Assassin’s Creed : Liberation Review

Tharindu Prabath
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Assassin’s Creed : Liberation ( or Assassin’s Creed III : Liberation) is a spin-off game from the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Since this game is a spin-off game, it doesn’t count as a main game in the series. However the game has many similar qualities to a main franchise game.

This game has a important place in the franchise as it features the first female protagonist in the franchise, Aveline de Grandpré an Assassin who lived in the 18th century.

Developments & Platforms

The game is from the developers in Ubisoft Sofia, Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Montreal. The game is originally released for Playstation Vita (Initial Release in 2012), but later in 2014 the game released for other major gaming platforms such as PS3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.

After several years, in 2019 the game released as a part of Assassin’s Creed III : Remastered Version. Now the game is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.

Gameplay Mechanics in Assassin’s Creed Liberation

Even though the game is not a game in main series, it contains several gameplay mechanics related to the main games. (specially Assassin’s Creed III). Here are some similarities between this game and other main games.

  1. Assassin’s Creed : Liberation is an open world game. (Just like all other games in the series)
  2. Combat System & Notoriety System is similar to Assassin’s Creed III.
  3. Weapon system & HUD is same to Assassin’s Creed III.
Assassin's Creed : Liberation gamepaly
Assassin’s Creed Liberation Gameplay Screenshot : Image from Riot Pixels

New Additions to Gameplay

This game contains some elements that we have never seen in previous games. Some of these gameplay elements are unique to the game itself.

Personas (Outfit Types)

During the gameplay, Aveline has to find out the most suitable approach to complete a particular mission. For this requirement she has 3 ways of (3 outfit types). In most cases, before beginning a mission, you can change Aveline’s persona according to the mission or your liking. This can be done by using a Dressing Chamber. (Or you can use her home or hideout)

  1. Assassin Persona – Main persona type of Aveline. When using this persona, she can use all weapons of her and has high agility and chain kill ability. However, the guards will immediately detect you when you are using in Assassin Persona.
  2. Slave Persona – Slave persona basically used for blending with the crowd. You can climb and run fast while you are in slave persona. But you can’t chain kill enemies.
  3. Lady Persona – In lady persona you can’t run fast, has limited access to weapons and can’t fight like other 2 personas. How ever Aveline can bribe guards and charm people to fight for you. Lady persona is important when you need to stay anonymous.

And there are some weapons introduced in this game. They are mainly, blowpipe, Pocket Pistol and umbrella blowpipe.

Story in Assassin’s Creed : Liberation

The game doesn’t has a huge story like main games in the franchise. However it’s a interesting one to have. Unlike previous games in the franchise, the game comes under the name, Abstergo Entertainment, a templar funded company.

As we mentioned earlier, the game features the first female protagonist in the series, Aveline de Grandpré who lived in New Orleans, Colonial America. Aveline is a French-African Assassin who is dedicated to liberate the slaves in the Colonial America.

During the events of the game, Aveline and her fellow assassin friend, Gérald Blanc try to eradicate templar influence from New Orleans. Aveline’s another main objective to find her lost mother who was a slave before. Aveline kills many templar agents in the city, Bayou and travels to Chichén Itzá to find her mother, Jeanne.

After killing many templars, Aveline finds out that her step mother, Madeleine is the leader of the templars in New Orleans. After reclaiming the artifact called, ‘Prophecy Disk‘ from templars, Aveline receives some infromation about the Human-First Civilization War.

Conclusion

As we said earlier, the game has many similar elements like Assassin’s Creed III in gameplay. Even though the story is much smaller in the game, we suggest you to play this game specially if you are a fan of Assassin’s Creed franchise.

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