Jan 18, 2014Most 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 hasMost 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:
+Improved mechanics for the personas
+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
-Some bad voice acting
I strongly recommend you get this game. I think this game will be worth your while. I loved this game.… Expand
Jan 17, 2014From the perspective of someone who just finished Black Flag, and experienced what an Assassins Creed game can really be, it is possible to see Liberation's port as a bit of a letdown, but don't let the word "port" -or the title's humble beginnings- be a deterrent.
Comparing the graphics of Liberation HD to the original Vita version and with AC 3, it is clear that it benefits greatlyFrom the perspective of someone who just finished Black Flag, and experienced what an Assassins Creed game can really be, it is possible to see Liberation's port as a bit of a letdown, but don't let the word "port" -or the title's humble beginnings- be a deterrent.
Comparing the graphics of Liberation HD to the original Vita version and with AC 3, it is clear that it benefits greatly from the facelift. The city of New Orleans (as well as the other areas) received new, bustling life that took it from seeming like a ghost town to being more on par with AC3's Boston, though slightly smaller.
The storyline does feel a tad bit... fast at times, but I personally did not see it as a detriment to the title. The lack of jarring modern-day sections (which were awful in 3 and greatly improved in 4) is a welcome addition to the series, with the entirety of the gameplay taking place within the confines of the narrative. The only incursion is the "hacking" of your copy of the game by the entity known as Erudito, whose goal is to show you the unaltered memories that Abstergo changed to show the templars in a better light. A fantastic twist on the typical modern day setting.
Aveline handles well with a controller, though suffers from the same niggling problems that plague all AC protaganists; there were a few times when I found myself swearing at Aveline for jumping into a tree instead onto it, but no more than any other characters, either. The combat system has been reduced to two buttons, but let's REALLY be honest: How many players really used anything more than "Counter"? The chain kill mechanic is a nice way to step back from the action and allow a chance to get quality kills, though the opportunities to use it didn't seem to be there as often as I would have liked.
On the subject of Aveline, the persona system was an excellent idea, which, if fleshed out just a little bit more, could have been an AMAZING idea, but as it stands it still did its job, which was to expand the character of Aveline into more than simply a puppet you can use to stab people.
Storywise, it IS much shorter than its other console brethren, and there are unfamiliar textual summaries of events which took place off-screen (or, baffingly, sometimes on-screen). Mission-wise, there was a nice mix, with a few new mechanics thrown in for good measure (puzzles? I liked them!). It felt like Assassins Creed 2 in regard to the missions, still basic in a way, and not laden down with unnecessary fluff like later titles. As I stated above, it did seem very fast (it took me maybe 7 hours to complete the main storyline) but at a third of the cost of a major title (or less with the season pass for Black Flag) it is hard to throw too big of a fit about the length of the story. (And with all of the collectibles and an achievement/trophy for actually completing the game 100%, you'll get more out of it than just that time).
Admittedly, it IS possible to tell that this was a handheld game first; there are a few areas (mainly in Chichen Itza, and parts of the bayou) where the models for the trees or rocks seemed incongruous with the HD setting, but for the most part this was easily ignorable. A few animations suffer from the jump, most egregiously swinging with the bull-whip across gaps (which is still a lot of fun, it just looks really STRANGE).
The characters with which you interact are some of the best in the series, including the brooding, moody Assassin mentor Agate and the smugglers Aveline befriends in the bayou. It is a shame that so many negative reviews by players who expected more (for 20 bucks how much do you really want?) will ultimately lead them to be undiscovered.
Solid Title with decent concepts
Beautiful look at French Louisiana
A third of the price of a retail game
Series first female protaganist, who is clever and not afraid to use her position(s) to her advantage.
A few modeling issues
Storyline that is short by console standards (though without modern-day fluffery)
One mission where you have to put up with Connor's terrible, bland voice-acting.
