THE STORY SO FAR
|Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad as he appears in |
Assassin's Creed (2007)
|Ezio Auditore da Firenze |
as he appears in Assassin's
Creed II (2009)
|Ezio Auditore da Firenze as he appears |
in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (2010)
|Desmond Miles as he appears in |
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (2011)
GETTING THE GAME
|Ratonhnhaké:ton, a.k.a. Connor |
Kenway, as he appears in Assassin's
Creed III (2012)
I originally played and completed the first four games on the PlayStation 3, and I had them borrowed from a friend. After Assassin's Creed II, I was convinced I'd buy all of the games, but for the Xbox 360, 'cause I wanted to have some good reason to replay the first game. The Xbox 360 version has Achievements while the PlayStation 3 version never got its Trophy patch. Well, buying the games proved to be a difficult task. I didn't want to spend my money on games I had already beaten, I wanted to have new experiences instead. In time, the first three games became cheap enough to buy at once, so I did it, refusing to buy Revelations. The GameStop clerk serving encouraged me to pre-order Assassin's Creed III, so I did it. Of course, he also tried to convince me to buy Revelations. Didn't work - but after beating the first three games, I marched back to the store and bought the damn game, 'cause it would be wrong to leave it out of the equation. Sucky or not, it was still part of the story which was to continue in Assassin's Creed III. At that same time, I double-checked on my pre-order details. I had a "Collector's Edition" pre-ordered, but I checked up the actual Special Edition on the net and the high price of my pre-ordered item didn't make any sense. All the Special Edition had was exclusive packaging and one lousy bonus mission. A ten more for this than for the standard edition of the game? No fuckin' deal!
Well, for the first time ever (seriously), a game I had pre-ordered was scheduled for a midnight launch at my local store, so last Tuesday, I was seriously near pissing my pants out of excitement, but still kind of bummed of the mere thought of having a crappy "Special Edition" of the game. Well, at about 7:30 P.M., a news bulletin on Facebook graciously told me that all pre-orders could already be collected in cities where the local GameStops were open. I had 30 minutes, so I ignited like a space rocket and placed my receipt on the desk, and stood in awe as the clerk handed me the Join or Die Edition of the game.
This edition comes in a fancy slipcase that has the image above embossed on it. Inside the slipcase, is a box with the exact same image, and inside that box, goodies are found. There's a DLC coupon for the minor stuff exclusive to this edition - the single-player mission Ghost of War and the multiplayer package The Sharpshooter. There's a cast iron "Join or Die" medallion with the Assassins' insignia on it, as well as a leather bag to store it in. Finally, George Washington's diary, complete with a fancy bookmark. Under all of this, there's the game, in standard packaging for those who want to store the fancier packaging somewhere special - or sell it on eBay, as I've seen people do. Was seeing this shiny box round out the Assassin's Creed collection on my shelf worth my money? Indeed. Was the game itself worth my money? That, is what I will tell you all about in just a matter of days.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
Most of it's surprisingly to the point - or rather, I see their points, but do not agree on how all of them affect the whole experience, in better or worse. Although I'm damn near of frankly loathing IGN nowadays, they're still usually the first to write full-length reviews, and they hit most of the most important points, so I turned to them for the first review I actually read from the beginning to the end. 8.5 was a very predictable rating from IGN - they give it to just about every hyped game they really don't know how to rate. I'm not saying it was a bad rating for this particular game, but it made for a less trustworthy IGN review. There were some good comments there, ones that mattered to me and on things I paid a lot of attention to while playing, ones that I will certainly take into reflection in my review.
There was one user review on Metacritic which really tempered me up - clearly this guy had never played even one Assassin's Creed game prior, and he dared to write a review of this game. He completely bashed it with a 0 (bringing the average down by a very disrespective notch), said it was a boring game with a shitty story, full of set pieces and glitches. The glitches I can vouch for (totally.), but boring game with a shitty story? FULL of set pieces? Maybe this guy played Revelations and got confused. Or maybe he's just a fuckin' retard. The point is, don't judge Assassin's Creed III by what you've read. It's one of those games you've got to play yourself - one that some people will like, and some won't, and some will go to instant extremes like that guy if something about the game's not to his liking. Did I like the game? Did I not? Once again, this secret remains under wraps. Don't go thinking I went to the trouble of writing this huge preview due to the game itself - I did it out of respect for the franchise. That should stir you up ;)
WHEN DOES THE REVOLUTION BEGIN?
Revolution begins as soon as I have finished up work on the much delayed review of the second Godzilla game on the NES. That review should be done by tomorrow evening. I have my hands full with work 'til Sunday (got to catch up on the hours), but I promise the review will be online before the end of next week. 'Til then, keep playing Assassin's Creed III - I hope you're enjoying it.
|Like all great Assassins, I wasn't working |