It is one of the best video games of the year, one of the most daring developed by a major studio this generation, and one of the most beautiful to ever run on any machine.
It stumbles from some awkward glitches and some game design over-reach, but it is superb in a surprising number of small ways. Refreshingly, it is a game about America that doesn’t settle for simple fictions when the uncomfortable truths about the United States’ history would be more interesting.
Plus, it’s the best tree-climbing simulator in history. Really, you might want to play Assassin’s Creed III just for the trees.