Assassin’s Creed Unity is the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Its backdrop this time is Paris, the booming capital of France.. Unity follows the story of Arno, a cocky mid-twenties rebel focused on getting revenge for his adopted father’s death.
Assassin’s Creed Unity are using the French Revolution to aid its story line and it doesn’t take long until Arno is recruited by the Brotherhood Of Assassin’s to carry out specialised missions.
Taking advantage of the next-gen console hardware, Assassin’s Creed Unity is absolutely stunning. Paris is jam packed with things to do which are a great distraction from the character focused, but linear story. The story focuses on Arno getting vengeance for his adopted father’s death, as well as being blamed for his love interest Elise’s father’s murder. To save confusion, both protagonists have separate fathers. There’s nothing wild about the story here, but with the new focus on character development, it plays out nicely compared to older Assassin’s Creed games.
One of the most impressive graphical features of Unity are the crowds. Out in their thousands, Paris is full of the impressive mobs. Unity has also captured the accuracy of the different districts extremely well. The dark corners of revolution Paris are eerie, rough and run down, as opposed the palaces which are bright, rich and colourful.
Ubisoft have now introduced a new way of using Arno’s parkour abilities. They’ve tweaked the buttons so movement is much more fluid than previous titles. With the new downwards parkour, trailing down the side of a building is so much easier. No longer do I feel like a slip of the buttons will send me hurtling towards the ground.
Combat has also been changed giving you only a few key inputs to overthrow your foes. Attack, parry and dodge are the only actions on offer, but again, combat feels a lot more fluid which for me, makes the game so much better to handle.
Multiplayer co-op has been included which can see up to four assassins take on missions. The most popular game-type are the heist missions which reward players for their use of stealth while carrying out their assassination. This works extremely well and is a lot of fun playing it. Working with a group of friends you can decide on what sort of role you will carry out. Are you the type that loves ranged weapons, or would you rather go head to head with your enemies? the choice is yours and this type of planning adds a whole new outset to the mission.
There is a huge amount of replayablility to Assassin’s Creed Unity because there are so many ways you can finish missions. I found myself plunging my time into the side quests more than the storyline for this reason.
Having spent a large number of hours with Arno, I am confident that I haven’t got the most out of this game yet. With the new likeable characters, next-gen stunning graphics and an overhaul to the parkour and combat systems, Assassin’s Creed Unity has put Ubisoft back on track with there ever-popular franchise.