A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation Vita
- Subjects: Social Studies: history
- Skills: Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving
- 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
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