A rare game where clothing is a mechanic and not just for aesthetics.
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation is definitely a unique game in the Assassin’s Creed series, not just because it’s the first (and really only) game in the series to feature a woman, a woman of color even, as the main protagonist. Because it’s also the only AC game on the PlayStation Vita, it also means that they played a bit more with the formula, adding some new mechanics that haven’t been in past games in the series. One of them is the use of disguises.
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
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
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.
i'll just leave this here
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
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
Why yes, the title of this post is a terrible joke. But I sincerely hope these Shwings make up for it. (via Fashionably Geek