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Assassin's Creed III Liberation

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Bloody American Revolution-themed RPG with female assassin.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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).


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.


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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBattleVet75 July 3, 2013

Pretty disappointing.

This game is actually pretty disappointing for an Assassins Creed game. Unlike AC 2 and 3, this game does not give the player an introduction to the main charac... Continue reading
Parent Written bySuperdjb123 March 21, 2014

No swearing

If you're not a fan of violents this game doesn't have that much
Teen, 14 years old Written byhamilton68 April 3, 2013

We Have Been Liberated!!!

This is a really cool game, but not for younger children. You can use many weapons such as blowguns, pistols, machetes, bullwhips, hidden blades, knifes, etc. t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byfifeinator114 March 12, 2013

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... Continue reading

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 ...

  • 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

For kids who love PS Vita and adventure games

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