Three Reasons to buy Assassin’s Creed 3
We’ve recently gotten our hands on the much-awaited third entry in the Assassin’s Creed series, and it’s hard not to start this short article by instantly exclaiming it to be the most amazing one yet (although it more than likely is).
So far we’ve been enthralled and amazed at the vast scope of this ‘threequel’. Parts of the game have left us open-mouthed in awe, others have left us fairly miffed (e.g. a glitchy horse spazzing out all up in our business).
Apart from minor inconveniences with bugs though, this game has completely wowed us in pretty much every other department. Granted, we’ve not completed it just yet, but we thought we’d give you a quick list of reasons why you should surrender your hard earned cash for this masterpiece of a game:
1. The World
It’s become something of a tired cliche now to say that a video game environment feels like a “living, breathing world”. With Assassin’s Creed 3, however, this is most definitely the case; and is in no way hyperbole or exaggeration.
The lush scenery out on the frontier is phenomenally breathtaking and we’ve already spent several hours climbing mountains, swimming down rivers, hunting animals (despite certain vegetarian standards) and genuinely enjoying what is essentially virtual hiking. Fluid animation when climbing means that it’s never boring to scale any object (although the same can’t be said of NPC character animations).
The oceans are vast and gorgeous, even when you’re being pelted by rain and gigantic waves threaten to cascade onto the bow of the ship. Whether the water is murky and foreboding, or sparkling, pristine Caribbean-style H2O – it’s a treat for the eyes.
Even in the more populated areas, such as Boston, the environment is outstanding. The bustling cities are a pleasure to explore and there is no end to what you can find down each alleyway and across each rooftop.
2. The Variety
In previous Assassin’s Creed games the gameplay has often felt a bit stale and repetitive after several hours. The first in the series was particularly bad at staying fresh, but each iteration has added new depth and variety. Assassin’s Creed 3 has all but perfected freshness, in our opinion at least. Perhaps we’ll get tired of it after a few more days/weeks, but for now it’s awesome.
Whether you’re steering ships away from incoming storms, stalking your next victim across a rooftop, exploring ancient caves as Desmond in the present day, flying as an eagle in a spiritual vision, or just relaxing precariously atop a monolithic tree in the woods; you’ll be enjoying yourself, almost certainly.
The cast of characters you get to control and play as in Assassin’s Creed 3 are an absolute joy also – they may not be massively different in terms of gameplay but the feel of each character is ever-so-distinct and just dissimilar enough to keep you coming back for more and more.
3. The Story
If you’ve played any of the previous Assassin’s Creed games, then you really do need to get number three to experience the full story. As we’ve stated earlier, we haven’t completed the entire game yet, but we’re more than aware just how pivotal it is with regards to the outcome of the whole saga and is an essential piece of the puzzle.
The dialogue and interaction between all of the characters is brilliant; each and every accent is spot-on and it’s hard not to feel involved and emotionally attached when playing. The graphical side of things might not be up to par in terms of character facial animation, but the the story-telling techniques help to stop this being a problem.
There you have it, that’s our three reasons to buy Assassin’s Creed 3.
What do you think of the game? Are you enjoying it so far?
One point we didn’t touch on is the multiplayer, as we haven’t had much of a chance to try that out yet. If you’re interested in finding out more about it though then check out lynx19eighty5′s YouTube channel, he’s a great source of brilliant Assassin’s Creed multiplayer videos and a fellow Scouser.