Hello Ladies and Gentleman!
First of all I'd like to apologize to you for a long delay in my review. I didn't have any game for review at first, and I was being quite busy. I bought Assassins Creed III so now I'm able to do a review.
So as said before, today I'll bring you a review of Assassin's Creed III!
A bit about the game and developers.
Assassin's Creed III is fifth game in the Assassins Creed series, developed and published by Ubisoft. I say that it's fifth game because there were two games before this one that were just explaining the story a bit more.
Assassin's Creed III is the first game I've played from the Assassin's Creed franchise. But as much as I know each of the Assassin's Creed games has two stories. One set in the present while the other one is set in the past, where you play as one of the Assassins who is in battle against Templars. In the present story you play as a young man called Desmond who is trying to reveal the past so that he could save the future, while the Templars are trying to stop you. And I'll be honest, that story was so uninteresting to me that I just wanted to quit the game when ever it forced me to play as Desmond. Desmond uses one machine to make his mind fly into the past so that he could re-live what his ancestors did before. Before starting to talk about the ancestor story, I'd like to say that I do like what Ubisoft did. When ever you play as Desmond there is never HUD. There is no health bar, there are no warnings when enemy is about to attack, no bullet counts, you can't see when someone is onto you, no map, etc etc. They made it kind of realistic, and I really like that.
Now, about the real game. In Assassin's Creed III you play as an native American who joined the Assassin's brotherhood so that he could protect his tribe. As an Assassin he has a couple of different weapons which he can use and replace. He's got his original Assassin hidden blades, he's got a pistol that can hold only 8 bullets, a bow which he knows how to use since he's a native american, a sword and a tomahawk. In most cases you kill your enemies rather quickly with your tomahawk and hidden blades, so there is really not enough reasons to keep changing tactics and weapons. Pistol is usually a one-hit-kill weapon, but it takes up to five seconds to reload. Five seconds don't seem as much but in the middle of a battle when you're greatly outnumbered, five seconds are already five seconds which you do not have. Bow's strength depends on the target, but it usually takes one to three arrows to kill someone. You can also buy different clothing, but that really does not matter in this game. In case someone sees you as a threat you can just pay a street-shouter, or rip off the Wanted poster off the wall, and you will instantly become incognito
Lets go to movement next. In Assassin's Creed you move pretty much like in every other game, but you hold your right mouse button non-stop. Right mouse button gives you ability to run, jump on things and climb on things. So it really isn't that hard. On the other side, moving through the environment is very hard. You will find yourself running up a wall or a tree while trying to run past it, just because the game thought you would want to climb it. Horse has huge issues with jumping off a tiny rock, so I found myself losing lots of time just getting off the rock and then running by it. Some times your character doesn't react to the environment and doesn't listen to where you make him go. Therefore, you have to find a different route. That, luckily, doesn't happen too often.
In the game there's also an ability to recruit more assassins, and make your homestead grow. You can also make your own equipment or house furniture and then sell it, but in my opinion it was totally worthless. You are just wasting your time when you could just walk into a town, kill five guards and get more money than while making furniture.
Story wise the game is very good. I really liked it and enjoyed it. It wasn't repeatable and it actually felt as if you accomplish something once the game is done. Also the story was quite long, but they managed to keep it interesting. And it's always fun to re-play history happenings, even if they are changed a bit then what they were in the past.
Graphic and Audio.
Game's graphic seemed great at first, but then I went to check when did that game actually come out, and now I think the graphic was greatly outdated. The graphic looked like they just transported game from PS3 or Xbox360 onto PC and really didn't put any effort into making it look better. Audio is very good and I didn't mind re-listening to it all the time. In fact, I actually wanted to listen to it as often as I could.
Pros, cons and final grade.
- Awesome story line (the past one.)
- Very good looking clothing.
- Fun combat.
- Big map.
- Missions aren't repeatable.
- The game forces you to play as Desmond, and doesn't let you enjoy the Assassin's life.
- Quite bugged.
- Feels a little bit too easy.
- Doing side quests doesn't feel rewarding. In fact it feels like a time loss.
Final Grade: 7/10
Extra info: I really enjoyed this game, but I have really been awaiting much more from it. It felt as if I am playing a game that was meant to be played by kids who just started playing games. All you do is click two different buttons during the whole game.