The Tyranny of King Washington: The Betrayal – Review

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on March 21, 2013
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Tuesday (19th) marked the release of the next episode to Ubisofts epic Assassin’s Creed 3  DLC; The Tyranny of King Washington, this time with ‘The Betrayal’. The newest episode was released to Xbox and PC on the 19th and then on the 20th for PS3 users. It follows on from exactly where ‘The Infamy’ left off with our animalistic assassin, Ratonhnhaké:ton captured and being transported to Boston by Isreal Putman.King Washington Before any gameplay begins you the player will get a really cool ‘Previously’ video just giving you that little memory jog you need to get in the zone. Once done the game begins with Ratonhnhaké:ton inprisoned in Boston, Putman makes an entrance with Benjamin Franklin, a now feared killer. They discuss the ‘savages’ they have both captured and how pleased King Washington will be with their captures. Speak of the Devil and he shall appear, the King then enters shocked to see the man whom he had shot at point blank range still standing. He threatens Ratonhnhaké:ton to see how well he survives when hanged. Using his new found animal powers, Ratonhnhaké:ton becomes invisible using the wolf camouflage. The guard overlooking the cells calls for help where they enter to investigate leaving you to dispatch of them. Once out you must collect up some of you belongings and head to free your fellow prisoner, who turns out to be Ratonhnhaké:ton’s childhood friend, Kanen’tó:kon. Our assassin is instantly happy to see his friend as by Ratonhnhaké:ton’s timeline of events they did not end on the best of terms (small understatement).

The game progress’ to where Ratonhnhaké:ton must put his mind and body through yet another spirit animal journey. This time visited by an Eagle. Once awake Ratonhnhaké:ton has the ability to get to vantage points at blistering speeds Eagle's Flightby ‘flying’ like an eagle to them, he also has the ability to target enemies and swoop down for an air assassination. Once free from the prison Ratonhnhaké:ton and Kanen’tó:kon meet with Samuel Adams, he is the leader of the new revolution. Ratonhnhaké:ton is given the task of tracking down the mad-man Franklin. The assassin plants and arrow into the shoulder of Franklin and tackles him the the floor bringing him to his senses. It appears that upon either killing or injuring targets they are brought back to the same frame of mind as Ratonhnhaké:ton, before they were brainwashed by mad King George. Benjamin Franklin pleads not to be killed and claims to be an asset to the new cause that Ratonhnhaké:ton is part of.

As to not give away too much of what is happening in The Tyranny of King Washington, I’m going to leave it with that cliff hanger. You will have to continue this journey yourself. Ubisoft and the Assassin’s Creed franchise are well know for their DLC, but The Tyranny of King Washington in my eyes is their best work yet. The third and final part of the DLC, The Redemption will be released on Xbox and PC 23rd of April and on the 24th for the PS3.

What have been your thoughts on The Betrayal, The Infamy and just the whole idea of The Tyranny of King Washington so far? Do you think it has worked giving you a chance to experience a different history? Or has it been a complete failure? Let me know in the comments below.

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