At Gamescom we did queue for a some time to try Assassin’s Creed 3, but the wait was worth it.
Inside the massive Assassin’s Creed booth wasn’t just a multiplayer trial for the game, although that was still there, there was single player demos for both the Playstation 3 and the Wii U.
However, we were spoilt for choice we a chance to also play Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation on Sony’s Playstation Vita.
Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation is a tie-in game that takes place in New Orleans between 1765 and 1780, which is during the time between the end of the French and Indian War up to the middle of the American Revolution. On top of which players do not assume the role of Connor, the lead character in Assassin’s Creed 3, in fact they will for the first time a female assassin in the main campaign with the story of the game following Aveline de Grandpré, a female Assassin of French and African descent.
At Gamescom they had several Vita’s on display with two demos for the upcoming game. The first demo was about Aveline going out to collect some crocidile eggs, to do this we had to canoe down the bayoe, this is done using the rear touch pad of the device by stroking it to paddle you canoe down stream. When we landed we had to get those eggs, but before that we had to kill crocidile, which is unsurprising since we are trying to take its eggs. After collecting all of them we moved slightly down to encounter some bandits and you know what happened, time to take them out.
The movement plays exactly like the console version of Assassin’s Creed 3 with Aveline swing and bounding from tree to tree to get the advantage of simply to move in for the kill. Assassinating someone is as easy as playing the game on a standard controller and the combat has all the same moves as the standard game like kicking, countering and blocking. The only thing I couldn’t find was crouching or the ability to crouch but I didn’t experiment very far.
The next demo on show was showing off more of the map, as well as showing off how big the world can be. This is a fullyfledged Assassin’s Creed title with stores and pedestrians roaming the streets. The mission for this demo was to kill a recruiter for the Red Coats, or the British. Aveline had one hitch don’t get seen, this was difficult as I couldn’t work out crouching, however I quickly overcame this and stormed ahead till I got a chance to have a kill, I missed and failed, HARD, so I repeated the same preceedure and succeeded a second time, the only hitch now was to escape, which just like any Assassin’s Creed it simply meant getting on top of a building and cheese it before you are kudos. After than the demo was over.
Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation is indeed deserving of the Assassin’s Creed name, it looks good for a handheld title and is defiitely one of the titles I will pick up for the Vita, its an extra story set at the same time with features linking to official third title.
Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation launches the same time as Assassin’s Creed 3 on October 31st 2012.