The first episode of this bizarre DLC campaign sees Connor waking up in an alternate timeline where he never became an assassin, his mother never died, and George Washington went power-mad after the American Revolution and crowned himself king, with a little help from an Apple of Eden.
Connor, now decked out in Native American tribal garb instead of his white robes, goes on a quest to stop the evil monarch, who has developed a taste for massacring innocent civilians. In each episode you'll get access to a new supernatural power, based on an animal. In the first it's the power of the wolf, which allows you to turn invisible and creep unnoticed between cover - albeit at the cost of a slowly dwindling health bar.
The missions all involve liberal use of the Wolf Cloak, and are mostly based around stealth. Keeping an eye on your health bar and moving strategically between bushes to avoid guards does add an interesting dynamic to the series' trademark avoidance procedures. The addition of guard dogs, who can smell through your disguise and must be distracted by dropping bait, makes for some challenging, but occasionally frustrating, moments.
Despite Connor's new powers, the DLC repeats some of the mistakes of the main game: namely, instant fails. There are a few missions here where being spotted, even for a second, results in a game-over screen and a loading pause. This is something that annoyed us in AC3, and - surprise surprise - it's no less annoying here. The side content is also underwhelming: there are new emergent events that happen around the world, like saving civilians being pestered by Washington's soldiers, but they feel lightweight and tacked-on.
It's the story that shines here. All pretense of historical accuracy has been thrown out of the window, and it's the most absurd Assassin's Creed plot yet - which is saying something. The episodic format leaves you on an enticing cliffhanger and we can't wait to see what happens next. Just don't expect a massive departure from the general feel and mission structure of Assassin's Creed 3, even with the ability to disappear at the press of a button.
You can download Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Infamy here.
Enjoyable story, fun powers, so-so mission design
- Imaginative story
- Stealth feels notably different
- Cliffhanger leaves you wanting more
- Instant fails
- Side missions could be richer