Know this: Assassin’s Creed III is huge. From sailing the high seas to watching the first shots fired in the American Revolution to a storyline that continues into the present day, it covers a lot of territory. It makes the earlier games in the series feel small by comparison, which is saying a lot.
The open-world renditions of colonial Boston and New York are amazingly authentic and separated by vast, explorable wilderness. The game’s frontier missions involve taking down enemy forts, exploring hidden caves, and yes, hunting animals, among other things. There’s dynamic weather, and the passage from summer to winter and back again as you play is something special indeed.
Combat and free-running have improved since past versions. Simpler controls and touches like tree-to-tree navigation mix things up nicely, while a host of new offensive moves (and some pretty badass battle animations) make the combat feel fresh. The sea battles are incredibly intense, sport some amazing-looking high seas, and provide some impressive set-pieces.
Multiplayer is back—and better than ever, with some cool new Domination and Wolfpack modes. A gaming revolution? Not quite. But best game in the series? Heck yeah.
Hint: Assassin's Creed III shipped with whole gang of bugs, so make sure to download the patch before diving in.
by Devon Santos