Assassin’s Creed 3 Gameplay Trailer: 16 Secrets You Missed
Assassin’s Creed 3 gets its first gameplay trailer, full of combat, weapons, moves, missions, plot points, and free-running tricks. Join us as we reveal the secrets lurking behind the scenes.
Published on May 10, 2012
Assassin’s Creed 3 is already the biggest entry to Ubisoft’s series to date. The latest gameplay trailer proves that this is no mere extension of what has gone before. The clip is rammed full of things you will be doing in Assassin’s Creed 3, such as hunting, free-running, and stringing together brutal combos during combat.
Check out the Assassin’s Creed 3 gameplay trailer here, and read on as we explain what’s going on in greater detail.
[0:15] Assassin’s Creed 3 demands that you hide among nature
Assassin’s Creed 3 takes place between 1753 and 1783, across the American frontier and the cities of Boston and New York. As much of the game takes place out in the wild, new protagonist Connor will have to blend into nature to remain hidden from Templar forces. Here we see Connor watching a pack of Templar troops from up in some trees.
[0:18] Assassin’s Creed 3 lets you free-run through trees
Assassin’s Creed 3’s trees aren’t just cut ‘n paste environments that all look the same and offer little interaction. Connor can free-run through them just like Ezio and Altair would run across rooftops in previous Assassin’s Creed games. Here we can see that fluid animation and free-running skill in practice. A born half-native American, half English hunter, this skill comes naturally to Connor.
[0:24] Assassin’s Creed 3 lets you play like a silent hunter
Assassin’s Creed 3 does involve hunting missions, and as you can see here, Connor is hunting the deadliest game of all – Man! Connor can use trees to get the drop on animals to kill them for crafting resources, and use them to jump down and snipe human enemies with his trust bow and arrows.
[0:28] Assassin’s Creed 3 partially takes place in Boston
Assassin’s Creed 3 has two main cities – Boston and New York. This is Boston, and as you can tell by the flowing British flag, the city is firmly under the empire’s rule. Don’t worry however, these cities are nothing like the ones in previous Assassin’s Creed games, as we’ll explain in a minute.
[0:30] Assassin’s Creed 3 sees the return of crowd blending
Assassin’s Creed 3 brings back crowd blending, which gives Connor the option to walk among crowd to remain incognito, even though he’s blatantly an assassin. Who are we to complain? However, the man on Connor’s left acts nervously around him, suggesting that blending alone will no longer be enough to remain hidden among cities.
[0:33] Assassin’s Creed 3 puts you at the heart of real, historical battles
Welcome to the battle of Bunker Hill, a bloody conflict that actually took place during the American Revolution. In this mission, Connor must run among the conflict, timing his sprints to avoid each volley of gunfire from each side.
Ubisoft revealed this mission to NowGamer at an Assassin’s Creed 3 event earlier this year. The clip here simply doesn’t do justice to the scale and spectacle of the actual mission.
[0:37] Assassin’s Creed 3 boasts an insane amount of enemies on screen at once
Assassin’s Creed 3 is bigger and better than what has gone before. This clip underlines that fact perfectly. This is another scene from the battle of Bunker Hill, as Connor cuts a path through the battle to reach his target without being detected by either side. He is essentially using the unfolding chaos and bloodshed around him to remain hidden in plain sight. Crafty.
[0:38] Assassin’s Creed 3 offers unmatched free-running options
Assassin’s Creed 3’s free-running engine has taken a real step up. We can see Connor sliding under some fallen tree branches here. But that’s only the start of what he can do. Keep reading and prepare to be amazed.
[0:41] Assassin’s Creed 3 lets you hang enemies from trees
Assassin’s Creed 3 gives you more ways to dispatch foes. Aside from his weapon set – tomahawk, pistols, swords and daggers – Connor can improvise with his surroundings. Here, you can see him latching a rope into an enemy’s shoulder then hoisting him up high to neutralise him. It looks painful, but it works well.
[0:46] Assassin’s Creed 3 task you with tracking and killing targets
Assassin’s Creed 3’s hero Connor is an expert tracker, meaning he can follow targets by looking at footprints and other telltale sounds around the lay of the land. Here, he has followed footsteps and a blood trail to a dead empire courier. The key question is, what does that letter in his hand say?
[0:48] Assassin’s Creed 3’s wildlife can be deadly
Assassin’s Creed 3 has hunting missions, but they aren’t just focused on small game. Big creatures like the bear you see here can be just as deadly as human foes. If you’re not careful, they can get the drop of Connor in the wild. However, meeting certain hunt criteria will win you invitations to join several hunting clubs, each with their own rewards.
[0:53] Assassin’s Creed 3 will put you shoulder to shoulder with historical figures
Assassin’s Creed 3 will draw influence from real American history, and as such, key figures like George Washington will pop up, each with their own role to play in Assassin’s Creed 3’s sprawling story. We’re not up on our American Revolution history however, so we have no idea who this guy is. Answers on a postcard please.
[0:54] Assassin’s Creed 3 sees the birth of a nation unfold
Another scene from the battle of Bunker Hill here, and as we mentioned, Connor will have to time his sprints to avoid getting caught in that gunfire. It’s loud, intense and better than anything the series has thrown at you so far.
[1:18] Assassin’s Creed 3 has fluid, free-form combat
Assassin’s Creed 3’s combat is nothing like it was in previous Assassin’s Creed games. There is no more politely waiting around for enemies to lunge before countering them anymore. Here we can see Connor dodging attacks, turning enemy attacks against them, and even forcing enemies to attack each other accidentally. It’s fluid, the mo-cap is insane and it gives Assassin’s Creed 3 a new level of finesse.
[1:24] Assassin’s Creed 3 lets you free-run through buildings
Assassin’s Creed 3 doesn’t just see Connor free-running up the side of buildings. Now he can actually leap into an open window, sprint through the interior and out the other side, as is seen here.
[1:35] Assassin’s Creed 3’s tomahawk is a vital combat and hunting tool
Assassin’s Creed 3’s trademark weapon can be seen in action here, as Connor uses it to kill one soldier then work it into a combo attack, in which he forces enemies to attack each other.
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