Assassin's Creed Liberation HD
Top Critic Average
Sometimes stripped-down and stealthy, but mostly basic and boring, Liberation can't play in the big leagues.
Liberation HD is a better way to see Aveline's story, but it's still riddled with too many issues to be enjoyable.
Sometimes, even good games never overcome the sum of their failures.
The graphical touchup could be better, and its handheld roots are still obvious, but Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD still contains a soling gaming experience for fans of the series.
While Liberation offers AC junkies some elements that will keep them happy for up to 15 hours, the game ultimately lacks coherent storytelling, interesting missions and memorable characters.
Liberation is so-so, a cheap yet only moderately fulfilling title that throws back the curtain on the elderly systems of the Assassin's Creed franchise pre-Black Flag.
For those who've played the original version, the update has nothing new to offer except for a slight spit-and-polish and a few extra lacklustre missions. The multiplayer has been removed completely but to be honest, it'll probably not be missed. Strapping yourself back into the Animus for Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD feels like you're taking one step forward and two steps back, particularly so soon after the release of the brilliant Black Flag. However, you can't escape the feeling that Aveline de Grandpre is just getting warmed up and that by introducing her to a new audience, Ubisoft are giving fans clues on which direction this never-ending saga through time could be going. As the mystery of the Assassin's Creed universe grows, so does our anticipation, which is why we can't help but keep coming back for more.
Perhaps this is greatest compliment I can pay Liberation. This game restored my faith. Ubisoft can still produce a good Assassin's Creed game. It's a shame this wasn't the big release instead of Connor's outing. Aveline's a more interesting main character, and the story is much more personal, instead of the crazy history stroking the main series became. After thoroughly enjoying my time in New Orleans, I'm finally ready to go see what Edward Kenway has to offer.