Assassin’s Creed III: History in the Making
Assassin’s Creed III was one of the biggest releases in the world of video games in 2012. The game saw the continuation of the saga that is Desmond Miles. Assassin’s Creed III immersed the player in one of the most important and crucial times in American history: the American Revolution. The historical aspect of the Assassin’s Creed series is a unique and interesting viewpoint on modern games. Within this unique framework of viewing history, events begin to unfold that makes us (the players) question what we were told in schools and to take a better look at the world around us. This is what makes this type of game thrive: the attention to history. Let’s face it: almost all of us were bored in History
class. Why do we care about some war that happened 300 years ago? Now, let’s fast forward to college. “Oh, I’ve been assigned to read Ben Franklin’s Almanac? Yeah, not going to happen.” Then, like a bolt of lightning from the mighty hand of Zeus, Assassin’s Creed III hits the market. Now, “that war from 300 years ago” doesn’t feel as far back
as it actually is. In fact, the life and often turbulent times of Boston, the Native Americans, and even the orchestrators of the American Revolution are brought to life. The series as a whole has injected a breath of life into a subject that can be quite boring at times. However, how does this game stack up against other games? Well, most games focus on the distant future or the military (which Assassin’s Creed does touch upon). Games like Halo and Starcraft narrow their view to the future and the wars with beings from other worlds. I’m not saying Halo doesn’t inject history into its games, but the central point of these games is not the history aspect. In the Assassin’s Creed series, the main topic is the history. That is what makes the games unique. If you take away the historical setting, Assassin’s Creed III becomes a pretty good game. When you keep the historical setting and context, Assassin’s Creed III becomes a great game.