ASSASSIN'S CREED III REMASTERED
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on March 28, 2019
Ah, to travel the world, visit exotic places, meet interesting people. and kill them. Now, I know this is not generally acceptable behavior, nor has it ever been or should it ever be. Nevertheless, this is exactly what we'll be doing as we revisit the very game of the Assassin's creed series that put the series on the thoroughly diverse path it is on nowadays. Let's get busy with Assassin's Creed III Remastered!
Yes, aspiring assassins; AC3 is back. and how! Not only will you get to relive the adventures of Desmond Miles, Haytham Kenway and young native bloke who goes by the name of RatonhnhakÚ:ton, but is more commonly known as Connor; we will also be able to play all sorts of additional content and even entirely other game. And, all of this is beautifully remastered in HD! How's that for an awesome package?!
In Assassin's Creed III, we set our sights on colonial America, a time of strife, plotting, deceit and general disarray. We take our first steps in this brave new world in the thoroughly experienced boots of an British man named Haytham Kenway. As we land in Boston, Haytam sets out to find a number of trustworthy men to join his order's cause. We find new recruits, rescue captured comrades, overthrow a general, sabotage a fort and free native prisoners. Generally speaking, we cause a lot of trouble for our enemy. And, although we feel good about our victories, the enemy might not turn out to be who we originally thought they were.
Fast forward a decade or so. No we must take the role of Connor, a native boy, trying to find his path in life. With Connor being the main protagonist of the game, his path will inevitably lead us to the ancient order of Assassins, just as we saw happen with Alta´r and Ezio Auditore in Assassin's Creed I & II. Will Connor be the next great name in the order, or will he go down in history as a side-note? Well, complete your training, get your hidden blade ready and find out.
I remember first playing Asassin's Creed III when it first came out and being totally blown away by its graphics and the changes in environment. For the first time in an Assassin's Creed game, nature seemed to really be part of the equation, as hunting and foraging became part of the gameplay. Moving through the trees looked absolutely stunning, to the point that I found myself thinking: "it doesn't get any better than this!" Of course, as has been proven time and again, video game developers keep finding new ways to impress us so, eventually, things did get better, but it took a while for them to do so! At the time, Assassin's Creed III was truly top of the line, visually speaking. The downside was that the game had a number of really pesky bugs to deal with that somewhat diminished the fun there was to be had by this otherwise very cool game.
For Assassin's Creed III Remastered, the developers addressed these bugs and raised the bar on the game's look and performance. The game's engine has been replaced with a more modern one, making the visuals look better than ever before, as well as completely overhauling the lighting system, making it more closely match that of Assassin's creed: Origins. Some of the game's core gameplay issues have been reworked, so controlling your character becomes much more intuitive and a lot easier. The overall performance has also been enhanced and the game plays better than the original ever did.
But, is this enough to justify a remaster? Well, for those among you that always keep demanding more, Ubisoft had got you covered! The Assassin's Creed III Remastered edition features all the solo DLC, which includes the awesome three-part DLC, The Tyranny of King Washington. Personally, I really like alternate reality stuff, so I'm more than glad that Ubisoft decided to include this DLC in the Remastered edition of Assassin's Creed III. But wait; that's not all! Remember a Playstation Vita title called Assassin's Creed III: Liberation? Well, count your lucky stars, because the HD remaster of this game is also included in this awesome package.
In Liberation, you'll assume the role of femme fatale (literally, if you get on her bad side) and accomplished assassin, Aveline de Grandpré. This young woman of French - African descent is fighting against slavery in and around New Orleans. Join Aveline in her fight to free slaves and overthrow the Templar order in New Orleans itself, as well as in the beautiful bayou environment that surrounds the bustling city.
So, where does this leave us, dear readers? Well, personally, this Assassin's Creed III Remastered Edition leaves me with a sense of fulfillment, finally being able to play all these gaming goodness on my PS4 in crisp HD. I never really got into the swing of Assassin's Creed I at the time of its original release, mostly because the numerous glitches in the game took most of the fun out of the experience for me. This is all rectified by the remastered edition; I can now experience the game like it was intended, without being bothered by issues.
All in all, I can only come to the conclusion that remastering Assassin's Creed III was a somewhat bold, but really smart move on Ubisoft's part. If you then also manage to cram lots and lots of additional cool stuff in the package, you will have a winner on your hands. Assassin's Creed III Remastered has it all. Beautiful vistas, interesting people to interact with, a story filled with treason as well as camaraderie, patricide; in short, the works! So, get your tomahawks at the ready and be ever vigilant. It is time to fight for our freedom and show those pesky Templars who's boss around these parts!
Assassin's Creed III Remastered is available as a downloadable Add-On of the Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or as a separate game. If you haven't played Assassin's Creed III before, this is the opportune moment to do so. If you have played the original game, this remastered edition is the perfect chance to play the game again, this time looking and handling better than ever. And now, ladies and gentlemen, if you'd excuse me; I will leave you alone for a bit, because I have to see a man about a hidden blade!
* Pulls his hood over his head and silently sneaks off into the shadows *
ASSASSIN'S CREED III REMASTERED
March 29, 2019 (PC / PS4 / Xbox One)
May 21, 2019 (Nintendo Switch)