‘AC:3’ has its lows but is still worth it

'AC:3' has its lows but is still worth it

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A screenshot of the the new character Connor Kenway shooting at a British soldier in the new Assassin’s Creed.

Steven Martin, Photographer

Assassin’s Creed: III is the latest sequel to the long-running Assassin’s Creed series. So many gamers are fans of this series that AC: III grossed $3.5 million in its first week of sales.

The game takes place during the American Revolution, and while some games would use this setting to make a casual reference, AC: III doesn’t.

From the beginning, you will become engrossed in this time period, whether it’s trying to find missing pages from Benjamin Franklin’s journal or participating in battles against the British.

The graphics are quite striking: cities, the frontier and even the high seas are beautifully rendered. From the first time you load up, it is quite apparent that a lot of time and effort went into the making of this game. I particularly liked how the seasons would change. This was a nice touch. I really liked the water effects too, when you are doing ship-to-ship combat.

Game play is solid, although not perfect. You eventually play as the Native American assassin named Connor, whose overall mission is to find and kill Templars.

Connor moves with a grace that few video game characters possess.

He bounds from building to building, from tree to tree, and somehow, he even manages to blend into crowds though he’s the only one wearing a bright white hoodie.

One of the biggest problems I have with the game is that it restricts what you can do. For example, in the early part of the game, you are given a mission to assassinate an evil, powerful man. The only way to get to this man is you have to sneak past his garrison of British troops.

The problem is that you cannot kill any of the guards. In fact, if you do, you instantly fail the mission and have to restart it. Aren’t you an assassin? Doesn’t it clearly state that in the title of the game? That’s like if you were playing the game “Grand Theft Auto” and the game wouldn’t allow you to steal a vehicle. It makes little to no sense.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this game. Odd mission parameters aside, AC: III is really quite enjoyable.

AC: III is available on PS3, Xbox 360,  and WiiU.