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1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of £40, 15 Nov. 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars
*Spoilers* (but to be honest not much is being spoiled)
Although the game initially made an impact with the prologue sequence and it's unexpected twist everything went downhill from that point on. I would much rather have continued the game playing as Haythem Kenway, Connor's father, who at the very least had much more emotional substance.
Connor just reminds me of a moody teenage hipster who hates society. This is reflected by his increasingly stupid haircut throughout the course of the game.
You would hope that even though the convoluted story which arguably is one of the game's key selling points is astonishingly bad, game-play arguably would be a redeeming quality. Wrong.
Every mission can essentially be stripped down to the same formula. Boring chase scenes through the banal architecture of New York and Boston, followed by killing the baddy of the day (whose name is completely irrelevant since character development in this game is virtually non-existent)
The optional and sandbox elements in the game add virtually no substance. Although some people would argue that being able to snare a rabbit is a "nice little touch" I quite honestly have better things to do with my time. Hunting deer is not the reason I purchased Assassins Creed 3.
Upon successfully killing said baddy, they perform such trickery even obi-wan would be proud of and convince Connor he is nuts. This leaves us with a character that is so morally ambiguous that he makes the Lib Dems look like a bastion of reason.
The most interesting character in the game, Kenway, becomes a peripheral figure. You would expect an epic conclusion between him and Connor in the story, yet he is expunged from the game in the least dramatic way possible.
Just like Desmond's father, I had absolutely no clue what was going on during the closing sequence of the game. It makes Mass Effect 3's ending look great.
For those looking to buy the game I'd wait until the price has fallen by at least 90%.