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Assassin's Creed III - Initial Thoughts

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So, I know that I am very late to playing the latest entry in the Assassin's Creed series, but it was never a game I felt excited for back in 2012. However, I finally dropped the cash necessary for the Xbox 360 version of the game, and am now in the process of my first playthrough.


One thought keeps coming back, as I attempt to play it. This game sucks.

Now that is obviously a serious accusation to make, considering that I am only really a couple hours in to a reasonably long game. But from the opening sequence to where I am now, I have been thoroughly unimpressed by what I currently consider to be a mediocre gaming experience. Now, before I continue, here's a little background on me and the Assassin's Creed franchise. The first AC game I played was the excellent AC: Brotherhood. I had heard a lot about the series before I played Brotherhood, and came with reasonable expectations for the stealth/action game it promised to be. I enjoyed the experience immensely, from the incredibly well-designed city of Rome to the fun and engaging key hunting sequences.


After completing Brotherhood, I eagerly picked up the first and second games in the series, both of which proved just as fun (albeit less refined) as Brotherhood. I pre-ordered AC: Revelations, very excited to continue watching the series grow. As it turned out, Revelations was a fairly unimpressive next step for the series, after the serious growth shown in AC II and AC: Brotherhood. While I enjoyed watching Ezio's story come to a satisfying conclusion, I couldn't help but be disappointed at the lack of improvements on the AC formula. Combat had remained largely unchanged from Brotherhood, which hindered the series attempt to change locations. The new location itself, mostly set in Constantinople, felt dry compared to the amazing Italian cities of Rome, Venice, and Florence. Overall, Revelations was a letdown in that it failed to really take the series in a new direction, which it needed badly after two rather similar games, AC II and Brotherhood.

I held out hope that AC3 would revive the series sense of adventure with a completely different location and new protagonist. But, as I said before, it is so far in my playthrough failing utterly. First off, AC3 is really boring. Three hours in, I have not seen anything new, outside of firearms and new assassination techniques. These are incremental changes, and I am looking for something much more. The AC series should be looking for much more in terms of gameplay and story advancement. Next, the game is as buggy as hell. From graphical issues to path finding problems, the experience is continually broken due to an incredible lack of polish. I want to get absorbed into the New England atmosphere, like I was entranced by the Italian locations of the Ezio trilogy, but the unrefined nature of the game prevents that. Finally, the story is moving so slowly as to be almost non-existent. All I have gotten to do is seemingly meaningless quests that only lead to more meaningless quests.


Maybe my criticisms are to harsh, considering how little of the game I have experienced as of yet. I plan to play the entirety of the game, but so far it has been a pathetic waste of time. As a fan of the AC games, I want to enjoy this one as much as the others. But Assassin's Creed seems to be falling behind in many areas, and if it continues on this path, I suspect they will be completely unworthy of anyone's time or efforts. It should be noted that I have watched the latest gameplay trailer for ACIV: Black Flag. I am excited, against my better judgment, and I hold out the hope that maybe, just maybe, Assassin's Creed will experience a revolution in story and gameplay, ushering it into the next generation of gaming.

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