Get Assassin’s Creed III for free on December 7

Ubisoft’s “30 Days of Giveaways” is heating up on December 7 when Assassin’s Creed III [official site] will be free to any and all who want it. Assassin’s Creed III does tend to be fans’ least favorite entry in the series, but for the price who can complain?

For those who haven’t gotten around to playing Assassin’s Creed III, it’s a coming of age story of a young man named Ratonhnhaké:ton who has to deal with being caught between two worlds. As he struggles between the freedom of his mother’s people and the controlling nature of his father’s, the story gets even zanier when Ratonhnhaké:ton renames himself “Connor” and gets caught up in the American Revolution.

Connor will have to learn how to love himself before he can ease the conflict in his heart, and you can follow him on that journey. Any fan of the late 18th century will find something to like in Assassin’s Creed III and even though the plot is somewhat maligned, it did introduce naval and base-building gameplay that was very popular in later games in the series. Yes, I have been very sarcastic throughout this post.

If you want to get your hands on Assassin’s Creed III for free, you just have to have a Uplay account. On December 7 head over to Ubisoft’s 30 Days of Giveaways site and log in to claim your free copy.


  1. Unsheep says:

    I actually prefer the non-city based Assassin’s Creed games over the typical city ones. They offer more variety as far as gameplay, characters and settings go.

    I really liked the openness in Assassin’s 3, it added a whole new atmosphere to these games. Then there’s the ship combat of-course, which was great. To me it was a welcomed change from the orthodoxy of the previous games.

    • Joriath says:

      Did III have ship combat as well? I thought that was just Black Flag.

      • Creeping Death says:

        3, Rogue, and Black Flag all had ship combat. But yeah, it was 3 that introduced it.

        It was much more limited than in Black Flag though, being relegated to a handful of side missions mainly.

        Edit: If you liked the ship combat in Black Flag, it might be worth checking out Rogue. It added the novelty of sailing in much colder seas and all the icy threats that that entails.

  2. Jediben says:

    That’s nan’s Christmas gift sorted!

  3. icarussc says:

    Personally, I’m delighted. I’ve never bought an AC game, but I’ve always thought about it. This gives me the chance to try it out and see if leaping about on rooftops is as fun as it looks, and/or if murdering people is as awful as it looks.

    • Creeping Death says:

      Worth mentioning that if this is to be your first AC it is one of the weakest and, I’d say, has the least interesting rooftops to run across.

      • icarussc says:

        Well, on the chance that I spot a fantastic deal and have some extra change jangling in my pocket, what would you say has the best rooftops, the loveliest city, and the evilest folks to stab?

        • Perkelnik says:

          AC II and Brotherhood are both fantastic.

        • CartonofMilk says:

          i would say AC II and Syndicate myself for rooftops fun.

          And if you don’t mind the lack of rooftops of course, Black flag.

          Those 3 are the only AC games truly worth playing i feel.

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          Best cities: AC2, AC Brotherhood, AC Unity
          Best game: AC Brotherhood, AC Black Flag

          Syndicate might be good too but not played it.

        • LennyLeonardo says:

          I think the controls in the Ezio ones might feel a bit too awkward by today’s standards. Syndicate is surprisingly excellent, and the climbyrunning is the best, though still wonky sometimes. I’d recommend it for sure.

        • AutonomyLost says:

          Black Flag and Syndicate are the best I’ve played, for sure. Black Flag has much lower system requirements and naval battle, but the tone of the narrative and recreation of London in Syndicate are very enjoyable as well.

        • Aetylus says:

          2, Black Flag and Syndicate. And as AC2 is old now, that means its cheap… so a good one to try out. US$5 on humble at the moment

        • Creeping Death says:

          Syndicate was a great recreation of London and, as someone that lived there for 5 years, had me doing a double take several times as I recognized random streets they’d recreated. AC 2 is the safe bet.

          If you are willing to go diverge from general opinion, I’ll always have a fond spot for Revelations and it’s version of Constantinople.

    • Scandalon says:

      I believe “Assassin’s Creed: Tolkien Edition” is the one you want.

      Having never played an AC games before, after playing SoM I tried Black Flag, since the idea of romanticized pirates and sea-shanty’s was ace. The controls felt so horrible I never made it off land before getting a refund. :(

  4. rgk says:

    The real treat will be Rayman Legends on the 16th. Great game.

