Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Oct 24, 2012
    85
    A striking action-packed shoot-'em-up that's up there with the best in the genre.
  2. Nov 4, 2012
    80
    Liberation Maiden is an outstanding on-rails shooter worth its $8 price tag.
  3. Nov 3, 2012
    80
    Liberation Maiden isn't Suda 51's crowning achievement or anything, but it is a simple, fun shooter with a clever offense-defensive mechanic and several coats of glossy finish. If you aren't bothered by the stick and stylus control scheme, you'll enjoy this hearty dose of anime mech action. Certainly, the remaining Guild01 games have a lot to live up to.
  4. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Liberation Maiden is a game that will see you involved in the struggles between mecha. Your mission is to free the Japanese cities.
  5. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Liberation Maiden is one of the best games on the e-Shop. The Grasshopper Manufacture's title convinces thanks to a precise control system and well paced rhythm.
  6. Oct 5, 2012
    79
    Liberation Maiden is a solid shooter with top-notch presentation (the cut-scenes by anime studio Bones are superb) and frantic action. It's by no means the longest game in the world so only high score fiends will get the best out of it, but if you fall into that category this is well worth your £7.19.
  7. Oct 8, 2012
    78
    Liberation Maiden is not that work of art you might have expected, but it has interesting basic approaches and the gameplay is well done.
  8. Nov 25, 2012
    76
    With only five stages, it's hard to justify the price tag unless you intend to chase high scores. [Christmas 2012, p.91]
  9. A beautiful shooter hampered only by its being too small for the grand scale it implies. [Christmas 2012, p.96]
  10. Oct 27, 2012
    75
    Liberation Maiden meets its goal as part of a package and never really goes beyond that.
  11. Oct 9, 2012
    75
    Ideal for gamers who grew up with this genre. Spectacular, fast, fresh and fun, it offers some great moments, and, even if it's not a AAA game, we think it's a game everyone will enjoy.
  12. Oct 18, 2012
    71
    Grasshopper Manufacture creates a very competent 3D-Shooter,with high values and an interesting anime style. It's intense, but also very short.
  13. Nov 22, 2012
    70
    Liberation Maiden has a good quality/price ratio, although with some changes it could have been a much better experience. As it stands, however, it's just a good downloadable action game.
  14. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    Despite being a fun game, it's very bare, with few levels just relying on replaying for it to get any kind of lasting value. No matter how much you loved the game, though, replaying the same five is not enough for me to give this amazing, fun, beautiful game the high rank that it deserves.
  15. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    Liberation Maiden is a solid game that is pretty interesting and enjoyable from beginning to end, with good controls and great concepts. However, each of the five stages will take a maximum of 20 minutes and will most likely zip by far quicker than that.
  16. Oct 31, 2012
    70
    Liberation Maiden, for better or worse, is a brief, fast-paced experience. I found myself laughing at the game's opening, and even though I never became genuinely engaged in the plight of Shoko and New Japan, I enjoyed taking it all in.
  17. Oct 16, 2012
    70
    Clearly a low-budget game considering its extremely short length and its mediocre graphics, Liberation Maiden is an original and fun shooter nonetheless, which fans of the genre should definitely check out.
  18. Oct 11, 2012
    70
    Liberation Maiden offers a surprisingly short experience, but if it were much longer the sense of repetition would probably become quite irksome. For all its flashy visuals and instantly gratifying action, this isn't a game that boasts a tremendous amount of variety or depth.
  19. Nov 5, 2012
    67
    Liberation Maiden may not be Suda51′s best work, but it is nonetheless a solid, albeit limited, game. The presentation values alone warrant the price tag, and the game has a sort of a "big game" feel to it, which is wonderful considering its small price.
  20. Oct 14, 2012
    65
    Liberation Maiden is a classic shoot'em up with intense gameplay, but it's too short and has repetitive mechanics.
  21. Oct 30, 2012
    60
    Being extremely short and repetitive, Liberation Maiden asks you too much money for what it really offers.
  22. Oct 26, 2012
    60
    What hurts most about Liberation Maiden, however, is that just when it feels like it's getting interesting, with a stage that's basically one epic, shifting boss battle, it unexpectedly screeches to a halt, reminding you that you've bought what was originally one quarter of a bigger game.
  23. Oct 9, 2012
    60
    Play Liberation Maiden because you're after an acceptable arcade shooter, in other words; approach it expecting another wonky blast of Suda51 charm and, President Mech aside, you're going to be a little disappointed.
  24. 60
    In pure gameplay terms this is one of Suda51's most accessible and entertaining games for years, but it's badly devalued by its extreme brevity.
  25. Oct 5, 2012
    60
    It's a smart idea in an enjoyably brisk score-attack game that sadly feels a little undernourished thanks to the brevity of its campaign and its repetitive play rhythms.
  26. Oct 15, 2012
    50
    Hard to play, unexciting, and a little soulless: though some may find Liberation Maiden's style enough to excuse its other faults, this is undoubtedly Suda 51's worst output to date.
  27. Jan 14, 2013
    40
    If you're a Suda-51 enthusiast or if it's on sale, then it'll be worth it, but other than that, it's a tiny distraction that provides a little entertainment, closer to an app game than something you'd play on a proper console, even a handheld one.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    5
    I beat it in about 4 or 5 hours and didn't die a single time through the whole game until the last boss fight.
    The gameplay, although very
    stylish and fun, is so easy and brainless that it all just seems pointless. And there is no real reason to play through the game again.
    For 8 bucks, I don't know. I'd say it's worth it if you like anime and stuff.
    Don't buy this if you are a hardcore fan of shmups. This is not for you. This is for causals and anime enthusiasts. You will not be challenged by this game, you will be insulted. You have been warned.
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  2. Dec 25, 2012
    8
    There are some games like this : you only have to play for 30 seconds to know it's gonna be good. Liberation Maiden is one of those. Backed by a story and a character design kinda mixing Evangelion and Infinite Stratos, the game has you play has Shôko, a high school girl who is at the same time... President of Japan!!!

