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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly disappointing, November 26, 2012
This review is from: Assassin's Creed III - PC (Video Game)
I came to AC3 with some high expectations, coming from AC2. However, AC3 failed to impress. Compared to other open world games, this game does some things well, others, not so much. Most of all AC3 lacked the motivation to complete side quests - they were out of the way and repetitive.

Pros:
- Freerunning through trees is the best out there. It looks and feels amazing
- Storyline (for the most part) is engaging and pretty interesting
- The gameplay had no particularly tricky sections and did not require grinding
- "Real world" gameplay was much nicer, though the lack of a hud was kind of weird in fight scenes
- Graphics are pleasant
- Naval battles were fun, but most of them were side missions.
- Maps are large - but perhaps a bit too large; see below.

Cons (spoilers?):
- Buggy - map markers disappeared randomly, had to quit to menu and go back
- Ending was...disappointing, to say the least (but the story was great up till then!)
- Actual storyline felt short; a long time was spent preparing Connor to be an assassin rather than actually being one
- Side missions, money and crafting lacked motivation and I personally had no need for money at all since there is no way to get armor or other essential upgrades. I really missed getting new technology/weapons; I spent time collecting feathers and almanac pages only to realize that there was little to no reward.
- Fighting mechanics made it too easy to win fights, allowing hit-and-run tactics by only fighting one target.
- Less puzzles and freerunning/parkour missions, and lots of time spent walking around (horses help, but it is still lengthy) even though most of the map is empty.
- Story does not provide incentive to explore the entire city
- Last but not least, the credits are 15-20 minutes long. The kicker: no skipping allowed!

Overall AC3 was fun, but it lacked the cohesiveness that I expected. Lots of components that make a great game are there, but the execution was poor. It was evident that a lot of effort was spent developing graphics and tuning the environment, but gameplay was not there.

P.S. I played through the game with an attached Xbox 360 controller, so I cannot speak for pc controls. However, AC3 detected the controller fine (sometimes I have to select it from the menu) and it is fully integrated into the game, e.g. UI changes to match Xbox buttons.
Also, internet is required to play multiplayer and other content.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 8:47:14 PM PST
sporked says:
Haha, I thought the credits seemed long. I looked it up on Youtube and they're 19:40 minutes.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 11:03:09 AM PST
A customer says:
Why would you compare this game with Skyrim?? Two completely different games.
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