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OXCGN’s Assassin’s Creed 3 Review: An Evolution of a Revolution

OXCGN:

"Assassin’s Creed III is the long-awaited climax of the Assassin’s Creed story arc, following Desmond Miles on the last stretches of his journey to save the world from complete decimation.

Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed III has a mild case of identity crisis and is severely lacking in consistency, both in gameplay and polish."

Note: this review is spoiler-free.

BadCircuit1272d ago

I've heard mixed things about this game: especially that it is a really really slow start, which isn't great for attracting new people to the franchise.

WolfLeBlack1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Indeed, the first couple of sequences are slow burning, however, Ubisoft had the confidence to to go with that over a fast-paced intro and they managed to do it well. Crafting a well done slow-burn story is far harder than an all-action one.

gaminoz1272d ago

While I agree, and I loved playing the character at the beginning, I think most need a 'hook': even books tend to have an exciting beginning to hook you, and then it can slow burn.

gaminoz1272d ago

The combat is better, the wilderness is kind of cool, but it really does suffer pacing issues....and too many loading screens for a game that has a forced install on PS3.

A lot of funny bugs too! When I played the beginning with the captain...he was a ventriloquist who talked without his mouth moving in a cut scene!

I also don't like these cities as much to explore.

Proeliator1272d ago

As he said, it fizzled... five years and games, and then boom. Barely made any spark for a moment it had been drumming up to.

gaminoz1272d ago

Do you mean the ending? I think they had some missed opportunities for sure.

I want a Pirates game from them now! No decent pirate game since Sid Meier's Pirates!

Proeliator1272d ago

Yes, I am talking about the ending. To explain with no spoilers, it's like the author said -- we had all this buildup through the other games, and... well, there's nothing to complement that. It's just a really arbitrary ending.

DeusExer1272d ago

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean was cool IMO.

gaminoz1272d ago

Apparently there will be DLC a la Mass Effect that acts as an 'epilogue'

DeusExer1272d ago

I'm enjoying the game, but like the author suggests, it's just mssing that certain something from the previous games.

Although, I do like Connor much more than Altair, but can't compete with Ezio.

Simon_Brezhnev1272d ago

I dont like Connor at all. I learned to respect Altair a lot more in revelations. I give the game a 7/10.

This is the buggiest AC game yet though. I only liked one part of the ending but i wont spoil it. The only thing they did better is combat in some ways. Climbing trees is nice i wont lie. The ship part and playing as Haytham is the best part of the game.

ShadesMoolah1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Meh, Connor I thought was great... the whole Indian thing and how the back story compliments the characters throughout was rather genius. Perhaps I'm showing my age a bit, but I thought it had a similar tone to Costner's Dances with Wolves flick, it's probably the environment, the pesky military, and all the Indians in the woods.

I loved everything about it; within the Animus. Desmond's aspect was frankly just piss poor, complete let down and for the serie's long arc throughout, more so dissapointing. The only time I was intrigued by Desmond's antics was in the first game, where he was locked up, made you want to explore and figure out what was going on.

Typical though that Desmond's best game would be the worst one from within the Animus.

Assassin's Creed 3 , besides Desmond, just forget his whole ordeal throughout as it literally turns into complete nonsense. Besides that the issue I personally found, is as others have described - pacing. It's like Ubisoft had all these great ideas, but didn't quite workout how to fit the jigsaw together, just never felt any sense of progression, and now the story's actually done and dusted I'm enjoying the game more.

The Naval missions for one are a blast, and you can easily miss most of them as the majority are side-quests when they could have easily been worked into the main story.

Order of awesomeness: AC2, Brotherhood, AC3, AC1 (mainly for Desmond), Revelations.

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