Assassin's Creed III

Common Sense Media says

Bloody Revolutionary War adventure best for mature gamers.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You play as an assassin in this video game, so it doesn't have a positive message for players.

Positive role models

As Connor, who is of both Native Indian and British descent, you can rewrite history during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century. While players might be able to relate to Connor being torn between two conflicting parties, his job is to assassinate -- not a good role model.

Ease of play

As with other Assassin's Creed titles, players play through a fairly thorough tutorial to become acquainted with all of Connor's skills, including stealthy movement, jumps, climbs, and of course, melee and ranged attacks. It's not too difficult to control, but experience with prior games will help considerably.

Violence

The game is quite violent as Connor must hide, stalk, and kill various targets -- using a number of weapons include tomahawks, pistols, muskets, bayonets, and swords. Players participate in sword fights resulting in slow-motion sequences and the impaling of opponents. Copious amounts of blood can be seen in the game, especially against white snow. Cut-scene sequences also show violent imagery including brutal assassinations by throat cutting and gun shots to the head.

Sex

There is some sexual dialogue, including references to the King's "whores" and one character's claim that another was having sex with his sister behind his back.

 

Language

The game has some strong profanity, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. The game includes various multiplayer modes where it's possible for players to talk freely over the Internet via headset microphone. That is, there is no one monitoring the voice chat, so it's possible to hear profanity and perhaps other inappropriate dialogue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed III is not only violent and bloody, but you also play as an assassin who must find and kill targets. This might be more disturbing to some parents than games where you shoot aliens to defend earth (Halo) or stave off a military attack (e.g. Call of Duty). The game also contains strong profanity and sexual references and innuendoes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • using supporting evidence

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • events
  • historical figures
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • analyzing evidence

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • set objectives
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • making wise decisions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • using supporting evidence

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • events
  • historical figures
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • analyzing evidence

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • set objectives
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • making wise decisions

While elements of Assassin's Creed III focus on American history and problem solving, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Ubisoft Montreal's ASSASSIN'S CREED III is an epic third-person action game that drops the player in the middle of the American Revolution during the late 18th century. You play as a warrior known as Connor, of both Native American and English heritage, who joins the Continental Army to fight for freedom against the British. By wielding a number of weapons –- such as tomahawks, guns, and bows –- you'll survey the landscape, hop between trees and building rooftops, and take down the Redcoats one by one. The game includes a retelling of some legendary events including the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Great Fire of New York, and epic naval battles off the East Coast.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Bigger, better, and bolder than past award-winning games in this series, Assassin's Creed III lets gamers step into an era not seen often in video game lore, interact with famous figures from the period (including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Paul Revere), and roam across locations ranging from colonial towns to open battlefields to the untamed wilderness of the New World. While violent, the stealthy action is intense and gratifying. Visually speaking, the game looks excellent and features smooth animation thanks to Ubisoft's next-generation Anvil Next game engine. Three years in development, Assassin's Creed III offers both a lengthy single-player campaign and various multiplayer modes. Overall, there's a lot of great gameplay here -- but take heed to the "Mature" warning for its graphic depiction of violence and blood, strong profanity, and occasional sexual references in the dialogue sequences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether visiting different periods of time is much of the appeal with this game. Instead of the Renaissance in Europe, you're now on U.S. soil (the East Coast) during the late 1700s. Is it exciting to digitally recreate a historic era and change the outcome of famous events?

  • Do you think it's possible to learn history from playing games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 30, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, History, Horses and farm animals, Pirates, Science and nature, Wild animals
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language (Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written byTaCTiCaLxReFLeX November 2, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Honest review

I do not know why people keep saying this game is full of sex.......I have played the whole game through and there just 1 reference to sex, nothing a 5th grader cant handle, the language is not that bad. yes the f-word is said once and the s-word is said a few times but cursing is not common and will not be heard a lot.....mainly because there is not a lot of dialogue in the game

What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 5, 5, 10, and 13 year old Written byopenparent November 8, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

AC3

A great game that allows kids to love of history. It is a bit violent, but much can be avoided, it all depends on how one plays the game. Nothing a mature 11 year old can't handle. AC3 does have blood, but it can easily be turned off. Next to NO SEXUAL CONTENT in this game, there is worse in seven year old's TV shows. There is a lot of cultural education in this game, the developers put a huge amount of effort into historical and cultural accuracy. The protagonist is a good role model, as he does what he believes is just, and tries to save innocents. There is a little bit of cursing, one or two uses of the "F Word", and a few uses of s--t. overall a great game.

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bybobbyray November 5, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great game

This game is not that bad don't let the commonsense review hold you up....the f word is used very little and other mild language. Sexual content is mild at best a few sexual references. The game is very bloody but the blood can be turned off. There is brief torture scene that is kind of graphic it can be skipped though... Overall great game MATURE 13 AND UP ONLY!!!!!

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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