Review: Assassin's Creed III Liberation (Sony PlayStation Vita)
27 November 2012
Summary: While Assassin’s Creed III Liberation isn’t quite as good as I expected, it is a welcome addition to my Vita game library. Aveline and her history is compelling, and the usual Assassin’s Creed gameplay makes a very nice transition to the handheld. While the game has some glitches, other staff have informed me that these are all pretty much prevalent through all the games, so this is pretty much an authentic experience on the Vita.
Summary: Liberation is a bit of conundrum. On one hand, it offers a pretty incredible portable Assassin's Creed experience for the first time, since the plethora of iOS spinoffs and Bloodlines didn't really do the series any true justice. On the other, it suffers the occasional disjointed gameplay experience, and a handful of technical limitations that obviously are due to Ubisoft cramming a console quality game into a portable. Let's see how it turns out.
Bloody American Revolution-themed RPG with female assassin.
Common Sense Media
15 November 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is a portable third-person action game for the PlayStation Vita. Like Assassin's Creed III , it is set during the American Revolution, but has no other ties to the console game. The game is violent and bloody, however, as players step into the shoes of a female assassin, who sometimes disguises herself as a slave or society lady. The ugliness of slavery is shown (including whips and slave auctions).
Summary: On the one hand, Liberation is very much its own beast, with unique gameplay and thematic elements that separate it from other AC titles. On the other hand, it tries to maintain the core AC experience, oftentimes at the expense of performance and stability, and while it largely succeeds in this regard, the overall result is a game caught in the middle of the franchise's past and future.
Pros: Hits all the right Assassin's Creed notes, Movement and combat are fluid, Uses theme of liberation in surprising and clever ways
Cons: Bugs and glitches abound, Settings are sizable but largely empty, Multiplayer is unnecessary, Letter reading mini-game is unplayable (and potentially game breaking)
Excerpt: Assassin's Creed: Liberation came out for the Vita last week and the first thing people note are the quality of graphics, especially for a little handheld console. The setting and characters are beautifully rendered. We play as Aveline de Grandpré, a French-African woman who lives at home with her father and stepmother in New Orleans.