Old King George has something he’d like to show you.
Being a big fan of the Alternate History genre, and by extension the Assassin’s Creed series, I was excited to see that Ubisoft were creating an alternate, alternate, history in the first single player DLC for Assassin’s Creed 3. The Tyranny of King Washington supposes that George Washington set himself up as King of America, rather than helping to found the land of the free. Sounds like the beginning of a great story doesn’t it? Now, to find out how the first episode, titled Infamy, plays out.
What You Get
The Tyranny of King Washington: Infamy is the first of three planned episodes in a story that is separate from that of the main campaign of Assassin’s Creed 3. You will still be controlling Connor (or Ratonhnhaké:ton, as he is mostly referred to in this story), but none of your assets or progress from the main game will carry over. Connor is also, curiously, aware that the events of this timeline are not quite right so I’m interested to see where they go with that in later episodes.
Since Connor seems to remember at least some of his past, you won’t have to relearn all the fancy Assassin skills that Achilles taught him. You will, however, learn you first new special power that you will be granted during the course of Tyranny. Wolf Cloak allows you to draw on the power of your spirit animal to become invisible for short periods of time. This is nicely balanced by the fact that your health constantly drains as use Wolf Cloak so you’ll have to find someplace to hide while it recharges. Combine that with the fact that guard dogs can spot you, even while invisible, unless you bait them with raw meat, and Wolf Cloak turns out to be just another level of strategy, instead of the ‘win button’ it may seem like.
My major issue with The Tyranny of King Washington: Infamy is that it was simply too short. I finished every mission in this chapter in well under two hours, and in that time the story didn’t advance enough to grab me like I expected it would. With only three episodes planned, I truly hope the others are going to do more with great foundation this idea builds.
It’s hard to recommend a DLC that costs you $9.99 but only gives you two hours of new content. It’s possible that the other two episodes will make Infamy a must download, but as it stands they have a lot of work to do.
Price: 800 MS Points ($9.99) or Free with the Season Pass
Release Date: February 19th, 2013
Available On: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Wii U