First Impressions: ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ (Xbox One)

‘Assassin’s Creed III’ kicks off with interesting premise

Playing “Assassin’s Creed III” so far after its original release date means I’m already privy to certain plot-spoiling elements. What took me by surprise — not because it was surprising in and of itself, but because I didn’t know it in advance — was the deal with the game’s opening character: Haytham Kenway.

Yeah, an “Assassin’s Creed” game has an opening character who you don’t control throughout the entire game. And while I feel the first few hours of the game come off more as a tutorial (and don’t get me started about series that have such intense tutorial sections after multiple main series releases), it was a refreshing change in pace.

Coming into “Assassin’s Creed III” after completing “Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection,” which consisted of “Assassin’s Creed II,” “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” and “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” I can say I still miss Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the star of the those games. But Haytham proves interesting enough to lead the beginning “ACIII,” what which his secret mission set in the years before the American Revolution.

However, I can’t say I’m too invested in the game’s main character, Connor, who we start controlling several chapters into the game. To be honest, while Haytham had some personality, Connor, who’s Native American, bores me to tears. I get his motivation, but it comes across almost sanctimonious rather than righteous, and there’s enough of that nonsense on the Templar side. I don’t need a high-and-mighty Assassin telling me what to do.

My other disappointment so far isn’t so much “Assassin’s Creed III’s” fault so much as my own. After “The Ezio Collection,” it’s a little difficult to go back to “ACIII’s” graphics. The game, released late 2012, is visually terrible or anything, but it doesn’t have the same upgraded luster of the collection or the high-definition base graphics of the newer games.

Other than that, I do feel like I’m playing an “Assassin’s Creed” game, with its parkour and stealth missions and punch-and-parry system. And I’m excited to see for myself how the story of Desmond Miles, the future-day protagonist of the series up until this point, plays out.

This is a First Impressions of “Assassin’s Creed III” on the Xbox One. A full review will follow once the game is completed.

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