Assassin's Creed III: Liberation - small review
With Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Ubisoft is trying to prove that the console experience offered by famous series of action games can be put on a mobile platform. After the semi-failure, Bloodlines on PSP, the French published has a lot to prove with the new Liberation, especially now that we have at hand the PlayStation Vita, a mobile console with a powerful platform. Developed in Ubisoft Sofia studio, this game promises a lot - start fun now.
For Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Ubisoft has tried to create an interesting story, somehow placed in parallel with the story of Connor in Assassin's Creed III. All the action takes place in America during colonial times, but this time in New Orleans. The subtitle of "Liberation" was not chosen randomly, as the story introduces Aveline fighting for the liberation of slaves.
We do not know much about Aveline at first, but over the time we learn that her father had freed her mother from slavery and has married her, and after a few years, she disappeared without a trace. Aveline was recruited by the master assassin Agate to join the brotherhood and was trained to be as agile as the other assassins that we met in in the series: Altair, Ezio and Connor. Unlike the previous title, Aveline takes rather a personal fight against the Templars, often ignoring the orders she receives from Agate - see the whole story.
In terms of gameplay, there are few things that have changed. The game manages to keep the same free-running system that we know from the first Assassin's Creed, but with the advantages of the new things that we received in the third part of the series. Thus, climbing requires a single button press - for Vita console, just like in Assassin's Creed III. Aveline will cross the city of New Orleans, the swamp above (The Bayou) and the Mayan ruins from Mexico using the same techniques as Connor.
For a portable game, Liberation offers freedom of movement pretty large, so the city of New Orleans and The Bayou being quite vast spaces to explore. Loading screens are rare and usually occur between sequences of the story and when the transition from one area to another takes place. Moreover, they are quite short and won't bother you - discover extra options.
While Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is a relatively pleasant experience for a mobile platform like PlayStation Vita, I can not say it is an important input in the Assassin's Creed series.
It is a shame that Ubisoft hadn't the courage to invest money in the new Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. Using a class B studio, class B actors, it was clear that the game could not become a masterpiece. Fortunately, it is functional as possible in terms of game mechanics, has a good story, so it is a good game to play.