[Hands-on] Assassins Creed 3 puts the Wii U to the test
Y'know, I'm beginning to think Ubisoft is reworking Assassins Creed 3 into a naval simulator or something, because the new and exclusive footage I got to see at Gamescom once again took place on sea, during the battle of Chesapeake Bay to be exact. Connor is on a mission to find a templar hiding on a ship, which is complicated slightly by the fact that the frickin' Royal Navy is attacking his fleet.
Luckily, you're in full control of your ship and have a lot of weapons to dispose of the floating menace. The Round Shot is just your regular cannonball; the Heat Shot is an incendiary variation that will set enemy vessels on fire; the Chain Shot (two balls connected by a chain) is useful for ripping off masts and throwing the enemy off-course; and the Grape Shot is basically a shotgun. Just more...boaty.
The Wii U handles all this mayhem really well. I haven't seen the other versions of the game in action so I can't really compare them, but the graphics definitely reach the higher echelons of what we're used to from Xbox 360 and PS3 titles. When you give the order to attack, you can see all the men on your ship scrambling to load the cannon, secure the ropes, close the hatches and whatever else there is to do on deck. The water physics look impressive as well, and there are twelve different levels of waves that can really affect the outcome of a battle. It really seems like the Wii U knows how to handle itself.
After a while, Connor leaves his post on deck and jumps over to an enemy vessel to flush out the hiding templar. This gave me a chance to take a glance at the revised fighting mechanic, but it was really nothing more than a short skirmish so I wasn't able to grasp the details. It's definitely evolved from the old „wait and counter“ approach of the older games though and you can switch between your available weapons quickly and easily (stab a guy in the back, shoot two others with your gun, then club someone in the face...)
That's about all I got to see, which really wasn't much. However, I can now say that the Wii U IS capable of delivering current-gen graphics if the developers know what they're doing. By the way, the tablet controller is only used to switch weapons and display a map, so it's definitely not a gimmick fest. But with a game like this, that's a good thing.
Who knows? This is Nintendo's first HD console, so they might...but I see where you're coming from.
I understand, the thing with the "updated models" is that Nintendo has only done that with its handhelds but never with its consoles, so that's why I believe they're going not going to release several models of the Wii U (like how Sony and Microsoft does with their home consoles).
I'm glad that there are games that justify the price of the Wii U for you, but there just aren't any for me quite yet. And I'm glad that you used the word "almost" when describing Nintendo's price options...because the 3DS was priced terribly at launch, forcing Nintendo to drop the price a few months after its release. Furthermore, Nintendo has jived on "updated models" for quite some time. The Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance SP, Gameboy Micro, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL and the upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL. Who knows, Nintendo might release a modified version of the Wii U later...no one can be sure. Otherwise, I'm really not trying to argue with you, but it's just that the Wii U hasn't really piqued my interest quite yet.
Indeed, for me, there are enough games at launch for me to want to buy one, especially since Nintendo almost always prices their consoles effectively so that they won't have to drop the price for a really long time on top of releasing it in prime condition as to not have to come out with "updated" models.
Assassins Creed selling more on the ps3/360 is a no brainer, it comes out before the WiiU probably even launches. As for it being the better version on the wiiu, it looks a little better and its rumored to be running at 1080p 60fps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA77Ida_ITw
The Wii U will surprise mii :D
I know how you feel. Though i have no problem admitting that i am a Nintendo fanboy, and have been for as long as i can remember, i will buy the Wii U on lauch. I agree completly about AC3. I will play that on my PS3, just because i am used to playing it there. I, like many many other, want Nintendo to make "hard core" games, and therefore we will have to buy games like Zombi U to show nintendo that there is in fact a market for it on the console. Also i also really look forward to Rayman Legends. Rayman origins blew my mind when it came out. That game and Skyward Sword are easily the best gaming expieriences i have had the last few years. Buying that on lauch aswell:P
Wii U will surprise U.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Truthfully, it all comes down to opinion. I know that many of my friends and I simply aren't purchasing a Wii U for quite some time, because there aren't many games on it (at the moment) that we're particularly interested in (with the exception of Rayman Legends which only recently was announced as an exclusive...but I can wait). Furthermore, we'd rather just play Assassin's Creed III the day that it comes out on our Xbox 360s or PS3s; consoles that we're already comfortable with. Also, the Wii U version being the best version? I'm not so sure...it seems pretty much the same albeit with an inventory screen on the controller, which really isn't something that I need. I'm perfectly fine without it. Now again, this is all my opinion, and I really do hope that the Wii U sells extraordinarily well and destroys my expectations...I just don't think that it will. Therefore, I don't see the Wii U version selling more than the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions.
Oh really? The Wii U should be launching about 2-3 weeks after AC3 releases on the PS3/360 and I'm pretty sure there are many gamers who recognize that the Wii U version will probably be the best version so they'll be willing to hold out a couple more weeks for it, I know I will. Also it's going to be a launch title so this game can be one of the best games to serve as a testing ground for the Wii U so I feel it'll do just fine on the Wii U.
I think the Wii U will suprise you. I dont think it will sell as good as the Wii, but i believe that it will sell more than enough.
Considering the fact that I don't think that the Wii U will sell very well (and I may be wrong), I see this game being purchased on the Xbox 360 and PS3 as the Wii U version is ignored...