Trying to stop the Tyranny of King Washington.
If you read my review of Infamy, the first episode of the Tyranny of King Washington, you’ll know I wasn’t exactly impressed with the introduction to Assasin’s Creed 3′s alternate, alternate history. Still, I had high hopes for the second episode, The Betrayal, since a lot of the first episode was spent setting up the story. Now, it’s time to meet everybody’s old pal, Benjamin Franklin.
What You Get
The Tyranny of King Washington: Betrayal, picks up right where Infamy left off, with Connor finding himself a captive of King Washington’s forces. After getting free, you’ll learn the second new ability, exclusive to the Tyranny campaign, Eagle Power. Eagle Power allows you to aim at any point you could climb or walk to and quickly fly yourself there in the form of a spirit eagle.
As with the Wolf Power, Eagle Power seems quite unfair at first but is perfectly balanced to give you an advantage, if used correctly, instead of making you a god. You can only fly short distances, but if you’re able to aim quickly you can chain your jumps to travel longer distances. Eagle Power is still governed by your health meter, so even with chaining, you’ll only be able to go so far. Finally, Eagle Power can be used to quickly assassinate any target that is within your range and I had a lot of fun with this aspect of the ability.
As far as the story goes, Betrayal is much more eventful than Infamy with most of the events taking place inside the city of Boston. When you aren’t completing the main missions, you’ll have free reign to travel the city and perform side tasks, like saving citizens and hunting down collectibles even if there aren’t any true side misisons. It all comes to a close with a dramatic finish that sets up a new area, and the final confrontation with the mad king. I’m not sure how they’re going to wrap all of this up in just one more episode, but I guess I’ll find out soon.
Betrayal, like its predecessor, is a bit too short for my liking with the main set of missions clocking in at well under two hours. Fortunately, Betrayal is a much more compelling series of missions, and it offers much more to do between the missions. However you felt about Infamy, I would recommend continuing the story with Betrayal. I know I’m much more excited to find out how The Tyranny of King Washington finishes after this episode, than I was after the first.
Price: 800 MS Points ($9.99) or Free with the Season Pass
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
Available On: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Wii U