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Assassin's Creed III Remastered

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Violent but historically accurate adventure still impresses.

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age 15+
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Positive Messages

Action glamorizes period combat, but setting also provides more or less historically accurate depiction of 18th-century England, Northeastern U.S., and Louisiana. Players get unflinching look at era's sociopolitical dynamics, including racism, slavery, sexism, American revolution, and could perhaps glean an improved understanding of conflicts and motivations of the time.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players control a few different characters, including a modern American man, a British aristocrat, a British Native American, and, in Assassin's Creed Liberation, a French African woman living in Louisiana who takes on multiple personas -- including that of slave -- in order to achieve objectives. Each is complex, acting on belief that they're doing something important and morally just, but in course of pursuing their goals, they often end up killing their adversaries, sometimes with relish.

Ease of Play

Moving around the world is easy and fluid, but fighting requires some practice to master. Naval combat -- which involves steering and commanding the crew of a ship -- is surprisingly intuitive. Some may get stuck in a few more challenging missions that require strategic planning, but most experienced players shouldn't have too much trouble.

Violence

Players use bladed weapons -- swords, tomahawks, hidden daggers -- and muskets to attack and kill human enemies, often with stealth so that targets can't fight back. Sprays of blood accompany successful hits; characters stagger and gurgle in pain during death animations. Non-interactive scenes show additional violence, including throat being slit. A handful of naval missions involve commanding a ship with cannons attacking and blowing up parts of enemy boats and coastal fortresses.

Sex

Dialogue contains references to sex, including words "bang," "whore," and "sex." A man grabs his own pants between his legs.

Language

Dialogue contains occasional instances of strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

This game is part of Ubisoft's long-running Assassin's Creed series, which has spawned spin-off toys, comics, and a movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several scenes are set in taverns, with characters surrounded by and occasionally drinking what appears to be wine and beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed III Remastered is an action/adventure game available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. It's a digitally enhanced re-release of two older games -- Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed Liberation -- originally made and released for previous-generation consoles. Both are historical action adventures with era-appropriate combat and weapons, including muskets, cannons, swords, and daggers. Enemies bleed profusely and gurgle in pain when killed, often without having a chance to fight back, since the player's characters are stealth assassins. The playable protagonists include a British aristocrat, a British Native American tribesman, a modern American man, and a French African woman in Louisiana who has multiple personas -- including that of a slave -- which she uses to liberate the oppressed in New Orleans. Their stories explore both personal and family relationships as well as the larger issues of their times and settings, including racism, slavery, sexism, and colonialism. The authentic historical depiction of the 18th-century world could provide players a better understanding of the era's politics, issues, and day-to-day life. Mature themes run through both games, including alcohol consumption, talk of sex, and strong language, with frequent use of "f--k" and "s--t."

User Reviews

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Adult Written byNeon 999 April 6, 2019
Adult Written bySam Marrick April 1, 2019

The most boring game in the series does not hold up (as if it did back then).

Boring side activities, boring gameplay, boring grinding, boring world, boring story, boring protagonist. The only good thing is the Naval stuff which was done... Continue reading

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What's it about?

ASSASSIN'S CREED III REMASTERED is a digitally cleaned up re-release of not just 2012's Assassin's Creed III, which launched on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, but also Assassin's Creed Liberation, a completely separate game in the series also released in 2012 but made exclusively for Sony's handheld PlayStation Vita. Both are set primarily in the United States. The former takes place mostly in the American Northeast and stars Ratonhnhaké:ton, a young man born of a British aristocrat and a Native American woman who finds himself embroiled in the American Revolution while attempting to protect his people. The latter focuses on Aveline de Grandpré, a French African woman working to help the slaves of New Orleans. Both are part of the order of Assassins, a group involved in a centuries old struggle against an organization called the Templars in a fight between freedom and order. Also involved in the conflict is an ancient precursor race of humanoids who left clues of their existence -- and powerful technological artifacts -- for humanity to find. The heroes' lives are viewed through the lens of a modern-day technology called the Animus that allows people to view the memories of ancestors passed down through genetic material. As assassins involved in world-changing conflicts, they participate in violent missions that involve stealth, swordfighting, gunplay, and even naval combat. They are also extraordinarily agile and clever, capable of exploring the world by climbing buildings, leaping between rooftops, and seamlessly blending in with crowds in order to track and eavesdrop on their targets. A mix of stealth, parkour-like running skills, and combat proficiency is required to complete both games.

Is it any good?

Any way you slice it, this compilation of two action/adventure games is a pretty good bargain for gamers. Not only does Assassin's Creed III Remastered provide a pair of games (one of which, Liberation, may not have been played by many fans, given its handheld origins), but it delivers updated graphics and slightly enhanced play mechanics that make both fit surprisingly well on modern systems. Thanks to a little help from Ubisoft's developers, both games appear to have aged very well. Assassin's Creed III remains the main draw, thanks to its sprawling, politically charged campaign, fantastic naval battles, and focus on a compelling and capable Native American protagonist. The story of how Ratonhnhaké:ton was born, how he was reluctantly thrust into the role of a hero, and how he became a major player in the Assassins/Templars legacy remains as engaging today as it was when the game first released. The enhanced visuals are still a treat, whether running through Boston or New York, exploring the frontier, or engaging in high seas naval combat. The highly choreographed swordplay feels a bit stiff compared to modern games, but grows satisfying once you've learned its intricacies. Plus, as the concluding chapter in modern-day Desmond Miles' story, it delivers a kind of closure lacking in most of the series' games.

Assassin's Creed Liberation, meanwhile, is neither as fully formed nor as epic as Assassin's Creed III, but it nonetheless serves as a nice companion piece. Noteworthy not only for tackling the thorny issue of 18th-century American slavery, it was also the first game in the series to provide players with a female protagonist. Aveline de Grandpré is instantly likable and just as lethal as her male counterparts, serving up justice for subjugated New Orleanians in confident and skillful fashion. The story's a bit too sparse and piecemeal to satisfy in a manner similar to the series' primary games, but it's also easier to digest in smaller play sessions and requires less of a time commitment. With both remastered games -- plus downloadable content (DLC) -- bundled together at a bargain price, there's good reason for the franchise's newer fans and longstanding ones to give Assassin's Creed III Remastered serious consideration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Is the impact of the violence in Assassin's Creed III Remastered affected by the fact that you're killing and assassinating people? Does it matter if the guards and soldiers are mostly nameless characters whose lives and motivations are unknown? Do you think they deserve death because of the side on which they're fighting?

  • The Assassin's Creed games strive more than most for era realism and authenticity, but are there any setting details that surprise you? Did you notice whether any of these details were wrong?

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