Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry (PlayStation 3) Review

By Az Elias 14.04.2014 11

Review for Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry on PlayStation 3

Ubisoft has done something a little bit different with the latest download content for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag; not only is Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry available to purchase as an expansion to owners of the latest main entry in the series, but it can also be bought and played as a completely independent title for those that don't own ACIV. This is an intriguing idea, and Freedom Cry gives the impression that this could be a good move for other developers in the future.

Playing an expansion to a main entry game before playing the respective game it is linked to is not normally something most video game players would do, but with the option for Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry to be purchased as a standalone product, it is very possible that some people would wind up doing just that. It isn't as problematic as most would initially think - far from it, in fact.

Freedom Cry takes place 15 years after Black Flag, as it follows the exploits of Adéwalé - previously Edward Kenway's second-in-command - after he washes up on the shores of Port-au-Prince in 1735. As the French have oppressed the poor people of the West Indies, the slaves here live in a horrible nightmare. Once a slave himself, Adéwalé vows to help, and kick-start the rebellion to finally break the people free from the brutal shackles of slavery. It is an eye-opening plot - one that doesn't last too long, given its intentions as an expansion story, but there are images and scenes here that are sure to stir up some heartfelt emotions…emotions that make the cause absolutely worth fighting for.

Exploring the exotic locales of a fixed area of the Caribbean, Adéwalé can venture to the ocean waves in a ship, as well as explore the lands dotted around, to free any slaves and recruit new crew members. Most of the liberating is for side-mission purposes, but it plays into the overall story crucially, really giving an idea as to what life was like for these innocent citizens back in the 18th Century.

Screenshot for Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry on PlayStation 3

Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry begins on a positive note in the sense that it is quite literally a quick press of the New Game button, one very short opening cut-scene, and straight into the action on the open seas. Keeping the cinematic low and putting the ship right in players' hands immediately is a refreshing signal - again, this may be due in part to it being download content, too, but it makes for a good first impression. Even in the opening scene, there was clearly odd NPC behaviour, as one bloke kept walking into a wall aboard the ship, but, luckily, that wasn't a sign of bad things to come. Peculiar AI activity can occur, as has been the case in past Assassin's Creed games, but there is nothing game-breaking.

The naval battles can be particularly tough to get used to at first, especially when confronted with multiple ships to destroy. Without upgrading the ship and really having multiple goes at getting used to the controls, fighting in the seas can be tough to deal with. Once it is down, though, there is nothing better than firing cannonballs, smashing holes and sinking the enemy in a raging thunderstorm - that's when the 'piratey' feeling of this game comes alive.

Apart from the introduction of fights at sea, which players of Black Flag will already be used to, the gameplay is still very much same old, same old. The parkour, stealth and assassinate formula has grown a little wearisome as the series has gone by, and Freedom Cry doesn't really do much else to change that. What can be said, though, is that Freedom Cry is actually a great place to start for any newcomer to the Assassin's Creed franchise. It is only a few hours long, but the open world and sea battles really give an idea of what to expect in the latest main entry, Black Flag. There really isn't any part of the story that is drastically affected or spoiled from playing this game before Black Flag, and it is a good way to gauge whether the much fuller, meatier game will be worth a purchase afterwards.

Screenshot for Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry on PlayStation 3

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

The decision to invest in Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry will depend on whether Black Flag players want a little bit more of the same, and to play and see more of Adéwalé. It doesn't do much different to what has come before, but if stealth gameplay and naval battles were looked fondly upon previously, then there is a good five hours of gameplay here - more, if going for everything there is to see. Newcomers can find a decent place to start the series, as it requires no knowledge of past games to enjoy it, and it can then be used to gauge whether purchasing Black Flag would be wise.

Also known as

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry

Developer

Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher

Ubisoft

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10 (1 Votes)

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Comments

Why this is a ps3 exclusive is beyond me....you'd think devs would have learned not to support sony's banner so exclusively anymore.

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Vorash Kadan said:
Why this is a ps3 exclusive is beyond me....you'd think devs would have learned not to support sony's banner so exclusively anymore.
It's exclusive as a standalone purchase on PS3 and PS4. It's available as Black Flag DLC on PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One and PC. Sony clearly struck up a deal with Ubi to make it standalone on PS, and Ubi accepted. Don't see the problem personally.

It's Nintendo fans that get shafted...again Smilie

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Adam Riley said:
It's Nintendo fans that get shafted...again Smilie
That is definitely a problem. I would say the Wii U was lucky to even get Black Flag anyway, but after it did get it, missing out on DLC is a pain. Just comes down to what's best financially for Ubi in the end...and they must not have thought building this one for Wii U would be logical. Doesn't make it any less of a pain for Wii U owners, of course.

Azuardo said:
Adam Riley said:
It's Nintendo fans that get shafted...again Smilie
That is definitely a problem. I would say the Wii U was lucky to even get Black Flag anyway, but after it did get it, missing out on DLC is a pain. Just comes down to what's best financially for Ubi in the end...and they must not have thought building this one for Wii U would be logical. Doesn't make it any less of a pain for Wii U owners, of course.

