I've been waiting for the Assassin's Creed series to go full-pirate for a little while now. Earlier games in the series have allowed the player to climb about the riggings of ships, swash their buckles across the decks of schooners, and generally freely engage in all the kinds of things that pirates do.
But the ships were always docked in a harbor, and the pirates were always on land, and so Assassin's Creed fans could only partly live the pirate dream. Until now.
I've finally gotten to play the much ballyhooed naval battle in the upcoming Assassin's Creed III. Last week at a pre-Gamescom Ubisoft event in San Francisco, I picked up a PS3 controller and piloted my ship through stormy waters, fighting off a couple of British Man Of Wars and emerging victorious. It was about as fun (and seasick-making!) as you'd imagine.