Ubisoft decided to show off some brand new screens of the PS Vita exclusive, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberataion. I understand that it might be hard for the younger readers to understand what’s going on when the pictures don’t move or say some snarky comment written on top. Because of this, I will do my best to explain what I think is going on in each of these new screenshots.
I like your hat. Can I have it?
The game’s protagonist, which Wikipedia refers to as Aveline de Grandpré, is seen talking to John Smith (from Pocahontas). He’s trying to coerce Aveline into engaging in illicit affairs. Judging from the look on her face, she is clearly charmed by his naivete.
When I grow up, I want to fly
This is the classic Assassin’s Creed we all know and love. Here Aveline is doing her best Gargoyle impression. The birds and sun are all rendered in real time. Some people might be concerned with the muddy texture of the building in the foreground of the picture. Those people would benefit from remembering that this is an open world game rendered on a handheld. You’re lucky to even have muddy textures. Back in my day we didn’t even have textures. Our Donkey Kong was pre-rendered and we liked it that way.
Shut up, the mud is supposed to look muddy
Here we see Aveline throwing down with the viscous Blue Coats. The Blue Coats were a branch of the French army that eventually settled into America and became the Crips gang. As demonstrated in this screenshot, the Blue Coats were notorious for forgetting their gun could fire bullets. They constantly would use said rifles as spears instead. Many Blue Coats were killed during the French and Indian War.
Wanted for stealing my heart
Ubisoft included this shot to let us know there will be an integral element of stealth included in Liberation. Gamers will be able to sneak behind corners and listen to all the latest gossip. Most of the conversations will be transcripts of water cooler talk from Ubisoft studios. For authenticity’s sake, however, the conversations will be translated into a language more appropriate for the time. Allow me to provide an example…
Two Ubisoft developers standing by the water cooler.
Frank: What’s up Jim?
Jim: I caught my wife cheating on me! She must think I’m an idiot. She’s getting divorce papers tomorrow.
This same conversation would appear in the game like so:
Two poor farmers stand by the water cooler in a marketplace.
Franklin: Good day to you Jimothy! Is your harvest bountiful this season?
Jimothy: Nay! My wife has made a cuckold of me! The wench must take me for a fool! I’ll have her burned at the stake by the morrow!
The Giving Tree Keeps on Giving
This screen is meant to show off that the Vita can handle an impressive number of characters on screen while sacrificing leaf texture quality. But give the developers a break. The dirt looks amazing (and I say that with the utmost sincerity).
You may also have noticed that Aveline is rocking 3 different outfits in these shots. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, am I right?
Freerunning is sooo 1886
Here we see Aveline hopping over Tom Sawyer’s white picket fence. There is beauty all over the place. The leaves look crisp. The draw distance is impressive. The town’s residents are completely indifferent to the gunfire behind them. Spring is definitely in the air. You may have also noticed that Aveline has carried pretty much the same expression throughout the entire game. Talk about a stoic woman!
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation will be available in stores on October 30th.