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Assassin’s Creed 3 Trailer Breakdown
What made Ubisoft such a standout this year? Probably the fact that they showed off interesting new games, probably that they surprised everyone with Watch_Dogs, and probably the fact that pretty much every other conference featured at least one of their titles.
In the aftermath of the madness that is E3, we’ve taken one of the biggest titles to be shown at the Expo this year and share our thoughts on the trailer for the much-anticipated Assassin’s Creed 3.
Okay, so we have some British troops who are fighting Continental forces. We then get a shot of an eagle observing the battle that’s being fought right before his/her eyes. Since the eagle is on a tree, I assume he/she has the best seat in the house. We hear Connor, our main character, monologuing the best way he knows how. We then see the eagle again, and we finally see Connor walk through the Continental forces that are at some unknown area. Some of them try to stop him, but he keeps walking forward, like a boss. Connor then takes a horse and just rushes head-first into battle while the Continental forces seem to be retreating. The British army is poised to continue shooting, and “shockingly” miss every shot!
The camera cuts to the Continental forces who are back at the same undisclosed location and witness Connor simply take it to the enemy. After the Brits miss every shot yet again, Connor leaps forward and begins his destruction. I don’t think the Brits have what it takes to take him down at all. Meanwhile, we can see the Continental forces back at that undisclosed location look poised to join Connor. After going hand-to-hand, Connor decides it’s time to take out the tomahawk. Personally, it’s an awesome weapon, and I want one in real life. The Continental forces got the will to fight back! Thank you, Connor! And, now, epic staredown with the leader of the British regiment. Before the leader could do something, Connor just owns him with a bow and arrow, as if to say, “The odds are never in your favor.” The camera pans back as we see the Continental forces overwhelm the remaining British forces in that area and begin to mount a comeback.
This trailer really got me excited for Assassin’s Creed III. Connor just looks so badass here. He knows how much advantage he has over these troops. He knows how masterful he is in close combat. He closes that gap and just rips through the British troops. You can tell though that Connor is headed in one direction: towards the Templar.
Ubisoft is doing a great job at making sure everyone knows the Templars are the enemy, not the British. This will go far in not pissing off a huge gaming country. However, this time in history is very interesting. To put a spin on it like this is just too awesome to behold. Watching an assassin take care of business against muskets is fun.
Best part: watching the colonials get motivated from Connor after a defeat. Everyone saw this one guy jut burst through the lines and devastate. They feel invincible at that point. The rally part of the trailer was my favorite. I wanted to join in with them. Connor isn’t just an assassin going after the Templars. He’s a symbol for Americans during the war for independence.
I know one thing: If the trailer is any indication of the kind of offensive capabilities we can see from Connor, this may be the title that gets me back into the franchise. I’m excited about seeing Revolution-era America, but I do have my share of concerns. It will be easy for Ubisoft to fall into a very black and white moral interpretation of the Revolutionary War, and the way Connor is tearing through Redcoats didn’t do much to expel that notion. Sure, one of them was a Templar, but I would hazard a guess that some Americans are too. Other than that, it looks like Ubisoft is ready to take this franchise to the next level.
There was no denying the fact that Connor looks like a force to be reckoned with. After watching him mow down half the British army and land an arrow in dude’s shoulder whilst flying through the air, I’m going to be awfully upset if I spend my time waiting for everyone to attack me, like previous installments. I want a bow! Don’t deny me this, Ubisoft!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I am not an Assassin’s Creed fan. I tried really hard. I really did. They just were games that never resonated with me.
But for some reason, this game is piquing my interest. Maybe it’s the setting, maybe it’s the departure from the beaten dead horse that is Ezio and Altair, but something about AC3 is actually making me seriously consider giving the series another chance.
Frenzied close-quarters combat looks like the key here. Connor knows his way around a weapon, and he’s not afraid to use it. Add to that his new level of cool badassery, and we’ve got a surprisingly intriguing and interesting character. The eagle in the beginning brings to light the suggestion that, as stated before, Connor is more of a symbol of freedom to the Americans than just a white-clad assassin creeping around with his eyes down while clutching tomahawks.
It will be interesting to see how Ubisoft integrates the whole assassin/templar idea into this game’s story. That sort of alternate history convention could be really interesting if they play their cards right and weave a solid narrative.
Fine, I’ll admit it. I’m excited.