Back in 2012, Desmond Miles long journey came to an end. Assassin’s Creed III marked the end of the modern Assassin’s adventure. Now, Ubisoft has remastered the entire adventure including the PS Vita Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and packaged them together. Visual updates and improved frame-rate are expected previous issues that plagued the original titles are still present. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is a great way to revisit Desmond’s finale but be prepared for some nostalgic technical problems.

Return to the American Revolution

Assassin’s Creed III is the main focus on the remaster collection. Desmond, along with Rebecca, Shaun, and Desmond’s father have located what appears to be a device that could save humanity from the upcoming solar flare. Unfortunately, they need several keys and one of them was hidden by another ancestor of Desmond known as the Kenways. Desmond must relive the memories of the Kenway family to learn about the location of the key before the flare happens.

Assassin’s Creed III stars Connor, a Native American trained to become an Assassin after his village was burned and his mother killed. The adventure takes a while to get started but the starting portion of the adventure provides much-needed context into Connor’s life. Assassin’s Creed III was the first game to showcase the Templars in a different light. Highlighting how the war between the Assassins and Templars are of contrasting ideas and not good vs. evil.

Connor adventure takes place during the American Revolution. With players able to take part in major events such as The Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Ubisoft ensured that the adventure remained true to the original. This includes having to complete optional objectives to obtain full synchronization and fixed climbing locations.

The open world is teeming with optional activities that have you engaging with historical figures such as John Adams and George Washington. The improved visuals and frame-rate definitely give the world a modern look. With a lot more details in both the environment and character models. Shockingly, the game still suffers from massive graphical issues. Problems that existed in the 2012 version are still here.

Issues such as clipping, washed texture models and slowdowns were constant. Even problems that existed in the original game are still here. However, if you’re wondering if the infamous backpack clipping has been resolved, yes it has.

2 Parts of a Whole

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberations is an improved version of the HD remake that released last generation. Starring Aveline de Grandpre, this high-born resident of New Orleans uses her training to rescue slaves. Unlike Connor, Aveline is a seasoned Assassin with years of experience accomplishing her goals of freeing slaves.

Distinct to Connor’s adventure, Aveline uses 3 outfits to maximize her skills of infiltration. Her lady outfit can bypass most guards and avoid detection, her slave outfit allows her access to plantations, and the Assassin’s outfit grants full mobility. Unfortunately, none of the missions have you properly mix and match options. Each mission has you dedicate to a single outfit for that mission, which is a missed opportunity for layered missions.

This is a remake of a PS Vita title so expect a lower quality from Connor adventure. The voice-acting is serviceable and the soundtrack is excellent but the load times are longer. Even selecting the main menu takes longer than Assassin’s Creed III. Despite this, Aveline’s adventure is much more stable. It serves more of a side story instead of a full-blown adventure.

Fans of the series will pick on Abstergo’s manipulation of Aveline’s story and how the modern Templars alter facts to suit their own narrative. Unless you’re a hardcore Assassin’s Creed fan Aveline’s adventure will seem bland and uneventful.

Some Modern Adjustments

The biggest update is the visuals and frame-rate. Players who played the original titles will notice an increased amount of avatars on screen, better atmospheric touches such as dust particles, and higher resolution.

In addition, Ubisoft has added multiple features to the games. Players can now perform double assassinations, whistle to lure targets, and have access to a larger minimap. Strangely, the developers did not include the option to fast travel using synchronization points. Aveline’s open world is small enough that this isn’t an issue Connor is a whole different story. Those seeking 100% complete will have to travel long distances.

The AI is also often inconsistent. In Aveline’s adventure players easily manipulate the enemy AI to avoid detection due to their near-sighted nature. In Connor’s adventure, the AI has an impeccable sense of direction. Able to chase and track Connor with bewildering ease. Eventually, you learn the AI’s weaknesses but you have to actively cheat them in Assassin’s Creed III.

A Worthy Revisit

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered does have some technical bugs but is a worth a revisit for fans of the franchise. Connor’s challenges to balance his life as an Assassin and taking care of his people provide context into what it means to be part of the Order. While Aveline’s fortitude is also tested as she attempts to accomplish her own goal of freeing slaves. Some may be turned off by the occasional graphical problems but these are small obstacles for an otherwise amazing collection. If you love the Assassin’s Creed franchise or just starting playing Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is well worth the time.

Assassin's Creed III Remastered Review
Positives
  • Visual Update
  • Double Assassinations
  • Improved UI
Negatives
  • Ancient Graphical Issues
  • AC3: Liberation Load Times
  • Limited Fast Travel
8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
7.7

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Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GamerAssaultWeekly with over 5 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.