I know this is a little late, but seeing as I have just completed the game through all odds, I feel like a review is in order. As for all of my reviews, I will focus on three elements: story, character development, and graphics/gameplay.
Ubisoft has outdone itself in both a good and bad way. The team has created another amazing game based on real history that put its own spin on important historical events. This one leaves Europe and makes its way to the shores of the New World just in time for the American Revolution. It introduces a new set of Desmond’s ancestors, but the focus is set on the half-English half-Mohawk assassin Ratonhnhake:ton, also known as Connor Kenway. Aside from the God-awful ending to the main series, this was a very good game, leaving me giving it an 80%.
For a start, everything was revamped for this game. Connor was given the ability to dual wield and take down multiple enemies at a time. The free running is more fluid for the wilderness terrain, and Connor was given more weapon options such as the more native tomahawk, bow and arrow, and rope darts. New weather simulations were added as well, so that it will rain, snow, and have fog. The seasons also change from summer to winter, which effects gameplay as well as the aesthetics. Also, animals were added, both domestic and wild. Wild animals include deer, wolves, bobcats and more, and can be hunted out on the Frontier, an area larger than Rome in past games. Other added features include naval expeditions where you captain the ship, economy based in Connor’s adopted home, the Davenport Homestead.
Now on to the review.
The game starts off with the synopsis that the world will be ending December 21, 2012 due to a solar flare. Turns out, the same thing has happened thousands of years ago, nearly destroying “Those Who Came Before”. Desmond and crew has now traveled to the Grand Temple, but don’t have they key they need to activate it. Using the Animus as he did in the rest of the series, Desmond lives through the lives of his ancestors to find the key that can save the world. Well long story short, this is the game he saves the world in, or so we think. But I’ll save the ending for the story section.
This game was visually beautiful from the cities to the frontier. Anyone can throw a bunch of trees together and call it a forest, but the way each tree seemed to be individual, I have to applaud Ubisoft. Also, there was no, “I’ll just climb this completely smooth rock,” moments. If it could be climbed, there was a texture for it, a crack or ledge to be held onto. The new additions such as weather and season changes just added to the list of things that I liked about it. Very good, very pleasing, and it was something different.
This is a very easy game to play. Anyone can pick up the controller and become a master assassin. I got a “gaming challenged” friend of mine to play for a while just to prove to myself how easy this game is to play. You can probably get away with button mashing, since the freerunning isn’t like Mirror’s Edge and overly difficult to control. The simplicity makes you more open to the actual story taking place.
The multiplayer can keep me entertained for hours, playing and watching. It’s a mixture between strategy and chance, but gives you the feeling that you are really an assassin. The point of it is to assassinate other players without giving away that you are an assassin. If you pay close enough attention to the NPCs, you should be able to pick out who is trying to kill you.
The story was a good one. As usual, the character history links in perfectly with actual history using situations that make sense when put up next to the history books. Desmond’s side was for a noble cause, but it was too overdone. A man saves the world from destruction, been there done that, right? Not anything too exciting besides finding the key that could save the world through Connor’s memories.
Now Connor’s story was rather different. His is a story of betrayal, deceit, and finding who he truly is. All of this while helping, and succeeding, in the Revolution. It all starts with his father, Haytham Kenway, a Templar, and how he fell in love with Connor’s mother before skipping to Connor’s childhood in his village just before Charles Lee attacked. Mom dies, an Elder shows him the sphere that allows Juno to communicate with him, he seeks to become an assassin, finds Achilles, trains, then carries on the tradition of stopping the Templars.
The best moment in the story has to be when Connor finally meets Haytham, and his father tries to make him see the Assassins and Templars aren’t as different as they seem. The both want to fight for peace, but they have different opinions on what this “peace” really is. Connor is conflicted on what to do, but follows his path in the end.
But the story isn’t about Connor, not really, and a lot of people tend to forget that. So hopefully there would be a good ending. Well, I didn’t like the ending of this game. In fact, a lot of us didn’t. If you haven’t played the game yet, you may want to skip to the next section. I didn’t like how we weren’t given the option to choose our fate at the end. We’re given two choices on how we can save the world, right? There’s Juno, who turns out to really be the big bad of the game series and just wants to save the world so she can control it, then there’s Minerva who tells us that not everyone will die in the solar flare, but civilization would have to restart and you would be considered the hero that restarted everything.
On one hand, you have the Templar choice: you save the world, but let it get taken over thinking the others can stop it because if you unleash Juno, you’ll die. On the other hand, you have the Assassin choice: you live and trust that Minerva is right, because she’s kinda been through it before, and help restart civilization and die at an old age a hero, become legend, then are considered a god. You would think the Assassin wouldn’t pick the Templar choice, right? His “death”, since some still don’t believe he has really died, was nothing more than, “zap, gone.” Alex, you could’ve at least given us something aesthetically pleasing for his death…Then there were the credits.
Connor is a kindhearted young man. He means well in everything he does, and he fights for a just cause. At times it can be seen that he is a bit stubborn, rushes into danger, and is a bit naive, which really makes him a well-rounded character. He still has his obvious faults that are played on a lot in the story. I love the character because he’s this big, bad assassin, but he’s still human. He still has hopes, dreams, and regrets, and you see it all. Best of all, he’s a guy that just won’t quit.
Desmond, though he is really the main character of this game, was a let down. All you see about Desmond is how he wants to save the world. The most emotion you get out of him was when he was saving his father. Now the creators of this series know how to develop a character, they even made me feel bad for Haytham near the end, but they simply didn’t do it for Desmond. Maybe it’s because he is the main character, but not the main focus. I don’t know, I’d like to know the guy I’m trusting to save the world has emotions, even if it is just a game.
Out of 15, I would give this game an 12. The game was pretty good, but the story and characters could use a lot of work. And I mean a lot. It has potential to be an amazing game, but it’s just not quite there with the story for me.
- Easy to play
- Open world
- Fun multiplayer
- Ending was a let down
- Credits took well over 20 minutes at the end
- Poor character development
This game is the one you’ll put in when you have a bit of extra time on your hands, but has a good story along with it. If I could, I would just skip the ending.
Ubisoft has announced earlier this year that a new Assassin’s Creed game will be coming out every year, and the release set for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, prequel to ACIII, has been set for October 29, 2013 in North America. Mark your calenders and prepare to take to the seas.
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