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Does Assassin's Creed 3 -really- push the PS3 to its limits?

Xof|2032d ago |Blog Post|8|

Before I begin in earnest, allow me to quickly explain the title. I know AC3 is also on the PC and Xbox 360. I only own the PS3 copy at the moment (though I intend to buy the PC version during Steam's Xmas Sale).

With that out of the way: what am I here to talk about?

Well, Assassin's Creed 3, duh. Don't ask stupid questions. Some of you may have noticed, some of you may not have--Assassin's Creed 3 is one of the "last" games of this console generation. Why last? Well, because, despite Sony's insistence to the contrary, everyone seems to be expecting the era of the both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 to come to a close some time very, very soon. Some say the end of the year, some say 2013. Some probably say tomorrow.

And there has been quite a lot of commentary about how all of the "potential" of current consoles has been fully realized. In the building hype for Assassin's Creed 3 prior to release, for example, many people were exclaiming that "this was it." This was the game that would push the PS3 to its limits. The best possible game we could expect for the console.

Because, hey, once we pass that point--once we get that PS3 game that fully realizes all of the potential ability of the hardware--there's nowhere else to go but THE NEXT GENERATION. I mean, hell, even John deLancie shows up in AC3. Clearly, now that Assassin's Creed 3 is out, the generation is over. Games cannot get any better on current hardware, so its time to start hyping up the next big thing.

But does Assassin's Creed 3 -really- push the PS3 to its limit? Is it really a game that represents the fully realized potential of this hardware generation? Is it really time to start revving up the hype machine for the Playstation 4 and Xbox 3?

No, no, and no. I say this not just because I don't want the current generation to end, not just because I'm afraid of what the next generation might bring--I say it because, well, look at Assassin's Creed 3. Do you really think the game represents all that jazz?

Of course not. It's a buggy, glitchy game... but beyond that, it's an enormous world. A beautiful world. With incredible gameplay. With an insane amount of content, in terms of games, mechanics and aesthetics.

And this Anvil Next engine it runs on... is the single most impressive game engine I have seen since the old Infinity Engine some of the more fortunate among you may remember from the "golden era" of PC gaming.

What's so impressive about it?

Assassin's Creed 3, on my PS3, loads in 1.68 seconds. (I timed it). The whole game. The whole world of AC3 loads in less time that most games load up small rooms. And that's damned impressive.

It also runs quite well on inferior hardware--the Playstation Vita. Can you imagine how well it will run on PCs? Hot damn. Hot damn. Hot damn. I say the game runs too well to have fully maximized the potential of this generation. And even if it has fully realized that potentially, I say the game engine is too perfectly optimized to end its time on current hardware after only a single game.

Rather than declaring Assassin's Creed to be a sign of the End Times, so to speak, it seems to me that Assassin's Creed rather demonstrates just how much life is left in the current generation--long may it live!

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Cam9772030d ago

'Assassin's Creed 3, on my PS3, loads in 1.68 seconds'
Amazing, is that true? Are we speaking about the entire map here because to me that is absolutely phenomenal!

Anyway, thanks for submitting this as it was an interesting read.

dazzrazz2029d ago

He is not loading entire world in 1.68 seconds certainly not with that 256/256 RAM configuration on his PS3

extermin8or2028d ago

um depends what it's loading... if you mean start of game then yeah; although it takes 30 seconds to a minute to load one of the big cities or the frontier for the first time; after that it's faster....

Sephris2030d ago

The PS3 deeply underestimated what they had made with the blue ray disk capability. I know a good deal about how blue ray operates, and honestly they haven't come close to tapping it's potential.
I think the real reason they are going to be putting out new consoles soon isn't because they have maxed their playing capacity, or in the case of Xbox 360 the potential of the Kinect. It comes down to finances. When the PS3 came out, loyal Playstation fans across the globe ran out and got it. Sony made a lot of money. But now, many years later, they only get money when people have to replace their console, so the cash flow is dramatically less. Games bring in some profit, but it is split with the developers. When the PS4 comes out, their fans will come running again and they will have enough cash coming back in to sustain their company for several more years.

In the next consoles I would expect to see the potential that was not tapped in the current hardware to be far more exposed. And they will most likely keep these consoles until something better than blue ray becomes profitable.

ZoyosJD2030d ago

I agree about blue rays potential remaining untapped. The Ps3 was only using dual layer disks with a 2X read speed drive.

But Sony was loosing money on every PS3 sold at release. Profit from hardware and software sales are now maximizing.

Next year is going to be great for PS with all the must have exclusives.

extermin8or2028d ago

I wonder if microsoft will finally give in and pay the patent fee's to use blu ray? be silly not too really; unless they have something vastly superior and can actually persuade people to adopt it but I can't see that happening at all not when people have only really just started to adopt blu ray on a true mainstream approach and even now it's still a split market with dvds.... Might be a nice little situation for sony though if they can pull a profit on every ps4 sold ANd be earning a small amount of money on every xbox sold from patent fee's for blu ray win win situation? I sort of want a new generation but also don't just yet.... can't really decide :/

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givemeshelter2028d ago

The game is MASSIVE, with MASSIVE amounts of game to be played. It does not push the PS3 or even the Xbox360 in terms of graphics to the limits. However it does push these consoles to its limits in regards to how a game is played and how much content is in said game and how massive the worlds are. There are only a few games I can think of that accomplishes what AC3 does on consoles...and you have to combine the games together to make that so.
This game actually shows that these consoles still have some gumption left in them.