Assassin’s Creed III: Game Review
There's some powerful lessons about discrimination to be learned for mature players.
I have played all of the Assasin's Creed games right from the very beginning, purchasing most of the games within the first week of release; however Assassin's Creed III was my favourite by far.
Assassins Creed III is played mostly through the eyes of a half English – half Mohawk man named Connor. The storyline is brilliant, though at times it becomes a little drawn-out. But overall it is full of excitement and energy. As is typical of Assassin's Creed, the protagonist spends his time throughout the game attempting to thwart the Templar Order and ultimately cause their collapse.
The events that occur during this game aren’t as straightforward as those in earlier games in the series. For example, Connor's Native American appearance forces the player to deal with the discrimination of white people and the feeling of never being fully accepted in the towns. As such, you find yourself existing on the fringes of society, never fully accepted, and yet still fighting to save them from Templar rule.
The audio and visual aspects of this game were simply amazing. At every turn I found myself just looking around - the forest aspect that was introduced in this game was a major reason for this. The level of detail in every branch and leaf was simply amazing. As always has been the way, the Assassin's Creed games are at the top of the charts for good graphics.
Dealing with discrimination
Connor experiences discrimination in both physical and mental terms. He experiences this not only because of the colour of his skin, but also for what he believes in. For that reason, I found this game reminded a little bit of what life can be like sometimes for Christians.
There are many people who have warped and incorrect views of the Christian faith, and as such, they can be much harder for us to reach. Similarly, it can difficult to reach out and evangelise, when we are afraid of ridicule or rejection from our peers.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says this:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Looking at this verse, we can find comfort as Christians that only God can save the people around us. However, it is our responsibility to not only try our best to share the gospel with people, but also to live a holy life in God’s name. In that way, we hope through our example people will become more interested in what God has done in our lives.
Paul said in his letter to the church of Thessalonica, in Thessalonians 3:7:
Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
Like Paul, not only can we be encouraged by the faith of others, we can encourage others through our own. Like Connor, we will all face discrimination and injustice from the world, but as Christians we should stand strong in our faith in the Lord Almighty.
Who is this game for?
I would recommend this game for mature gamers only, mostly because there is a large element of violence in the game that is sometimes presented in a very up-close and personal way.
For any gamer that enjoys the Assassin's Creed franchise, and is mature enough to cope with the storyline, you will find this game not only entertaining, but will walk away with some very deep messages designed to challenge attentive players.