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Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD

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Written by Mathew Clarke


Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is a remake of the 2012 title of the same name, which was made as a PS Vita companion to Assassin’s Creed III.

What You Need to Know

The year is 1765, and we are introduced to Aveline de Grandpré of French African descent. Abandoned by her mother and taken in by a wealthy merchant family, Aveline is trained in the arts of an assassin by a rather interesting and unlikely mentor, and in a time of unrest and on the verge of war we see the Spanish trying to take control of Louisiana and its lucrative slave trade – it’s Avaline’s job to root out the Templars behind this plot and stop them.

With Assassin’s Creeed: Liberation HD you shouldn’t go into the game expecting the visuals and gameplay of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, because you will be disappointed – if you keep in mind that the game is a high definition remake of a PS Vita title created in 2012, then you are definitely going to enjoy the change in story and gameplay.

Being able to play as a female character in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is such a big change from the usual male protagonist – I could see the difference in her movements and even in her combat mechanics where she clearly has the advantage of speed and agility with a whole different combat style.

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Aveline has three different styles of play, namely ‘The Assassin,’ ‘The Slave’ and ‘The Lady,’ each with its own style of play and outfit to match. The Assassin uses stealth, speed and a variety of weapons to get the job done, for example, while the Slave will help to easily infiltrate slave camps and other areas that the assassin cannot enter, but the Slave persona is limited on weapons and in some cases no weapons at all.

The Lady is interesting to use because stealth no longer applies – it’s now all about being a lady with literally free roam of New Orleans while using your womanly charms to extract information out of unsuspecting victims. Aveline is not without her defences while acting the part of the Lady, though, and you are still able to fight. Her best weapon is distance and surprise, though, with the use of her parasol which doubles as a lethal dart gun.

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Ubisoft has done an amazing job in remastering this game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with textures and lighting that really surpass its Vita version, while the control system for Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD is effectively borrowed from Assassin’s Creed III, all the way down to using right bumper to swap weapons and then assigning them with the D-pad.

Levels in the game are relatively small compared to its console sibling, and I guess this is due to the limitation of the PS Vita, but they are handled really well as the story only revolves around New Orleans and its Bayou that surrounds it, where your mode of travel is by raft or trees.

What’s New?

Other than the game being a fully remastered HD rendition of a title that was previously a PS Vita exclusive, being able to play as a female protagonist in the Assassin’s Creed universe is definitely new and something I would love to see more of.

The ability to use different guises is something I found interesting and out of the norm really for an Assassin’s Creed title – I know that you could use a disguise in the other titles but a guise in Liberation is something that is totally different.

Another part of the game that I found refreshing was that it was not part of the Desmond story arc, and seemed to be a predecessor to Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag where you are part of Abstergo Entertainment.

What’s the Same?

Assassin’s Creed: Liberation takes a lot from Assassin’s Creed II where gameplay revolves around stealth with follow missions, assassination missions and escort missions.

You’ll Enjoy Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD If You Liked…

… any of the other Assassin’s Creed game.

… or if you just like a good old fashioned stealth mission.

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What I Liked

- 3.) Being able to experience the rich history of New Orleans during the year 1765.

- 2.) The use of three different guises.

- 1.) Being able to play as a female protagonist.

What I Didn’t Like

- 2.) The leaderboard seems to serve no real purpose other than bragging rights.

- 1.) The buggy controls which meant I would randomly leap in the wrong direction.

Least Favourite Moment

My least favourite moment would have to be trying to escape from a mine but not being able to move up a small hill that seemed to turn me around every time I got to a certain point.



What’s Extra?

Unlike other Assassin’s Creed titles, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation on console does not have any multiplayer but rather has a leaderboard system that shows things like most kills, most double kills or hidden kills.

The Bottom Line

As a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise I really enjoyed playing Aveline’s story while getting more from things I discovered in Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – I really hope to see more female protagonists in the franchise in the future.


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