Assassin’s Creed III and Liberation have been remastered for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Find out what we thought in our Assassin’s Creed III Remastered Review!
|Release Date||March 29, 2019|
*A copy of this game was provided to FYIG by Ubisoft for review purposes*
It’s easy to forget the earlier games in the Assassin’s Creed series with just how many entries there have been and the stellar last couple entries in Origins and Odyssey. Ubisoft, though, hasn’t forgotten about these games with a lot of the previous generation’s games showing up on current-generation consoles. This trend has continued with Assassin’s Creed III Remastered which has made its way to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Despite the title, you’re getting much more than just the base Assassin’s Creed III game remastered. You’re also getting the Tyranny of King Washington DLC and a bonus port of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation from the PlayStation Vita. I’m really glad that Ubisoft decided to include the entire AC III story in this package as it adds a lot more value than it would have had we only received the main game. I don’t feel that many people have experienced Liberation and, while it’s a mediocre AC title, it’s still worthy of a playthrough for those who have yet to experience it. I’m not going to touch Liberation for this review since the bulk of the improvements have been made to AC III and it’s a simple port of the HD remaster that came to PS3
I’ll lightly touch on the plot of Assassin’s Creed III for the people that haven’t played through it yet. The game follows the events of AC: Revelations as Desmond and his allies attempt to put a stop to the 2012 apocalypse. Desmond uses the Animus to relive the memories of a new ancestor, Connor Kenway. Connor is an assassin trying to combat the Templar threat after the American Revolution. It’s admittedly not one of the best storylines in the series, but it does manage to pull together Desmond’s story quite well for the little time that you play as him.
Connor is no Ezio, that much is for sure. He comes off as a pretty unlikeable character. He doesn’t have a lot of character progression throughout the story and generally just isn’t someone that I enjoyed playing as too much. The same can not be said for Haytham who you play as for the first little while. Just as you’re starting to really get into that character, Connor is thrown in and it kind of leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It’s worse in the fact that a good portion of the first half of the game is a lot of hand-holding and it really seems to drag on. It gets better in the second half, but I got really impatient with what amounted to a lot of waiting game missions.
While the story is not anything mind-blowing, the gameplay started to trend in the direction that we’re so accustomed to today. There are plenty of high spots to climb up to and assess any situation and a ton to explore. Homestead missions are one way to earn a consistent income and add some side storylines to the main story. Hunting is another challenging way to make more cash and there are also some naval missions which have become a staple of the series since this game. I feel like this was the point where the series started to turn a corner and it’s nice to be able to go back and play some of these different types of activities in their infancy.
This remaster has really upped the ante in the graphics department with better physics-based lighting that really pops. One of the first scenes in a theater was really quite lifelike and took me back a bit. Character models have even received a significant upgrade. Overall, the game makes a pretty nice leap with 4K support and although it doesn’t reach Odyssey quality, it’s a very noticeable difference from the original. The graphics are not the only thing that has been polished in this remaster, though. Connor can now free-aim with ranged weapons. It’s not quite as refined as later games, but it helps with going back to this game after so long. The whistle can also be used from any hiding spot and the double-assassination feels much-improved.
|Improved mechanics||Lackluster story|
|Tons of value||Too much hand-holding|