Rumors leading up to the announcement of Assassin's Creed 3 predicted that it would be set everyone from Japan to Egypt. But the truth was much more unpredictable—so much so that we hardly believed the news when it leaked.

Assassin's Creed 3 being set in the British colonies—aka the United States—during the Revolutionary War was one of the most surprising things that happened all year. And though the game ultimately had its share of issues, that unique setting was easily its best feature.