Assassin's Creed III Liberation

Common Sense Media says

Bloody American Revolution-themed RPG with female assassin.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You play as an assassin, negating any possible positive message for players.

Positive role models

The character of Aveline frees slaves, searches for her missing mother, and aids the Louisiana rebellion during the American Revolutionary War, but is a ruthless assassin, so ultimately is not a good role model. 

Ease of play

The game tries to use all of the Vita's bells and whistles, which can get confusing to players and isn't always intuitive (i.e. pinching the front and rear touch screens to tear open a letter or a ball-rolling mini-game using the internal gyroscopes).

Violence

The game is filled with violence. Players are sent to kill enemies using a variety of tools, ranging from machetes and blowpipes to whips and guns. Players scream when hit and there are large pools of blood. Some fight sequences are shown in slow motion to heighten the impact.

Sex

Aveline sometimes disguises herself as a high-class lady to flirt with and woo enemies. One cutscene features a character touching his crotch and thrusting his hips while talking to her in a suggestive manner. 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Moderate privacy and safety concerns. The multiplayer mode uses geolocation, because it's a statistically themed game where players work together to control "nodes" around the globe. There is no direct contact between players. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is a portable third-person action game for the PlayStation Vita. Like Assassin's Creed III, it is set during the American Revolution, but has no other ties to the console game. The game is violent and bloody, however, as players step into the shoes of a female assassin, who sometimes disguises herself as a slave or society lady. The ugliness of slavery is shown (including whips and slave auctions). And the game features some sexual innuendo. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

What Kids Can Learn

While elements of Assassins Creed III Liberation focus on American history, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

While elements of Assassins Creed III Liberation focus on American history, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Players assume the role of Aveline, an African-American child who, thanks to her rich father, avoids slavery, but whose mother disappears under mysterious circumstances. For reasons not made clear to the player, she becomes an assassin, who operates in one of three personas: slave, society lady, and rooftop assassin. With an arsenal of weapons (on top of her skilled hand-to-hand combat skills), she blends in with slaves to get close to targets, flirts with them to lure them into a dark corner, or leaps from rooftop to rooftop, scaling buildings to survey the town.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While Ubisoft's decision to move the Assassin's Creed franchise to the American Revolution opens up a wealth of storytelling possibilities, a few cut corners make ASSASSIN'S CREED III LIBERATION come up a bit short. The character of Aveline is ripe with potential, but players never learn enough about her to care for her. Blend that with some questionable control choices (that feel forced, as if they were included only because of the Vita's capabilities) and the uneven experience that comes with her various personas (assassin and slave add to the gameplay, but the 'lady' persona drags the game down) and you can't help feeling a bit disappointed. That said, the game's assassination missions are well done. And basic controls, like moving around the city or combat, work quite well. It's fun, but when compared to the other games in the franchise, it falls far short. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about slavery and how common it was during the Revolution. 

  • Families can also discuss the historical aspects of the game. What must it have been like to live during those times?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 30, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation Vita)

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Kid, 11 years old December 2, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Awsome

Some blood not that much
Teen, 13 years old Written byangryface10 November 22, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Wow really

I wanted this game for my birthday, so I looked into it and I saw was the only thing you need to worry about is violence. It says suggestive themes and I see nothing.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byfifeinator114 March 12, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great game on Vita for all.

I think this game is great. Its educationial. The only bad thing is the violence, which isn't even that bad, only if you do finishers. There may be at most 1 words one F-word. Their is slavery and drugs and alcohol in this game seeing that there is French and Spainish forces in this game. But the slavery and drugs are depicted as bad. You save slaves for many of you objectives. You may be an assassins but you are good trying to stop the Templars. This game is good length to for the Ps Vita.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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