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Sunday, November 4, 2012

[Review] Assassin's Creed III Liberation: PS Vita

I was able to find someone on Craigslist who was willing to trade their copy of Assassin's Creed III Liberation for the PlayStation Vita for my copy of Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012). I did the trade because I was not satisfied with the game at all as you can read in this review.

I've been playing the game for about an hour now and got the hang of it. I am thoroughly surprised at what this game can do and how well it has taken advantage of the PS Vita's many unique features!

I have played all of the Assassin Creed games except the recent one made for consoles (BlackHood4 has it and I've watched him play it). I always bought the games but was never truly impressed with the games until now. The whole Animus project that was apart of the story made the game less open world to me. The world seemed more limited and like I wouldn't be able to do everything that I want to do because they story would switch back and forth. However, this game is not like that. This game follows the story of this assassin, the series' first female assassin, in New Orleans around the same time as the console version. She fights for the freedom of African slaves by using stealth and deception to free slaves from slave masters.

What I enjoy, perhaps most, about what I've played so far is the use of the rear touch pad. During one of the missions, you follow a man and he is given a key. You are asked to approach him from behind and pick-pocket the key from him. The games has you crouch behind him and use your finger to swipe downwards again and again until you have pocketed what you needed. The game has also utilized this feature when opening a letter where the player is asked to open the letter by sliding their fingers on the front and rear touch screen and slide from one end to the other as if one were actually opening a letter. To me, this is an awesome use of the rear touch pad and I can't wait to see what else the game does with it at its disposal.

The game has very clear, crisp graphics as do most Vita games. Bright colors shine through the screen and the sun almost blinds you when looking up at it. The sounds could be a bit louder but it is fine for me with headphones.

As far as I know, this is a new feature in the series, where the assassin uses multiple dress styles to achieve different goals. One outfit allows the player to dress very formal and walk the streets. In this fashion, the player is able to charm guards to follow and fight for her as well as bribe guards to enter restricted places. However, when in this dress, the player is unable to jump or climb walls. Another outfit allows the player to dress as a slave. This can help the player gain fellow slaves' trust and allows for jumping and climbing. Finally is the last outfit which is the typical assassin's outfit. This outfit is just the same as the ones from previous titles in the series. Each outfit carries its own notoriety so if you have the guards after one outfit, you can simply dress in a different set of clothes and escape unnoticed. However, if you are to remove the notoriety, you will have to do it for each of the three outfits. More outfits may be available as I have only just begun playing the game.

The game can get a bit frustrating but that's typical for anyone who's played any of the Assassin's Creed games.

I am enjoying it so far, but if anything else should come up, I'll be sure to update this.

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