The Assassin's Creed series is hugely popular, and yet I had never actually played any of them. However, in the past year I've become super interested in the small Wii U library. Given its size, I feel like the bulk of the games are actually ones I'd like to play. You might say that Wii U collecting is sort of my dirty little secret. But it means that I end up with things like Assassin's Creed III on my shelf and while thinking about games to play on my winter vacation, it seemed like this would be a perfect little game to dabble in. I mean, it takes place in New England during the Revolutionary War. Oh, and there's lots of snow.
After playing the opening assassination mission (which was actually quite fun), I found myself on a boat making its way to Massachusetts. And once we docked in Boston and I realized I had free reign over where to go next, I decided to just ignore the story and explore for a while.
This is how I tend to enjoy truly GOOD open worlds. And friends, AC3 has a truly good open world. I picked a street and started walking, and that's when I saw Faneuil Hall. Woah. I place I had been to and eaten at many times over the years... I was seeing it how it may have appeared in the 1700's. Insane.
With that in mind, I figured I kind of had a good idea of where I was in Boston. So I went off looking for Boston Common (after first checking Wikipedia to confirm that it was designated prior to the events of the game). I headed off to where I thought it SHOULD be in relation. Eventually I came across King's Chapel, so I opened up Google Maps and confirmed I was headed the right way. I made a quick stop at Bunker Hill and then hooked around into the Common. It was... fascinating.
The actual missions are fine. I've played a few. But I think that kind of exploring and doing nothing is how I'll mostly play Assassin's Creed III for now. It's just a lovely game to explore. And like all my favorite big open world games (Grand Theft Auto V, Skyrim, etc), it seems like the kind of game that I won't even really start playing the main quest in until I've truly made myself at home.