ASSASSIN'S CREED III
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC, Wii U)
the fickleness of trendiness. Europeís so last year, honey.
Americaís where itís at now, just ask Desmond...
Yes, the Animus-ensconced hero whoís accompanied us Ė well, weíve
accompanied him - through several Assassinís Creed jaunts
is perfecting his twang and penchant for Twinkies as he takes on not
only that old 21/12/12 Earth-go-boom-now chestnut, but also the 18th
century American Revolution.
Donít expect to be launched straight into all-out action though.
ACIII takes a while to wind up Ė in fact you spend much time
initially not even being the main protagonist, Ratonhndfjkfke...
Ratonhnhdbsjihfgedfbgdsikhjbjkq... Umm, ĎConnorí Ė a grumblebum
Native American bloke.
The lines between movie and interactive fiction are blurred early,
as you basically watch, or stab one or two buttons before more
cinematicactivity. But patience is rewarded as things unfurl into an
ambitious Ė very much so - extravaganza of bigness thatís part
interactive history lesson and all super-engulfing. Sure, youíll rub
shoulders with historical dudes the likes of Paul Revere, Daniel
Boone and Benny Franklin, but itís the overall story that makes
ACIII. You might expect it to be a jingoistic, RAH-America
rampage, but thatís not the case. Rather, we partake in writing
thatís well-balanced and quite
Youíll venture from frontier to Boston to New York, New York, where
of course if you make it there youíll blahblahblah. Youíll do
typical AC stuff Ė walking, running, sneaking, climbing,
pick-pocketing, jumping, fetching and fighting - and more, like
climbing trees, hunting animals, steering ships and riding wonky
ACIIIís certainly not perfect, perhaps a victim of
over-ambition. Shooting can be ordealistic trying to please the
auto-targeting, rather than the satisfying release of shitloads of
gunpowder into an adversaryís noggin. Also, AI can be a bit, well,
derrrrrrrrrrr... But itís epic in thinking, execution and, the bit
that matters to us, engagement. Get in quick, as 21/12/12 isnít far