The best Assassin’s Creed game to date!
I want to start with answering a question people have made when I told them I would be reviewing Assassin’s Creed 3: “Why now? The game has been out for ages, so why put out a review now?” Well, back when AC3 released Duuro was small and many of the publishers wouldn’t give us promo copies. Lucky enough, after countless emails, someone from Ubisoft (which I personally can’t thank enough) replied and I finally got my hands on Assassin’s Creed 3. And boy, was worth the wait!
Assassin’s Creed 3 is one of the best open world games I have ever played. The story, the setting, the new and improved gameplay, the world, the characters, the graphics, everything was perfect. Assassin’s Creed is one of the most intriguing and interesting universes ever created in gaming. Templars, assassins, gods, conspiracies, end of the world and these are only a few of the themes the AC universe tackles. I knew that this series would become bigger and better since when I first sat in the Animus back in 2007.
Assassin’s Creed 3 is the true sequel to Assassin’s Creed 2 even if there have been two other games in between them. Gone is Ezio and introduced is Connor. Gone is the Italian Renaissance setting and taking its place is The American Revolution. But these aren’t the only changes in Assassin’s Creed 3. No, the entire game feels like something new, like something we haven’t played before. Basically even if you haven’t played any of the AC games before, you will get right into Assassin’s Creed 3 in no time whatsoever. Everything you need to know is explained through a series of cool training sequences. To say the truth the first 6-7 hours serve as training and prepare you for what’s coming later in the game. Now, I have seen and I have read many reviews and articles complaining about how the story in AC3 unfolds and I have only one thing to say to them: F*ck Off!
We are entering into spoiler territory now, so be careful if you have yet to play Assassin’s Creed 3. At the end of Revelations, Desmond after learning more about the end of the world and how to save it, he wakes up from his coma and say: “I know where we should go next!. Assassin’s Creed 3 picks right after that. Desmond and his assassin crew travel to America to reach the cave from his visions. They enter this cave, settle down their equipment, set up the Animus and Desmond jumps right in it. This cave holds the secret of saving the world, but there are a few locks preventing the way. So Desmond needs to go back in time to relive as his ancestors to find the key of unlocking the caves potential of saving the world. Now here comes the part, people b*tched about. The story is, lets say, fractured into three “separate” ones. As you jump in the Animus, you start to play as Connor’s father, Haytham a british officer (oh what the heck, I put the spoiler warning before!) who turns out to be a Templar seeking the location of the cave or the Vault for purposes I think you can imagine.
So he is not an Assassin, but a Templar, a fricking awesome one if I can add. He is probably my second favorite character I have ever seen in an Assassin’s Creed game. He is a gentleman, he has an amazing accent and he is a total badass/nutcase as we later see in the game. So you play for a few hours as him, jumping and leaping accross rooftops in Boston, killing guys, eavesdropping conversations, following “bad guys” around, blow stuff up, amazing things overall. During these missions you meet new friends who join you in your cause. However things ramp up, powerful people are pissed off and you need the help of the indigenous people to achieve “your cause”. Here’s where Haytham met Connor’s mother and one thing led to another, puff there’s Ratonhnhaké:ton or Connor. With the indigenous help, Haytham and his crew reach their goal, find the key to the Vault and reveal themselves as Templars. This is the first among the many plot twists Assassin’s Creed 3 has. The guys in the present time, Desmond and the other Assassins are shocked that an ancestor of Desmond’s was a Templar. But there’s still a world to save so Desmond jumps right back in the Animus in order to find the key Haytham has and now you start playing as little Ratonhnhaké:ton.
As soon as I started playing as little Ratonhnhaké:ton in my mind came that moment from The Hobbit, where Biblo says: “I am going on an adventure!” and boy, what an adventure this was. He was raised by his mother on his tribe’s small village on the Frontier. He is not Ezio, he is not born inside a palace with everything at his disposal. He mus learn to survive in the wilderness, he must learn to hunt, to traverse through the world and to face danger. But he is also very similar to Ezio. He doesn’t choose the life an Assassin, that is chosen for him the moment the Templars claim his mother’s life and his village. They are back, Charles Lee and the rest of them are back and now want to spread their control over all of the colonies and the newly forming country. However Ratonhnhaké:ton manages to survive or better put, Lee spare his life just to make him witness all of their atrocities. Here’s a very interesting moment, maybe the most of all, Ratonhnhaké:ton promises Lee that he is going to kill him. Like Ezio when he saw his father and brother getting hanged, this is the moment where the Assassin life is chosen for him. Like Mark Twain’s quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”. This was the day Ratonhnhaké:ton found out the why and as I said it is the best moment in the whole game!
Then years pass, Ratonhnhaké:ton is older, wiser, and teaches his friend how to jump, climb, hunt, kill etc. Time passes, stuff happen which I would like to spoil, but I won’t and after 8-9 hours into the game, you are given the name of Connor by the Mentor Achilles and you get to wear the white Assassin suit. All of the thing I did amounted to this moment and I have never felt a better sense of a satisfaction in a video game. What I don’t understand is why the f*ck people b*tched about it? Without those moments, those pivot points in Connor’s life, the epic story wouldn’t make any sense and we wouldn’t have those epic moments later in the game. So to all of you who went nuts on Reddit and NeoGaf bashing AC3, f*ck you!
After wearing the suit, Connor becomes a full time Assassin and meets a very interesting cast of characters. Some are made up (I think), but most of them are real figures who have lived in that time. Real figures like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lee, Thomas Hickey, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and many other more. This has been a staple in the Assassin’s Creed games, taking real figures, planting them in the story and making up a story that played out like the real thing, but with those AC twists. You will see these characters under a different light. You will see men that fought against the concept of slavery, having slaves themselves. You will see leaders become powerless. You will see the atrocities some are willing to do to achieve their darkest fantasies. The screenwriters have done an amazing job on re-writing some story bits and events to give them that AC twist. You will see the story as it unfolds, you will see the colonies merge into one country. You will play your role into the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Chesapeake, what happened on Valley Forge, uncover the conspiracies of the time, you will play your part in the American Revolution.