AC3 sets high gaming standard

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist

Ubisoft sets the bar with the newly released video game, “Assassin’s Creed 3,” which has proven to be one of the best releases of 2012.

“AC3” redefines the beauty of video games with its magnificent settings, thoughtful characters and excellent cinematics.

The storyline follows Connor Kenway, a part-British, part-Native  American man who trains to become an assassin to ensure the safety of his tribe and to avenge the death of his mother. The timeline parallels colonial American history, and along the way, Kenway assists in liberating the USA from British tyranny.

The game’s writers did an outstanding job weaving historical events into the plot of the game. As you unfold the convoluted storyline of the ancient conflict between assassins and templars, you witness  major events in American history such as the Boston Tea Party, The Battle of Bunker Hill and even the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Similar to previous Assassin’s Creed games, “AC3’s” characters have realistic, fluid movements. These smooth motions are especially displayed while walking through bustling towns or running amongst treetops. Combat, although simple, reveals dynamic kill combinations and creative assassinations consistent throughout the Assassin’s Creed series.

The  Ubisoft team also pushes the boundaries when it comes to the beautiful settings and the environment that develops around the gamer. As the game progresses, the world evolves, towns grow and seasons change.  The stunning graphics and polished cinematic effects lend to the breathtaking gaming experience for which the Assassin’s Creed series has been praised.

Although the experience may be breathtaking, “AC3’s” unrefined controls and basic mechanics become overwhelmingly frustrating during certain missions. As you free run through cities and towns, Kenway will climb anything in sight and unexpectedly jump into nearby haystacks.

Despite the unrefined controls, “AC3” contains hours of gameplay, whether it be the main storyline missions, challenging side missions or homestead missions.

The  Assassin’s Creed series has been a consistent example of dedication to an engaging trilogy, and “AC3” does not let the franchise down. Its compelling story and fantastic graphics create an enjoyable experience and definitely outweigh the few slips presented. Overall, the game is a work of art and is the must-play game of the year.