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Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington – Episode 1: The Infamy (Xbox360)

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Being a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise I happily jumped at the chance to review the new The Tyranny of King Washington downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed III.

In this alternate universe the world protagonist Connor knew is no more, his mother is alive, and he was never part of an elite assassin’s order. Nothing is how it should be, and the man he once called his friend has somehow grabbed hold of the Apple of Eden, gone mad with power, and declared himself The King. And so begins The Infamy, the first episode of three in this The Tyranny of King Washington downloadable content.

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The Infamy brings something fresh and new to the franchise, and at the same time it comes across a lot darker than you would expect. The mad King George is wreaking havoc across the Americas, winter has set in, cities lay in ruin, and the streets are filled with the dead and rotting, it’s now up to you, as Connor, to stop him.

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Apart from the normal mechanics in Assassin’s Creed III, this downloadable content brings something new and interesting to the game. At a certain point you realize you’re not strong enough to take on Washington alone, and you are tasked by your elders to take this tea which puts you in touch with your spirit animal. This spirit animal, a wolf, grants you two new really interesting abilities.

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One of the abilities allows you to summon a ferocious pack of wolves which tear into your enemies, an ability that works really well when you are surrounded. The second ability allows you to become invisible to your enemies. I enjoyed using the invisibility ability in large groups, it made me feel rather powerful – being able to take out enemies by slipping in and out of stealth mode between them. It also came in handy when sneaking through large encampments of soldiers and hounds.

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There’s a lot to do in The Infamy if you do all of the side quests. You’re even able to find shards from the alternate universe and see moments from Assassin’s Creed III. If you choose not to do these quests and only follow the main story, however, it can be extremely short. Yet it still somehow leaves you wanting more as the story is really intense and makes you want to discover how Washington was able to get his hands on the Apple of Eden.

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I really enjoyed The Infamy and can’t wait to see what happens next, it’s a must-have for those die-hard fans who would love to see what would happen when one of America’s historical icons goes power crazy and tries to destroy the world. Just bear in mind that if you’re not interested in doing the side quests and only want to follow the main story the price of 800 Microsoft Points could come across as a bit much.

You can read our review of Episode 2 over here.


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