‘Assassins Creed III’ promises American landscapes, more weapons

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Assassin’s Creed III offers players the unique chance to go back in time.

If given the chance to go back in time, many people would choose different places, like the holy land during the Crusades or Renaissance Italy. Others would choose America during the revolution. People would want to see the great rebels fight for freedom, while the British try to keep them under their control.

They would also meet some great men, some Native Americans, some English and some born on home soil. One man that many would not see would be Connor Kenway, a half-English, half-American Indian man. Feared by the Redcoats due to his skill at eliminating their troops and spying on their operations, Connor would participate in an ongoing struggle, lasting for generations before and after him, continuing into 2012. In Assassin’s Creed III, the fifth game in the franchise, Desmond Miles lives in 2012. He, through a machine called the Animus, experiences life through one ancestor’s eyes.

This ancestor is Connor, who is an assassin fighting the Knights Templar, now turned into the British army. Using his ancestor’s experience, Desmond has to stop the apocalypse. As in all “Assassin’s Creed” games, the plot is a huge aspect. To get the full experience of the Assassin’s Creed plotline, a person should start playing at the beginning, because this game starts where “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” leaves off. Desmond’s modern-day plot will be full-fledged, and it will ultimately conclude with the end of the modern war between the Templars and the Assassins, as well as the prevention of the apocalypse.

Connor’s plot mostly deals with the American Revolution, where he fights those that burned down his village. Location is also a major part in this series, whether it is the Middle East or Italy. The same is true with this iteration. Throughout the game, Connor experiences the unsettled American frontier, complete with wild animals that can and will attack. Connor travels all along the eastern coastline, including New York and Boston.

Although the places are not grand as the cities in Italy, the appearance of the cities has little to disappoint. Connor can take a ship to travel and complete missions to and fro along the seaboard, but traveling the cities and countryside requires athleticism and skill, which is something that this game makes easy.

The gameplay not only allows players to explore the open world, but also allows the player to experience the environment, from leaping from tree branch to tree branch or from rooftop to haystack. The fighting has been improved, making it more fast-paced and visually greater, as well as.

Speaking of weapons, “Assassin’s Creed III” has plenty to use. In addition to the franchise’s trademark hidden blade, Connor carries a tomahawk as his signature weapon, but also uses a musket to shoot Brits, a bayonet to stab men, a rope dart for hanging and much, much more. With plenty of redcoats in the towns and animals in the wilderness to hunt, these weapons will have plenty chances to be used. If the single-player experience doesn’t keep your attention, multiplayer is available. At least three multiplayer modes are known, one being Domination, which is similar to siege where one team must keep another from capturing a territory. Another is called Wolf Pack, and it involves a team of up to four players hunt down and take out multiple targets in an allotted time period with 25 different levels. Places range from the wilderness of the Northern Passage to the docks of Boston, and playable characters include redcoats, American Indians, carpenters and more.

Players are also allowed to choose perks to increase their assassination skills. Overall, “Assassin’s Creed III” takes a trip back through American history, and allows players to experience a world that many would die to live in. Experiences include meeting George Washington, getting up close with a bear, strolling through the crowds of 1775 New York, traversing trees in the great frontier, sneakily stabbing an English soldier with a hidden blade and taking out man after man with pistol.

Whether playing through this massive world alone or joining a hunting mission with your pals, this game aims to please with rich environments, in-depth plot, fluid gameplay and a variety of weapons. It allows a player to do anything that they could imagine, short of actual time travel.

“Assassin’s Creed III” will be released on Oct. 30 for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Nov. 18 for the Wii U and Nov. 20 for PC.

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