Okay. I've logged about 40 hours in this game so I think I can speak with some authority. First. Single Player Gameplay. As always Ubisoft delivers a very polished and slick system and UI. Most actions are now mapped to either the A button (fast walk, mount dismount horse, and a subset of parkour moves) or the B button (block, counter, action, talk etc.) X and Y are the close combat and ranged combat buttons respectively. (i.e. sword/pistol, axe/bow) The movement system is basically the same. but it's a lot harder to make mistakes then it used to be. You barely have to think about how to move the analogs to make conner do what you want. It's so easy to control. The combat is fast moving and almost exclusively based on timing, There are no "sequence take downs'' that are infamous in the gaming community (a sequence take down is when a character can only be beaten by pressing YY BB UP DOWN XX or something similar) transitions between exploration and combat are seamless. The hunting mechanic is awesome. You can only certain animals in different regions. And they are very fast, and very skittish, you have to hide, and move silently and be patient. Which is a brilliant change of pace from hunting the human targets, where it is more about finding a path through the various patrols. You hunt animals, skin them (off screen) and then can sell their pelts, meant, claws etc.
The history in this game is excellent. Obviously the Templar and Assassins don't actually exist, (or do they.......) so their parts are fictional, but the characterization of Pitcarin, Ben Franklin, Washington, Adams, Revere are all EXCELLENT so yeah you get to experience history first hand blah blah blah meet the people...... wait what? THERE'S A HUGE DATABASE THAT HAS ENCYCLOPEDIC ARTICLES ABOUT THE VARIOUS EVENTS PEOPLE AND LOCATIONS????????? Yeah, it does. To make this part even more fun. It's written by a brit. So he's constantly making fun of american/british stereotypes (Case in point. In the boston tea party section he finishes with "all that tea.... wasted. I think a part of me just died")
So yadda yadda, single player is great shut up move on right? Mainly. There is a large about of language (english mostly ha ha ha) F**** T*****. Are the upper range. Though conner himself (the protagonist) doesn't use any.
Okay. Story is good. But what you really want to know is..... Multyplayer.
All I can say about the MP is. OH. MY. BEANS FRITTER FLAP FRANKS THANK YOU SAM HILL FOR THIS GAME.
Greatest. MP. Ever. Seriously. It's entirely skill based. There are no cheap ways to win. And ever second of every round you frantically juggle huge amounts of information. Who's following you, who's your target, can you hide here, do you have an escape rout.
The MP is the same Idea as all the other ones, but with a few technical improvements. Basically it works like this. You are in a city with about 100 people. You have a target to find. (and someone is usually looking for you. sometimes several somebodies) so you have to search carefully for your target. Oh wait i forgot to mention There are only 8 characters in the entire city. Everybody looks like one of those people. So not only do you have to find the right looking person. You have to discover if it's a player or just a fake computer-controlled decoy. So while you look for your target you have to make sure you don't stand out from the crowd. And you better not guess wrong. killing the wrong person has a way of revealing yourself to other players. So it's just you, your wits, and your observational and psychological skills. (if you're willing to get cussed at a mic in this game can give another layer of psychological warfare) that's it. no special moves, no special guns. Just your mind against theirs. Is this awesome or what? It can easily teach, tactics, observation, quick thinking, odds analysis (is it worth it to guess between 3 lookalikes) and many other things. So. If the bad words in the story is to much for you (and most of it can be skipped) buy the game any way for the greatest multyplayer experience you will ever have. Seriously. Look up some "Let's Plays" or something. You will be blown away.