  5. Lurid says:

    Well, since all the other “gifts” have been so underwhelming, not getting a turd in the mail would have been an improvement.

    Ubisoft really needs to learn what a giveaway is.

    • yhancik says:

      Well isn’t that the point of (some?) advent calendars to tease you with “ohoh there might be some chocolate/game in there”, only to reveal just more marketing (whether it’s for Ubisoft branding or religious fairy tales)?

      Mind you, some of their stuff are indeed very perplexing. I’m not sure what they were thinking with their 1200x1200px, 55MB “exclusive Ubi30 gif”.

    • FriendlyFire says:

      Someone found out a potential list of things to show up and there’s gonna be games later on, so this is just them delaying things so people keep checking.

      • yhancik says:

        That’s a strange strategy. If it wasn’t for this RPS post, I had already given up on the whole thing because I didn’t really had any interest in exclusive gifs :p

  6. Thulsa Hex says:

    Having never played an AC game, I was hoping they’d go for AC II (or Black Flag, if I was being extra optimistic) in this Ubi 30 thing. The sequelitis in this series has been exhausting, even for a non-player, but I wouldn’t have minded trying out what most seem to consider the “classic” entry. It’s certainly old enough to have been included.

    Overall, the giveaway seemed a bit frugal: three games from two console generations ago, an (admittedly-excellent) platformer that can be found for peanuts anyway, a driving game that flopped, a three-hour expandalone for a shooter series with many sequels to choose from, and one of the dullest entries into their prolific flagship series. Don’t get me wrong–some of these are classics (especially the older games)–but this is hardly a “legendary” list, as Ubi calls it.

  7. noodlecake says:

    The thing that I hated about this game was the fact that for the first 5 hours you play as a witty, interesting and charismatic character, and then for the rest of the game you’re stuck with generic brooding hero number 176 off the production line of generic brooding heroes.

    There was a lot of good things about it too. The combat was made a fair bit harder, to the point where it was actually possible to die sometimes if you weren’t paying attention properly. And adding the ship stuff was nice. It’s just that no lines/voice acting is better than dull ones. If they had to go with that character, they would have been better making him silent or something because he was really lame.

  8. Urthman says:

    The Crew is a pretty fun open-world driving game with some a big, beautiful caricature of the USA to explore and some fun multi-player contests. I usually hate multi-player races, but The Crew smartly gives you big cash prizes (to buy and customize more cars) for multi-player contests even if you come in last place. So I’ve been pretty happy about getting that one for free.

    But…The Crew is pretty aggressive about trying to upsell the DLC expansions to you in-game. Lots of icons on the map for stuff you can’t do and vehicles you can’t have unless you buy the expansion packs.

    • icarussc says:

      Isn’t it?! Good grief, I have never seen anything like it. They actually give you all the map locations for the expansions, all the cars in the expansions, all the freaking *notifications* … and you can’t do them, it’ll just flash this “BUY WILD RUN NOW?” thing at you.

      I’d utterly hate it, except that you *can* test drive all those cars, and you *do* get a mission or two of each time from the xpacks for free, so I feel like it avoids being the absolute worst by just being mostly the worst.

  9. Hyena Grin says:

    I quite liked this one, even if it was pretty weird. It was a pretty decent stab at open-world over city-focused, and although there were other things about Black Flag that made me prefer it overall, I liked AC3’s open-world a bit better. And despite a wacky story, it was still a better story than Black Flag, which felt really perfunctory. It was hard to give a crap.

    All that said, Syndicate is the best self-contained title in the series, I think. It was one of the few that didn’t really rely on people having played the previous incarnations to understand what’s going on (or at least, it seemed that way when I played it). So that’s the one I would probably suggest to introduce the series.

    • ludde says:

      I quite liked this one as well. It introduced most of the things later found in Black Flag, but was land based. And it had seasons!

      AC4 was fun for a while with the expanded naval battles and all, but after that wore off little else grabbed me about it.

  10. Jekadu says:

    Nice. Say what you will about AC3, but it’s a great game. Sure, it’s got its issues and fans like to complain about it, but it’s still part of a series where no game can be considered worse than “good”.

  11. Shoebedo says:

    I though AC3 had one of the best intro sections of any game I have played. I enjoyed it up until the protagonist grew up into a dull, chunky wizard/wrestler and the game turned into an awkward American history lesson.