Assassin’s Creed Unity
Youtube LP Playlist: Assassin’s Creed Unity
Systems: PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Assassin’s Creed Unity is the 2014 release of Assassin’s Creed.
The game starts with you playing a nameless “initiate who is a player of “Helix” a gaming device produced by Abstergo that allows access to many different genetic memories.
You begin play by watching some backstory with the Templar de Molay and then forward to 1776 as Arno Dorian, a nobleman’s son (and Assassin). Your father is killed and you are adopted in by a Templar Grand Master and his daughter Elise. The story skips ahead and you are seeking revenge for the death of your adoptive father and you are estranged from Elise. The story is about your seeking out who killed your adoptive father and seek revenge while you join the Brotherhood.
The story itself is nothing to write home about. I don’t want to go into details and spoil any possible surprises (not that I found most of them actual surprises). The missions themselves based on the story were lacking in any real depth and were fairly repetitive. I know I shouldn’t compare it to ACIV Black Flag (my favorite in the series) but it isn’t even close.
The story about you “the player” when you surface out of Arno’s memories is even more blasé, no meat, no outside interactions, just additional “in machine” machines with those in the brotherhood talking to you via audio. Definitely not a lot of story.
The controls themselves were just as horrible as they ever were. The fighting is unwieldy, but they did make the free-running a bit easier so that is something.
For character building they broke your abilities up into some weird leveling system even more in depth then Black Flag. It became a frustrating exercise to try and raise up yourself to do things you could do out of the gate in the prior games. The worst part is Ubisoft went even more overboard with the collectables. It was bad enough that I quit collecting less than halfway through. It just is a cheap way to say your game takes longer than it really does.
Oh, and they push the multiplayer even more. However, it was so bad I didn’t even really touch it so I can’t say anything more than I hated it.
Pros: The free-running is a bit better (I did get hung up on things more), and it is what you expect, more Creed.
Cons: The leveling system and flag/item collection has to stop. It is just getting worse.