'Assassin's Creed Liberation HD'
Sony PlayStation 3 (PC, Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Mature
Sony's PS Vita may not be extremely popular, but it is the most powerful handheld system on the market. As a result, so many companies have ported console games to the PS Vita that they now outnumber exclusive games. In an interesting twist, Ubisoft has ported and upgraded their PS Vita-exclusive title, "Assassin's Creed Liberation" to modern consoles and the PC.
In a first for the series, players take on the role of a female assassin. Aveline de Grandpre is a steadfast French African woman who lives in New Orleans in the late 1700s. Despite her heritage (these are the days of slavery), Aveline lives in the lap of luxury. Eventually, she becomes an assassin, which is only part of the convoluted and unclear story.
Even though this title was originally designed for a handheld system, it still plays like other "Assassin's Creed" titles. The mission structure is broken up into main sequences, and there are plenty of voluntary side missions to undertake. The main character can climb on nearly anything, perform a wide variety of flashy assassinations and also mingle in the crowd.
Speaking of which, the main difference between this game and other games in the series is the introduction of "personas." This basically lets the player change between three costumes that each have distinct advantages. The standard assassin has all the tricks and abilities, but stands out in a crowd. The Lady in fancy dress is a great disguise, but she moves slowly and cannot climb. Lastly, the slave blends in wherever she goes but cannot perform assassinations.
"Assassins Creed Liberation HD" pales in comparison to "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," but it's still a fun game that should appeal to completionists.