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Assassins Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington: The Redemption Review

In the final episode of Ubisofts trilogy of Assassins Creed 3 DLC, we find Ratonhnhaké:ton on his way to New York and to face off against George Washington once and for all. Despite having all the groundwork for a battle of titans, the final chapter is one big anti climax , and pretty much ruins a great basis for a story and turns it into a wishy washy mess.

The main focus of this particular DLC will always be on the storyline with so little changing from the key components of the original game. Whilst promising so much, it just doesn’t hang together very well at all. More key characters pass away in bloody fashion and Ratonhnhaké:ton barely shrugs. Further members from the revolution, such as Thomas Jefferson , arrive to fight against the stranglehold that Washington now controls. Considering, in this universe, Jefferson has never met Ratonhnhaké:ton, he puts complete trust in him when he attacks his enemies and doesn’t bat an eyelid when he can literally groundpound ten bluecoats at once (one of the new powers introduced in the game). A revolution is passed off as a game of Supermarket Sweep, Benjamin Franklin doesn’t think it remotely odd that our hero can drink some magic tea and gain new powers, and Mister Faulkner, your ships captain in the main game but has no recollection of ever meeting you here, doesn’t kick up any sort of fuss when you take command and lead his pride and joy straight into another ship!assassins-creed-3-the-redemption_2_ss_l_130418100833

As mentioned, a new power is given to you through the animal spirit of the Bear. Although strong, the path to gaining it and the power itself feel like cheap rip offs of God of War, and it really doesn’t fit into the Assassins Creed universe at all well. Missions are , again, the same re tread of the main game except even less satisfying. The whole of New York fully shows the damage Washington has done to it which is a nice touch, but it feels completely empty and barren; for a city that is supposed to be on the cusp of civil unrest and a possible revolution, surely the streets would be full of people rather than the odd NPC looking confused? The massive pyramid in the middle of the city looks out of place and does not fit into the time periods aesthetics. Exploration is never encouraged and it very quickly turns into a slog between fast traveling to your next mission or using your Eagle power. As the city is on high alert you are consistently treated as an enemy, rather than having the allure of being a quiet and deadly Assassin. Why would anyone want to explore if every minute turns into endless combat?

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But by far the biggest disappointment is the ending. It leaves too many questions unanswered and grossly under uses the rivalry between Washington and Ratonhnhaké:ton. Criminally, without ruining anything, it manages to make the whole story arc feel absolutely worthless in the frame of the Assassins Creed narrative, made worse by how, overall, the three episodes weren’t particularly enjoyable to begin with.

After playing through the final episode, start to finish, in just under two hours, its incredibly hard to justify the purchase of The Tyranny of King Washington. You are paying over £20 for a lacklustre storyline that adds little else to the main game. Its such a shame that with a premise so amazing and exciting that Ubisoft have not managed to effectively use any of it to any grand scale.

As a standalone episode, The Redemption, an ironic title at best, rightly deserves a:

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The whole package is ok, with the occasional elements of brilliance that should have shone at every moment, considering the time, marketing and obvious money that has been put into it. Therefore, as a trilogy, The Tyranny of King Washington gets a :
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Assassin’s Creed III – The Tyranny of King Washington Final DLC Out Now

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The Redemption, the third and final episode in the three-part Assassin’s Creed III DLC series – The Tyranny of King Washington is available now on Xbox LIVE.

Ratonhnhaké:ton’s journey concludes in The Redemption, taking gamers to New York to discover the power of the bear, allowing them to strike their foe with unimaginable strength. Our hero will call upon all of the abilities tied to his native heritage in order to break into the monarch fortress and put an end to the tyranny of King Washington.

The Redemption is available for 640 Microsoft points and all episodes of the Tyranny of King Washington are available through the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass, which is available for purchase for 2400 Microsoft Points.

You can read our review of Assassin’s Creed III, and additionally Part I and Part II of the The Tyranny of King Washington DLC via the link.

Look out for our review of Part III soon.

Assassins Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington: The Betrayal Review

Episode 2 takes Connor from the barren lands of the Frontier back into Boston, not necessarily willingly, creating much more coherent storyline, and a overall better experience than the previous episode allowing much more interesting gameplay intertwined with a story that has now found its feet.

