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Liberation Impresses On The Vita

The first thing to know about Liberation is that it looks and sounds like a full Assassin’s Creed release. If the game had not been announced as a Vita title, I think I would have assumed it was going to be a console release, because it looks fantastic. The game is being built with the same engine as Assassin’s Creed III, and if they’ve scaled anything back graphically to fit the game on the smaller system, they’ve done an excellent job hiding it.

Our demo begins with Assassin’s Creed’s first female protagonist, Aveline, making her way across a series of roofs in New Orleans towards a gathering of Spanish soldiers in the middle of spat with some of the locals. The city is in the middle of an uprising against the Spanish. Spain was given Louisiana by France after the Revolutionary War, which doesn’t sit will with the residents of the state.

After jumping on a soldier from a rooftop, a fight breaks out. Combat looks like the defensive sword fighting seen in previous Assassins titles. The biggest change from the console versions of the game appears to be the new chain kill bar. Ubisoft said that the name of this new combat mechanic may change by the time Liberation releases, but chain kill bar is an apt description. After performing a number of assassinations, you have a charge bar that will fill allowing you to pause the game and physically tap your opponents on screen. After the game resumes, Aveline automatically chains a series of attacks together to kill everyone you tapped. If enemies are far away, Aveline uses her gun. If they are close, she uses her blade. It recalls a similar system that appeared in another Ubisoft game, Splinter Cell: Conviction, that allowed Sam Fisher to take out multiple enemies in quick succession.

After dispatching the enemies, Aveline moves onto a new section; driving a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of New Orleans. Her cargo is a series of explosive barrels. Enemies fire on Aveline setting her cargo on fire, so she has to rush to her destination in hopes that the barrels don’t explode before she can get where she needs to go. She has a specific location where she wants to the barrels to blow up, after all. To speed up the horses, you have to tap the side of the screen. I asked if you have to use the touch screen exclusively to snap the reigns, and Ubisoft said that it wants to give players the option to use either the touch screen or the buttons for those kinds of actions. At the moment, however, touch screen is the only option. The touch screen was also used to select and equip assorted items in your inventory. Ubisoft said it will likely incorporate the back touch panel in some way, but didn’t have anything to show off in the demo we were seeing.

Our demo ended with a quick romp around the city to see some of the sites. Aveline took a walk through Jackson Square, climbed St. Louis Cathedral, rotated the camera to take in the open city, and did the all too familiar jump into a hay bale below.

Assassin’s Creed III Liberation is coming to the Vita on October 30.

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  • Looks great. I hope its not a watered down version, but a full console experience.
  • I'm interested so far. I'm curious to know more about Aveline and how she fits into the larger AC narrative.

  • Looks like the bees knees
  • This totally makes up for the previous AC handheld titles(especially Bloodlines for PSP).
  • a female assassin IDK.
  • This and cod will sell the vita

  • Well crap! Now I have to get a Vita.
  • I might just GET this.

  • That first paragraph excites the hell outta me.

  • This game looks great. Its cool to see them expanding the series to other characters. I hope this series is around for a long time.

  • I really appreciate Ubisoft going in a different direction, narratively-speaking, by having a female Assassin here. I really can't wait to see her role in the events of the series and also in the history of Louisiana and New Orleans. This game, like all the console releases in this series, has the privilege of taking place during a really interesting time in history, so it looks like I'll be picking up this, and a Vita to play it on, come October.
  • This is a great example of why I bought the Vita.  A must buy for me.

  • I am thirlled a femme fatale has her own game!!!!!  I hope to see Ubisoft incorporate a console version also.  That is on DLC I would not hesitate to buy.  Yes the franchise is a very familar one..but I am never ceased to be amazed by how the thrill of the kill is still a thrill.

  • Love Assassin's Creed, and hearing that it feels like a full console release on the Vita makes me ecstatic.

  • Holy crap. Remember when we wished the Game Boy Color looked like the N64? Damn, we've come a LONG way.

  • I am glad I own a Vita, the good stuff is starting to show up now and my must have list have grown (Gravity Rush, Soul Sacrifice, Call Of Duty, All Stars, LBP, AC3 Liberation, Silent Hill Book of Memories).

  • It sounds like the game is shaping up nicely...

  • If they scaled anything down graphically, it's not because the Vita's underpowered - its hardware should let it perform on the level of a PS3, or better. Unrelated: In the trailer, who's that white chick she turns into for a second there toward the end?
  • This will be great!!!

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