Preview: Assassin's Creed III Liberation is the real deal (2024)

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As far as I’m concerned, there hasn’t really been a portable Assassin’s Creed worth playing. Despite the release of three story-based handheld games — only one less than the console releases — they have contributed nothing of value to the franchise’s story or characters. So when news broke of a new installment for Vita, it was perfectly reasonable to have doubts. This is especially true since the promise of a console style had been made before with the PSP’s Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines.

But the Vita is no PSP, and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation is a new chance to make a quality Assassin’s Creed game for handhelds. Perhaps in an effort to distinguish itself from past spin-offs based on console characters, Liberation features a new female protagonist who lived in the same period as Assassin’s Creed III‘s Conner. And just like ACIII, it’s looking fantastic.

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It’s 1765, and there’s trouble in the South. The Louisiana Rebellion is brewing, and Aveline de Grandpre, a French-African assassin, must help fend off Spanish soldiers in New Orleans. Parts of her story will cross over with Conner’s in ACIII, but for the most part, she’ll be on her own. Just like Conner won’t be stuck in cities like Boston, Aveline will be able to explore outside areas.

Examples given include the bayou, a wilderness area that functions like the frontier in ACIII, and Mayan ruins in Mexico, an area which hopefully gives fans that follow theminutia ofthe mythology something to wonder about. Don’t expect any modern-day revelations though, because Desmond isn’t related to Aveline and won’t be framing the story.

The demo, however, was set purely in New Orleans, 1768, in the midst of a riot against the Spanish soldiers. Aveline must support the townsfolk and keep them from getting killed. Starting above the action, she finds a soldier below to perform an aerialassassinationon, leaping down and using her target to break her fall. This provides enough charge to a new meter to let her access the redesigned quick-kill system.

First introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, the old quick-kill system required timed, focused button presses after Ezio achieved his first kill in a group. Liberation‘s new system slows down time and allows Aveline to pick her targets just like Splinter Cell: Conviction‘s “mark and execute” system, wiping out the soldiers once the mode is exited.

As combat progressed, I got a chance to see some of Aveline’s new tricks. Besides the usual hidden blade weapon and her version of Conner’s hatchet, a machete, Aveline has a few gun options. The pistol functions similarly to the Renaissance-era pistols of past games but with a bit more speed and less range, as well as the option to dual wield. On the other hand, the musket is slow, but more powerful. Both guns are loud and likely to draw more attention to Aveline, but at least she has the option of stabbing an enemy with the musket’s bayonet. Rounding out the notable weapons was a poison blowpipe, which worked just like a crossbow loaded with poison arrows. The touch screen can also be used to pause the game and switch between the weapons.

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Soon, a carriage full of gunpowder is lit on fire, requiring Aveline and an ally to drive the carriage through the streets to get it away from the crowds. The direction is naturally controlled with the left analog stick, while acceleration is handled by pressing the touch screen. I wasn’t quite sure why this system was better than pressing a button, but it seemed to work well enough.

Aveline successfully gets rid of the carriage and jumps off before it explodes, leaving her with one last last duty: to save some kidnapped rioters. She storms a building, picking off guards along the way with a combination of stealth and aggression, and finally rescues the prisoners.

The demo officially ended at this point, but I was also shown a separate area of the game, the Governor’s Palace of New Orleans. Certain landmarks were shown, such as the St. Louis Cathedral, the highest building of the time. It’s certainly not anywhere near as high as some of the points in the past games, but it still gave an impressive view of the city. I haven’t visit New Orleans before, so I can’t speak to the accuracy of the layout, but I still came away impressed by the work that went into creating the city.

Like ACIII, Liberation looks to be an exciting new take onAssassin’s Creedwith all the new shine of its big brother. My only concern is the fact that both games are releasing on October 30, 2012. Two meaty, console-quality, open-world adventures set in the same time period may overshadow each other, despite their different protagonists and geographical settings.

Of the two games, ACIII is clearly the one that’s more important to the franchise’s continuing storyline, so it would be a shame to see Liberation lose out in the process. Hopefully my fears are unfounded.

