Overall an enjoyable game that unfortunately doesn't bring enough new elements to make it feel ground breaking. Having played through the main titles in the series to date I was looking forward to AC3 very much. Although I was not disappointed by the new and improved combat and free running mechanics the missions within the game felt slightly repetitive and samey.
This unfortunately did improve massively as the game went on leaving me feeling slightly cheated (It felt like the developers had worked so hard on creating the world but had rushed the rest and added nothing interesting to do within the game world). The pros: Organic believable open worlds, great graphics and free running mechanics. The cons: Dull and uninspired missions, repetitive game play elements.
Overall a 3.5 out of 5, it's still a cool game but I would only recommend it if you are playing through the series like I was. New adopters to AC wouldn't miss much by not buying, this is more for the fans!