Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered Review: Trying to teach an old dog new tricks

As is the standard of most older Assassin’s Creed titles, it takes an hour or so just for the game’s logo to appear – but AC3 infamously takes the whole “prologue” part a bit too far. It takes almost 8 hours of gameplay for you to even play as Connor.

While this consistently tiring pace of storytelling is not a new issue, I feel like Ubisoft opted to take a much easier and more effortless route in bringing the Kenway legacy onto current generation consoles. This game should really have been remade, recut or not brought back at all.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered does make some changes to gameplay; including the ability to now craft weapons that were originally only purchasable from a store.

There are now also indicators on the mini-map to show NPC field of view, hiding spots and escape routes – but you tend not to look much at the mini-map when in combat, anyway, so this seems a little superfluous.

New changes to stealth include the ability to hide in bushes, whistle and (finally) do a double assassination when in low profile mode, and when approaching enemies from behind.

It’s hard to ignore the blandness of the models because AC3 features a heavy amount of cutscenes. While they are skippable, it’s difficult to miss the emptiness of a character.

It hurts the entire game’s experience and damages your immersion. Ubisoft tells us that these models are being improved in a Day One patch, but for now, it’s really disappointing.

AC3 is one of the best games of the earlier franchise with a fantastic plot, a range of historical characters, and genuinely some of the greatest combat in the series. Remastered helps preserve the equally satisfying and intuitive combat experience that fans of the original will have grown used to.

A great reason for AC3 to release on updated systems is the ability to play on the go with Nintendo Switch, but that is also a bad thing when it means sacrificing graphical quality on each platform. So, should you bother picking up this remaster when it launches?

The Verdict: 3/5

This remaster doesn’t bring much in terms of new content, and visual changes that are headlined aren’t done as well as they should be. In that regard, it still holds up as a great Assassin’s Creed game that is worthy of any fan’s money.

It’s a good time to return to Connor’s story.

The Good

  • Excellent combat with a range of fancy animations and combinations
  • You can now play one of the best Assassin’s Creed games on your Nintendo Switch
  • A very notable revamped lighting rendering system
  • If you liked the original AC3, you’re gonna love this remaster

The Bad

  • Character models that look like deformed wax figures from Madame Tussauds
  • A tiring pace to the story
  • Repetitive types of enemies
  • If you didn’t like the original AC3, you’re gonna hate this remaster
  • Ubisoft

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