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How fast can you die in... Assassin's Creed III?

Assassin's Creed III (opens in new tab) is all about killing people. But what about playing it wrong and trying to kill the protagonist? Just how soon after pressing the Start Button can you encounter a 'Game Over' screen (or at least its 'desynchronized' equivalent)? As it turns out, it's much harder than it looks to die at the start of Assassin's Creed III. Observe:

Why'd it take so long? Blame the tutorial:

The tutorial lets you hit zero health, but fixes you up immediately. Not good enough

Bumping into the posh people at the opera never starts a fight. I SAID PARDON ME

It's impossible to fall off these ledges. Literally impossible

Hanging around by your first victim doesn't even raise suspicions. These guards are dopey

It's impossible to fall off the boat, even running and jumping like this

You even turn into the greatest expert of rigging traversal you've ever seen. Can. Not. Fall...

From here, we found our way up the mast, and with an 'I can see my house from here,' off we went. Some 20 minutes is not likely to stay at the top of any leaderboards for long, but perhaps we'll start one anyway. What do you reckon? Which upcoming game would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments.

Justin Towell
Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.