    Yes. In Liberation Maiden, politicians aren't fat cats making broken laws. True, the situation calls for immediate action as an unknown life form has invaded and corrupted the whole country. Shôko is entrusted with the fateful mission of wiping the aliens out and making the land green again.

    Learning how to play Liberation Maiden takes approximately... 4 seconds! Quite a performance since it feels so complicated when you have to explain it. You fire lasers by tapping the touchscreen, but the enemies are on the upper screen and the touchscreen is black (save for the simple map). The attack you fire lands on the upper screen a the equivalent location to where you've tapped on touchscreen. You are therefore empirically thinking your next move depending of where the precedent one hit (because of course you NEVER have to time to glance at the touchscreen). At 10 bursts/second, it's absolutely natural. This epic gameplay is further reinforced by the hazardous environment. Lasers, missiles, infrared radars come from everywhere and let you no time to breathe. The boss battles are even heated and unforgiving. Graphically speaking, it's rather ugly, probably due to the low budget. But on the other hand you do have an outstanding sound environment. The sound of lasers, explosions, the rumbling of the dying aliens, the characters' lines, the little messages you receive from inhabitants upon completing an objective : all that makes Liberation Maiden the closest game to Evangelion I've ever seen. But of course, you will needed the original Japanese version for that, English dubs would only hurt your ears.

    True, the game is short (3 to 4 hours), it's repetitive, it has some punitive difficulty spikes, but for 8
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  3. Dec 16, 2012
    8
    Liberation Maiden es un juego ágil, que tiende al estilo arcade en su desempeño y que ofrece un poco de historia y acción llena de todo el feeling japonés de su animación. Si bien es un título bastante corto, no es en su extensión donde concentra su esencia, sino en su rejugabilidad, en los mejores puntajes y en cumplir objetivos, en tres niveles de dificultad. Superar records y completar la galería de extras (vídeos, historia, personajes) puede gustar cuando tienes un juego rápido, entretenido y gráficamente aceptable. Para ser un título de descarga digital, está muy bien. Si buscas algo arcade, mucho mejor. No esperes horas y horas de historia ni niveles por montón, porque no los encontrarás. Pero sí puedo asegurarte algo: quienes amen la animación y emotividad japonesa, gustarán de sus bonitas cinemáticas, de su historia contada por gotera a lo largo del juego y de su ambientación, mezcla entre la alta tecnología futurista, el medio ambiente natural y la mitología nipona. El único punto negativo, es que quedas con ganas de mucho más, sobre todo contando el final. Pero bueno. Recomendable. Full Review »