Preview: Assassin's Creed III Liberation is the real deal (2024)

FAQs

How do you get the true ending in AC liberation? ›

The other ending (true ending) is only available when you have found and killed every Citizen E, pointed out by Erudito (hacker).

How long does it take to 100% AC liberation? ›

If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 16 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

What should I play first AC3 or liberation? ›

The best way to do it is to play AC3, followed by the Tyrany of King Washington DLC, and then treat Liberation as a second, stand-alone expansion (kind of like Spider-Man Miles Morales).

Is Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation canon? ›

Of course its canon, Aveline also makes an appearance in AC3. I thought it was Connor who appeared in ac3: liberation? Of course its canon, Aveline also makes an appearance in AC3.

What is the alternate ending of Assassin's Creed Liberation? ›

As far as I know the 'true ending' as the game calls it, refers to the part where Aveline kills her stepmother. The fake ending, where you get the credits with Abstergo personal, is where Aveline joins the templar order.

Does Connor appear in Assassin's Creed Liberation? ›

Connor makes a minor appearance in the spin-off game Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, set during the events of Assassin's Creed III. By linking the two games, players can unlock an exclusive mission in Liberation featuring him; this mission is included in the subsequent re-releases of Liberation.

What is the shortest AC game? ›

When it comes to story length, AC Rogue is the shortest in the series at around 10.5 hours, which is also where a lot of the game's criticism was targeted. That being said, the naval adventure includes nearly 30 hours of extra content to keep players busy.

Does AC Liberation have DLC? ›

The Mysteries of the Bayou Pack is a downloadable content addition, initially available as a pre-order bonus for Assassin's Creed III: Liberation.

Is AC3 and liberation connected? ›

Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's creed 3: Liberation are indeed two different games. In the former, you get to play as Connor Kenway, a colonial Assassin. The events of this game are set during the American revolution. In the latter, you get to play as Aveline de Grandpre, a French African American assassin.

Is ac4 a prequel to AC3? ›

It is the sixth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series. Its historical timeframe precedes that of Assassin's Creed III (2012), but its modern-day sequences succeed III's own.

What's the difference between Assassin's Creed 3 remastered and liberation? ›

Remastered was announced to include all of its original DLC and a remastered version of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. The remastered games feature graphical enchantments using a new graphics engine and improved gameplay mechanics.

Is Desmond in AC Liberation? ›

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation did not feature Desmond Miles, but rather an unknown individual, due to the game being a product released by Abstergo Industries to the public.

Is AC Liberation part of the main story? ›

Assassin's Creed: Liberation is an individual game, but it's not a mainline game - rather it's a tie-in to Assassin's Creed III. It touches upon the Abstergo Games modern-day plot that was going to be explored in detail in Assassin's Creed IV.

Is AC Liberation still playable? ›

Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD 'Decomissioned' From Steam But Will Remain Playable To Owners, According To Ubisoft - Game Informer.

How many endings are there in disciples liberation? ›

These choices alter single interactions, rather than the game as a whole. However, there are five different endings that can be unlocked in Disciples: Liberation so choice is certainly a factor throughout.

How do you get the sealed siblings ending? ›

Sealed Siblings Ending

The Void Heart is obtained as part of a lengthy sidequest where players need to get both halves of the Kingsoul, then bring it to the bottom of The Abyss. They also need to unlock the Awoken Dream Nail and use it on the mysterious egg that shows the Knight's reflection.

How do you unlock the FIA ending? ›

To achieve this ending, you'll need to have completed the Fia Questline and the Ranni the Witch Questline to the point where you receive the statue to invert Carian Hall. This will allow you to use the Mending Rune of the Death-Prince instead of choosing to Mend the Elden Ring after the final boss battle.

How do you unlock the true ending p4? ›

After chatting, go to the Central Shopping District and into the Velvet Room to grab a key item from Igor. After doing all this, finally head to the gas station that you first stopped at when you started the game and talk to the attendant there to trigger the true ending of the game.

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