Liberation Maiden 3DS

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. Games Master UK
    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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  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
    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 byThere 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 acciónLiberation 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 »