If you are looking for a decent game for 20 bucks, and are a fan of the Creed series, definitely pick this up. It's more of the same, admittedly, but it isn't AC3, and that in itself counts for a lot. It doesn't hold up next to the likes of Black Flag, but it is a fun little game and it shows that Ubisoft isn't afraid to experiment with the AC formula. If you played this on the Vita, it's up to you whether you play it again since it is still the same game (though all the bugs of the vita version have been fixed).… Expand
Jan 18, 2014This game is like assassins creed 3, i think its pretty good also including the new persona system you can be assassin aveline or lady aveline and slave they all have their advantages like the assassin persona can let you have more guns/weapons and it also has its disadvantages like how the lady can only have acouple weapons but it gets notoriety very slowly while the assassin getsThis game is like assassins creed 3, i think its pretty good also including the new persona system you can be assassin aveline or lady aveline and slave they all have their advantages like the assassin persona can let you have more guns/weapons and it also has its disadvantages like how the lady can only have acouple weapons but it gets notoriety very slowly while the assassin gets noteriety fast the slave i honestly do not know sorry about that i dont go to the slave persona but i still do think this game is pretty good i recommend even the graphics are good.… Expand
Jan 18, 2014This is fun! I have played and enjoyed all the Assassin's Creed games and for $20 this is a great addition to the series. There's a ton of content, lots of open world to explore and you play as 3 characters, each having different abilities. This is absolutely worth the $20 and I would buy more of these, in between the big releases. I'm having a ton of fun with the game and I'm excitedThis is fun! I have played and enjoyed all the Assassin's Creed games and for $20 this is a great addition to the series. There's a ton of content, lots of open world to explore and you play as 3 characters, each having different abilities. This is absolutely worth the $20 and I would buy more of these, in between the big releases. I'm having a ton of fun with the game and I'm excited about more of these.… Expand
Jan 16, 2014This 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 it is not that bad really. For 20 dollars a really good game. I give it an 8
Jan 24, 2014I'm honestly not sure as to the lower than average scores. This game is far from a 10, but it is more in line with an 8 than a 6. Keeping in mind the price point, this game is well worth it. Sure the story is a bit lacking, but it was pretty lacking in AC 4, which is the entry most reviewers are comparing Liberation to. But like AC 4, it has a protagonist who is, more or less, likeable,I'm honestly not sure as to the lower than average scores. This game is far from a 10, but it is more in line with an 8 than a 6. Keeping in mind the price point, this game is well worth it. Sure the story is a bit lacking, but it was pretty lacking in AC 4, which is the entry most reviewers are comparing Liberation to. But like AC 4, it has a protagonist who is, more or less, likeable, although personally I find Aveline more likeable as her motivations extend beyond her desire to get rich. To be fair, she already is rich, but what I mean is that she never seems beholden to the idea of wealth or power, while Edward is obsessed by it. His obsession lead him to a most unpleasant end, wherein he got what he wanted, but paid a terrible price later on....it seems when your money comes from illegal means, you're looked down on as much back then as you are today.
In any case, let's look at the mechanics. It's not right to compare this to AC 4, because it's not like AC 4. What it is like is AC 3; it feels like the expansion of AC 3 that the woefully disappointing "Infamy" should have been. One of the better things about AC 3, was the combat, which was unrelentingly brutal and satisfying in that it took the better elements of Arkham combined it with just enough challenge to make it rewarding. It's fully realized here. Gone is the sluggish, unresponsive garbage that passed for combat in AC 4, and the pure violence that stripped from AC4 in the name of accessibility, (blood spattering/entry-exit wounds/bloodied uniforms/etc), has been restored in Liberation.
Is the world on the small, side...not really. It's big enough and open enough to showcase a vibrant, unique world with the atmosphere you would expect from 18th Century New Orleans. The graphics are much better than expected, rather than simply up scaling them which would have looked like garbage, it's clear they re-did them completely for the purpose of allowing it to stand toe to toe with other entries in the series. It isn't quite as graphically polished as more recent entries, but it's still very nice to look at.
