Who is Ratonhnhaké:ton? He’s the son of a British father, raised by his Mohawk mother and caught in a struggle between his own people and the colonists spreading through the American Northeast. He’s an assassin who, like those before him, believes in the people’s right to be free and make their own choices. He’s also known as Connor, and he stars in Assassin’s Creed III, the most thematically rich game in this ambitious and freewheeling series.
In some respects, Connor is a vessel for ideas more than a force of nature in his own right, though few heroes could hope to outshine the charming and worldly star of Assassin’s Creed II, Ezio Auditore. Noah Watts’ unsure voice acting keeps Connor at arm’s length, emotionally–though in some respects, the distance is appropriate, given Connor’s uncertain path through a complex political landscape. It’s the time of the American Revolution, and Connor finds himself a key figure on and off the battlefield. He fires cannons, commands troops, and jams his tomahawk into loyalist flesh. He rides with the delightful Paul Revere and conspires with Samuel Adams, thus allowing you to participate in some of the time period’s most renowned events: the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and so forth. Assassin’s Creed games are well known for their incredible attention to historical detail, and Assassin’s Creed III is no exception. Major and minor figures are depicted; the cities of Boston and New York are exquisitely re-created; and even minutiae like the lines of The Beggar’s Opera are presented with fine accuracy.