Assassin’s Creed 3 may have come out almost a month ago for most players who game on consoles like the Playstation and Xbox, but Ubisoft’s latest epic third-person stealth/action and adventure title have been in the hands of PC gamers for barely two weeks now. Not such a surprise considering Ubisoft has historically had later release dates for PC players ranging from 4 to 5 months from the original Assassin’s Creed up to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Last year’s PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations actually had the shortest release delay in the franchise: It was released 2 weeks after the console versions started selling. But the near 3 week wait PC gamers had to wait this year for Assassin’s Creed 3 isn’t far off, and certainly better than the near half-year wait of the past.
European laptop and mobile device website, Notebook Check, have had Assassin’s Creed 3 for PC for a while and have just published performance and graphics benchmarks of the game tested on an array of computers from your basic cheap laptop with Intel integrated graphics to gaming laptops to three different desktops. They commend the game for having a detailed open-world environment, improved detail levels over past games (specifically in facial details, water and map texture), though the game is far from having the best graphics in the industry (that title is still held by 2011’s Battlefield 3 and 2010’s Metro 2033). Still, the improved graphics is a nice treat and definitely increases the gap between the PC platform and now-aged console graphics. Notebook Check also notes a noticeable lack in tuning options for graphics, with just four basic graphics options, each with Normal, High and Very High settings.
This does come at the price of performance as Assassin’s Creed 3 is unplayable on lower end laptops and ultrabooks (those slim MacBook Air competitors) with Intel graphics. Ideally you’d want a fairly new 2011 or 2012 model year laptop with mid-range graphics in order to run the game smoothly at standard HD (1366 x 768) and High settings, though lower end graphics will be able to run the game at HD also but with Normal settings. You’ll need a gaming laptop or at least a budget to mid-range desktop in order to run Assassin’s Creed 3 well at Full HD (1920 x 1080) and every setting maxed out, though this is worth it as graphics will blow away any console running the same game.
Our team at Games Per Second have been playing Assassin’s Creed 3 for some time now and you’ll see our complete review from a gameplay perspective this weekend.