My Mini Review of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation

At this point I am… just about 40% of the way through. I’m not ashamed of being a slow player. Also I don’t have an overlarge amount of time to make significant progress now that we’re back from break.

Spoilers for the first half of the game?

So I knew very little about the Assassin’s Creed franchise going into the game, except for the fact that it’s about killing people, and that the games apparently got worse and worse as they were developed. I have no frame of reference for how buggy or non-buggy ACL is supposed to be, so I didn’t notice anything too out of the ordinary. Sometimes I have to run around a little bit before the interact option pops up, but for the most part, it’s smooth sailing. I love playing as the Assassin or the slave persona, because running on top of buildings saves ENORMOUS amounts of time and makes me feel like a superhero.

Fighting in ACL is… well… I’m not good at it. At all. The game lags a bit, too, but I can usually beat my objective after several tries. That’s not the game’s fault, just my own.

As for plot, I remember when I was asking my friend Katelyn about ACL (I outsource all of my gaming knowledge from my friends) and she was telling me about Animus and the plot, and I said to myself, isn’t that kind of dumb? Why bother with this weird framing device of this futuristic company and this strange memory technology? Why not just BE the historical character? I mean it’s a cool idea, but it just seemed like fluff around what could already have been a solid game.

And then I ran into Citizen E for the first time. I seriously thought I had crashed my computer when the first error/hackery-type message popped up. I’m glad he showed up when he did because I was seriously thinking about shelving the game for good, on account of being terrible at fighting and all – but now I have to finish it. This will probably be one of the only games I’ve ever finished, along with the Portal series and the Bioshock series.

But gaming time is now relegated to the weekend. It was easier when it was so cold outside, but now I want to walk around and bask in the sunshine, instead of holing up in my room playing video games!

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