Assassin’s Creed Unity is the first title in the series built deliberately for the more highly developed hardware of this generation’s consoles rather than upgraded a bit from the version released on the PS4 and Xbox 360.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is a game of impractical peaks and disappointing valleys. Its highs of movement, customization options, and just the city of Paris itself pierce the sky like the spire of Notre Dame.
You will travel around Paris and its many delights as Arno Dorian, who is a recently joined Assassin in the middle of French Revolution Paris. Arno is a strong-headed, cocky individual who has different similarities to our favorite assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, from Assassin’s Creed 2. Paris in Unity is sprawling and compactly populated. Running around the city on the streets or the rooftops, you see many famous landmarks as well as differentiated shops and homes.
Arno seems to move over buildings more liberally with new animations and a “free-run down” button that makes it easier to move down from great heights in speed and security. Combat has also been revitalized, doing away with counter-kills in favor of more real swordplay, while the set-piece assassinations now support you to discover the environment looking for weaknesses.
It offers open-ended missions that are a refreshing change for the Assassin’s Creed series. Armed with your customized Arno, you really do have the freedom to shape your own path. With each mission you’ll be offered with optional objectives too, such as taking out a number of guards from cover or hiding points, performing double air assassinations or damaging alarm bells.
Assassin’s Creed Unity also introduces a multiplayer cooperative mode to the series for the first time, with up to four players able to take on missions together. It provides plenty of satisfying stealth and action sequences in a lively rendition of Paris during the French Revolution.
If you’re seriously into Assassin’s Creed, you can also connect your smartphone to Ubisoft’s Uplay service to unlock content in the main game.
- Striking recreation of French Revolution Paris
- Hundreds of hours of content
- Powerful storyline
- Control system still isn’t perfect
- Still a few bugs to be fixed
Assassin’s Creed Unity feels like the perfect starting point for gamers new to the series. Revolutionary Paris is one of the most delightfully realized environments in a series that has had its fair share of them, but the game you play doesn’t really do it justice. The scope is stunning, the customization is pleasing, and the multiplayer touches upon some really motivated ideas. It is a solid step onto the newer generations of powerful consoles.