Assassin’s Creed 3 [Preview]

Assassin's Creed III

Assassin’s Creed had always been about jumping and running around the city – or whatever passes for urbanization during those times that series protagonist Desmond Miles’ memories travel to – killing enemies with swiftness and stealth. It has worked so far, as seen in the great sales as well as the huge following for each installment in the series. With Ubisoft’s latest addition in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, however, gamers will take to the seas as they are planted in a whole new environment, in the hopes that they will take to these new changes like a duck to water.

In Assassin’s Creed 3, the newest action adventure stealth game and fifth installment to the hugely popular Assassin’s Creed series, players get to control Desmond Miles, the latest in a line of Assassins that are tasked to prevent the end of the world in 2012. Using the Animus, a machine that lets Miles see through the eyes of his ancestors, players can also control half English, half Native American  Connor Kenway. Set in Colonial America during the American Revolution, Kenway will encounter real life historical figures such as George Washington, Ben Franklin, King George III, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and a lot more.

The story within Assassin’s Creed 3 spans 30 years of Connor’s life, with locations set in Boston, New York, as well as the forests and rivers of the American Colonial Frontier. The developers behind this game have said that this most recent installment of the franchise is bigger than previous installments, with Assassin’s Creed 3 being in production for three years. Players will also get to see elements unique within the game.

One of the improvements in the game include a new engine, AnvilNext, which allows for better visuals and models, as well as much improved AI. This provides smooth rendering of environments and animations even if the screen is filled with other characters. Sailing the seas, another thing that is new and fresh within the game, can also be flawlessly performed, allowing players to traverse the open seas both in cooperation with and against the elements. As most missions take place in the sea, players can fully appreciate the smooth battle controls as they battle enemy ships. Naval combat does not fall below expectations as small details were not compromised in order to display battles of great cinematic quality.

Weather and other climate elements also play a factor within Assassin’s Creed 3. Aside from the winds and waves affecting the control of you ship, weather elements such as fog, rain, and snow also affect how enemies and other NPCs move around. This requires players to exist and adapt depending on the elements and on how other characters behave during different situations.

Rather than free running, Kenway can swing from branches, climb trees, and perform other moves that match perfectly with the settings of Colonial America. Battle mechanics can take place both in land and in the sea, and new weapons usable within the game include tomahawks, rope darts, bows, and dual pistols.  Assassin’s Creed 3 also employs new hunting mechanics, where Connor can not only hunt animals for their skin, but he can also be hunted by predators as well. in addition, players can get to control Desmond Miles much more as compared to previous installments.

There are several game modes within Assassin’s Creed 3. These include modes where players must defend certain points in a map, as well as being able to take control of the British military. Multiplayer modes also allow gamers to play cooperatively with others in assassinating targets which are labeled as “Moles”. This wide variety of playable content outside of the actual storyline greatly adds to the playability of the game.

It may seem that Assassin’s Creed 3 is a major step away from the series with regards to the mechanics that Assassin’s Creed followers are used to in the previous installments of the franchise. However, based on the new elements featured in trailers and demos, it can be deduced that this is an improvement rather than a step back. The plot within the game was also able to seamlessly flow with that of the game’s predecessors. The AnvilNext engine is also a great addition to the series, as it was able to give the game the “next gen” look that it was looking for. The result is an amazing game, existing in an amazingly rendered environment, that is able to continue Desmond Miles’ story as the battle between the Templars and the Assassins rage on with the fate of the world at stake, and that is something that Assassin’s Creed fans will surely be eager to wait to get their hands on.

Assassin’s Creed 3 was developed and published by Ubisoft. It will be released for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 2012, with a later November 2012 release for the Windows PC. For the Wii U, release dates will be announced soon, but is also expected within the year.


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