Excerpt: There are a few things that you need to know if you're considering buying Assassin's Creed Liberation HD. The game is a re-issue of a PlayStation Vita game released at about the same time Assassin's Creed III appeared on consoles. It's been given a graphics overhaul to improve its appearance on larger screens, but visually it's still not on par with Black Flag or Assassin's Creed III.
Excerpt: The year is 1765, and we are introduced to Aveline de Grandpré of French African descent. Abandoned by her mother and taken in by a wealthy merchant family, Aveline is trained in the arts of an assassin by a rather interesting and unlikely mentor, and in a time of unrest and on the verge of war we see the Spanish trying to take control of Louisiana and its lucrative slave trade – it’s Avaline’s job to root out the Templars behind this plot and stop them.
Excerpt: Aveline de Grandpré isn’t the first Assassin’s Creed hero to come from a privileged background, but she’s certainly the first to exploit it so ruthlessly. Liberation HD represents multiple firsts for the series, actually: the first female protagonist, the first handheld game to be ported to XBLA, and the first time we’ve seen fresh gameplay spring so seamlessly from the story and its characters.
Pros: + Wonderfully novel, engaging tie between main character’s background and gameplay; fascinating look at a different kind of colonial American life., + Superb voice-acting; notably fluid freerunning.
Cons: - Sense of story completely fragmented; use of personas could go deeper; sparse on side activities, particularly for an Assassin’s Creed game., ? Anyone else shipping Aveline and Gerald?
Conclusion: Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD is an agreeable adventure that die-hard fans of the series are certain to enjoy. Those who look upon Black Flag as the reinvention of an ailing franchise are advised to leave their expectations at the door however, as this is a grounded affair similar to the AC titles of a few years ago.
Conclusion: For a multitude of reasons, Aveline is the kind of character I’d like to see more of in gaming, and watching her flounder through this game all over again hurt. I wanted to see her tale succeed, but Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is just too lacking in too many areas to make it happen. There’s no one thing to point to as overtly broken; it simply dies by a thousand tiny cuts.
Pros: Cool main character
Cons: Inconsistent graphics, Choppy story, Boring missions, Persona system
Excerpt: Once more with feeling. Ubisoft cranks out a brand-new Assassin’s Creed game once a year. I should know. I’ve played every single Assassin’s Creed to date, blazing a trail of silently stabbed corpses in marathon play sessions, hungrily gobbling up every twist and turn in the franchise’s convoluted narrative.
Excerpt: Before I even had a 360 I wanted this game. Once I bought it I couldn't put it down! It was the best game I had ever played! Gameplay- I gave this a ten because it's very fun and eventful. Sound- This game had very good sound effects except when people talk. You have to be facing them to hear it loud and proud. Graphics- This game has amazing graphics for it's age. Lasting Appeal- I believe this is the best part.
Excerpt: Surprised by the quick reveal of a new Assassin’s Creed title so soon after last year’s successful sequel, many dismissed Brotherhood as a lightweight expansion disguised as a full-on follow-up in the blade-baring series. While this direct continuation of ACII ’s storyline is not Assassin’s Creed III proper, its content-crammed campaign, new multi-player modes, and significant gameplay tweaks make it much more than the expected phoned-in cash-grab.
Conclusion: Concept: Return to the Italian Renaissance for the second part of Ezio’s story
Graphics: Incredible detail brings the city of Rome to life, and animation work continues to impress
Sound: Excellent voice work and a strong score add drama and excitement
Playability: Brotherhood refines the existing mechanics and features much improved combat
Entertainment: A thrilling follow-up for series faithful, but new recruits should start with the earlier games