Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington Remastered

Details: It was bundled together with Assassin’s Creed III Remastered. This DLC is divided in to three parts. The first part took about two hours, the second part took about one hour, and the third part took about two hours. Official site is https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/assassins-creed-3-remastered/

Score: 6/10

The Tyranny of King Washington is the only story related downloadable content (or DLC) released for Assassin’s Creed III. It’s okay. It’s a story with no real consequence on history or Assassin’s Creed canon.

The story takes place in an alternate history where Washington found an Apple of Eden, a powerful relic that gives him power over reality and men’s minds, and declares himself king of America. Connor wakes up in this world where there is no evidence of Assassin’s or the Templars, only King Washington. He must now use his newly gained Native American superpowers to fight and defeat Washington.

The downloadable content is divided into three parts. The first part takes place in the frontier part from the main game. The second part takes place in Boston. The third part takes place in an altered version of the New York map. So the locations are recycled from the main game, with a few differences.

The biggest changes to gameplay are the super powers. Each part of the downloadable content introduces a new super power. The most fun one to me was the superpower introduced in the second part, which allow teleportation pretty much. It functions a lot like the grappling hook from the Batman Arkham series of video games. It’s fun and it helps with traversal, which is an issue in these old Assassin’s Creed games.

Graphics are as good as in the base game. Ubisoft did a great job remastering the graphics from their original release. The game looks good. Not as good as modern games, but still good.

The biggest detractor of this downloadable content is the story. You have to keep in mind that the gameplay in this game is old and mostly outdated. It’s boring to an extent. This makes the story that much more vital because it is the main reason to play this remastered edition. The story in this DLC has no connection to real history. It also has no connection to the Assassin’s Creed canon. In other words, this is an elseworlds story that doesn’t matter. It has no consequence and does nothing for the characters we learned about in the base game.

Overall, this game was okay. The gameplay is outdated, as it was in the base game. The main reason why this DLC works far less successfully than the base game is because the base game had a better story that actually had some connection with history. The story here is just fan fiction and offers no meaningful narrative developments.

Score: 6/10

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