Assassin's Creed Liberation HD PlayStation 3

Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jan 26, 2014
    83
    Definitely worth a purchase even if you have the Vita original, and worth a look even if you’ve never played an Assassin’s Creed game, like me. This is one title that may make you a fan.
  2. Jan 16, 2014
    83
    Assassin's Creed Liberation HD has received a warm welcome on Playstation 3. The enhancements in the graphics are easily noticeable. Although it lacks of something new in the mechanics of gameplay and the absence of multiplayer, the excellent conversion, and the change in the way you control Aveline, makes it a game that deserves to be played.
  3. 80
    Most importantly from my perspective, Aveline is the most worthwhile female lead character since Ubisoft's own Jade from Beyond Good & Evil.
  4. Jan 31, 2014
    80
    Players looking for the full Assassin’s Creed experience will be better off with Black Flag, but anyone looking for a more streamlined, less daunting game will find a lot to like here.
  5. 80
    The HD version isn't without its issues, but the overhauled visuals make the environments that were phenomenal on the PS Vita equally so on home consoles. The unique choices in Assassin's Creed: Liberation also differentiate it from the rest of the series in a way that makes its upscaling relevant to the industry as a whole.
  6. Jan 17, 2014
    80
    Assassin’s Creed: Liberation is mandatory for all fans that did not played it and also a proof of the versatility of the series.
  7. Jan 20, 2014
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Jan 17, 2014
    70
    If you have spent several hours on Assassin's Creed IV, you will immediately understand that Liberation is a step backwards compared to the strong fourth chapter. But at the same time, it is a story that deserves to be rediscovered. If you missed it on PS Vita, give it some confidence. You will not regret it.
  9. Jan 16, 2014
    70
    With this nice port from PS Vita, Liberation HD is a solid game for fans of the series.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Feb 27, 2014
    65
    Liberation has plenty of interesting things going for it, but is only essential for completionists. [March 2014, p80]
  11. Jan 16, 2014
    65
    A good attempt at bringing a handheld game to a home console, although one let down by the same problems that affected the original. Not a bad game, but one with untapped potential.
  12. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Liberation HD won't change anyone's mind about the Assassin's Creed series. It clings closely to the style of the series' earlier entries, but feels cramped even in comparison to those games.
  13. Jan 27, 2014
    60
    The PlayStation Vita version is faithfully ported to the PlayStation 3 and, as it turns out, does not make as much of an impression on the big screen. Ubisoft tweaked the free-running and combat aspects of the game, though didn't bother fixing bugs and other shortcomings. Graphically, it's a totally expected letdown.
  14. Jan 23, 2014
    60
    The time and care it put into those cinematics is obvious, so it's disappointing that the gameplay and its bugs--issues that existed in the Vita version--didn't receive the same level of attention.
  15. Jan 23, 2014
    60
    Liberation is so-so, a cheap yet only moderately fulfilling title that throws back the curtain on the elderly systems of the Assassin's Creed franchise pre-Black Flag.
  16. Jan 20, 2014
    60
    Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD offers a number of improvements over the Vita original, some of which enhance the experience by facilitating smoother gameplay, yet many of the title's weaknesses are amplified on the larger screen.
  17. Jan 20, 2014
    60
    A host of graphical improvements and some new missions can't hide the fact Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD needed to do more to bring the Vita game closer to the outstanding Black Flag. Ubisoft Sofia did what they could, but the resulting game is still an average, limited Assassin's Creed experience. If you haven't played it, try a demo. If you have, there's no reason to play it again.
  18. Jan 20, 2014
    60
    Even with a one-year gap between them, there are enough similarities between Liberation and Black Flag to recommend the former. It’s certainly not the best game in the franchise though does open up yet another chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga. Still, those who have become particularly attached to Black Flag may find it hard to hoist up their sails and touch down in New Orleans.
  19. Jan 16, 2014
    60
    The fact that this was designed as a portable game ultimately is this version’s weakness and why the handheld version remains superior.
  20. Jan 15, 2014
    60
    Assassin's Creed Liberation HD's smaller, less complex objectives feel unsurprisingly tailored to a handheld device, but that doesn't stop this from being a decent romp on the PS3 – especially if you snuck past the portable release. The original title's flaws still remain, however, and to top it off, Aveline's story is hampered by some worryingly poor technical performance.
  21. Jan 17, 2014
    52
    It’s the definitive version of a game that had very little going for it in the first place.
  22. Feb 16, 2014
    50
    A half-hearted HD conversion of a half-hearted game. The problems with the main series are even more evident here as much has been reused to fill out the running time. The story seems more important than it is and the game's greatest strength - to switch between different personalities for Aveline, is regrettably mostly used as a gimmick.
  23. Feb 3, 2014
    50
    Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD fails to meet the same measure of fun that previous games in the series managed to accomplish.
  24. Jan 20, 2014
    50
    Easily the most disappointing Assassin’s Creed title ever. Aveline had the potential to be one of the best Assassins yet, but poor character development, simple mission design, and a far-too-short adventure left me wanting more in all the worst ways.
  25. Sadly, Liberation can’t escape its limited gameplay, technical unevenness and poorly told story. While Black Flag kicked the series on, the past holds no glory for Aveline.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jan 18, 2014
    10
    Most reviewers are treating this game as it should have been a sequel to the amazing black flag, like it should have gone beyond the scope ofMost reviewers are treating this game as it should have been a sequel to the amazing black flag, like it should have gone beyond the scope of Assassins Creed. What he keeps forgetting is that ITS A BLOODY REMAKE. Its not supposed to do anything different except fix the bugs and improve the visuals which this game did. I will admit, the vita version was no very good. But this game has improved on it in so many ways. The vita version had hundreds of bugs and glitches from broken trophies to even one broken mission I encountered. In this game, they were no where to found. The ONLY glitch that they hadn't taken out(which really annoys me for some reason) is the butter knife glitch where Aveline looks like shes holding a butter knife the wrong way when she does double counters with her machete. Everything else is fine. While the story has plot holes, their mission wasn't to add more to the main story! And they even helped out the player by reminding them what was going on from time to time in an un-interruptive way. There are literally 2-3 tailing missions. And you don't get detected right away, they give you a good amount of time (at least 20 seconds) to hide. The missions in this game have a good pace to them but there are some plot holes that leave you wondering. The combat system is the same as AC3 and AC4 except the sound doesn't glitch off all the time like in the latter. It has all new amazing sword moves as well, only the machete moves are copied from connor. This game has also brought back stealth, which is the strength of the AC series.

