Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered – Average

A game that I originally had on the PS Vita came bundled with the Assassin’s Creed 3 remaster on PS4. Set in the 1700s when the French and Spanish had power in New Orleans, we get to explore a city, the bayou and a small part of Mexico.

Our protagonist is the mixed race Aveline, due to her dark skin she can blend with slaves which helps in infiltration. She’s born to a slightly rich father so can take on the persona of a lady and of course she can wear the garb of an Assassin, becoming more lethal when it is required. The persona switching is this games gimmick, it works well when the game uses it properly, with the lady standing out with her lack of parkour being filled by an ability to charm her targets, the slave and assassin are too similar for my liking. The system is a good idea but not used to it’s full potential, each persona does have its own chain of side missions.

As for plot, it’s nothing remarkable. We chase target after target until the main man is revealed, just like any Assassin’s Creed game. The story isn’t really about slavery either, the one time slavery is a big theme we find out that they are digging a precursor ruin and are all very happy. Thankfully there is an interesting twist late into the game where the real villain is still hidden until everything is understood. Aveline’s character is nothing special until the last few sequences where she starts to question things and becomes much more interesting.

The game has its fair share of collectibles: alligator eggs, diary pages, persona specific stuff, Mayan totems, mushrooms and pocket watches. There’s still viewpoints to do too. We also get the interesting Citizen E who is a repeated assassination target that reveals more story when killed, he’s optional so technically a collectible.

Connor from Assassin’s Creed 3 makes an appearance which I found quite exciting. Not only is this the first time I’ve seen two different game’s protagonists meet but he’s a combat capable NPC so it’s actually fun to fight alongside him.

I had a few issues with the game: the classic Assassin won’t do what I want, guns not firing for no reason, black flickering on my screen for no obvious reason and I feel through a building once. This game also had full sync mission challenges which just get on my nerves.

Overall, it’s just another addition to the franchise. The protagonist took too long to become interesting, as did the story. It’s got everything to be a decent Assassin’s Creed game but with short side quests and frustrating optional objectives, it didn’t give me the joy that a good game should.

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