“As Aveline, the first playable female Assassin in the Assassin’s Creed saga, you must use your skill, instinct and weaponry – including a machete, poison-dart blowpipe, a whip and dueling pistols – to hunt down and eliminate your enemies. Change from disguise to disguise, assaulting your opponents directly as an Assassin, charming foes into vicious traps as a lady, or impersonating a slave to incite a riot to elude your pursuers.” – Ubisoft
Liberation is primarily set in 18th century Louisiana. The Spanish are taking control of New Orleans near the end of the French and Indian war. You play the part of Aveline, a confused female Assassin working to free slaves, learn about her past, and bring order back to the city of New Orleans. Notably, Aveline is the only female protagonist in any of the Assassin’s Creed games thus far.
Ubisoft did a fantastic job creating a beautiful and believable setting. The visuals in this game are really quite good, especially in New Orleans. Typically my favorite parts of games are filled with combat, but in Liberation, that wasn’t the case. I don’t want to give away the story, but I will say one of my favorite moments in the game involved some stunning visuals in the form of a canoe, some water, and a cave.
I haven’t played any Assassin’s Creed games on PC before, so the controls took a bit of getting used to, but the gameplay overall was pretty smooth. As with other Assassin’s Creed games, there is a heavy focus on stealth, and the combat was very much dependent on counters. Once I got used to the controls, I found myself looking for the largest group of guards I could find to test my skills.
The story is where Liberation needed a bit of extra love, specifically the transitions between sections of the story. You start out as a little girl, and a minute later you are a highly trained Assassin, and there is no real explanation for how that happened. There are several more instances of odd transitions from cut scenes to completely different areas. Don’t get me wrong, I personally really enjoyed the story – and there is a fantastic plot twist at the end that makes the entire game worthwhile.
Overall, while it may not be the BEST Assassin’s Creed title, Liberation HD is still really fun and certainly is worth a play through. If you want to pick up a copy for yourself, you can do so here.
Review copy provided by publisher.
Graphics - 8.5
Gameplay - 8.5
Story - 7.5
Overall, while it may not be the BEST Assassin's Creed title, Liberation HD is still really fun and certainly is worth a play through.
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