The story of Desmond Miles is one that has become all-too-familiar to many gamers. This time, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed title carries the newly built Anvil Next game engine, which is predicted to deliver a “next-gen Assassin’s Creed experience” by bringing the capabilities of current gen systems such as the Xbox 360 and PS3 into full use.
The big focus with this entire series of 5 installments has always been the story that is to be told. In this story, the main setting will focus on timeframes surrounding (and including) the American Revolution from 1753-1783 and will be featuring a new protagonist by the name of Connor Kenway (birth name Ratonhnhakéton). However, the game also carries a modern setting in which Desmond Miles will have to do everything in his power to prevent a 2012 apocalypse. Players will get to familiarize themselves and get to experience Desmond Miles more in this game than any other in the series.
“On this land, I am torn. Part of me wants to fight and repel all outsiders. The other part of me is the outsider. In the name of liberty, I will fight the enemy regardless of their allegiance. While men of courage write history of this day, the future of our land depends on those who are truly free.”―Connor Kenway, Assassin’s Creed III Gameplay Trailer.
The Seasons Are Changing
Perhaps one of the most innovative improvements to the gameplay is the way the seasons change throughout the game. As the weather grows colder, the gameplay reacts properly. As seasons change back to warm weather, the gameplay again changes accordingly.
Tree Hugger – er… Climber
Another new feature is the ability to climb trees and jump from branch to branch. This works much like jumping from one building to the next, where you just push a button to jump, and Connor will handle the fine details for you.
Walk Where You Wish or Set Sail on the Open Sea
A great new feature to the game is that instead of just walking around to complete your missions, you can now hop aboard a boat and complete tasks out on the waters. Have your crew set sail at full or half mast, or perhaps shoot the cannons at obstacles that get in your way. Just be careful not to go too far, or you’ll find yourself quickly on the brink of an attack that will cause more damage than you may be able to handle.
Co-Op Has Come To Online!
The online has also seen improvements in this game, with one of the biggest being the new co-op mode, titled Wolfpack, which features 25 waves you must work together with fellow assassins to…well…assassinate, each one more challenging than the one before. Wolfpack can feature 2-4 players working together at once.
So, The Moral of the Story Is…
The Assassin’s Creed games are something you play for great graphics, intense gameplay and, above all, fascinating, well-planned out stories. While many have been skeptic about the need for our Assassin to visit another ancestor’s past, the comfort comes from previous experiences proving to us that Ubisoft has never let us down yet. In the past, we’ve visited the lives of ancestors Altair and Ezio, both times attempting to gain knowledge of where and how to find the Pieces of Eden we were searching for. Whatever our mission is, if there is one thing we’ve learned from visiting the lives of Altair and Ezio it’s that when Ubisoft sends us on a mission to visit the past of an ancestor – we’re in for a treat.