    The slave and lady personas have also been improved as they have new mechanics that help you blend in plain sight. I think they should have implemented them more in your efforts of releasing slaves (lady pays for their release, slave sneaks in and releases them, assassin fights slavers etc..) but there are moments in the game when you do this!

    The checkpoints are also spread out in a moderate way as well. They aren't great, but they definitely aren't horrible. I honestly think it deserves at least an 8.5 for:
    +Amazing protagonist
    +improved combat
    +Improved graphics
    +Improved mechanics for the personas
    +improved tailing
    +A variety of new soldiers from the vita version that provide more of a challenge when fighting
    +Sound is VERY much improved
    -no new ways to use personas to liberate slaves besides hiding in plain sight
    -some boring side missions
    -Graphics aren't up to par with AC4, though they are on par with AC3
    -plot holes
    -Some bad voice acting
    I strongly recommend you get this game. I think this game will be worth your while. I loved this game.
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  2. Jan 16, 2014
    10
    This game suffers untimately from the graphical power and gameplay AC4 had, but it's far from a bad game. It is enjoyable and due to theThis game suffers untimately from the graphical power and gameplay AC4 had, but it's far from a bad game. It is enjoyable and due to the female protagonist and the setting offers a different approach with a great atmosphere. Of course from time to time one is reminded it is a Vita port but I actually was quite surprised how good it looks. For 20 dollars a really good game. I give it an 8 Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2015
    6
    This Assassin's Creed game is obviously smaller than the others episodes on console as it as originally a PS Vita game, and I do not blame itThis Assassin's Creed game is obviously smaller than the others episodes on console as it as originally a PS Vita game, and I do not blame it for that at all. But first when you port a game, even if the graphics are slightly better and worthy of a PS3, for god sake correct the glitches ! (lot of visual tearing, and bugged animation), that's the first reason I didn't enjoy this game.

    Gameplay wise this game is almost like every other AC with more or less boring side activities, easy but stylish climbing and swordfights, too easy infiltration sequences ( it's really a casual game) except for "persona" system which was pretty cool (different disguises with different abilities) and the size of the map, here divided in levels and pretty small, it's normal considering it was a portable title, but it has to be said if you're looking for a full AC experience. It's not the best gameplay of the year but still entertaining and with enough content to play at least 12 hours.

    But the big throwback of the game is its story, AC story was pretty generic since Brotherhood, but in Liberation it's simply stupid, and a waste on the subject of slavery (Freedom Cry is better on it) and Louisiana "owner", and like if it wasn't enough the actors are awful (especially Avelina), I considered mute them during the cinematics (I should probably look for their names to find out how in hell they ever made it in a big game like Assassin's Creed). Therefore with a so bad story and characters there is absolutely no commitment in the game and you get to the ending without any emotions at all.

    Clearly the worst game of the franchise I played at the moment (considering we're in july 2015, I still have to go through Rogue, Unity and Chronicles), advisable only to true AC fans who need their AC fix between two games.
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