Game Room: October Roundup

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Assassins Creed 3
Photo: Ubisoft

Assassins Creed 3

Publisher: Ubisoft
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

Actually the fifth Assassin's Creed console release, AC III takes the time-traveling narrative of the franchise in a new direction: specifically, the American Revolutionary War. Moving on from Altair and Ezio, players now take the role of Connor, a half-American-Indian assassin sent from Europe to uncover mysterious artifacts in the New World. Like the previous games, the bulk of the adventure takes place in an open world which players can explore using a variety of climbing parkour-style moves. There is a narrative to follow, but there's also lots of opportunities to seek out missions from bystanders and explore the virginal American continent. The beginning of the game is more tightly scripted than in years past, but once the story is set up players are left with the freedom they've come to expect. The game looks amazing, with better-than-average character and clothing designs and art direction. Even better, the voice acting is almost entirely convincing. Naval battles offer yet another new wrinkle this year. The Assassin's Creed plot arc has really become one of the most interesting and novel stories in gaming, and this year's iteration offers plenty of thrills and new adventures for fans, while retaining everything that made it great to begin with.

Score: 9 out of 10

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