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Assassins Creed 3 Preview Brutal Fun
By Custard Trout
You guys know how much I adore Assassin’s Creed, so it will at no surprise to you when I say “Holy good gravy and custard this is awesome!”. First let’s look at the game as a whole:
I asked Jonathan Cooper if there would be more female characters, simple answer on this “I don’t know”. We were told that the US revolution is only the setting for the game, and that the story isn’t really about the revolution. Which makes sense, it’s going to focus on Conner. They also told us that they want to distract us, with timeout toys, no not that, dirty reader. Basically the game will have little features we can fiddle around with…We’re all mature here…
This next quote comes with a challenge, they “Guarantee you haven’t seen a game in 18th Century America”. They told us that they chose the American Revolution because it has a big pivotal history. We are going to see everything from war to the Boston Tea Party. As most of us know by now, Connor will also be smashing in the skulls of the Americans.
We are going to see more of Desmond, and apparently the secondary characters in this game are the best yet. There’s going to be a whole load of fan service, so if you’ve been keeping up with the comics and such you’re in for an extra big treat. We were also told that the whole village grows around you and that you will begin to become famous if you help people. And that you can follow characters that will all have a routine, such as going to work, then the pub, then home. Which is a nice little feature.
As we all know, Assassin’s Creed 3 will see us take control of giant galleons. But how does this play? Did they do well? They did! But it wasn’t perfection. The ships felt like they should, a little hard to maneuver but powerful. With four kinds of shots; grape, chain, round and heatshot (Great balls of fire!). Interestingly, Conner changes his costume when he hits the sea, and he ends up wearing blue. But he gets a cool hat!
The weather in the game has a direct effect on the gameplay, we see Conner stumble in snow and slide around in rain, but this is carried over into the naval battles, your ship will be knocked around by vicious winds and storms. The boat is a little awkward to turn and fight with but you get the hang of it pretty quickly. It seems that it will always be tougher to use than Conner, which it should be really. Conner is an agile acrobatic assassin, and the ship is er, big.
So, let’s have a look at Conner, he’s in a war zone and he’s full of rage. I’m assuming we all know why, if not then you’ll see. (I’m not going to spoil it.). So he plays as he should, unlike like the other Assassin’s Creed games he plays offensively chaining attacks and pretty much beating the shit out of his enemies with powerful attacks, all his counters feel much more powerful than any in the series thus far. And they’re fairly easy to pull off that’s right, you know the trailer and those awesome kills? – Yeah, that.
Conner can also back off onto other platforms and carry on fighting almost perfectly, without having to come out of combat to walk backwards up a sloping fallen tree. The game doesn’t lose the much loved combat of the series though, by adding more enemies to fight at once, we see the game take on a new angle without losing the gameplay.
Despite his killing prowess, there are still difficult stealth sessions, and of course you don’t have to charge into a platoon head first.
So how is the free running? Pretty much perfection, I don’t think I’ve ever been so satisfied from the series’ free running, this game has it nailed perfectly. You can jump tree to tree, roll over crates and zip around so fluidly. This game actually almost snagged our “Game of the show” spot.
So if you’re thinking of pre ordering, and haven’t yet – do it now. Also, here’s a new trailer. It tells the story of Conner a little more, and it shows you why he’s pissed.
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