Critical Bit #3:
History Lessons

Written by Ian Yuan, February 14, 2013, 0 Comments

I’ve been a little late to the Assassin’s Creed III scene. When I first got wind of this instalment’s historical setting I was a little let down. I don’t say this with any intent to offend but I generally find the whole American Revolutionary/Colonial period to be one of the least interesting eras in history.

(I may have mentioned this already in a previous podcast but) I thought that a much more interesting choice would have been Russia during the early 20th century revolutions. It’s chock full of large history defining moments like the rise of the Bolshevik Party, the assassination of the Imperial family, the legendary now proven false (Erudito’s Edit – Templar lies!) disappearance of Princess Anastasia.

Then there is Rasputin, a character of mythic proportions said to be a mystic, healer and clairvoyant. If there ever were a historical figure that fit the template of a conniving and villainous Templar it would be him. It would certainly explain all those magical powers, his influence over the Russian Tsarina and the fact it took 4 gun shots, a beating, drowning and enough cyanide to kill 5 men just to do him in.

My disappointment had led me to forego buying it upon release. However I did buckle over the holiday season purchasing it for a nice discount. A Boxing Day Miracle indeed. I’ve only recently begun playing and my reconciliation with the franchise was going well until I met Ben Franklin for the first time. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about I’ve included a video of it at the bottom of this post.)

Critical Bit is a web comic about video games written and drawn by Ian Yuan. New additions are published whenever he gets around to it (about twice a month)

About Ian Yuan

Ian has been playing games for as long as he can remember and pretending to write about them for some significantly shorter amount of time. Words often mistakenly used to describe him include: sophisticated, gentlemanly, scholarly and Korean. His favourite time-wasters beside videogames include reading pulp detective novels, making hand sewn sock animals and adding to his skinny tie collection. He does not talk about his day job and neither should you.