Achievement Preview Spotlight: Assassin's Creed 3

By Jonathan Barnes, 6 years ago
Over 200 years ago, a rag-tag group of (possibly drunk) farmers patriots fought off the most powerful army on the planet and gained independence for their new homeland. Next week is your chance to enter those times with the help of Desmond Miles and the Animus as Assassin's Creed III hits consoles. As you might expect, one of this year's biggest releases is in this week's Achievement Preview Spotlight.

Like every game in the Assassin's Creed series, a good majority of the achievements are tied to finishing the various Sequences (missions/levels) throughout the story. That being said, there are a number of achievements that are worth noting.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Assassin's Creed III
Open the Temple Door and learn Desmond's fate.

As someone who felt a little burned by the cliffhanger in, this achievement immediately jumps off the page. What will Desmond find in the temple? I have to know. I HAVE TO KNOW!

The next achievement might get your number with its Southie charm, personal demons, and ability to call out ponytailed blowhards on quoting Pete Garrison, James Lemon, and Gordon Wood.

How D'ya Like Them Apples in Assassin's Creed III
Complete Sequence 3.

I love a good Good Will Hunting joke as much as the next guy. Dimes to dollars that this Sequence revolves around doing something (really cool) in Boston.

Anal-retentive completionists (like myself) should take special note of the next achievement.

Perfectionist in Assassin's Creed III
Complete 100% of all main mission constraints.

As anyone familiar with the Assassin's Creed franchise is aware, there are often multiple different ways to "succeed" at any given mission and nailing every objective can be taxing at times and downright infuriating at others. Tread with care!

While the inclusion of Leonardo da Vinci introduced some nice gadgets to Ezio's bag of tricks in Assassin's Creed II (Xbox One), the inclusion of Benjamin Franklin seems ripe for more 18th century techno-wizardry.

Patent Not Pending in Assassin's Creed III
Craft one of Franklin's inventions to decorate your Manor.

Franklin invented all kinds of cool things, from bifocal glasses all the way to swim fins, I can't help but wonder what kinds of awesomeness Connor is in for.

One thing that we're certain will be included in AC:III is the inclusion of new weapons including the tomahawk and bow & arrow. With that in mind, the next achievement sounds like it will make an interesting visual to say the least.

Spit Roast in Assassin's Creed III
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Perform a double assassination using a musket.

I don't know much about muskets and bayonets (aside from you stick the pointy end in the bad guy), but this has to look cool.

The next achievement actually sent me on a goose chase for meaning.

Whit's fur ye'll no go by ye! in Assassin's Creed III
Block a firing line 5 times by using a human shield.

I'll save you all a few clicks and tell you that "Whit's fur ye'll no go by ye!" is a Scottish saying that means, "What's meant to happen will happen." I'd say that it goes nicely with the actual achievement description.

While those are just a few highlights, it is worth noting that the highest single achievements only carry a 50G base score, so you can expect frequent, smaller unlocks. Furthermore, the game (as of now) seems to be devoid of those super-grinding achievements that can scare off your casual achievement hunter. The only possible achievement wrenches appear to be: Abstergo Entertainment, Blowing in the Wind, and Completionist. Finally, the game only has four secret achievements, so you pretty much know what you'll be getting from the get-go.

Now that we've hit you with some of our highlights, what are you excited about popping when Assassin's Creed III hits stores on October 30th (North America) and October 31st (everywhere else)?

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.