Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.
It’s been slammed, it’s been praised and it’s been slammed again. Assassin’s Creed Unity is the game that has divided critics. Some were expecting drastic changes for this awesome franchises first outing on the Xbox One and PS4, the next generation of hardware but come off it... we all knew that things won’t truly change until the next instalment.
Assassin’s Creed in recent years has lost its footing, it’s becoming a Call of Duty, one every year and as this is a story driven game so time will always be in its favour when it comes to development. However, this is not a bad game. Yes the story of Arno our newest addition to the brotherhood is not groundbreaking, it’s a simple story of revenge and doesn’t really take the Templar/Assassin any further but it does give us a new character to love.
Arno is a wayward youth with a thing for women and adventure. Of course there’s only one who has his heart and thanks to some terrific performances from the lead voice actors involved 18th century Paris bursts to life... albeit with British accents which is weird since the enormous amount of people on display.
Which brings us on to the next point. PEOPLE... there are people everywhere, the streets of paris are littered with French speaking NPCs who get in your way... no they really do, they take up every conceivable space to the point where they fall through the map... one second they’re there and the next groups of them are falling through the ground into the abyss!
There may even be occasions when the same fates befall you. Hidden in UBISOFT’s glorious reconstruction of a bustling world lie bugs that look to devour Arno and we’re not talking guards, templars or revolutionaries, we’re talking bugs in the code.... code that will swallow you whole if you dare to take one misstep which is very easy considering Unity suffers from the same old mistakes as its predecessors. The controls, one moment you’re flying high traversing the rooftops, scaling buildings and leaping from one perch to the next and then all of a sudden your movements stutter, they stumble and Arno refuses to go in the direction you want him to. You’ll climb a building and he’ll refuse to go any further, he won’t even go left or right and dropping down... NO NO NO! With the increased stealth elements in this game it becomes a real issue.
It’s an age old annoyance with the series which will one day be beaten but for now it remains.
Apart from that Assassin’s Creed Unity is as action packed as ever and this time around it’s harder than ever. You can’t parry your way out of every issue and more than 2 or 3 guards at a time? You better have smoke bombs on hand to make your escape. Explore, have fun, be the assassin you were meant to be and walk a thousand miles or more in Arno’s shoes.
A great game but please UBISOFT, take a break next year get a team on remastering the original games and then another team spend a year or three building an all new story for next gen consoles, please don’t become an EA, the microtransactions I spotted in the menu broke my heart!