Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Review No. 8 Assassin's Creed III - Wii U (18+)

Strong points:
Brilliant graphics
Good storyline
Horse riding
Naval battles
Good rewards On Uplay
Great, fluid parkour

Weak Points:
A port
Lots of bugs making you freeze and lose audio
Battles are as not fluid as the parkour
You have to finish long combos to be able to kill anyone

In-depth Review:

Release Dates:
North America: November 18, 2012
Europe: November 30, 2012
Australia: November 30, 2012

Left Analogue Stick: move
Press Left Analogue Stick: eagle eye vision
B: fast walk/push people out of the way/break defence/rear horse
Right Analogue Stick: look around
Press Right Analogue Stick: re-centre the camera
ZR: sprint/swim faster
ZL: precision mode
Y: use weapon
X: use tool/secondary weapon
R: reload/ hold to open weapons wheel
A: interact/grab/loot/pick up weapon/body/tackle/skip cinematic/dive/dismount horse
L: assassin recruit ability/hold to open assassins menu
D-Pad: select weapon
Start: pause
Select: map
Naval: most actions are on the screen.

Assassin's Creed III is a brilliant game telling the tale of Desmond and Conner (his ancestor). You start off playing as Connors father Haytham (his sequences act as a tutorial teaching you the basics). Assassin's Creed III has amazing visuals and free running which allows you to travel fluidly from one place to another. There are quite a few weapons and tools (warning do not buy weapons as Haytham because as soon as you finish with him your weapons are lost) which all help you in some way if its capturing animals or killing Redcoat.

Sadly, there are quite a few bugs from little things like losing your weapon after finishing a weapon or getting stuck to a major glitch like losing audio or visual. Even with these glitches though it is a very good game which has an intriguing storyline.

The multiplayer is all right although you sometimes have to wait hours for someone else to come on. This is due to just not many people bothering to use the mulitplayer. When you finally get someone else then the game turns into a cat and mouse scenario with you being the hunter and the hunted at the same time. Uplay (which can be downloaded for free in the eShop) allows you to get rewards for completing certain actions in game.

Naval battles are brilliant although I wish you could just free roam on your boat as there aren't that many missions. You can upgrade your boat (for a hefty price) and have a few weapon choices. The physics are brilliant with wind speed and waves affecting your speed and direction.

The homestead missions are another brilliant addition with you being able to save people from bears, waterfalls, the army etc. They then join your homestead and allow you to craft items and get even more money. Also, there is an Assassins mode which allows you to send other people off on quests to get money. Once you complete the storyline then you get access to pivots which are cheats which affect you game play (allowing you to become invincible, change the season etc.)

Conclusion: overall it is a good game with loads of brilliant features but was rushed to get out onto the Wii U and has slightly too many bugs. Hopefully the 4th Assassin's Creed game will fare better.

Rating: 81%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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