Now back in Boston, and a prison cell, we meet Benjamin Franklin, Putnam and King George at their worst as they precede to cement their rule over the New America. By far the best character is George Washington himself as the complete juxtaposition of his role in American history and the game with this new creation makes the impact of his words and actions much more convincing and effective . Without ruining anything, Connor encounters more heartache through this adventures as well as the combination of working with people that, in this new world, he has never encountered before. The story feels more brisk and to the point, as you see Connor having to change his actions to the new circumstances he now finds himself in.
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The new ability that Connor gains, again thanks to a magic tree, allows him to ‘fly’ to rooftops in the form of an eagle to allow fast travel and a different take on getting around the city. This will very much be the Marmite of this episode as it brings in huge freedom whilst destroying the need to ever clamber around the buildings; whether that a good or bad thing will be left up to you. The combination of the two powers, the new ‘eagle’ power and the wolf pack that originated from the past episode, actually compliments Connor as an assassin than it did. This is thanks to the fact that there are now more opportunities to use them in different ways rather than the rudimentary stealth sections used in the first episode.Assassins-Creed-3-The-Tyranny-of-King-Washington_The-Betrayal-3

Again the same flaws that dogged the first episode are here again, with exploration never really needed, and missions, though more varied this time, can still become repetitive quickly. A bizarre side note is the fact that, throughout this, Connor wears his Native Indian dress (which happens to be made from a dead animal) in and around Boston; surely, regardless of how much he blended in, this would be pretty distinctive for anyone looking for him?!

All in all, Episode 2 builds on the wobbly start that Episode 1 created and allows better character development and a far more natural flow to proceedings thanks to the groundwork already being laid out. The characters that we are used to being ‘the good guys’ have been designed in a way that there complete change of personalities is perfectly feasible than thanks to the Piece of Eden and George Washington, even making it go so far that Connor and the player feel sorry for these men that have fallen so far after having the perceived will to do so much good. The ending of the episode is tantalising and a perfect cliff-hanger, and has the potential to set up an amazing ending; if the final episode can continue this momentum than there looks to be a promising conclusion to this 3
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Assassin’s Creed 3 – Join or Die Edition for XBOX 360: Better Than The Standard Game?

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Assassin’s Creed III – Join or Die Edition

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is an action-adventure series of games, available on multiple gaming platforms, revolving around a certain era, set in an open world game-play mode, following a protagonist in third-person, creating a life, fighting battles and overcoming challenging quests. The latest addition is no different. Assassins Creed 3 takes you into the past and has proved to be another strong showing for Ubisoft with the main story taking place during the American Revolution, the game impressing fans with its strong narrative, excellent game-play visuals and overall entertainment. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 3 – Join or Die Edition for XBOX 360: Better Than The Standard Game?

Assassin’s Creed III – Hidden Secrets DLC Out Now For Season Pass Holders

Ubisoft has announced that the first DLC pack for Assassin’s Creed III titled: The Hidden Secrets, is now available for Season Pass owners. The Hidden Secrets downloadable pack will be available for all on December 11th on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed III – Hidden Secrets DLC Out Now For Season Pass Holders

Assassin’s Creed 3 Review

Beautiful. That is one of the first things you will notice as you boot up Assassin’s Creed 3 (AC3) and arrive in the middle of the ongoing war between the Assassin’s and the Templar’s, with a bit of the American Revolution thrown into the mixture. The landscape never ceases to amaze, and the game itself lulls you into a sense of unlimited exploration over the fledgling Americas rolling hills, rather than the actual restrictions every game has. Atmosphere is complimented by a sharp combat system and a hugely compelling narrative, though the game is by no mean without its, sometimes glaring, faults. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 3 Review

Assassin’s Creed III – World Gameplay Premiere

Assassin’s Creed III is the opening chapter of two new stories: one of Connor, the newest Assassin, and one of a new nation, both in an epic fight for land and freedom. In this gameplay world premiere, travel through the early American city of Boston, battle man and beast alike as you explore the vast open frontier, and witness to the intensity and excitement of the Battle of Bunker Hill – one of the most famous battles of all time. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed III – World Gameplay Premiere