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Assassin's Creed 3: Hands-on with faster paced multiplayer

4-on-4 Domination mode played and rated

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The most potent move in our particular loadout was the disguise ability - this temporarily transformed us into one of the neutral AI characters, making it a cinch to saunter into enemy turf unnoticed. However it only works for a short amount of time - not enough to capture a control point, even - and it has a lengthy cooldown so it's by no means a free ticket to Capturesville.
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Our second ability, the smoke bomb, was purely for defence and self-preservation. Anyone familiar with Assassin's Creed multiplayer will know of the awkward moment when you're trying to blend into a crowd and you spot an enemy character moving purposefully towards you your location to stab you in the guts. If you think you've been rumbled, you can simply pre-empt his or her attack by chucking a smoke bomb on the ground, temporarily stunning and blinding everyone around you. In the confusion, you can slip out of the way and plan a second assault.

The third slot is reserved for ranged weapons - in our case a poisoned dart. Once you've clocked an enemy target you can silently drop them in an instant - thinning the field by one instantly, but leaving yourself wide open to be detected by a second pair of enemy eyes.

As best we could tell in the cauldron of hecticness that is Gamescom, the mode is a perfect fit for Assassin's Creed's multiplayer mechanics, and everyone seemed willing to buy into it and play it as Ubisoft intended - the importance of which can't be understated.

It's faster paced and more action-orientated than the classic Assassin's Creed multiplayer (helped no doubt by ACIII's more kinetic assassination system, which allows you to make a kill and then dart for safety in one smooth motion), but it retains the same sense of foreboding and panic that made it so unique in the first place.

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That means it should translate well when it's released into the wilds of Xbox Live and PSN. If you're looking for a more thoughtful multiplayer experience this Winter, then on this evidence you could do worse than set sail for the New World.

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