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Assassin's Creed 3 guide: Eight secrets you may have missed

Finished the story? Done the side quests? You still haven't seen it all

If, like us, you've been hammering Assassin's Creed 3 for the last couple of weeks, you may have already finished the main story and be working your way through the numerous side quests and activities. However, you've probably still not seen everything the game has to offer - so we've picked out eight things you might have missed. Spoilers follow, naturally...

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

During the opening sequence of the game, set in London's magnificent Theatre Royal, you may not have paid too much attention to what was happening on stage. If you take your time while progressing through the area you can watch and listen to the performance unfolding, though you may have to proceed to the next checkpoint to move the dialogue along.

The musical being performed is The Beggar's Opera, which was a satirical take on the Italian operas that were in favour at the time. This opera proved popular as the typically complicated Italian songs were replaced by folk tunes the audience could easily recognise and hum along to.

It was also controversial as it's set in Newgate prison and all the main characters are criminals. Due to its use of the common tongue it was accused of being a "base form of entertainment", and that the behaviour of one of the main characters Macheath was leading to an increase in violence and crime by young men - which sounds a lot like the "videogames lead to violent behaviour" controversies that still rage on today.


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BOY BECOMES MAN

Remember the young boy who witnesses the assassination at the Theatre Royal, before being shushed by Haytham? He may have appeared to be inconsequential at the time, but in a twist of fate you get to meet him again while playing as Connor many years later.

When you reach Sequence 6, Liberation Missions become available in Boston and potential assassin recruits appear as contacts in each area. North Boston is covered by Irishman named Duncan Little, and after completing all of his missions you can return to speak to him in the pub that he's based at.

Sit down and Duncan will tell you a tale of how, as a child, he was attending the opera with an uncle and after returning from the toilet found him slumped dead in his chair. He was then terrified after being confronted by Haytham but acknowledged his gesture for silence, which he had duly kept ever since.

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