Impressions: Assassin's Creed 3

uPlay_PC_Wallpaper4_800x600 A few weeks ago, I walked up to a Datablitz store and bought a game I never thought I'd ever pick up. Assassin's Creed 2 was my last creed game and was satisfied with what the game had to offer. The next two games? Not so much. But Assassin's Creed 3 was a different beast. A new setting, a new ancestor, they even have a new game engine under the hood. With the PC version priced at P995, I convinced myself this would be a good buy. Boy, I didn't think I'd feel regret after spending 15 hours on the game.

Note: This is based on 50% game completion on Sequence 9 and is playing the PC version. I'm not finished with the game and all opinions and impressions of the game are only up to that point. This is not a full review.

Don't get me wrong. The game has some very good points. The problem is, there's an issue in almost every corner of the game. Be it a bug, gameplay flaw, or even a design layout,  there's always something that takes me away from the experience. There's always something that bothered me. It's one of the buggiest game's I've played in years. And to think this is considered a triple A title, whatever that's worth nowadays.

Bugs. There are so many it's a challenge to avoid them. Every now and then, you will come across NPC's leaning on a wall when there's no wall to begin with. Or whenever you loot, the camera controls lock up, forcing you to wait a few seconds in order to move again. Even during the start of the game, the young Conner fights and acts as if he has his hidden blades already equipped, but in reality, he hasn't acquired his assassin gear yet. The point is, the game keeps reminding you that it's not well polished, which is a shame because I most probably would have enjoyed the world more if I didn't see myself occasionally stopping to see something very bizarre.


Bugs aside, the problems with this game doesn't stop there. The gameplay has been completely simplified to the point that any sort of challenge is gone. Stealth is considered the optimal choice to approach most situations, but the fact that it's so easy to dispatch any enemy you come across, regardless of the equipment you have, I don't see any point in sneaking around. The simple gameplay make each encounter repetitive and down right easy. If ever you do find yourself in a bind with very low health, run away, wait for your life to go back Call of Duty style and just run back in. I feel too overpowered even at the start of the game, and as much as I'd like to be a badass, I would appreciate a challenge every now and then.

But Assassin's Creed 3 isn't all negatives and bugs. The best thing to come out of the third title is the naval battles, which looks amazing, and satisfying to engage in. This is one of the best parts of the game and every mission that involved me commanding my ship was worth my time. Thanks to the naval battles seen here, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is now on my watch list. Another great thing about this game is how the animation looks on the move. Conner looks fluid as ever and it's actually a treat to watch. Moving from tree to tree, building to building, it all feels natural...until you accidentally jump into a bag of hay just because it was in your path. Again, it keeps reminding you of that it has problems.

It was really hard for me to continue playing Assassin's Creed 3. I just lost any means of interest at the 15 hour mark. Story is not pulling me in, and bugs are everywhere to greet you. It may be a big segmented open world game with many tasks to keep you busy, but I now feel it's a waste of time, having no strong incentive to do them. When I play now, I just want to move forward with the main story and get it over with.


I'll finish this game eventually for the sake of giving my full opinion of this game, but it's disappointing to see this world get dumbed down and feel rushed. Is it because of the yearly release? I would like to think so. I was never a fan of Ubisoft's choice to release a new title every year. I'm still eyeing on Black Flag though, not because of it being an Assassin's Creed game, but for the fact that I get to roam around as a pirate pillaging other ships freely.

We need more pirate games.

Review round-up: Assassin's Creed 3

Assassin's Creed 3 just came out yesterday in the Philippines and I'm sure a lot of you are going to be playing this over the long weekend that's coming up. But for the people who still have second thoughts on the true sequel to Assassin's Creed 2, we compiled all the reviews releases so far around the net. Check out the reviews below.

G4 - 5/5

CVG - 8/10

Eurogamer - 9/10

Gamespot - 8.5/10

Destructoid - 7.5/10

Gametrailers - 9.2/10

Gameinformer - 9.5/10

Joystiq - 3.5/5

1UP - B-

IGN - 8.5/10

Gamesradar - 4/5

Playstationuniverse - 8.5/10

The Assassin's Creed franchise has turned out to be one of the most successful title in this generation. In just a span of five years, Ubisoft was able to dish out nine Assassin Creed titles across different platforms. When Assassin's Creed 2 was released in 2009, it became a yearly thing. Brotherhood in 2010, Revelations in 2011, now Assassin's Creed 3 together With Liberation. Ubisoft definitely capitalized.

