Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation HD Review
It all started in the ancient middle east and over the years it has come to Louisiana near the end of the French and Indian War. Finally every girls’ dream is coming true, a female assassin. Aveline de Grandpré, an African-French Assassin recruited into the Order of Assassins by a former slave, fights against slavery as well as the Templars with not just the usual assassin weapons, but also with her feminine prowess.
The game was originally released for the PlayStation Vita on October 30th alongside Assassin’s Creed III. However, an HD version was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows via the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam on January 15th.
Born to a wealthy French merchant and an African slave, Aveline was raised in a comfortable and privileged environment until she lost sight of her mother and in turn, attracted the attention of a group of slavers. She was later rescued by an Assassin called Agaté, who recruited Aveline into the Assassin Brotherhood and became her Mentor. Her father later re-married to a woman that, without knowing, protects and helps Aveline with her duties as an Assassin.
Throughout the course of the game, you have three personas to choose from and each one is useful in its own way:
The Lady Persona:
When Avaline is wearing that gorgeous green dress(or another color if you changed it), she is of the high class society and has the most disadvantages then the other two, but does have her strengths. You can bribe certain guards and choose your own amount of money to give them, but some guards might not accept it if it’s too low. Using your womanly charms is another interesting feature. Find someone with an “open heart” icon above their head and use your charm to lure them away from their post. Seeing as she is high class, she isn’t noticed as much. But when the only way to lower your notoriety is to kill witnesses, this can prove difficult seeing as you can only use your own fists and a “parasol gun”(Which takes forever to reload). If you get caught, don’t bother trying to run and hide. Remember, you’re high class. So that means no fast running, climbing, jumping, or any of that cool assassin stuff. But you do look damn good and classy, regardless.
The Assassin Persona:
The most well-armed and armored of Aveline’s personas, the Assassin outfit allows her to conceal all of her weapons and run freely over any obstacle. Unfortunately, this persona is always “Notorious”, meaning guards will take immediate notice but not attack. Your meter will always be in the yellow, but you can lower the bar just by a bit. A new attack called Chain Kill can be accessed only while she’s wearing her Assassin garb and it’s really cool! Basically, you can knock out or kill multiple enemies if you end up surrounded, which we all know is a common reoccurence in the Assassin’s Creed games. Hidden Blades, pistol, whip, sword, machete, blowpipe, and smoke Bombs are just a few of the weapons this girl has at her disposal. As far as her sword skills are concerned, they almost rival that of Assassin’s Creed IV’s Edward Kenway and he dual-wields!
The Slave Persona:
Though weaker than the Assassin persona in both offense and defense, the slave persona uses natural free-running skills and is capable of blending in with her surroundings. While carrying a crate, she is able to blend in and simply walk past guards into restricted zones. Once inside, she can hide among working groups and crowds to remain undetected. If you’re looking for a distraction, the Slave Persona can incite riots in order to slip through an area unnoticed. Should she become Notorious, you can reduce her notoriety by tearing down Wanted posters around town. This is probably the toughest persona to lower Notoriety for seeing as if you run up a wall or run into people, you will become noticed. The weapons at your disposal are few and far between, but still more then the Lady Persona as the only real difference is you don’t have your sword. Boo…
The gameplay is not that different from Assassin’s Creed III, honestly. But when I played it, it felt a lot like Assassin’s Creed IV. You will spend most of the game climbing trees in the bayou, and rocks in Mexico just like you climbed trees in the forest. Of course traversing the areas are not just limited to free-running. Eventually you get a canoe to navigate the waters of the bayou and rivers. The controls seem easy and simplistic, but for some reason the canoe has a mind of its own and tends to drift too much with the current, slamming you into rocks and other stuff which will cause the canoe to break apart, resulting in a Desynchronization. Unless it’s for a mission, I would honestly just stick to the trees and swimming as it’s faster.
I find this game to be a perfect and welcomed addition to the Assassin’s Creed family. In terms of technically being a portable title, it’s way better than the previous games that were released for the Nintendo DS and the PSP. Porting this game to the console was an awesome move on Ubisoft’s part and with that, I rate this game a 9 out of 10.