Nor does it fix the problem most gamers have with arrogant sony only fans. This needs to stop & third party games need to be shared between all THREE major consoles, that way it drives the console companies to improve their first party titles even more to help consumers chose between the three.

This far Nintendo STILL delivers the BEST first party games, so if they had the equal third party support both ms & sony would lose no less than 1/3 of their install base & I'd have no reason to own a sony brand system.

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

Once again, an anti-everything-that-isn't-Nintendo comment is brought up in a review unrelated to Nintendo from Vorash. This is getting really old now. Could you please take that rubbish elsewhere? People are sick and tired of seeing these obsessive comments at this website, and there are plenty who enjoy all consoles, regardless of brand, so this 'death to everything that isn't Nintendo' attitude is what has to stop. If you really want to bad-mouth other companies, make a topic in the forum to vent it, but please don't keep posting these remarks in people's reviews and articles - it's unfair.

Azuardo said:
Once again, an anti-everything-that-isn't-Nintendo comment is brought up in a review unrelated to Nintendo from Vorash. This is getting really old now. Could you please take that rubbish elsewhere? People are sick and tired of seeing these obsessive comments at this website, and there are plenty who enjoy all consoles, regardless of brand, so this 'death to everything that isn't Nintendo' attitude is what has to stop. If you really want to bad-mouth other companies, make a topic in the forum to vent it, but please don't keep posting these remarks in people's reviews and articles - it's unfair.

Don't put words in my mouth Azu, you've got a responsibility to represent this website in an honorable manner so you'd better knock it off before you lose your Moderator status.

Let me clear up YOUR mistake with my comment.
1: I am not anti everything that's not Nintendo, that rule applies to the Psycho SOny Cronies. I'm perfectly fine with Microsoft whether it's PC gaming or Xbox, I just have a personal grudge against SOny & the ignorant elitist PIGS that make up the vast majority of their install base (as you yourself have proven from time to time...)

2: It's true that I PREFER Nintendo as they make the best over all first party games, but that doesn't stop me from owning SOny or MS systems & enjoying the third party games on those. Tell me what Nintendo systems so you own besides 3DS & when was the last time you've played them hmmm?

3: Both SOny AND Nintendo deserve NO credit for third party games so your comment about me carries no weight. Even Nintendo doesn't deserve credit for Metroid Prime as Retro Studios made 80% of it themselves.....do I need to explain anything further to you Azu since you seem so confused & EQUALLY guilty of what you THINK I am doing?

Oh & here's an article to help you understand my point about how annoyingly stupid Psycho SOny Cronies are to the ENTIRE gaming industry... http://www.crappyreviews.com/1/post/2013/11/do-sony-fanboys-tarnish-the-playstation-brand.html http://videogamedebate.com/2014/02/23/fanboys-explained/comment-page-1/#comment-1755

( Edited 19.04.2014 04:08 by Vorash Kadan )

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

I was going to reply a little more in-depth to that, because there's so much wrong with it, but I can't be bothered. I honestly don't care about what problems you have with other companies or people - it's all unrelated to the article, so go post about it in a topic that is. That's the issue.

I am simply asking you to please cut out the constant slamming of other companies and bringing up matters that are completely unrelated to the reviews and articles that you are posting on. It is disrespectful to the writers of this website when you don't talk about the actual review or game at hand, and instead come in to find any opportunity to slam other companies or a certain group of fans. You are free to talk about what you wish for the most part, but show some respect. I know I am not the only one that is not happy that you continue to post derogatory comments when it's a review/article that isn't related to Nintendo, and I'm asking that you please cut it out. You're like a broken record, and it's boring as hell.

I understand what your saying Azu & will do my best to follow that advise so long as YOU do the same. Don't forget you also slammed the idea of KH3 AND MGS Revengence coming to Wii U even though it's possible for them to AND there is absolutely NO reason for them to not be on Wii U (unless it's contract base but that's only for KH3 possibly) & both games would do VERY well on it. Suffice it to say if I am "pushed" by someone I will make sure the "arm" that shoved me gets broken....that is a promise as I have the experience & jargon to do so. It's not that what I am stating is boring in any way, you're just incredibly butt hurt over WHAT I am saying & why I say it.

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

Vorash, I am always happy to debate something with you. You have your own opinions, and I have mine. Look, we don't need to go into the KH3 and MGRR things again. We can if you want, but not here. There is a KH topic, and each game has its own topic to discuss each game - so if you want to debate more about either, feel free to post in one.

All I ask, is that you cut down the off-topic posting in people's reviews and articles. We don't need to bring up "arrogant fanboys," and post derogatory names for companies and people in PS3 reviews and the like, or post at the site in general to wish for Sony and MS gaming divisions to be shut down. I know you have strong feelings for many things, and if you don't like one company or another, that's fine, but we don't need to see it all the time at this site, as we try to cater to fans of all platforms here - hence the greater number of non-Nintendo reviews over the last few years. We're growing to cover all bases as much as possible, and we don't need our community retorting to the lowest common denominator. If you don't like something, post it in a topic related to the matter at hand, or make a new one.

Fair enough & not a bad rebuttal there.

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

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