Posted November 8, 2012 by Jeff Kitchens in Games

Assassin’s Creed 3 Review: Naval Warfare and Much More

“Assassin’s Creed 3 is a must have, and has my vote for game of the year.”


Assassin’s Creed 3 is the newest installment into Ubisofts huge franchise. Set in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War, you play as are Connor, an assassin that has promised his family and his people that he will protect them. With the Bostonians at his back gate waiting to buy and infiltrate their land, he heads off in search of the men behind it all. With the vast, open world at your fingertips (literally), nothing stops you from exploring and hunting on every-which ground you choose. Whether it be the perfect snow covered forests, or the inner city of Boston. Fight your way through crowds of red coats, or stealthily take them down like a true assassin, one cut throat at a time. Now with more weapons to choose from including many fire arms, rope darts, and even a fully upgradeable ship that you can take out to the open seas. But beware, you won’t just float on by. Many other vessels will try and destroy you at all costs. Tame your ship and crew and become the most lethal ship in the Atlantic.

With Ubisofts new AnvilNext engine, the graphics are so detailed, yet it does not slow the game nor does it take away from it’s validity. It’s not distracting, but it will make you pause on occasion to just look at your surroundings. The facial features are phenomenal. It’s also very easy to pick up, even if you have not played any of the previous Assassin’s Creed titles. The way your character flows when free running is astonishing. Previous Assassin’s Creed titles tended to get  a little choppy when running at a constant pace. They have fixed a lot of those issues in this installment, but I still found that when trying to sprint away from enemies in the city or elsewhere, I would sometimes run up the edge of a building over and over and that gets highly irritating. One of my favorite things about this game was the ability to free run while atop trees. You move so fluidly and you almost never run out of branches or logs to catch onto; it’s just really really fun.

Even though its set during the American Revolutionary War, there is such an elegance to everything that surrounds you. When there should only be blood, death, and hardship, there is something else that just captivates you playing Assassin’s Creed 3. If you’re like me and just get caught up in the story and beauty of a well developed game, then you will love the cinematic cutscenes. And trust me, there are a lot. If you’re not a fan,there is a skip option: simply press B on Xbox, and O on Ps3.

Ubisoft has also given us a new arsenal that includes tomahawks, bows and arrows, rope darts, and plenty of firearms. All of the side missions as well–as the main missions–will keep you entertained for hours. With plenty of enemies comes ample opportunity to practice and fine tune all of your abilities. I never thought I would enjoy hunting, but when it becomes apart of your everyday lifestyle you learn to make it fun. You get to set snares to catch small game or spread feed to catch deer. Another fun thing that combines hunting and treetop free run is the ability to assassinate from above. Jumping down on top of any enemy with your hidden blades or tomahawk is a blast.

“If you like history and love assassins, then this game is a perfect fit for you.”

One of the biggest goals behind the making of this game was to get you to dive into the history books, but not the pretty side of it. The designers at Ubisoft said, “There’s the American Revolution you know from history books. And then there’s the revolution you will be fighting, set in a world that’s far more realistic, gritty, and alive than any history book could be.” Honestly, that’s all I needed to hear to grab my attention.

I do have to say there are some points in the game that are just aggravating. The game will finish a cutscene, and leave you with a timed mission only with almost no guidance. This happens a few times. There was also a point at the beginning of the game, and also midway through, when another cutscene will end and then pick up in the middle of a fight which you never knew began. So your standing there getting beat and you have no idea why or how. Granted this may just have been a disc error or something that just needed updated, but it was very frustrating and makes you feel like you had missed out on some part of the story.

All in all, Assassin’s Creed 3 rocked my world. I will be honest with you, for a person that was not highly impressed with the previous Assassins Creed games, I found myself watching the trailers over and over just because it looked so impressive. Assassin’s Creed 3 is a must have, and has my vote for game of the year. If you like history and love assassins, then this game is a perfect fit for you. Hope you enjoyed the taste!

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Jeff Kitchens

Jeff is married with no children except his beautiful Golden Retriever and Lhasa Apso. He loves hockey, tennis and golf, and can’t get enough of video games. Some of his favorite games include "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" and "Bioshock." He has a PS3 and an Xbox 360. His gamertag and ps3 username is JKit27. Send him a friend request and a message to let him know what you think! You can also follow Jeff on twitter @Jkit27.