AC 4 was fun for it's fantasy elements....the ship and seeming freedom to truly do whatever you pleased, but if you felt the combat was lacking and wanted it to be a more visceral experience with a serious protagonist whose presence makes one wonder what AC 3 could have been had Connor been just a little more interesting, then I encourage you to give this a go… Expand
Aug 2, 2015Assassin’s Creed Liberation
I didn’t expect much going into Liberation, this game originally came out on vita so I expected a small handheld game with very linear and cheap gameplay, but this isn’t what I got at all. Assassin’s Creed Liberation is a full-fledged Assassin’s Creed game But at the same time is probably the most video gamey game in the series This isAssassin’s Creed Liberation
I didn’t expect much going into Liberation, this game originally came out on vita so I expected a small handheld game with very linear and cheap gameplay, but this isn’t what I got at all.
Assassin’s Creed Liberation is a full-fledged Assassin’s Creed game
But at the same time is probably the most video gamey game in the series
This is the first time since Assassins Creed 3 where I didn’t rely on the story alone to drag me through to the end
This game was in development at the same time as assassins creed 3 so this hd remake reminds you of the great things assassins creed has lost over the past 3 years
Combat is swift and satisfying, nearly identical to that of Assassins creed 3
Missions are actually fun, greatly varied, and mix in environmental stealth, social stealth, and combat beautifully.
I really wasn’t expecting such fleshed out missions.
There are of course a handful of cinematic style missions like Assassins Creed 3 introduced, but still there are great infiltration and social stealth AC2 style missions and tons of ac 1 style assassination missions to an extent.
I say to an extent because while every assassination mission is built up, this was originally a hand held game, the missions are still pretty linear, but nowhere near as linear as black flag for example felt.
Liberation tries to add a new mechanic to social stealth with its personas system
You switch back and forth between assassin who’s notoriety rises the quickest, but has the most weapons at its disposal, slave persona that allows you to blend into workers and slave areas and a lady persona who’s notoriety increases much more slowly and allows you to bribe and charm guards to take them away from post
Each persona also has their own set of side missions such as contracts and investigations and their own collectibles.
Collectibles do unlock clothing items, but these items don’t do anything but look nice.
It would’ve been cool if they actually added perks.
You can also buy clothing and weapons, and you can use a trade system to buy and sell goods for profit to ensure you always have enough cash for what you need.
Where I did however find disappointment is in the story and locations.
There are 3 main locations in liberations and sadly these locations are very small
As an original handheld game, understandably cities aren’t really the star of the show, if you’re buying liberation, you’re buying it more so for its story which honestly isn’t really that great
The story is mildly interesting from an outside perspective, but nothing that leaves you craving more, the story content seems very filler in terms of pertaining to the AC universe
Theres always atleast one thing that happens in an Assassins Creed game that makes me stop and think,
I unfortunately didn’t experience this in my time with Liberation.
And despite the smaller maps, newer additions such as fast travel not being here is massively annoying.
While this may not be the greatest Assassin’s Creed game, this is still a great overall game that features many aspects that the games are now missing and introduce some features that you might recognize from a certain pirate game.
If you’re a fan of the series, Assassins Creed Liberation is definitely worth your time to play through
For what it is
Action Adventure Stealth Game:
Awards & Rankings
Feb 23, 2014AC Liberation HD lacks the production values the series used us to, and even if it's a Live Arcade release it results in a weak experience, with a badly narrated story and the complete omission of the multiplayer component, present in the original version. Ubisoft did a good HD porting job, but it's hardly an unmissable game.
Feb 10, 2014The only thing that Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD really succeeds with is to show how different a portable game is designed and why it usually doesn't work well with the consoles. The missions are boring and bland, and there really isn't anything in this game that isn't twice as good in the regular Assassin's Creed game, making this entry the worst in the series.