Assassin's Creed 3, the latest installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise, throws players into the chaotic shadow war that's going on behind the scenes of America's revolutionary war against England. With a new assassin to take charge of, new environments and new combat styles, Assassin's Creed 3 is different from most of the other games in the series while still holding true to the spirit of what those games have been about since the very beginning.
Players take on the role of Connor, a man of English and Native American heritage who has become the latest recruit embroiled in the ages long struggle between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Knights Templar. The Templars are working within the British government to try and subjugate the colony, meanwhile Connor and his contacts in the Brotherhood are attempting to fight for the freedom of the evolving country so that it need no longer be subjected to the tyranny of the old world.
Assassin's Creed 3 gets back to basics with the plot, choosing a setting rife with conspiracy and the presence of so many different national interests. The storyline slips easily through history, stitching itself into the actual events of the period, in places as diverse as the hearts of major cities and the wild, western frontier of 18th century America. A graphical feast for the eyes.
Beyond the plot though, Assassin's Creed has always been famous for its high flying combat style, integrating smooth switches between a variety of different weapons and combat maneuvers depending on the situation. In this, the third installment of the series, Connor's maneuvers are some of the most fluid and unique in the game's history. Incorporating his new signature weapon, the tomahawk, combat is brutal, bloody and often short lived for the individuals who find themselves on the wrong end of the Assassin's blades. The game also maintains the acrobatics and adventure of the previous games, despite the relative lack of huge cities that were much more common in the game's first two installments.
Overall, Assassin's Creed 3 takes everything that the previous games did well and keeps it. At the same time it goes in a new direction with its plot, its graphics and its setting, trying something new. Though there has been some criticism from some reviewers regarding the plot within the plot, namely that the entire game is the ancestral memory of someone in the far flung future undergoing mysterious regression therapy, Assassin's Creed 3 is best enjoyed by people who can forget that aspect and stop wanting the game to be something it isn't. This installment is, more or less, the story of Connor and the war that he fought within the greater context of the Revolutionary War. In that aspect, Assassin's Creed 3 is a great story that explores one more of the mysterious assassins throughout history. It is not the story of the host for all these memories in the far future, and if players remember that, they're more likely to have fun.