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!
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?
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:
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 :