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Assassin’s Creed: Liberation


Join Me For Unabashed Gushing Over Assassin’s Creed: Liberation‘s Female Protagonist

As a whole, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is not a very good game. The PC port of this former PS Vita exclusive looks gorgeous, but that doesn’t hide the problems underneath. The maps are huge, without providing any real reason to explore (beyond a few bland side quests and collectible items). The pacing is choppy, indicative of its easy-to-set-aside handheld origins. Bugs are everywhere, ranging from unprompted costume changes to finicky usable objects to falling rocks hanging in mid-air. Stabbing, climbing, and being stealthy are normally my jam, but within a couple hours, the missions felt routine. There were a few bright points, but overall, I was underwhelmed.

And yet, I can forgive Liberation its flaws. This game fell short of the adventure I was hoping for, but it’s worth playing for one glorious, shining reason. Her name is Aveline de Grandpré.


Almost Totally Excellent

Happy New Year! Here’s Ten Things to Look Forward to in 2014!

Your bed, on New Years Day, with your head under a pillow, is not exactly the best way to look at the new year. So here are ten things, roughly starting from the beginning of the year, that we have to look forward to in 2014.


Just What You've Always Wanted

The First Assassin’s Creed Game With a Female Protagonist is Coming to a Console Near You

It was just a few months ago that we were talking about the main character of Assassin’s Creed Liberation arriving on consoles for the first time. Aveline de Grandpré, the biracial French-African child of a plaçage marriage in 1700′s New Orleans, was announced as the star of an hour long DLC pack available with the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed IV: Pirates Black Flag. But now, the Liberation team has revealed that on the back of strong fan support for the handheld version of the title, they’ve been able to complete a new feature-packed version of the game that will ship to Xbox, Playstation, and PC early next year.


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Only Female Protagonist in Assassin’s Creed To Get Console Missions

When Ubisoft initially announced the creation of Aveline de Grandpré, the first female playable character in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you could tell she’d hit a chord by the best of indicators: despite her costume involving multiple layers, distressed fabrics, studs, buckles, leather, and custom weapons… there was cosplay immediately. This was despite the fact that the game she starred in was available only for a poorly selling handheld device rather than a major console release. But Ubisoft has just confirmed that Aveline will be getting her console debut with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Pirates Black Flag.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: One Cake to Rule Them All

This is about when Sauron decided that he needed to find a hotter place to forge his ring than in his kitchen. (That’s Nerdalicious!)


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: C-3PO With Shuffling Action

Artist Steve Thomas created a vintage toy style C-3PO illustration. Prints are available! (via Laughing Squid)


Power Grid

7 Upcoming Game Releases Worthy Of Your Excitement

Blame it on the gray skies, blame it on the end of the Steam Summer Sale, blame it on the interminable length of time between now and the winter holiday season. At the end of summer, gamers can find ourselves convinced there are no good games coming out. Ever.

But never fear! There’s still plenty left in 2012 to get excited about. I’ve gathered a selection of upcoming releases that will hopefully pull you out of your impending autumn blues!


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Wings That Make Your Already-Fly Shoes Soar!

Why yes, the title of this post is a terrible joke. But I sincerely hope these Shwings make up for it.  (via Fashionably Geek.)