Obviously when a company announces a sequel, its intention is to give you more of what worked in the previous games, along with a twist to remind you that you’re covering some new territory. However, with Assassin’s Creed III, Ubisoft is turning the series in an entirely new direction, introducing a whole new era and battlefield to take on, as well as a new hero and side characters.
But for some reason, if the trailer wasn’t enough to sell you on the fall 2012 release, we’ve got ten reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on it. And each one definitely stands out in its own right. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be sold. We’ll bet someone’s scalp on it. (None of the staff’s, though. We like our hairlines.)
The Alex Ross collectible case
So obviously it’s no secret that Ubisoft is offering a lovely pre-order bonus for the game, even six months out, in the form of a collectible Steelbook case for the game. But upon looking at it, you’ll find that the case is in fact quite stunning, featuring original Alex Ross artwork showing the lead hero Connor in a superb pose, with the American Revolution flag waving behind him. If you look at this thing and don’t want it, clearly you don’t like cool collectibles. We’ll take yours, thanks.
This isn’t a romp through Venice
One of the huge draws to Assassin’s Creed III is its new location setting. You’re now fighting your way through small colonial villages in Boston, as well as the city of New York, fighting enemy soldiers and carrying out missions for your comrades. The fact this isn’t just another city playing host to the usual medieval soldiers…well, that should definitely get your blood pumping.
Say hello to Connor
Now that Altair and Ezio Auditore di Firenze’s respective storylines are about summed up, we get to take on a whole new assassin, a Mohawk nation fighter who’s part native American, part European and all bad-ass when it comes to completing his tasks. He’ll make a fine addition to the series, though it’s still not quite certain how he’ll tie in with Desmond. We’ll find out soon enough.
There are a number of ways to make enemies depart this time around. Sure, you could stab them quickly with a chain blade or string someone up in a makeshift noose, but the real fun gets up close and personal, thanks to Connor’s killer combat style, including a tomahawk to the throat or using an enemy’s musket against them to blow their head off. Hey, no one said you just had to kill someone the old fashioned way. Variety is the spice of life here.
There’s a tie-in with real history
Though Assassin’s Creed III probably won’t be heralded by history buffs anytime soon, the game does feature tie-ins with characters straight out of the American Revolution, including the helpful Benjamin Franklin, the brave George Washington and the fierce Captain Lee. It’s rumored that Paul Revere will show up as well, having you help him with his historic run through Boston. We can’t wait to see how that goes.
To some, the Animus is a helpful tool throughout the Assassin’s Creed world, and the new edition that’s being introduced in this third chapter should be the best yet. We only caught glimpses of it thus far, but it’s very advanced and probably the most user friendly to date. Now if only it would allow us to learn kung fu…
War is breathtaking
For this latest Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft’s development team is putting its most ambitious work to date to use, with an awesome recreation of Boston, right down to the snow-covered fields and the chaos of the historic Bunker Hill battle. What’s more, the smaller things stand out as well, including the lighting from torches and the way Connor has to slowly travel through deeper snow. We love it.
An improved stealth system works in your favor
Hiding is definitely one of the assassin’s best weapons against enemies, and the better stealth system coming in part three is superb, based on what we’ve seen. Sure, you can dive into a pile of grain and have it work just as well as a haystack, but you can also move fluidly through shadows and darkness, effectively sneaking up on someone and taking them out. We’re down.
New multiplayer features
Though Ubisoft didn’t go into a lot of detail when it came to the game’s multiplayer component, they did state that it was being worked on, and we expect more of the same great modes that made previous games stand out, as well as new stuff that ties in to the American Revolution theme. Expect more information on this following E3.
Animals are fair game
Along with taking down soldiers and other enemies in Assassin’s Creed III, you’ll also occasionally have the opportunity to hunt. Sure, small animals are kind of fun, but it’s when you first come face-to-face with a bear that you realize just how crazy the action gets. Just remember that Connor’s not your typical hunter. Nope. This thing’s getting made into a rug in a matter of seconds.
So we pose the question, are you pumped yet?!