Assassins Creed 3 (PlayStation 3)

By Wayne Webb

Assassin’s Creed was the very first title I got when I bought my PS3. It came bundled with the console and I knew little about it. In short order I was hooked and have played every iteration of this series and been stunned by them all.

By Wayne Webb

Assassin’s Creed was the very first title I got when I bought my PS3. It came bundled with the console and I knew little about it. In short order I was hooked and have played every iteration of this series and been stunned by them all.

Assassins Creed 3 takes another giant leap forward in time to Ameirca’s War of Independence and the intrigue between the fledgling America, mother England, the displaced natives and other interests make for a convoluted and detailed political landscape. Add to this ongoing war between Templar and Assassin and more layers present themselves. The obligatory Animus sections also adds complexity into the mix and you have a deep, engaging storyline that melds sci-fi, history and intrigue with skill and flair.

Attention to detail has been a hallmark of design for Ubisoft in this series and this latest edition has raised the bar. It is stunning and crammed full of visual and interactive details. Your movement is less creeping and more like parkour (the French art of jumping about impossibly on buildings) and it looks very fluid and dynamic when you run about. It looks so good it’s tempting to do it even when you don’t need to. The combat system is also new and very easy to get to grips with, repeated buttons for similar things and different results in context. It feels like you can do more with less.

The revolutionary war is an impressive backdrop but occasionally the story feels like it’s too big and there’s too much scope and it’s therefore daunting from that aspect. The introduction to your playing character is one of the longest and most surprising I have played for a long time. However, after hours of playing I found out that I was not who I thought I was, I wondered exactly how many hours of my life will be sucked into finishing this game.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a brilliantly executed game that will provide days and weeks of serious playing. The design, the acting and top-notch design in the cinematics are worth playing for alone. Add to this the excellent gameplay, it doesn’t matter too much how long it is – I will get to the end. If you are a returning Assassins Creed player, you will not be disappointed, it raises the bar and sets a new direction for the franchise. If you are a new player, you should work your way up to this magnum opus.

Pros: Astounding detail and design, parkour, new combat and moves, deep storyline, new look and timeframe, outstanding voice acting and cinematics.
Cons: Slow to start, feels daunting.

4.5 Shacks Out Of 5

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