An end to the Tyranny.
While I initially loved the idea of a DLC adventure, for Assassin’s Creed 3, to be set in an alternate history to their already alternate history you’ll know, by reading my reviews for Infamy and Betrayal, that this DLC series has been hit and miss. Redemption, the third entry in the series, looks to close out The Tyranny of King Washington but will it do so in style or will this be just another moment lost to history? It’s time to find out.
What You Get
Following the events of Betrayal, it’s time for Connor and friends to strike back, directly into the heart of Mad King Washington’s seat of power in New York City. As it was in Boston, during the second episode, you’ll be free to wander around the city performing side tasks and looking for collectibles if need a break from pursuing the main story. Why you would need a break from such a short series of missions, I’m not sure, but the option is there for you.
Shortly after this episode begins, you’ll take another trip on your tribe’s special tea to learn the third and final animal power exclusive to the Tyranny DLC storyline. Bear power, like the Wolf and Eagle powers, seems a little overpowered at first but ends up being perfectly balanced by tying itself to your health meter. Bear power isn’t quite as imaginative as the first two, and simply allows you to stomp the ground, sending a shock wave out around you. This can knock down enemies as well as destroy certain destructible set pieces.
The story of Redemption closes out this tale nicely in the last ten minutes or so, with some truly well written sequences, but the missions leading up to the climax are quite obviously filler. Like Infamy, the story just wasn’t given a chance to build on the fantastic concept that was laid out when the Tyranny series began.
Redemption seems to have only been created to deliver the last ten, or so, minutes of story needed to close out The Tyranny of King Washington. If you’ve played through the first two episodes, then I recommend sticking it out to see the ending. If you’re waiting to see the final verdict, after all of the episodes are out, before you buy then skip Tyranny. This DLC is altogether too short, with Redemption clocking in at under two hours like the others, and in the end you’ll be paying close to half the price of the original game for very little in the way of new gameplay and an under developed story.
Price: 640 MS Points ($7.99) or Free with the Season Pass
Release Date: April 24th, 2013
Available On: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Wii U