Blood on the streets, constant riots and the murder of high profile historical figures; the French Revolution seems like the perfect setting for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. But after 7 games, what more can be built on, and can it continue to be entertaining?
‘New and improved’ has been the theme in this edition of the Assassin’s Creed series, with a new assassin, a new city and an overhauled movement system. The ability to free-flow up and down buildings with more ease than ever before. Running across the roof tops of revolutionary Paris is simply a joy, especially when you take the time to stop and look at the breadth and scope of the city. AC’s replication of Paris is incredibly thorough, highly detailed and filled to the brim with unique citizens who interact with surroundings by talking with other people, starting fights, and taking part in shaping history around you.
The updated free running system also provides a much needed overhaul to the same system that we have seen for 7 games. The new addition of climbing through windows and exploring buildings adds a completely new dimension to gameplay. The fantastic animations, buildings with plenty of technical climbing paths and a new downward parkour system resolves one of the biggest gripes with the AC games.
The Assassin’s Creed games have prided themselves on world and period immersion, no matter when and where they take place, and while Paris looks and feels magnificent don’t expect to hear French accents. English accents litter the city and kind of destroy the sense of time and place, especially when the characters throw in a French word every now and then (just to remind you that you’re actually in Gai Paris). This combined with some lazy story telling and less than compelling main characters dissolve any sense of intrigue in both story and character exploration.
The French Revolution is one of the most volatile and interesting time periods in history, yet somehow this game isn’t particularly interesting or French. A game of high peaks and low troughs, it is incredibly fun to play and explore, but the story leaves you wanting more from the seventh installment in the AC series.
Set within Paris during the French Revolution, the single-player story follows Arno Dorian in his efforts to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. The game retains the series’ third-person, open world exploration as well as introducing a revamped combat, parkour and stealth system. Assassin’s Creed Unity introduces cooperative multi-player to the AC series, allowing up to four players to engage in narrative-driven missions and explore the open-world map.