So I played Assassin’s Creed III yesterday. It was pretty good.
I didn’t play a lot, but I really liked how open the world felt. You could go places, interact with people in a ton of different ways. You could walk through town and then suddenly attack some dudes and they’d come chase you whilst the AI of the townsfolk adjusted itself, some running away, some cheering for your efforts.
But then there was the movement. Oh God, the movement. Yeah sure it’s all fine and dandy, and the free-running is really cool, but you don’t actually do anything. You just hold a button and point the analog stick in the general direction of your destination, and your characters performs all the crazy jumps, ledge-grabs, summersaults and slides, all by himself!
It would’ve been really good (like seriously you have no idea) if they took the detailed “you do it yourself” controls from Mirror’s Edge (a game which is all about free-running, basically) and put them in Assassin’s Creed. That way it would actually require some skill and practice to escape a large mob, given there’s sufficient nifty escape routes and all.
Other than that, the game’s pretty cool. Some plot elements are just retarded (some people have really thick plot shields), but at least it teaches you stuff about history? I didn’t play it long enough to learn much new, but I think they put some effort into making sure it’s historically accurate.
Oh and you can take the wheel on your boat!