Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD Review
As a high definition version of 2012’s PS Vita title, AC Liberation HD takes place concurrently with the happenings of Assassin’s Creed 3, and is a worthwhile purchase to those looking for a quick Assassin’s Creed experience. Its $20 price tag can be a little steep, but to those who enjoy Assassin’s Creed, it is worthy of your time.
While Connor is fighting the Templar menace in the Boston and New York area, Liberation’s protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré, fights Templars who are in control of slave trading in New Orleans. During the time period of 1765 and 1777, Aveline comes to battle with French and Spanish militaries, each offering a different perspective of their control over New Orleans. Liberation will also take you to the Bayou and Mexico. As in other AC games, the protagonist will battle their way to the top of the food chain to find out who the main antagonist is. Liberation offers a good deal of twists and turns in the story, and is enough to keep players interested.
Free-running and parkour elements you have come to expect from the series are here as expected, and can be very frustrating. Many times the camera needs to be in the exact position you are going to jump in for the parkour elements to work. There are a few new features that Liberation brings to the table, such as the persona system. Aveline, in addition to her assassin persona, can also disguise herself as a slave or as a lady in a dress. The slave persona is noticed much easier by guards than other personas, but can blend in certain crowds. On the other hand the lady persona gains attention slowly, but can’t parkour around obstacles and is very weak in combat. Some missions require a specific persona and each of them requires a different strategy. A second gameplay change is the whip which can be used in combat, or can be used to cross large gaps. Assassin’s Creed is known for having lots of collectables along the journey, and Liberation is no different. Diary pages, alligator eggs, mushrooms and more are scattered throughout the world. Shop renovations and other side missions act a nice distraction to break up the gameplay.
At first glance, Liberation HD does not appear to be an HD version of a handheld title. The presentation almost looks as good as Assassin’s Creed 3, but some blurry textures lowers the graphical presentation. AC3 had very prominent glitches, and Liberation has some as well. One notable glitch is on the edge of an area of water, Aveline may dive into the land and begin swimming on the land, leading you to quit the game or restart a checkpoint. Vocal performances help immerse you in its story, with accents from Spanish and French performances. If you do have a Uplay account from Ubisoft, extra unlockables are available, such as a playing a mission in Liberation from AC3’s protagonist Connor.
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is a shortened Assassin’s Creed experience that is worth a $20 purchase for fans of the series looking for a little more Assassin action. An engaging story and new gameplay features such as the whip and persona system adds a new twist to the already existing formula. Aveline’s character and abilities lets her stand out from other assassins. This is the definitive edition of the AC Liberation experience.
Check it out on the Sony Online Store.