Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review For PS3: "Amazing Graphics At Cost of Gameplay And Mechanics"
The latest game to receive HD treatment for Playstation 3 is "Assassin's Creed Liberation". Ubisoft has revamped the graphics and visuals right from the scratch and this is clearly visible from the screenshots, and according to me Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is one of the best looking remakes available on retail shelves today.
The developer claims to have added all new missions, upgraded levels and environment, refined gameplay and more, are these new additions enough to convince Playstation 3 gamers to go for a TRUE HD experience of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD?, lets try to find out the answer to this question in our review for the game below.
The plot of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is pretty fascinating but only in the beginning, and it is initially that the player jumps all over the place once he makes progress. As a result of this, many players will be left unsatisfied with the ending/conclusion. Players are forced to do some weird tasks such as assassinating the Governor, without clarifying the reason behind it or no back story or side quests are provided. As soon as Aveline completes a mission of finding out missing supplies, she is immediately tasked to eliminate the Governor. The only point where players will enjoy story of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is when our beloved Connor makes an appearance.
The character development of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is also painful, the worst part is that, except Aveline, none of the characters in the game do justice to their role, whether its poorly written Madeliene or extremely awkward Mister Blanc.
Double Edged Sword:
Assassin's Creed Liberation HD might turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Assassin's Creed series fans who got frustrated with Assassin's Creed IV. The game gives out the feel of old Assassin's Creed gameplay that we loved the most, its pretty straight forward and focuses on assassination and stealth mission.
However this is a double edged sword because almost all missions feels very similar and gameplay tends to get repetitive mid-way. Talking about combat, its pretty shallow and many time feels like a stripped down version of franchise combat engine, so much so that players will find themselves putting it down for long period of time.
As said above, development team at Ubisoft has completely overhauled the graphics and visuals of Assassin's Creed Liberation for Playstation 3. The game features hi-res textures, completely redone character modes, amazing lightning system, more responsive camera and more. All these little upgrades makes a massive difference in Assassin's Creed Liberation PS VITA vs. Assassin's Creed Liberation HD.
Apart from all these things, Ubisoft has also completely redone environments and surroundings, trees and bushes this time around feel more lively and respond effortlessly when characters come in contact with them. Taking about facial animations of all characters, it looks much better than PS VITA version. Character interaction and appearance which was still in handheld version is now more organic.
On a shorter note, Ubisoft for Assassin's Creed Liberation HD dug really deep and completely revamped the game with tons of details.
Size and Length:
The universe in which Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is set is pretty small as compared to previous Assassin's Creed game in the franchise. The main campaign offers playthrough of around 7 hours, and if you are planning to go for viewpoints, collectable and other extras, it will take around 40-45 hours.
The major difference between PS VITA and PS3 versions of Assassin's Creed Liberation is graphics, few added mission and better audio. The development team neglected few major points where improvement was much needed, "Gameplay and Missions". So if you have played Liberation on VITA, we advice you to give this a miss and if you are a die-hard fan of Assassin's Creed series and can easily downplay some of the drawbacks in the game at the cost of graphics and visuals than go for it. Its available for a price tag of $20, but according to me, something around $15 would have done justice.