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Assassin’s Creed Unity. © Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Unity is an action-adventure videogame developed and published by Ubisoft in November 2014. The game can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows and it is the eighth installment in the franchise. It continues the story of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and the fight between the Assassins and Templars, but this time action takes place during the French Revolution.

Key facts about Assassin’s Creed Unity

  • Assassin's Creed Unity plot unfolds during the French Revolution and most of the quests take place in the city of Paris.
  • The action-adventure videogame introduces co-op multiplayer, in which up to four players can complete more difficult quests.
  • Assassin's Creed Unity’s narrative received mixed reviews, with some criticizing it as shallow despite its educative nature.
  • The combat system has been improved compared to previous installments, but the stealth mechanics can still use a bit of polish.
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity allows for a great degree of customization, of gear and weapons but also the skills unlocked while leveling up.

The Assassin’s Creed Unity games

Assassin's Creed Unity games now includes cooperative multiplayer, presenting players with a chance to interact in taverns acting as social hubs. Most of the levels that can be completed in single player mode are also available for co-op, so players can accomplish these missions in a different way. When players invite their peers to join their game, all those who participate will start playing from the most recent checkpoint. All of them assume the identity of Arno, but wearing the gear and weapons already unlocked.

The story missions that are reserved to single player are also susceptible to be completed in different ways, by using brute force or stealth. Developers came up with the Assassins Creed Unity Companion App, which is supposed to grant access to collectibles. Those who install this application can unlock new missions, discover chests and get new assassination targets, but only after completing in-game goals.

What is Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity is the 8th installment in the Ubisoft series and its action takes place in a fictional history, braided smoothly with real-world events. The game is centered on the adventures of Arno Dorian and is played from a third person perspective in an open world depicting Paris during the French Revolution. The popular game mechanics from previous installments have returned, with an improved stealth and combat system. The game can also be played in multiplayer and co-op narrative modes, featuring up to 4 players.

Gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin’s Creed Unity has refined the combat mechanics that players wanted to be improved and new ones such as fencing were introduced. Some of the weapons from the previous installments have returned, but this expansion introduces the Phantom Blade, which is a highly effective crossbow. This weapon can fire projectiles at long distances, helping players take out armored enemies, before they can sound the alarm. The most satisfying combat mechanics are those performed up close with deadly effect.

Screenshot of Assassin’s Creed Unity. © Ubisoft
Screenshot of Assassin’s Creed Unity. © Ubisoft

Moving around the maps is also easier in Assassin’s Creed Unity, thanks to the Free-run up and Free-run down mechanics. As players level up, their character will learn new skills and unlock new abilities, but some can also be purchased with in-game currency. Interactions between Arno and NPCs are more complex, with players being able to engage any of the computer-controlled characters. Interfering with the life of civilians can be done by settling disagreements, catching thieves or scaring away bullies

Customization is a core concept in Assassin’s Creed Unity and the process goes well beyond the initial stages of setting up a character. By accumulating experience points, players can choose a skill tree that is better suited for their combat type of choice. It is also possible to customize the gear and weapons, with the latter including everything from smoke bombs and pistols, to swords, spears and axes.

Plot of Assassin’s Creed Unity

The plot of Assassin’s Creed Unity starts with the player browsing a compendium of memories and remembering the sacking of Paris in 1307. He witnesses how Grand Master Jacques de Molay hides artifacts in a crypt, before the assassins get to him. The game moves forward four centuries, with Arno Dorian being adopted by the Templar Grand Master. He gets to meet his daughter De La Serre. She is initiated into the Templar order, but her father gets murdered. Immediately after, Arno is blamed for the killing and imprisoned.

He befriends Assassin Pierre Bellec who invites him to join the Brotherhood after they escape from prison. This happens during the Storming of the Bastille and Arno returns to Elise, swearing to avenge the death of her father. On his path for revenge, he saves François Thomas Germain from captivity, only to realize that he was the one who ordered the killing of De La Serre. The Assassin’s Creed Unity plot thickens as he is revealed to be plotting to overthrow of the King of France.

Screenshot of Assassin’s Creed Unity. © Ubisoft
Screenshot of Assassin’s Creed Unity

Arno continues his investigation despite and his path crosses with Napoleon Bonaparte. He saves Elise from captivity and chooses to stay behind and protect her, instead of trying to capture Germain. This results in his expelling from the Brotherhood. Losing motivation hestarts drinking, but returns to Paris during the Reign of Terror to discredit Maximilian Robespierre.

In the final chapters of the game, they capture Robespierre who gives away the location of Germain who hides in a Templar crypt. This is revealed to be the same place where the game starts and where the Sword of Eden is hidden. In the ensuing fight both Elise and Germain die, with Arno eventually becoming a Master Assassin sworn to protect Paris.

Development of Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin’s Creed Unity was announced shortly after the previous installment hit the stores, with development starting in early 2011. The first screenshots were revealed in 2014 and in the second half of the year, the first trailer was presented to the fans. The rumors were confirmed, after the fans noted that the symbols revealed when completing the Assassins Creed Brotherhood hinted to the French Revolution.

Where can I download Assassin’s Creed Unity?

Ubisoft Montreal was the division responsible for developing the game, which can be downloaded from the Ubisoft official website. Tom Clancy’s The Division, Far Cry Primal and Watch Dogs are just a few of the other games that can be purchased here. Fans of the franchise can acquire all the games in the series at a discounted price, although the preorder bonuses are no longer available.

Screenshot of Assassin’s Creed Unity. © Ubisoft
Screenshot of Assassin’s Creed Unity. © Ubisoft

What are others saying about Assassin’s Creed Unity?

Assassin’s Creed Unity reviews were positive and they acknowledge the fact that developers made the game to be more challenging. Interactions between the players and AI controlled crowds were also celebrated by both players and reviewers, but the stealth mechanics drew some criticism. The visual improvements and the superior voice acting led to initial review scores of 8 out of 10, despite the occasional technical issues and some faulty mission designs for co-op.

The game was well received by console users, with the next generation devices presenting a beautiful open world. The scope of the game and the customization options were the catalyst behind most positive reviews, as they appeal to both hard-core fans and new players. The lack of a convincing main character however was cited as the main reason for why Assassin’s Creed Unity failed to reach its full potential.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity tournaments

Players can now enjoy the missions in co-op multiplayer after completing them by themselves. Roaming the maps in the company of fellow players and taking on powerful opponents in parties of four is quite exciting. Unfortunately, there is no fully fledged multiplayer, therefore no Assassin’s Creed Unity tournaments for those who seek competition at the highest level. Tom Clancy’s The Division and Watch Dogs are the two games developed by Ubisoft that have better multiplayer and are worth a try.

My rating of Assassin’s Creed Unity

I’ve played all the game in the franchise and it’s only safe to say that as long as Ubisoft is producing them, I’ll keep playing. Assassin’s Creed Unity was in line with my expectations after the release of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, but deep inside I was hoping for more. I’ve always appreciated the educational value of the games in this series, despite the fact that many events are depicted in a way that might offend some history buffs. As a player and game reviewer, I was more upset with the unrefined stealth and the free running mechanics, therefore I can’t rate this game about 8 out of 10.

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