasionally would become stuck only to unfreeze snd (for whatever reason unbeknownst to me) commit suici... desynchronize.

This game could easily be one of the top games of the year once ALL the bugs and glitches are fixed. Even with these minor issues though, if you're already a fan of Assassin's Creed (or a history buff) it's safe to say you'll probably enjoy AC3 too. However, you may find yourself (as I did) yelling out a slur of swear words because of how frustrating the game can be at times. (Those new to Assassin's Creed may want to try AC2 or Brotherhood first to get a "feel" for the controls, layout and mechanics.)

Assassin's Creed III is a true sequel and an honest 4.5/5 stars game even with the minor bugs and developmentally challenged horse. Definitely the video game "Cliff Notes" of the American Revolution. I would highly recommend this game to all non-British people!
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012 7:19:28 AM PDT
D. Lim says:
Great review! Thanks.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 4:03:10 PM PST
Corey S. says:
Sounds good, but one thing. In NEUTRAL, you said there are no historical landmarks... As I have been reading "the info" on the many buildings that I've happened upon in Boston (i'm still in boston), I just don't know your meaning. Seems to me quite the opposite. If you are looking for some exacting architecture like the Duomo from ACII, I sort of see your meaning, but still not really. Are there really no landmarks??

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 1:41:28 PM PST
V.P. says:
bad ending?
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