Onlive Fans: PAX East 2012: First Look at Assassin's Creed 3

Stephen Peterson here, reporting in from Boston, MA. Day 1 of PAX East is complete, and what a day it was. We started it off right by getting a look at an exclusive gameplay demo of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3, which has a very strong chance of coming to OnLive. Since most of you couldn’t make it here, I’m going to do my best to walk you through exactly what we had the privilege of experiencing and watching.

The demo was housed in a large black structure erected right on the convention floor. A giant silver and red AC3 logo (see picture) was emblazoned on the wall. As we were ushered inside with the other media, we walked down a small hallway with walls covered in Revolutionary War pictures and facts.

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Nate-Dog3017d ago

Sounds pretty cool so far, nice preview. One thing that worries me a little is the apparent speed of some combat: Connor being able to take out 4 enemies with counter-attacks in 3 seconds? I want a fluid combat system but I absolutely hated combat in AC:B and AC:R because of how fast and simple it was with killstreaks and the likes. If they have at least taken those out then that will be a plus but it doesn't sound like it. Otherwise everything sounds good though but I really hope they have changed the combat system.

Adexus3017d ago

I actually loved the combat in Brotherhood and Revelations, it felt fast, fluid and most importantly you actually felt like a badass Assassin. The system they had the previous games was boring, it was either "attack, attack, attack, attack, execute" or "Wait.......... counter".

Nate-Dog3017d ago

True but the fluidity made everything pathetically easy. I mean I liked the fluidity because combat needs to be fluid but you could counter basically every enemy and once you got one kill you just keep pressing square or X constantly and that's it, no challenge whatsoever.

Wintersun6163016d ago

But the challenge in AC games doesn't even need to lie in normal combat. The true challenge comes from getting to your target without having to be in a fight and that's the challenge we should focus on, because you're not supposed to go and kill every guard on sight to get to your target. Sure you can do it that way, but it just feels so much better when you manage to get past all the guards without them ever knowing and being a true assassin instead of a simple mass murderer. If you get caught in fights with thugs all the time, then you're IMO doing something wrong.

Swiftfox3016d ago (Edited 3016d ago )

I would be inclined to agree with you if the more recent Assassin's Creed games hadn't forced you into full combat situations. There are missions and situations in the Assassin's Creed franchise that force the player to combat numerous guards and never allow the player the chance to explore the situation from a stealth perspective. There are even missions that force you to get caught and force you to fight your way out of situations. Assassin's Creed 3 I feel will be no exception.

The previous Assassin's Creed games where simple enough but now it seems all they are doing to revamp the rather unsatisfying and overly simplified combat system is allowing Connor to flip to a target across the screen to keep the killstreaks going. Honestly, the only way to make the combat more shallow and simplified is to shoot to a cut-scene of Connor killing all the soldiers in the area after a single counter-kill.

Assassin's Creed combat system should have been retooled and rebuilt from the ground up after the original game.

SilentNegotiator3016d ago

Speaking of speed and fluidity....I know I'm definitely not getting this game on a certain platform.

nepdyse3016d ago

Muscle memory and repetition. The game experience isn't any different on the PC than it is on the console. Well aside from the fact that it'll look about 4 times better on a PC than it will on consoles. But barring the visual fidelity the game will be equally good across all platforms.

"Speed and Fluidity."

SilentNegotiator3016d ago (Edited 3016d ago )

I'm clearly talking about Onlive. Where the heck did you get that I meant PC?

Sheesh. Someone is clearly over-defensive of a (DIFFERENT) certain platform (from the one I was obviously nudging). Even picking fights that don't make a lick of sense. Next time, stop and think before you post your sad little rant.

Nimblest-Assassin3016d ago

Really? The combat in AC and AC2 were a lot easier... you were pretty much encouraged to turtle and counter kill everything.

Granted, you felt like experimenting in 2 rather than in Brotherhood or Revelations, but still lets wait and see what they got.

Also love machinima's comment on their both at PAX.

Ubisoft is sending the message that we F**KING OWN YOU....

Ashunderfire863017d ago (Edited 3017d ago )

I am seeing what they are talking about!!! Assassin Creed 3 looks promising!!! Can't wait to see gameplay video of it. Another day one purchase.

TekoIie3017d ago

0:23 looks Dodgy graphically. But the game is not even close to release so im just being nit-picky :3

HUD looks very nice and simple, cant wait to see gameplay!!

Ashunderfire863017d ago

Its probably the effects from the battlefield, thats could be the reason. Can't wait to see it in motion though. Seeing actually video of this game is even better than these screenshots that don't do it justice.

deep_fried_bum_cake3017d ago

"the game engine was improved enough that they could show up to 2,500 NPCs on the screen at once"

I like the sound of that, it sounds like it will accommodate a proper war. I also like the fact that there will be a tomahawk.

Reborn3017d ago


I can't wait to see it in action.

TheModernKamikaze3017d ago

Reminds me of the Dead Rising 2 engine.

bobrea3017d ago

cant wait to go tomorrow

Lulz_Boat3017d ago

shut up and show the video!!!!

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