So, that’s the 4th game down. This game took a different approach to the Animus mechanic. Previously, there’s been a decent amount of ‘real world’ story, and you as Desmond pop in and out of the Animus chair, with a reasonable amount of story also bleeding through. This game changed it a little, instead of jumping out of the chair, and heading back to the base, you now leave the simulator and use a hub world called ‘Animus Island’. Throughout the entire game, you only revisited the Island a few times, and apart from a few ghostly voices there wasn’t really much point in having it.
During the game, you take control of Desmond, who takes control of Ezios who spends the game tracking down a handful of disks Altaïr had hidden, I’ll be spoiler free, but this game concludes Ezios trilogy, and also bring an end to the Altaïr story as well.
The game added a few interesting, and a few not so interesting new game mechanics. There was carriage combat, where you slammed your attacker into rocks to take down the health of their carriage. There was parachutes, which, I used only when the story made me. There was the addition of zip lines, which to be fair where pretty cool, and made traversing the levels a lot smoother. There was tower defence? for reasons?….again, I only did this once when the story made me do it. One addition mechanic I did really like was the hook blade, this basically extended how far you could reach while trying to climb a building. There was a new mechanic I didn’t get my head around, or use, and this was the ability to craft and use bombs, again for reasons. As I mentioned back from brotherhood, I didn’t really get the gun aspect, and throwing bombs didn’t fell very assassiny.
The game felt a lot more streamlined, with the ziplines, the parachutes, and fast travel points, it’s almost like Ubisoft wanted you to fly through this game. I completed the game with a very similar playing style to Brotherhood, but it took me a good few hours less.
So, my top tips for Assassins Creed game.
- Earn money by doing stuff, missions, pickpocketing, looting etc.
- Use money to buy shops
- Use money from shops, to buy more shops
- When able, help and recruit assassins
- Continue buying shops until you have a lot of income
- Continue recruiting assassins until you have a full house
- Fully pimp you gear and weapons with all your cash
- In combat, simply block, then counter
- In there’s somebody you’re struggling to counter, call in your assassins.
With those steps, I actually felt like I cheesed this game, I found the combat very simple, as I had the best gear and best weapons.
To be fair, there were some really good level designs in this game, there were a handful of underground caverns that felt a lot like I was playing a Tomb Raider or Uncharted game, which worked very well.
The conclusion of the Ezios and Altaïr stories (or so I believe) felt good, and I look forward to see where the story goes in Assassins Creed 3. I hope there are more real world stuff, as there didn’t feel to be enough of Mr. North (the voice of Desmond)
All in all, a rather enjoyable experience, I have Assassins Creed 3 downloaded and installed, and will be jumping in shortly.
Approx Time taken to beat – 12 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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