“Every man holds evil deep within, the apple just brings it out.”
And so starts the next episode of The Tyranny of King Washington downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed III. Titled The Betrayal, this new installment takes you out of the bitter cold wilderness and into the streets of Boston, where you will be met with familiar faces (but not familiar morals), tavern fights, and a manhunt for one of America’s greatest icons, Benjamin Franklin.
What I found interesting about this chapter is that it revolves around stealth, getting into open conflict causes you to be swarmed by King George’s soldiers who are now in control of the city of Boston. Fortunately you still have the wolf spirit to aid you in moving around the city. In addition two new abilities will be added to your arsenal in the form of an eagle spirit.
The first new ability is Eagle Flight, which gives you the ability to transform into an eagle and fly quickly from one spot to another. This can only be done in short bursts by tapping Y on your controller while the eagle spirit is selected, and it can only be done within specific distances. If done in sequence this Eagle Flight ability can prove to be quite an asset, especially when you’re being surrounded or chased by soldiers and their hounds. Just bear in mind that, like the wolf cloaking ability, this new transformation does consume life too.
The second new ability is called Eagle Strike, and this is a type of assassination that can be done from a distance. You use it by focusing on your target (by holding down the Y button), which then (by releasing Y) transforms you into the eagle. You can then swoop down on to your unsuspecting victim, and at the last second transform back into Connor to perform the assassination.
Seeing Boston in this timeline compared to the original Assassin’s Creed III story is quite a transition. Roaming around you will stumble upon mass graves of red British soldiers, you’ll also meet execution parties which you can stop if you so wish. These parties are not really an integral part of the story, but I found it fun being the hero of the townsfolk who seemed to cheer me on as I killed Washington’s soldiers.
Playing this chapter reveals more of the series’ story and hints at what might be distorting the timeline. Once again if you’re not into doing the side missions or looking for shards of your past memory, this chapter can be extremely short and may come across as expensive. I for one, however, thoroughly enjoyed The Betrayal and can’t wait to see how it all ends when Episode 3 is released.
You can read our review of Episode 1, The Infamy, here.