assassins-creed-unity
Metacritic (PC): 70/100
Metacritic (PS): 71/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 72/100
Release: Nov 2014
Reviewed on: PC

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Site Score
6.5
Good: Absolutely stunning graphics – Co-op and skill trees
Bad: Just feels uninspired – Bugs bring down the whole experience
User Score
8.3
(19 votes)
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Assassin’s Creed continues its historical based adventure series with Unity, a game that will demand lots from your computer but deliver absolutely stunning graphics in return. In the game you’ll get the joy of experiencing Paris during the French revolution as Arno Dorian slowly unravels the true story behind the revolt.

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Arno’s story in this addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise spans 5 years beginning at the eve of the French Revolution in 1789 and ending in 1794. As you would expect the game has a good blend of fiction and non-fiction woven together. While it’s not the greatest story to grace the franchise it definitely isn’t the worst and will keep you engaged throughout although at times you do feel like much more could have been delivered given the rich history of French culture.

Many mechanics in Unity have been redone or reinvented to give all gameplay elements a fresh feel even for Assassin Creed veterans. From combat to parkour and even crowd interaction it’s obvious that a great deal of time was spent improving these core features. Crowd interaction particularly makes the game feel more alive with crowds constantly presenting activities to the player (which you can engage in or ignore) from bringing a thief to justice or stepping into a fist fight.

The two best additions by far though are the new co-operative multiplayer and introduction of a skill tree, two things that have been absent from the franchise previously. With the new skill tree players can now define how they want to play with options to develop skills in stealth, ranged attacks, health and melee. While on the other hand co-operative mode lets you finally enjoy the game with friends by your side.

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Overall the general flow and pacing of the game isn’t far from the previous franchise instalments with quests, exploration and side quests filling up your time in the gorgeous city.

If you push aside the graphical and gameplay bugs you’ll find an enjoyable experience awaiting in Assassin’s Creed Unity especially thanks to the addition of co-op and skill trees, although that is no excuse for the poor release.

Summary:

  • Take part in the French revolution.
  • New co-operative multiplayer lets you experience your favourite franchise with friends.
  • Develop your character the way you want with the new skill tree system.
  • Redesigned combat and parkour elements feel fresh.
  • Plenty of crowd activities to make the world feel more alive.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity, 8.3 out of 10 based on 19 ratings

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