Review: Assassin's Creed III Liberation (Sony PlayStation Vita)
6 December 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.
Bloody American Revolution-themed RPG with female assassin.
Common Sense Media
26 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.
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation can’t match the quality of its console brethren (review)
26 November 2012
Excerpt: Today presents a cornucopia of gaming pleasure for Assassin’s Creed fans. Publisher Ubisoft is not only releasing Assassin’s Creed III for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 today, but Sony’s newest portable system, the PlayStation Vita, is also getting a new entry in the series all to itself.
Pros: The basics of the series are all here. You’ll still be scaling large towers (or trees), jumping from roof to roof, stabbing unsuspecting guards in the back, and countering every strike of the enemy’s sword. If you haven’t played an Assassin’s Creed game before, that’s basically what you do. Oh, a...
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.
Excerpt: The Assassin’s Creed series provides gamers with an interesting dichotomy… on the one hand it offers unique platforming and enjoyable combat while at the same time penning a clever narrative that has endless possibilities in the realm of “alternate history,” a genre that has taken on a life all its...
Conclusion: Assassin’s Creed III Liberation is possessed of many ideas, and for that, Ubisoft should be applauded. They’ve managed to pare AC’s entire open-world design, with new mechanics to boot, down onto the Vita’s hardware, and that alone is worth a look.
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...
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)