Ubisoft is that company that gives gamers a history lesson just about every year with the Assassins Creed series. From Ancient Egypt to foggy London town, we have seen the neverending struggles between the Assassins and the Knights Templar unfold. In the first of likely multiple remasters and ports, Assassins Creed 3 Remastered has now come to the Nintendo Switch. Is this a game you should pick up for the Nintendo Switch, or is this a game that should be left pure in your memories?
Assassins Creed 3 is set between 1754-1783 at the beginning of the Colonial era. It was originally released in 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. Since then it has been remastered to give it the facelift it would need to be playable on newer platforms. It is now playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and of course now the Nintendo Switch.
So, for those of you that have played Assassins Creed 3 already, you may be wondering “Why would I want to buy the Remaster for the Switch? Are there ANY differences?” Well, let’s get to that before anything else. If you played Assassins Creed 3 when it originally came out, with this remaster, you will have new weapons that you can craft, an updated in-game economy, and improvements to the UI with a feature that gamers like me have been wanting to see be made a standard in all games, color-blind mode. The game will include new Legacy outfits as well, which gives you the ability to dress up Connor as other characters from the Assassins Creed games. Naturally, because the game is on Nintendo Switch, the developers have utilized the hardware to make the experience unique. There are now touch screen controls that can be used in the menus. HD Rumble has also been added. Of course, all of the DLC for the game is included with this Remastered version as well as the spin-off title Assassins Creed 3 Liberations, which also enjoys all of the same improvements as the standard game.
So enough of that, what is the basis of this title?!
Assassins Creed 3 is an action-adventure played out in an open world in which the player uses a combination of stealth to sneak past your enemies or kill them silently. You use parkour to travel throughout the massive world. This includes climbing tall structures as well as moving through areas quickly. For those of you that are new to the Assassins Creed universe, they are unique as you always have several players that are your main characters. One is from the ‘Present’ while the other you mainly play as is from a critical point in history. In the case of Assassins Creed 3, the character that lives in the ‘present’ is Desmond Miles, an Assassin, who is trying to figure out how to protect the Earth from a solar flare that is slated to happen on December 21, 2012. In the Assassins Creed games, the character from the present uses a machine called the Animus to essentially go back in time and live through their ancestors. Desmond uses the Animus to go back and look at the world through the eyes of Ratonhnhaké: ton (who changes his name to Connor, thank god). As Connor, you will have adventures throughout New York City and Boston as you fight against the Templars.
I will freely admit that I had never played Assassins Creed 3 before reviewing this specific title. In fact, the series as a whole has been on my backlog of games that I’ve been meaning to get to for a very long time. So booting the game up on my Switch, I was excited to see what the big deal was all about. For being a game that is now 7 years old, I was delighted with how pretty the games look from the get-go. I started playing in handheld mode and I really enjoyed how everything looked. The revamped menus looked and felt crisp and gave me little to no issues to moving my way through them.
Oddly enough though, when I docked my Nintendo Switch, it seemed like the game didn’t look as good anymore. I was going to give it the benefit of the doubt that the game is 7 years old, but then I did some minor poking around on YouTube and what I found was quite startling. I found a side-by-side video of Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered on Nintendo Switch and on PlayStation 4. Honestly, as much as I liked the game when I initially booted it, I was dumbfounded to see how much different the game appears on the PS4. I would assume that this likely is this way so that the game is even playable on Switch, but I almost wish that for the consumer’s sake it was not advertised as the Remastered version. It’s no knock on the game itself, I still enjoyed it for what it is, I just wish I had played it on PlayStation instead for the better visual experience.
Assassins Creed 3 Remastered was ultimately I feel a decent enough port. The controls were pretty responsive and for what it’s worth, I enjoyed the graphics until I knew how much better they were on PlayStation 4. This version of the game comes absolutely packed with tons of stuff to do between the added DLC and the spinoff Liberations. This is perfect if you want to be able to play the game on the go, otherwise, I would say the optimal way to play would be on PC/PS4/XBone
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*