Assassin's Creed 3 has it's rope-dart in me.
My view from 16 hours in, 7 of 12 sequences completed.
The game does a lot of different things, and most of them pretty well. Set during the 18th Century colonial period during the American Revolution, it has an excellent and engaging story. Participating in familiar historical events and meeting the characters from history books continues to be fascinating. This works much better than I expected it to. And the game takes a risk with the main character which really pays off: his place in history and motivations really make sense, resulting in a deeper experience.
Yet, as a game, it's a mixed bag. It takes forever for the story to really get started and world to open up. Just when one section is introduced, it seems another has to be unlocked before much progress can be made. Also, the missions and familiar "Assassin's Creed"-stuff has been done much better in previous games, partially #2 and Brotherhood. Also, the difficulty varies widely, from almost walkthrough-easy to seemingly impossible to get full synchronization of certain missions without cheating.
Graphics are good, but framerate can been inconsistent in many areas, as is common in open-world games. Sound is excellent, and demands to be played in 7.1 surround. Controller support is perfect. No SLI support - bah!
Overall, there's a nice variety of things to do and places to explore, so it doesn't get boring. And the things it does so well (story, characters, variety of missions) greatly overcomes it's faults (familiar gameplay done better in previous games).
The result is one of those games where I eagerly move forward, and at the same time don't want it to end.
Edited by DaverJ - 4/16/13 at 10:33am