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Byte Sized: Assassin's Creed III Review

With the final game in the Desmond Miles story ark appearing on a Nintendo console for the first time many Nintendo faithful may have missed what had gone before Assassins Creed III. With so many games that have come before, it may sound all a little too much just to jump straight in, thankfully there is a brief but detailed introduction movie taking us through what has passed, with Desmond Miles able to enter a machine called Animus that tracks his DNA and allows him to experience the thoughts and actions of his ancestors, specifically those in league with the Assassin Order.

Previous generations were after items called the Pieces of Eden, left by a strange and ancient race, now in Desmond's possession he is on the brink of finding out just what the mysterious precursors want, taking him to the New World and reliving the life of a new Assassin, Connor, a half Mohawk, half British young man caught in the middle of the American Revolution.

ShopToNews have already reviewed Assassin Creed III on the PS3 so for a more in-depth look at the game please check out our review as gameplay and visuals are essentially the same. What's important here is showing the differences that the Wii U offers.

All of the notable differences take place with the GamePad; with the controls mimicking the same layouts as the other versions apart from the touch screen. Here there seems to be some confusion as to how best to use the GamePad and its many additional features. Without tinkering via the options it's as energetic as our young assassin Connor, changing from one state to the next very frequently and distracting you from the action, leaving you at times unsure where to look. Most of the time there will be a map in the centre of the screen, detailing your general location along with checkpoints plus there is a handy 'horse call' function at the top right corner.

When pausing, the GamePad duplicates the options menu information on the TV screen and the same goes for cut scenes, playing them on both screens. The screen does however have a rather handy touch screen option allowing you to drag and drop weapons and items to your desired buttons plus it leaves the main TV screen free of less clutter, with weapon icons showing reloading on the bottom right on the GamePad. The Eagle Vision Mode is a strange addition, taking all of the action away from the TV and placing it on the GamePad screen, like I said, there are lots of erratic changes, with the screen never really settling down.

For some reason, deep in the recesses of the options menu you will come across the function to switch all action to the GamePad, playing just as well but leaving your TV screen with a rather dull info screen telling us to look at the GamePad.

Assassin's Creed 3 on Wii U holds well against the other versions and is a great game if you have not played it on any other console, plus the ability of being able to play away from the TV is a nice addition, it is just a shame the GamePad functions seem a little rushed and confused in execution.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: Wii U)


- Touch screen leaves less clutter on the TV.
- Able to play away from TV.
- Compares well to the other versions.


- Still some very slow loading textures.
- The GamePad seems to be confused as to what it is supposed to do.

Edited On 05 Dec, 2012

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troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
I've read some pretty poor reviews for this port. Looks like something to keep your distance from, from what I can tell. Shame too, the game pad could have added an excellent dimension to an excellent game
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Solidus 5nake 4 years ago
I've read a few poor reviews for WiiU 3rd party titles, such as this and FIFA'13. But I guess all the Nintendo exclusive games will be mint, as expected. If I was to purchase the WiiU, it would be for the exclusive Nintendo titles, games like ACIII, I'll stick with on my 360/PS3.
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Baiken_ 4 years ago
Finished AC3 the other day, the best part of the game for me was the navel battles they were so much fun, also the multiplayer is quite good. One downside though is the ending its so bad its almost on par with ME3.
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Robichoico 4 years ago
I probably woulda went with this one. And may still if it gets reduced down to £20 and I can get rid of the Assassin's Creed game from the Join or Die PS3 edition. Hopefully Ubisoft are listening when people are giving glowing remarks about the Naval battles. Because I'd love to see more of them.

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