My Year of Gaming: Assassin’s Creed III Remastered
At the beginning of 2017, I purchased a PlayStation 4, and it was the first time I have had a console since 2011. Needless to say, I have quite the backlog of games. I played through 23 titles in my first year getting hardcore back into gaming, and still have a long way to go.
Originally released in 2012, Assassin’s Creed Remastered (2019) takes players on a journey through the Americas during the American Revolution. Take control of Ratonhnhaké:ton, AKA Connor, a half-English, half-Mohawk man who gets dragged into the war between the Assassins and Templars. To make matters worse, the state of the colonies is in disarray as the people take up arms against the British.
I enjoyed III, but is definitely way down on the list of my favorite Assassin’s Creed games. It was fun to see events such as the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Paul Revere’s ride, and the Boston Tea Party play out. However, I felt like the overall flow of the game relied too heavily on history. I like it when Assassin’s Creed finds the balance between real and mythical, and I felt like III was too grounded in realism. I actually enjoyed the “Tyranny of King Washington” DLC a lot because it was fantastical. Not only did you gain otherworldly abilities, you saw a different outcome for history.
From what I’ve heard, III does improver upon some issues in the original release. Unfortunately, the game is still pretty buggy. Playing for the first time after tackling some of the later titles was also unfortunate. The archaic gameplay just makes things more difficult. What III truly has going for it is the tree-running. The system was really, really smooth.
Along with III came Assassin’s Creed Liberation, which introduces the first playable female Assassin. Aveline de Grandpré is a young Assassin who is trying to stop the Templars from taking over 18th century New Orleans. The story isn’t very long, the map not very expansive, but it was still fun. Liberation introduced a new system where you could assume different personas in order to achieve different goals. Aveline could become an Assassin, a slave, or a lady just by changing her clothes. Each came with their own upsides and downsides. Liberation also included a couple new gadgets including the umbrella gun and whip. I wish the whip was a part of every Assassin’s Creed game. It saved me from brutes many a time.
Overall, I’m glad I was finally able to check off both III and Liberation. They are worth the play, and it was even sweeter that they were free to download. Remastered is currently available on PS4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.