Assassin’s Creed Unity Review
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Assassin’s Creed Unity Box Art
System: PC, PS4, Xbox One*
Dev: Ubisoft
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: November 11, 2014
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol

Aside from the fresh take on the combat system, there’s also an enjoyable advancement to the parkour system in the game. In the past it always felt as if you were locked in going up to higher ground to escape your adversaries. Which occasionally resulted in some humorous free-fall moments. Now however, you have the option of running and staying on the ground, sliding under tables, leaping over tables but always staying rooted to the ground. This new feature, in addition to running up and over, has increased the fun aspect of traipsing all over the massive open world. Speaking of, the amount of things to do in this open world adventure is just that, it’s massive. Random criminals will be doing shakedowns on innocent peasants, or people stealing things that don’t belong to them all sound very typical, but sometimes you will have specific missions popup for you to do just because you are in the area. I remember something a friend of mine said a long time ago about gaming open worlds. Each time they feel more and more alive, like the world was just moving along even if you aren’t there. I can say I understood what he meant then, and Assassin’s Creed Unity delivers a living environment with the best of them.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Screenshot

Graphically, Unity is a beautiful game. There are a few instances of pop-in, and the occasional “why is that character doing that to that wall” moments, but they never truly feel like they detract from the experience or narrative of the game. There’s not a lot of dead space as we have experienced before, and the people--God the people. These city streets are packed. Sure previous entries have had their fare share of NPCs filling up the streets, but in Unity it is pretty close to how I would imagine, and it is fantastic. Much like the graphics, there’s nothing to worry about with the soundtrack or vocal performances. Everything here just seems to fit together in a nice neat package.

The online play is quite interesting as well. Joining up to three other friends for various narrative specific events (I mean you get to stop executions at the last minute à la Robin Hood style) is a lot of fun, but adding in heists and various other gameplay aspects for you and your ruthless band of assassins is a whole other thing. I can’t wait to see what else we have in store with this type of online gameplay, as I never truly felt like the previous online functionality really appealed to the assassin in us all.


While I was not on board with Assassin’s Creed Unity from the announcement to the moment I started playing, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the level of enjoyment I have consistently had with the title. It all feels like this is my assassin right from the very beginning of the game. While this was not something I have been asking for, I am most certainly excited to see where things progress with future installments. Who knows, maybe I will eventually be able to be the assassin in the game… told you I might need to get out more.

Matt Walker
Date: November 11, 2014

Beautiful game to look at, even with a few minor hiccups.
There’s a lot of give and take in the beginning that develops as you play.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Superb as usual in this franchise.
Play Value
There are tons of things to do in the game, with even more in the multiplayer and side quests. Hours of play long after you think you are done.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • UNIQUE CO-OP EXPERIENCE YOU MUST PLAY TO BELIEVE: In addition to an epic single-player campaign, join with up to three friends online and experience the open world of 18th-century Paris.
  • A RUTHLESS NEW HERO FOR A BRUTAL WORLD: Play as Arno, an entirely new breed of Assassin, and take down your prey with a range of new weapons such as the Phantom Blade, a hidden blade with crossbow capabilities.
  • BRAND-NEW PARKOUR, COMBAT, AND STEALTH GAMEPLAY: Enjoy an unprecedented degree of freedom and control over your Assassin. Full motion control with new parkour mechanics for free running up, across, and down city walls and buildings.
  • DEEP CUSTOMIZATION MECHANICS TO CRAFT YOUR OWN MASTER ASSASSIN: Craft a unique play style by choosing weapons, outfits, and specialized skills. Mix and match from hundreds of possible combinations and build your stealth, fighting, and navigation abilities.
  • DISCOVER REVOLUTIONARY PARIS, BROUGHT TO LIFE AS NEVER BEFORE: Carve through the stunning full-scale open world city, a feat only made possible through the power of an all-new game engine.

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