A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, using supporting evidence
Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, historical figures, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, decision-making
Self-Direction: self-assessment, set objectives, work to achieve goals
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, making wise decisions
- 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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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