I got this game on the release day. Due to the lack of reviews I've seen on this game, here are some thoughts I have about it:
Before- I will send out a small discretion: I never spend $40 on a game, I just wanted to see what this was all about. I also love my vita. Any game that shows off what it can do, I'm interested in. I also do not like the Assassins Creed games, but still, I wanted to see what this new gen game had to offer.
Although Liberations graphics are probably the best on a portable yet, edges are still fairly rough. I was expecting to be blown away with the graphics, but they weren't as good as I thought they might be. They are still pretty good though. All the mouths move in-sync with dialogue for the most part. Leaves are a bit flat and clothing (and clothing shadows) look very printed on, instead of textures (just be aware, I know there are limitations).
The map is huge; there is a lot to explore. However, there isn't many places you can just go inside of. It would be a breath of fresh air to be able to go inside to buy weapons or get food. After awhile, everything starts looking the same; New Orleans looks like New Orleans, the Swamp looks like a swamp, and Mexico... well, haven't gotten that far yet. My point is, although the location is super cool, you are basically doing a lot of running from one person to the next with maybe a skirmish or 'tearing down a wanted poster' in between, which gets a bit old. I find myself just steering so I don't push over every woman and child I pass.
You can climb anything in the game, jumping from rooftop to rooftop or from branches or ladders. This is a great feature of the game which the other Assassins Creed games have as well. It makes the action fluid and fast moving, it's also pretty fun just running above the towns and swamps. The detail in this game is not spared at all with birds, alligators, horses, dogs- swimming. You can also travel using a canoe. It definitely shows off the potential. The scenery is beautiful; standing at the lookout and looking around is truly a work of art. It is very well done.
The main character is awesome. I don't think anyone will be disappointed in playing her through the campaign. The voice acting is cool, her backstory is cool, and all and all, she is cool. You can dress her in three different costumes (personas): Lady Persona, Slave Persona, and Assassins Persona. The different personas add a lot of depth to the game: It's fun to flirt with the guards as the lady persona or walk around a plantation as a slave carrying boxes. It's just fun.
The story mode is pretty interesting. It's a little convoluted and jumps around a bit, but the bit I've played so far, is pretty interesting and it might be the saving grace to keep this repetitive masterpiece from getting dull. You don't start getting side missions until you get to the swamp. Introducing those a bit earlier, might have been a good idea. I didn't do a whole lot of exploring at first, just playing the story mode straight, because I didn't feel like there was much more else to do. It would be cool to get a hang of the environment if there were tutorials disguised as side missions.
The fighting mechanics probably could use some work. Continuously pressing the attack button will give a slew of different attacks which makes fighting a bit boring. In my opinion, it needs a specified block, stab, and swing button. It feels too much like a button meshing contest to see if I can out-button push the enemies. The buttons change too, based on if the enemy is attacking you, which I am not a fan of. At one point, I just wanted to go on a killing spree and it was tricky getting her to lock on and kill someone. She finally did it, but after three or four kills, it automatically kills you rebuking you for killing civilians - I have knives that come out of my sleeves, what do you expect?
The sound design on it is great! The music and audio really add a touch you'd come to expect from a console game.
This game is a great addition to the vita library. I'm glad I bought it. However, I probably won't spend that much again on a vita game unless it is Hitman, GTA, Red Dead, or Fallout. There are some issues, but for the most part, it is a fun game that I think will provide HOURS of game time. I do hope as I get farther into it, there will be more to do in terms of side missions. As I've played it a bit more, I'm going to say it's a must have vita game, definitely worth checking out. I was more indifferent at first, but as I've been playing it, it's hard to even put down.
I rate this game: 8/ 10
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