The Road to Valhalla: A Retrograde look at Assassin’s Creed III

A quick look at Assassin’s Creed III!

Assassin’s Creed III was met with a mixed reaction by the fan base. While the combat was more involved and the story a little more complicated than previous titles, it was the game’s final act that left a sour taste in my mouth.

Since 2012, the game has always been ‘that’ game in the series.

*Warning: This article will contain spoilers for Assassin’s Creed III*

The American Revolution

The American Revolution was a pivotal time in history. These days when America sneezes, the whole world notices. It was interesting to see how the country came to be and I really liked how Assassin’s Creed did not shy away from the ugliness that was going on at the time.

Hey, George Washington sanctioned Native American Indian villages to be razed. Slavery was booming, people were being flogged, war was gritty and ugly (it still is) and the revolution was messy.

In today’s political climate, one could argue that this game perhaps have been very different from what it was. Out of all of the Assassin’s Creed titles, this one’s punches hit hard.

Revolution and ‘freedom’ came at a price and it wasn’t for everyone… that is a fact that the game did not try to sugar coat. A quick Google search can confirm most of the stuff that happened in the game.

From speeches to historical figures and tragic events, I actually spent a lot of time Googling stuff instead of playing just because there are so many historical moments and people in this game. Probably more so than the previous titles.

Another fine addition was the naval combat albeit brief. This concept evolved in later games, but it was nice to be apart of the chaotic naval battles of the Revolution. That was probably the highlight of the game for me.

Conner

Conner has gone down as one of the least liked characters in the series though I have to admit, I actually liked him. He was brash, aggressive and naïve.

He had a sort of innocence to him that gradually got chipped away as the story progressed. Also he had a tomahawk, so the guy was automatically a badass.

Conner

That Ending

*Time for those spoilers*

What were they thinking? Four games were spent following the story of Desmond Miles in the present day storyline. They built him up to be the best Assassin ever by reliving his ancestors’ lives and picking up on their skills.

All of this hype only for him to be unceremoniously killed off in the end. It really goes to show how a good game can be ruined by a stupid ending. It made the modern day storyline of the previous games pointless.

Yes, he killed himself to save the world, but it was handled so poorly. As a writer myself, the ending of Desmond’s story is a prime example of ‘how not to kill off your character and end their story’.

Killing off a main character should be something big. This felt so rushed and abrupt as if they didn’t know how to bring his story to a close. There are countless of games that get the ‘kill off the main character’ ending right. But, Assassin’s Creed III is not one of them.

Did you play Assassin’s Creed III? What did you think of that ending?