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American Revolution? Really?,
This review is from: Assassin's Creed 3 (Xbox 360)(2CD) (Video Game)
My biggest gripe with this game is the time and place it is set. Yes, 18th century America. Possibly one of the dreariest places for free running. Every building looks the same. Brown and made of wood, or maybe brick. And you have to help the FRENCH defeat the British, and throw tea off a ship, and sink the British navy. You've got to murder Scottish grenadiers and decimate their entire army. Yeah, not great for a Brit. So you have to help the very annoying Americans, spouting their freedom and liberation and truth garbage that does your head in and, truth be told, doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Another issue I had was Connor. He is so unbelievably annoying, nothing like the other assassins- The quiet, deadly Altair. The entertaining but lethal Ezio. Now the properly annoying sissy Yankee, Connor. There is nothing he does that makes me quiver with anticipation or wonder. He is like, for want of a better word and hoping not to offend anyone, a chav. Looks all hardass, but when you get to the nitty gritty, he is a big girls blouse. Haytham, well I would much rather him as the assassin than Connor. Haytham is entertaining, smooth talking and dangerous, just the kind of character that would make any game amazing- except he is a bad guy who tries to murder his own son. Oh and guess what? He is British, now there's something. The Americans seem to have some strange idea that we execute civilians and murder children and eat babies, because we are always the baddies. Very tiring.
But, the graphics are wonderful, Haytham's bit is great fun, and Desmond's new missions are a blast. Navy battles are fun as well, even if you are sinking your country's own ships for the French, which detracts from the wonder of it all, but the noise, action and depth of the sea combat combines to make something great fun and engaging.
And no, I'm not a banner waving patriot, and I don't hate America or France. I like Britain and I don't really like all the soppy liberation, freedom and children of America nonsense, because it gets really annoying after a couple of times. Something that Shaun Hastings points out, which also makes me smile.
Overall, lots of fun but the storyline and characters detract from the game, leaving it kind of hollow.