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Assassin’s Creed 3

Rating: 8.7

Genre: Action
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC
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Written by: Joe Urso

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Ubisoft has taken us a long way through the story of the Assassins’ and their ultimate quest to end the tyranny of the Templars and restore order. We first saw it during the Crusades, then during the Renaissance, finally, in the eyes of freedom during the great American war for independence. The trailers made this game look phenomenal, something we’ve all been waiting for, yet does it live up to the respective standards it set for itself?

Single Player: The game starts off in a surprising manner, as you begin to play as an Englishman known as Haytham. After a few missions and a colonial ship simulator, you’ll finally progress onto Haytham’s son, Connor, otherwise known as Ratonhnhake’:ton, his Native American name. He’s half Native, and half English from Haytham. You’ll start off as a tribal member learning to hunt and swing from trees like Tarzan. This introduction is rather dull and takes a while to get through, while you ultimately beg to get to the assassinating and killing of innocent British patrols for no good reason. When you finally get through with your training and become a full-fledged assassin, here’s where the game really kicks off and trouble awaits. The game is generally the same as all. You must use stealth and sneak up on targets, assassinate them, and rather brief last words of important figures follow. What I found was interesting was that all of the events you are in actually happened during the Revolutionary war, and most characters are actually real and died at the places you assassinate them in. This adds a bit of realism to the game, and really shows that Ubisoft put some good research on the subject. The story is rather straight forward; naturally there are side quests of plenty to take part in, helping citizens in need in return for a few pounds. Yes, we still used pounds back then. The game was actually shorter than other major Assassin’s Creed titles, and the ending was rather, disappointing to say the least. Overall the story could’ve been lengthier, and we players shouldn’t have to settle for such a disappointing ending.
Rating: 7

Multiplayer: As far as I know most people buy the Assassin’s Creed games for the intense campaign and not so much the multiplayer. Yet, I feel as if Ubisoft did a phenomenal job implementing multiplayer in number 3 and is definitely worth hours of your time. There are several different game modes, each revolving around assassination (quite a surprise, huh?). There are a variety of different characters to choose from before games, each with their own outfits and weapons of assassination. None of them are actual assassins, just regular guys with regular jobs which is rather interesting. The multiplayer modes, whether they are team based, or individual, are some of the most intense moments I’ve had in my life. You’re always on the lookout for people looking to assassinate you while you try to get someone else. You can always blend into the crowd to escape, but there’s always a chance that may not work. You always need to be on your feet and think quickly to escape possible death. Overall the multiplayer is an extreme amount of fun which was definitely worth my time and should be worth yours as well.
Rating: 10

Gameplay: The gameplay mechanics in Assassin’s Creed 3 are just the same as the previous installments, yet there are a few differences that hold. For starters, they actually got rid of the double assassination. You can no longer casually walk up to some guards and stab them both in the neck and walk away. Not exactly sure why they got rid of it, but they did which was a bit disappointing. However, with the death of one thing, comes the birth of many. You can now pick up and shoot muskets from soldiers, and even keep them and reload. Naturally reloading will take forever so that may not be a top priority. You can also hang guards from trees with a rope-dart type weapon which is inhuman yet fun all together. The fighting in general when against a large group is actually very smooth and flexible. You’ll be easily transitioning from one soldier to the next and double takedowns are fun to watch and sometimes gruesome. I did find the weapon menu annoying and sometimes slow, and thought that Assassin’s Creed 2 had a much smoother weapon choosing menu. When you engage in fleet battles (pretty cool, huh?) the fighting is not only intense yet completely awesome. You can order your men to fire the cannons as you turn the ship and duck and dodge enemy cannons. You can use grape shot to destroy the masses and even board ships. When boarding you fight enemy sailors along with your men and shoot others point blank with your flintlock pistol. The chaos is immense and you really feel in the middle of a fleet battle. Overall expect the usual assassin gameplay mechanics with a few new things. There were a few things that needed to be improved like the double assassination and a smoother weapon scroll, but overall it was just what we all expected.
Rating: 9

Assassins Creed Minimum System Requirements for PC:

OS: Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7 (SP1) / Windows 8
CPU: 2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo E6700 or 3.00 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better recommended
RAM: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
GPU RAM: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher (see supported list)*
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 3870
AUDIO: DirectX 9.0c-compliant (5.1 surround sound recommended)
DVD: Dual-layer drive
HDD: 17 GB of free hard disk space
OTHER: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
Multiplayer: 256 kbps or faster broadband connection
AC3 Supported Video Cards:
AMD Radeon HD 3870 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 series or better
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / 9 / 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 / 600 series or better
Notes: Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

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