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
Platforms: PS Vita
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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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