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POSTED 5/11/12


ASSASSIN'S CREED III: LIBERATION

Ubisoft

Vita

The Animus is coming, and everybody’s running, from north to New Orleans in the Louisiana sun!

While Desmond has his marrow in the American Revolution space, this Vita exclusive spinoff also takes place in the US in much the same time, and you can probably guess where – just look for the Vengabu- erm, Animus.

Our protagonist is strong, wily, well-armed and scrubs up mighty fine in a dress. Yes, we do declare that we have a female protagonist here. She’s Aveline de Grandpré, she’s of French/African descent, and she’s basically Batman with boobs. Move over Brotherhood, the Sisterhood’s in town!

As you’d both hope – and expect - Aveline’s escapades stick quite snugly to the established Assassin’s Creed mould. There’s a whole lotta sneakin’ going on, but sometimes the need for seriously slashtastic bloodletting is there, and Aveline’s no slouch with a blade – or poison dart-equipped parasol. Then, of course, there’s the fetchin’. She takes on slavery, shipping magnatery, corrupt Spanish types, those pesky Mayans’ ruins, quite a few alligators and more in her exploits, be they gussied up as assassin, Southern lady (running’s a bitch with all those bloomers flapping about) or slave – three quite distinct costumes allowing three distinctly distinct personas, all of which require distinctly different management styles. Distinctly.

Being Vita-exclusive, it shouldn’t surprise that Vita-specific controls are included, but fiddle-dee-dee, none invade playability for the heck of it. Well, not too much. Otherwise, more traditionally-controlled staples such as free-running work satisfyingly well.

Basically, a big machine game’s been cannily shoehorned into a little machine. The graphics may dip and dive a bit between lowly and wowee, and things may stutter a tad here and there, but anybody looking for adventuretastic Vita fun should find these vittles sure is tasty.

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