'Assassin's Creed III'
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.5 stars
The older I get, the more I realize that many of the past events I learned in History class are inaccurate. This is also reflected in UbiSoft's latest stealth title, "Assassin's Creed III," which finally takes the game to a new location while also introducing a new leading character. Despite a few annoyances, this is the big, bold sequel that fans of the series have been anxiously awaiting!
This time around, the story follows Connor Kenway's exploits, starting from his childhood and leading all the way through his adult role in the American Revolution. After a surprisingly lengthy and linear introduction, players are tasked with uncovering various conspiracies as well as rewriting history to favor the Assassin's Guild. Meanwhile, Desmond Miles uses the knowledge he gains from Connor's true history to aid the Assassin's Guild in present day America.
Like past games in the series, players can use the protagonist's hidden arm blades to perform assassinations and also kill enemies in open combat, but Connor also has new tricks up his sleeve! Since he is half American-Indian, the seasoned assassin can silently take out enemies with a handy bow and also utilize his trusty tomahawk. Add in the most fluid combat system of any game in the series, and the result is much more fun than it is frustrating.
In addition to brutal combat, Connor can hunt wild animals for their pelts, assist common-folk in a wide variety of side missions and explore the wild surroundings to attune with nature. One of my favorite new abilities is captaining ships in violent naval battles! It's great fun to shred the enemy's sails with special cannon ammunition and then either sink their ship outright or board it for unpredictable crew vs. crew battles.
New online multiplayer modes add even more content to the game, making "Assassin's Creed III" a must-have for both stealth and action fans!