It has been just about two months since I’ve last been able to write one of these columns, but finally “Platinumed” is able to return. Over the past two weeks or so I’ve been plugging away at Assassin’s Creed III. If you read my review of the game back in early November, you already know that I love the game despite its many glitches (its score is a 4/4 on our scale because of how much fun it is). My original playthrough clocked in at 26 hours or so and I was right around 58% completion. So, not wanting to pick up on that original save file, I set about starting my second playthrough.
After almost 45 hours, I 100% completed the single player portion. That means I did everything there is to do in the single player: 100% synched ever main, naval, and privateer mission, collected every piece of treasure, trinket, feather, pivot, climbed every viewpoint, bought every weapon, crafted all of Benjamin Franklin’s inventions, settled every possible person on the Davenport Homestead and recorded all of their entries to complete the Encyclopedia of the Common Man, mapped out all of the underground area for Boston and New York, completed all three sets of challenges for the various guilds, and finally revealed the whole map for Boston, New York, and the Frontier. As you can see, it’s quite lengthy to do everything the game has to offer.
Once I completed everything in the single player, I only had a few multiplayer trophies left to get. When I last quit playing AC3 multiplayer, I was only at level 12. I needed to hit level 20 to unlock the trophy, and I also needed to be on the winning team in a game session and unlock an Erudito video hack. I started work on that when I then decided to finally purchase the season pass and get all the DLC. I’ll have a review of the Tyranny of King Washington this week, but suffice to say I then spent another nine hours 100% completing all three episodes of that piece of DLC and went ahead and got to work on the Battle Hardened multiplayer trophies as well.
As it stands now, I have 97% of the trophies for Assassin’s Creed III. I hit level 20 last night (quickly done soloing Wolfpack mode, which also allowed me to unlock the Erudito trophy as I quickly was able to boost to 20 aerial kills quite easily), and the last trophy I unlocked to get the Platinum was the one for being on the winning team in a team mode session. I had chosen a session of Manhunt, as that was my favorite team mode from the previous games, but instead got thrown into a session of Domination. Luckily, my team won in my first attempt to get this trophy and thus I got the Platinum as a result.
As I said, I’m at 97% currently, and the only thing I have left to do is get 20 revives using one of the DLC characters. I’m not overly concerned with getting that last trophy anytime soon, but I will obviously get it done. This is actually the first time I’ve bothered going after any DLC trophies for a game I’ve Platinumed, but damn if Assassin’s Creed isn’t just a ton of fun online and offline (as I’ve said many times before, Assassin’s Creed is my favorite franchise).
This is my 11th Platinum trophy and the third to come from the Assassin’s Creed franchise (I got the Platinum for Assassin’s Creed II and Revelations; I would have it for the original game since I’ve done everything, but it doesn’t have trophies. I’m not bothering with Brotherhood, despite it being my favorite AC game, because of the BS multiplayer trophies). It’s the fourth Platinum I’ve earned this year, and my goal is to Platinum The Last of Us, GTA V, and Assassin’s Creed IV this year when they come out. Luckily, they’re all spaced far enough in between where that shouldn’t be a problem.
If you haven’t already done so, you should pick up a copy of Assassin’s Creed III. It’s under $40 now at Amazon and there’s a ton of content in the game. Plus, what other game are going to get to hang out with Sam Adams and have a good old revolution in?