Over the course of the past 3 days I've seen lots of games. Some of them wowed me, some of them let me down, but which one stood out from the crowd? Which one will get the honour of being named my Eurogamer Expo: Game of the Show?
There are a few contenders, which is to be expected from an expo showcasing some of this holiday season's biggest games. However, I can only choose one, and that game is Assassin's Creed III.
Assassin's Creed is my game of the show for a number of reasons. Firstly, it impressed me straight from the off. I began he demo by scaling an immense cliff face. During my ascent the camera panned around just enough so that i could see the sun hovering just above the horizon, casting me in a warm orange glow. It was the moment I began to appreciate Assassin's Creed III on a new, more subtle, level.
The next stage of the demo gave me a chance to experience the sea battle shown at E3. It began as a gentle cruise through the light blue Caribbean shallows. What it became was a raging, explosive battle on a ferocious and hostile sea. It was without a doubt one of the best set pieces I have ever had the fortune to experience. I felt my ship struggling to fight the impact of the enormous waves. I felt every barrage of cannon fire that came flying at me and my crew, and it was absolutely breathtaking. My applause really must go out to the designers of this game, because they have made this world feel truly immersive.
Other aspects of the game have also seen improvements. Combat feels more realistic and flows more seamlessly. You'll also find that you have more ways to eliminate foes than ever before. This improved smoothness also translates across to character movement, as you’ll now move more realistically across a more diverse set of environments. These things have always been done well in previous Assassin's Creed games, but Ubisoft have refined their trade even more with Assassin's Creed III.
Assassin's Creed III sold itself to me at this expo, and that’s what any game worth my money should be able to do. While I don’t approve of the way Ubisoft have been prolonging the once supposed “trilogy”, if this is to be the end, I am certainly confident it will be a fitting one.