Welcome to Assassin’s Creed 3. The protagonist, Desmond Miles, has an interesting family tree so to say. In this installment Desmond follows the life of Connor, a half-bred Native American assassin during the American Revolution. You meet many iconic figures from the Revolution, such as George Washington, Samuel Adams and the old, yet witty, Benjamin Franklin. However, not everyone is your friend and/or stays a friend for very long. Everyone has their own personal objectives from Washington’s desire to free the colonies to Connor’s mission of protecting his village from the ambitions of the colonists. This brings the story of the American Revolution into more of a gray area than what is portrayed in history class.
The story is great, but how are the mechanics? How does the game actually play? Following the pattern of its predecessors, Assassin’s Creed 3 is a free roam, sand box style game. Clambering up the sides of buildings and leaping across rooftops is old news; Assassin’s Creed 3 brings a fresh aspect to free running by being able to sprint and bound from tree limb to tree limb. Maneuvering in either the bustling streets of Boston or the harsh environment of the wilderness flows seamlessly and naturally. The combat seems more like a dance than a fight to the death. It is all in the timing of attack and counterattack that ordains whether survival is even an option.
If freedom fighting is getting too dull or you are just feeling an itch for something different, Assassin’s Creed 3 has a plethora of options to be chosen from. Perhaps assassinating a deer from the treetops strikes your fancy, bringing those filthy redcoats some vigilante justice is always a good choice, or even taking to the high seas in your very own frigate is available to you.
Whatever path you chose, enjoyment can be discovered at every corner and treetop of the game. Assassin’s Creed 3 is available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms for any and all gamers.