Assassin's Creed 3 Diary – Falling in Love with Naval Warfare

Connor can also command his own ship in the new game

Assassin’s Creed 3 came out earlier this week on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console and we’ve already run our own in-depth review about Ubisoft’s latest action title.

While the game has quite a lot of good and bad aspects, as we pointed out in our review, there’s one segment that will certainly impress a lot of people: the Naval Warfare one.

Connor, the main protagonist of the new game, is skilled in all sorts of areas, mainly those that involve violently ending someone’s life.

Thankfully, for those who get tired of killing enemies all the time, the hero also enjoys commanding his own ship, the Aquila, throughout a variety of naval missions.

While the general idea may sound weird and not at all consistent with the Assassin’s Creed series, the naval encounters are quite fun and pretty challenging.

Basically, Connor not only steers the ship at the helm but also commands its weapons, like the main cannons and the swivel ones, while also issuing commands to take cover when an enemy fires its own volley of projectiles.

While the gameplay mechanics do sound a bit complicated and take some getting used to, like knowing the difference between using no sail, half sail, or full sail, once you start coming to grips with commanding your own ship, you’ll have a hard time going back to solid land.

Besides using the Aquila in certain single-player missions, you can also engage in a variety of side quests, in which you offer your ship’s services as a privateer.

While some naval encounters can get a bit irritating, as you need to focus on a big number of enemies at the same time, they are quite varied, requiring all sorts of efforts from you and your ship’s crew. From taking down smaller vessels, to knocking out the masts of bigger boats in order to board them, your skills will be thoroughly tested.

Did you enjoy the naval missions in Assassin’s Creed 3? Share your own adventures on the high seas below.

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