Tower Defense in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations was really annoying. I hope Naval Warfare in Assassin’s Creed III is actually fun.
It looks fun, but I worry that it will serve more to detract from the actual assassin experience rather than add to it.
To aid my more hopeful side, PC World’s Alex Rubens says his own worries that the naval warfare would be little more than a pretty gimmick were wrong.
After spending some hands-on time with it he writes that the naval warfare sequences “are just as good as they look.” And from all accounts, they look good.
All told, I get the feeling that this may be the best Assassin’s Creed game of the franchise.
Work began on the title way back in 2009, and Ubisoft says it’s the biggest entry in the series. So far we’ve seen sprawling colonial cities, snowy forests where Conor runs across icy branches, full-blown Revolutionary battles, and now fully controllable naval warfare.
My one hope is that the combat is improved from earlier titles. I know it’s been overhauled, but has it become something as engaging and rewarding as it truly ought to be?
We’ll find out later this year. AC3 launches on PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 30th, and on PC on November 23rd. A Wii U version will launch alongside Nintendo’s new console when that comes out later this year. I’m tempted to play it on the new Wii, personally, if only to see whether the upgraded hardware truly makes much of a difference.
Here’s the Naval Warfare trailer: