Stephen Totilo: ''I admit that I've had my doubts about Assassin's Creed III in the three months since I had last played it.
I had my doubts that the game, buggy and rough-edged as it was, deserved the very positive review I gave it last October.
I had my doubts when my colleagues Luke and Kirk, representing the other point of view on 2012's most divisive game (sorry, Mass Effect 3!), argued strongly to me that the game had massive problems.
This past weekend, I tried playing Assassin's Creed III again. I had a bad cold and was more or less confined to my couch. I was tiring of Dead Space 3's bleakness and grabbed my copy of ACIII. I figured I would knock off a few sidequests, probably do more of the game's acclaimed naval missions and find out if this game held up—or if it was a game I was so excited to review that I had misjudged it.''