What do you think of Assassin Creed 3 so far? I'm sure you guys are still getting your feet wet since the game just came out, but we'd love to hear your early thoughts. Arlie also got a copy and is planning to stream his playthrough.

Got any more reviews to share? Hit the comments below.


Assassin's Creed 3 PS3 exclusive content detailed

Assassin's Creed 3Assassin's Creed 3 comes out next week, and for the players getting the PS3 version of the game, Ubisoft is showing some love by giving an exclusive four-mission arc that focuses on exposing Benedict Arnold's plans to overthrow West Point.

The details were released at Playstation's Official blog. They interviewed Assassin Creed III scriptwriter Matt Turner to get an idea of the history used for this exclusive content. Check it out here. The exclusive content will not be found in the disc so you will need to download the content at the PSN store using the voucher code found inside your copy.

This exclusive content seems to be the added 60 minutes of content announced by Ubisoft (and seen on the boxart). Will you buy the PS3 version just for those extra 60 minutes? Or extra content doesn't really matter?

Launch trailer

Assassin's Creed 3 comes out next Tuesday, October 30, on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.


Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass announced

Asassin's Creed III DLC Ubisoft just announced a Season Pass for Assassin's Creed 3. The Season Pass will cost $29.99, and will give you access to the first five DLC's of the game.  

Instead of buying the first five DLC's one by one, grabbing this pass lets you save 25%, and you get to play the content a week before anybody else.

Also, details on the first DLC planned for the game was also announced.

The first DLC that will be included in this Season Pass is called "The Tyranny of King George".  It's a whole new single player campaign that's divided into three episodes releasing one by one. It's an altered history, with George Washington as a Tyrant king, and Conner tasked to dethrone Washington and bring back freedom to the land.

The Season Pass will also include multiplayer map and characters as DLC in the future. The pass will be available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Assassin's Creed 3 hits stores on October 30 on Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The PC version will be released a bit later on November 20. The Wii U version will be available on November 18, the console's launch day.

[Source: Gematsu, Gamespot]

Gamescom 2012: Game trailer summary - Part 1

Gamescom 2012 is currently on-going at Cologne, Germany and there was just tons of trailers coming out of the event. Instead of continuing the solo posts for each one, I decided to sum it all up in one post for your viewing pleasure. From The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed 3, to a new God of War: Ascension trailer. It's trailers galore!

The Last of Us

 Dead Space 3 Weapon Crafting

This video is more of an explanation really. We know all about co-op as the new feature for Dead Space 3, but now Visceral Games announced weapon crafting. Want a Line Gun with a flamethrower? Boom! You got it.

Crysis 3 Hunter Mode trailer

Crysis 3's Hunter Mode is a new multiplayer mode. Two hunters wearing nanosuits are tasked to prevent a group of Cell soldiers from reaching the extraction point.

ZombiU Gamescom trailer

Sadly, this is the only reason why I want a Wii U.

Assassin's Creed 3 Naval Battles trailer

The Unfinished Swan

You got to love indie games. The Unfinished Swan is a PS3 exclusive and the game is literally a white space. You throw black paint in order to reveal your surroundings. It's one of those games that people wonder if this can be considered art.

Star Wars 1313 gameplay trailer

I haven't been excited for a Star Wars game in a long time. Game looks amazing but it's unusual that until now we have no announcement on 1313's platforms. People are hinting this could be rolled over to next-gen consoles. Either way, can't wait.

God of War: Ascension multiplayer trailer

God of War having multiplayer. I won't bother ranting and just accept it. I hated the fact that Mass Effect 3 was getting a multiplayer, but in the end it turned out as a lot of fun. So I'll just keep quiet because this might turn out fun. Brutally killing another player God of War style does sound good though.

 Planetside 2 trailer

That was quite a handful and I'm pretty sure I'm still missing a couple more trailers and videos. Click out Gamescom archives to have a look at all post related to this year's Gamescom.