Assassin's Creed III set to be epic game of this generation
Exhilarating new Assassin's Creed game shifts the action to the American Revolution
What you need to know
French-Canadian game developers Ubisoft release the latest instalment of their historical action-adventure video game series, Assassin's Creed, this week. Assassin's Creed III sees the ongoing story of the Assassin-Templar war intersect with the American Revolution.
As with previous instalments, it takes modern-day hero and series protagonist Desmond Miles back into the lives of his ancestors - this
time, a character called Connor Kenway, a young half-English, half-Mohawk man propelled into the revolution when his family are attacked.
The release of Assassin's Creed III will coincide with a PlayStation spinoff Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, featuring a female French-African assassin in 18th century New Orleans.
What the critics like
Bigger than Ben Hur, this could be the defining epic of a generation of console games, says Tom Meltzer in The Guardian. The developers have really "flexed their cinematic muscles". It's "gorgeous, rich, intelligent and exhilarating", with a combat engine that "turns every little scuffle into a fluid John Woo masterpiece".
The November issue of Italy's official Xbox 360 Magazine, quoted in Gaming Everything, praised Assassin's Creed III's visuals, combat
mechanics and immersive environments, awarding it a perfect score of 10 out of 10.
The landscapes are dazzling, it's full of challenges, and the sound is Outstanding, says Javi Andres on Meristation. Set to be a bestseller and "one of the biggest blockbusters of the generation".
What they don't like
Players who have got their hands on the game early have reported a number of bugs, says Peter Chubb on In Entertainment. But they
weren't really meant to be playing the game yet, adds Chubb, and Ubisoft's Day 1 software patch "should help to rectify these bugs".