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Assassin's Creed is the next-gen game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that will redefine the action genre. While other games claim to be next-gen with impressive graphics and physics, Assassin's Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change. The setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. You are an Assassin, a warrior shrouded in secrecy and feared for your ruthlessness. Your actions can throw your immediate environment into chaos, and your existence will shape events during this pivotal moment in history. Key Features Be an Assassin Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of history's deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape. Realistic and responsive environments Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests. Action with a new dimension total freedom Eliminate your targets wherever, whenever, and however. Stalk your prey through richly detailed, historically accurate, open-ended environments. Scale buildings, mount horses, blend in with crowds. Do whatever it takes to achieve your objectives. Relive the epic times of the Crusades Assassin's Creed immerses you in the realistic and historical Holy Land of the 12th century, featuring life-like graphics, ambience, and the subtle, yet detailed nuances of a living world. Intense action rooted in reality Experience heavy action blended with fluid and precise animations. Use a wide range of medieval weapons, and face your enemies in realistic swordfight duels. Next-gen gameplay The proprietary engine developed from the ground up for the next-gen console allows organic game design featuring open gameplay, intuitive control scheme, realistic interaction with environment, and a fluid, yet sharp, combat mechanic.
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This game is pretty similar to other AC titles in terms of controlling the character and taking on missions. The biggest differences you will notice is probably the menu GUI and the more open-world play. The menu takes some getting used to, but it turns out to be pretty intuitive. The open-world element is a huge improvement- you no longer feel restricted to just one or two cities to play around in- you now have truly massive maps filled with things to discover at your own pace. Overall, this game provides a massive amount of open-world gameplay, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has already played these games. If you haven't yet, I would recommend starting with Assassin's Creed 1 and playing through the rest of the games first.
This was not a great game.
Assassin's Creed 3 does have some things going for it. The game looks beautiful, hunting is fun for a while, the time period is interesting, and the naval missions are some of the engrossing and fun I've ever seen. That being said, these good things do no make up for the plethora of problems that plague this game. (I am avoiding spoilers as best I can)
1. The new Assassin is kind of annoying. He seems oblivious to what's going on around him and all of his actions seem to make everything worse and ultimately he seems to doom his people, the ones he set out to save at the beginning. His story has some interesting points, but they are all squandered by the end of it, which is one of the most anti-climactic and boring "final boss" battles I've ever seen.
2. The map is too big and the quick travel system is terrible. Particularly in the wilderness, the map doesn't account for terrain and you often have to take long circuitous routes to reach locations. There is a quick travel system, but it requires you to literally spend HOURS wandering around in dimly lit tunnels looking for rats to lead you to new exits.
3. The game takes away a lot of what makes this series fun. In the cities, the rooftops are so loaded with guards that the game is pretty much compelling you to stick to wandering around on the streets, thus taking away the incredibly fun roof-running element of the series. Also, a lot of the cool gadgets and weapons you had in previous games are gone, and the altered control scheme often had me randomly jumping onto things or climbing walls I didn't intend to, leading to a frustrating number of replays on a number of missions.
4. All of the side missions feel like busy work. There is no reason to do any of them except the trinket collecting one which will end with you being able to deflect bullets. The others net you nothing but money which you don't really need because there is nothing worth buying in this game. The assassin recruitment missions were irritatingly complicated and the assassin recruits were often not much use outside of their missions so I never used them. The only ones I would recommend are the naval missions because they are fun. Not because you get anything good out of them, but because they are fun. Nothing more.
5. The ending to the game (which I won't spoil) is AWFUL!! It ruins a lot of the fun I was actually having with the game up to this point.
This could have been a great game, but I get the impression that production was rushed to get it out in time for Christmas. They should have waited and made sure to iron out all of the gameplay problems and made a more engrossing game to play than this. As a huge fan of this series, I will feel disappointed if this is the last one they ever make.