Assassin's Creed III
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UK Publisher: Ubisoft UK
US Publisher: Ubisoft
Age Rating: ESRB Mature | PEGI 18
It takes a while to get going, but when Assassin's Creed III finally takes off its training wheels - dropping you in a simulated version of 18th Century North America, and in the shoes of the half-English, half-Native American assassin Connor - there are moments when Ubisoft's (confusingly) fifth open-world assassination game really takes flight. While cities were the focus of previous titles, that honour goes to the Frontier here: a sizable wilderness filled with animals, prospectors, and thousands of climbable trees.
New features and activities abound, such as hunting, sailing and proper item crafting, and while many of these don't feel particularly fleshed-out, the game excels in its naval combat missions. Meanwhile, the clever competitive multiplayer introduced in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood continues to impress, re-imagining Hide-and-Seek as a brutal game of cat-and-mouse. But with people, obviously.
The future of Assassin's Creed is hopefully more consistent, more polished and less flabby than it is here, but there remain few better ways to escape into a bygone century.
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Entertaining storytelling and fantastic naval combat marred by terrible mission design and endemic feature creep.
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