- "So, much like America's history, Assassin's Creed III is epic, brutal, and at times flawed, but that doesn't stop it from being great. It will definitely win the hearts of current Assassin's Creed fans and those who appreciate a good open-world and a unique multiplayer. Yeah, some of the optional stuff could've been left out in favor of some fine-tuning, but the game was trying to paint a really big picture, so you can't fault it too much for missing a few minor brush strokes. I give Assassin's Creed III 9 vicious bears out of 10."
Assassin's Creed III is a 2012 action-adventure stealth game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the fifth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series. The game follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins and the Templars and is set in the 18th century, around the American Revolution. It follows Desmond Miles's half-English, half-Mohawk ancestor, Ratonhnhaké:ton (/ˈrəduːnˈhəɡeɪduːn/), a.k.a. Connor, as he fights the Templars' attempts to gain control in the American colonies.
The game is set in an open world in which the player uses a combination of stealth, parkour, and combat to complete various missions. When playing as Connor, the player has access to a huge wilderness known as the Frontier, Boston, and New York City. Portions of the Eastern Seaboard and Caribbean Sea can be explored via ships. Free running has been simplified to allow for more fluid parkour. Close combat has been modified, allowing Connor to dual-wield weapons and take down multiple opponents at once. Connor has access to a wide range of weapons including firearms, swords, and Native weapons.
Players can enlist citizens to the Assassins' cause by completing Liberation missions. They also have a much larger skill set, which allows them to start a riot, provide a covert escort, act as a personal bodyguard, etc. There are numerous other side missions. Using the Aquila, the player can also navigate the high seas. Ship control relies on environmental factors. The Aquila is used in Privateer side missions and is also used in some of the main missions.
Along with returning modes, new multiplayer modes features Wolfpack (a co-op mode in which players kill certain NPCs within a time limit through a 25 stage sequence) and Domination (a team mode where players capture certain areas of the map, protecting them from the opposing team).
Assassin's Creed III received positive reviews, with critics praising the visuals, narrative, combat style, hunting mechanics, naval missions, and Homestead system while criticizing its glitches and some of the missions' prescriptive layouts. GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 85.56% and 85/100, the Xbox 360 version 84.92% and 84/100, the Wii U version 83.00% and 85/100, and the PC version 80.75% and 80/100 respectively. The game has been nominated over a dozen awards, two of which it won. As of February 2013, it had sold over 12 million copies worldwide.