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Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation Review

Before writing this review I thought to myself that I should really change the way I review games for the PS Vita. I need to focus on reviewing the game on a handheld and not basing my opinions on console versions. Having said that, Ubisoft has proven its merit in developing for new consoles with Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. It’s personally my favorite game on the PS Vita so far. Its full of content and offers a great experience.

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Title: Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
Genre: Action-Adventure
Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS Vita
Price: $39.99
ESRB: Mature
Release Date: 10/30/2012[/toggle_box]

The Story- This time around you’re dropped in the middle of Louisiana in 1765 and you play a female assassin (WHAAAAAT!!!???). That’s right! Aveline is an amazing fem-fatal. She is cleaning up the streets and showing those Spaniards that they cant roll up on her turf without consequences. I don’t want to give the story away, but I will tell you that it’s an interesting take on the series.

PRAISE:

  • Damn you look fine!- Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation is a gorgeous game! The environments are full of crazy amounts of detail. The architecture and costumes viewed in this game feel like they fit perfectly with the time setting (because I’m such an expert on 1765…..NOT). Seriously though, these graphics make me so mad that all games on the Vita can’t look this good.
  • Where should I go next?- The first parts of the game are set on rails so there isn’t too much exploration. The later missions are different. The world opens right up for you to do what ever you want. There are all kinds of side missions to tackle and they’re perfect for a quick fix on the go.
  • Switch it up- A new gamplay mechanic is introduced in Liberation. Now, you can change your persona (costume). There are three to choose from and all have different perks. You can dress like a lady and charm gentlemen to your will, get some grungy clothes on to blend with the common folk, or don the assassin outfit and wreak havoc on your enemies. It’s a great new addition that I’m sure they will implement in future iterations.
  • Eenie meenie miney MO!- Oh the weapons in this game are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The pistols are gorgeous. The mêlée weapons are brutal as hell. I thought Connor’s tomahawk was cool…until I wielded Avaline’s sugar cane machete (MACHETE SOOOOO COOOL!!!). There are surprisingly many weapons to mess around with in this game. There is even a poisonous dart shooting umbrella (I KNOW RIGHT….SWEET!!!).
  • Feels so right it can’t be wrong- The overall experience of this game is so close to the console versions yet so far away. I really like that the developers made this fit the quick pick up and play style a handheld console requires. Missions are short and sweet, which is perfect for the Vita.

AWKWARD SILENCE:

  • So is that a bad guy?- In order to get the full effect of the game you really need to pay attention. Cutscenes are short (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) and sometimes vague. The story creeps up on you in a good way, but it takes some time to get there. Everything isn’t laid out in front of you so keep focused and immerse yourself. There’s a good story here, but you’ve got to put in some effort.
  • Oh ya right there- Touch controls feel a bit forced on you and don’t always work as well as I’d have liked. Some are just fine, but some like the pick pocketing technique are cumbersome and frustrating.
  • What can I get for a pound of cotton?- The economy in this game is very strange and I never really figured it out. It revolves around buying ships and sending them to places to sell goods. Thats about all I can tell you. The good news is that it’s not important in the grand scheme of things and can be avoided completely. I wish they would have left the old buy a shop and invest method. I understood that one way better. You can open shops in this game (and open them up you should), but you don’t get any monetary benefit to it.

WELL-DESERVED CRITICISMS:

Is it my turn yet?- Holy crap the multiplayer in this game is weird! It’s like playing a weird version of Risk. I didn’t like it at all and feels very out-of-place. Don’t buy this game for the multiplayer. If you do decide you wanna give it a try to make sure to go into it with a lot of patience.

CONCLUSION:

I had a wonderful time with Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and it really shows what the Vita hardware is capable of. It has great handheld gaming features while giving you the illusion of playing a console game. If you’re a fan of the series don’t walk to pick this up…RUN! After you’ve put some time in, let me know what you think in the comments.

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Gameplay: 9
Story: 7.5
Graphics: 9.5
Sound: 9
Replay: 7.5
Overall: 8.5

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Hey guys my name is Steven Mari. I'm a 25 year old lifetime gamer. I love games and I love technology. I study at Idaho State University and I work as a Certified Surgical Technologist/Certified First Assistant at our local hospital. When I'm not gaming I work out or go mountain biking. What am I talking about?...I'm always gaming! Feel free to post me your comments good or bad I'm here to listen and get feedback so I can better steer you in the right direction in your future gaming/technology investments...PEACE!
  • http://www.geekrevolt.com/ DeShaun Zollicoffer

    Great review Steven! This really struck a chord with me because lately I’ve felt like PS Vita software is being judged too harshly. Most reviews I’ve read for this and NFS: Most Wanted compare them to the console versions. This isn’t fair because a PS Vita game will never compare to a PS3 or Xbox 360 one.

    Is this better than the console version? Hell no! But is it better than most of the games on the PS Vita — you bet! The Same goes for NFS: Most Wanted. More reviewers should start treating PS Vita games as portable games and not console ones.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Lamens-Mari/100003356665563 Steven Lamens-Mari

      DUDE!!! I’m so glad you’re pickin up what I’m puttin down. It’s true the Vita will never stack to its console counter part ans shouldn’t have to. You want a big screen console experience then play your PS 3. Great comment DeShaun 8)

    • Kaizin514

      Agreed, but on Liberation, I am liking what I am playing. My only bum about it is the fact that Sony kind of doctored up the visuals for E3 and whatnot but I can tell that it is a little jaggy at times (especially when things get a little crazy in combat). But as a whole, this is a great game and deserves to show that PSVita games are strong.

  • bisiro

    nice dawg

  • bisiro

    wasss good nyu…..