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Is Assassin’s Creed 3 Game of The Year?

Is Assassin’s Creed 3 Game of The Year? Playeressence Hands on Impressions

By Furious Francis, editor-in-chief

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After a recent hands on with Assassin’s Creed 3 at NYCC, I am confident Assassin’s Creed 3 could win Game of the Year here at Playeressence.com and well worth my plane ticket price from California to New York. The improvements made to the graphics, gameplay, and controls are very impressive. I’ve never considered any of the Assassin’s Creed games to be Game of the Year quality with the exception of Assassin’s Creed 2, but that game was far too easy and lacked a bit of soul/essence to win GOTY for me. Connor, the main character of Assassin’s Creed 3, has a distinct style that trumps any of Ezio’s efforts. Taking place in America, during one of the greatest and important historical time periods in American history is awesome. No offence to the Italian Renaissance, but the American Revolution is far more interesting. In this article I’m going to highlight the main areas where Assassin’s Creed 3 wipes the floor with previous Assassin’s Creed games.

Story, Setting, and Atmosphere

– Like I eluded to earlier, Assassin’s Creed 3 makes vast improvements in the story telling, setting, and overall tone or atmosphere of the main campaign. With the events of the American Revolution and Connor being half Native American, half British, makes for a interesting dynamic in race that we have not seen in a Assassin’s Creed game and rarely see in gaming. America is diverse place with many different mixed couples and people. For the developers to consider this for their main character is absolutely brilliant. Traversing snowy forests, hunting down animals, traversing old town Boston, and so much more creates a setting and atmosphere that Italy and previous setting can’t compete with. The hunting and back-story of Connor makes you feel intertwined with the land and setting.


– Combat has received a dramatic boost in versatility, skill, and funfactor. Connor is far more agile than Altair and Ezio which makes for more fluid kills, that feel fantastic to control. In retrospect, how Connor controls, puts the other games to shame. Previous Assassin’s Creed games have clunky or clumsy controls while Assassin’s Creed 3 controls smooth and brilliantly. The AnvilNext engine is truly superb, making combat feel much more natural and fluid in Assassin’s Creed 3. One of my biggest complaints about previous Assassin’s Creed games, was the ease of combat. One button counter-attack kills were far too easy for my liking. It made combat fun at first but boring after a few hours. The upgrading mechanic and weapon tiers in Assassin’s Creed 2 didn’t even matter because of how criminally easy the game was. This is not the case in Assassin’s Creed 3. Assassin’s Creed 3’s combat revolves around breaking down the enemies guard before you deliver the kill shot. Connor can be interrupted during a counter so dual wielding weapons can give you huge advantage. The combat is refined for more advanced players and Ubisoft has confirmed combat in the game is far more challenging than any of the previous games, which is music to my ears.

Naval Battles

– Assassin’s Creed 3 could have shipped without the Naval battles and it would still be a game of the year contender. However, I’m glad the development team put them in there. The amount of content in Assassin’s Creed 3 is by far the most in the series by a large amount. The Naval battles is the like the cherry on top of a delicious chocolate sunday. Connor can steer the ship, plan out cannon strikes, and check useful information on the Gamepad *(Wii U version only). The Naval battles were a blast to play and I look forward to all the different naval battles Assassin’s Creed 3 has to offer.

Overall, Assassin’s Creed 3 is such a better game than its predecessors, it gives the impression they weren’t even trying with the previous games. The combat is harder, more responsive, and faster. The story is brilliant, the setting fantastic, and the atmosphere is breathtaking. Assassin’s Creed 3 is not only a solid contender for Game of the year but it might be considered one of the greatest games of all time if the full package shapes up as well as my impressions with the game.

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