» Reviews: Assassin’s Creed 3

Nathan Schwartz

|    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Wii U
  • Players: 1 In House or 2-8 Online
  • Rating: M
  • Genre: Third-Person Action

I think a more fitting name for Assassin’s Creed 3 is Gatherer’s Creed 3, as you spend an exponentially larger amount of time gathering information and materials than you do assassinating. I understand that in order to uncover who to slay next requires some exploration, but the ratio of time spent gathering to killing is very skewed towards the former. On top of that, having to gather items like animal skin is not what I would imagine to be a necessary task for a budding assassin. It’s like a chef in training having to ski as part of his/her preparation.

Not that this game has nothing new to offer. Playing as an Iroquois, your skill set and weaponry are rather different from the previous games. For example, you are now able to climb trees and traverse the visually stunning environments by hopping from branch to branch. But, again, it would’ve been that much more enjoyable if I was able to utilize these innovations for stealthily stabbing someone as opposed to stealthily eavesdropping on conversations.

I still poured many hours into the game, and, admittedly, I had a reasonably fun time doing so, I just think it could’ve been considerably more assassinatey.


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