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  • Summary: Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a land of terror and chaos. Its cobblestone streets flow red with the blood of commoners who dared to rise up against the murderous aristocracy. As the nation rips itself apart, a younger man named Arno embarks on aParis, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a land of terror and chaos. Its cobblestone streets flow red with the blood of commoners who dared to rise up against the murderous aristocracy. As the nation rips itself apart, a younger man named Arno embarks on a harrowing journey to expose the authentic powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit thrusts him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin. From the storming of the Bastille to the killing of King Louis XVI, experience the French Revolution unlike any medium that has come before, and assist the people of France carve out for themselves an entirely new destiny. Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. 100
    Unity doesn’t just play well, it looks beautiful too. The graphics have a stunning painted quality to them that may be attributed to the way that different materials react to the lighting.
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    90
    A huge Assassin's Creed episode, with gorgeous visuals and very funny and engaging co-op missions and activities.
  3. Nov 20, 2014
    84
    Assassin's Creed Unity boasts an amazing new gaming engine that unfortunately suffers from some graphical issues. Nonetheless, it's still a fun experience.
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    70
    Thanks to the amount of tasks, collectibles and a pretty good story, AC Unity is enjoyable. The newly introduced multiplayer co-op experience is thrilling too. What a pity that bugs, odd looking visuals and other flaws keep this game from being an enticing experience.
  5. You’ll praise this for its picture perfect Parisian playground, killer co-op and infectious customisation. But you’ll also want to baguette out for its aging mechanics and slippy framerate. [January 2015, p56]
  6. Nov 13, 2014
    65
    Unity’s metanarrative turns something specific into something simple, general, a clean way to experience a false history devoid of any attempt to explore what made the era so significant.
  7. Nov 21, 2014
    40
    Finding enjoyment in Unity requires a great deal of patience, more than anyone can afford. I want to like the game, and I do to some extent, however I cannot ignore that it’s broken. And there is no patch that can ever save Unity from its tarnished image.

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  1. Nov 11, 2014
    10
    Even though AC is an yearly release franchise, and to be honest AC IV is not exactly what I'm looking for, I gotta say, AC Unity is freakingEven though AC is an yearly release franchise, and to be honest AC IV is not exactly what I'm looking for, I gotta say, AC Unity is freaking awesome, and totally fresh. The graphic, the setting, the atmosphere is perfect, the characters is well done, the story, although predictable is still pretty good. And I didn't even experience any frame drop, and hardly any glitches at all. Overall, this is definitely the best AC game ( for me at least ) Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    I have not experienced any problems thus far with the game aside from the occasional stutter. It is running smoothly and it looks fantastic.I have not experienced any problems thus far with the game aside from the occasional stutter. It is running smoothly and it looks fantastic. The implementation of parkour down has made transversing pairs easier then ever and has already saved many people from an annoying falling death. Arno is a likable character, and very similar to Ezio, and the story focuses more on templars and assassins. While AC Black Flag seemed to focus more on pirates, Unity has a renewed focus on the fight between the two factions. Modern day scenes add little to the story but thankfully they are short. I have had enormous fun playing this game and I look forward to completing everything this game has to offer in the coming days. If you were never a fan of side missions, collectables and other extras in the series and are now complaining about it being dull, you'll finish the main story fairly quickly and maybe assassins creeds games aren't the thing for you. Combat has changed and although it is still not perfect it is more challenging then previous games where you were near god-like when faced with giant crowds. Customization adds a nice new feature to the game and allows you to focus more heavily on your style of playing the game, be it more stealthy or more open combat based. This game looks fantastic and it's great to play thus far. I only hope all the issues are ironed out for other people and that more people will buy and play this great new installment in the AC universe. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    9
    Yeah framerate etc is flawed but the game overall is outstanding. Imagine all the features of the previous games really solidified and made toYeah framerate etc is flawed but the game overall is outstanding. Imagine all the features of the previous games really solidified and made to be graceful enough to where you feel like everything you're doing is part of a movie. It's really breathtaking. Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2014
    6
    I'm probably a bit too lenient when I give a six, but that's only because I didn't suffer some of the horrific face disappearing bugs andI'm probably a bit too lenient when I give a six, but that's only because I didn't suffer some of the horrific face disappearing bugs and whatnot that others had and I actually LIKED exploring Paris. A lot of it was friggin' beautiful! But the story? Ugh...no. Arno just seemed to piggy-back on Élise's revenge story instead of, y'know, finding out who killed his father or trying to prove his innocence to Élise once he leaves the Bastille or something. Other than that the ending just felt clichéd and was pretty much what I had expected and the French Brotherhood was kinda **** Aside from that multiplayer was pretty fun...if you could get it to work. All in all I'd rather Ubisoft focused more on singleplayer content though. And the side-missions you could do? I loved the Murder Mysteries...and that's about the only thing I really bothered with. I mean, yeah. I did the Nostradamus Riddles, but the Assassin's Robe you get just goes over your regular gear and doesn't have the amazing stats you would have expected after doing so much F**KING work to get it. Ah well... I wouldn't reccomend the game, AC:III was more fun than this. Expand
  5. Ozy
    Nov 13, 2014
    4
    Releasing this game now is like moving into an apartment before the building has been completed. You take a dump and the apartment smellsReleasing this game now is like moving into an apartment before the building has been completed. You take a dump and the apartment smells because the plumbing hasn't been installed. This leads me to believe the stakeholders wanted the game released to make some quick money. This game needed at least another 6 months of development. I believe the game deserves a much higher score - but not now not the way it is. Ill increase my score once the patches are made. Hold yourselves from buying until it runs smoothly. Expand
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I bought Assassin's Creed Unity on launch day, because I've been a faithful fan of the series since the very first game Assassin's Creed in which we follow the story of Altair. Excitedly I slid the disc into my PS4, which I had purchased specifically in order to play THIS game back in December. That's right, almost a full year before. I am that much of a fan. This was my experience:

    Graphics: Honestly, I did not see the AMAZINGNESS that some reviews were claiming. Perhaps I don't posses their discerning eye, but I didn't see much of a difference from the graphics presented to me in Assassin's Creed Black Flag. Missing was the weather system I expected, it only occasionally rained for a brief time before clearing up to sunny again. When my character dove into the water, he emerged completely dry. I appreciated being able to see through most windows, and while limited in their diversity, you could go inside most building; whether through an open window or locked door. 2/10

    Atmosphere: Crowds. I felt like this was the embodiment of the word in Unity. There were people everywhere, and they clogged up every single street and space on the ground. It made scaling the side of a building and traversing the roof tops far more appealing than having to deal with the feeble jog that Arno would succumb to when he'd push his way in. The city of Paris is massive, and took me several days to completely explore, however I feel like a genuine atmosphere was sacrificed in order to give the lackluster impression of population. The NPCs wander around, sometimes in circles, meander to shops and even hold hands as they traverse the streets. People waved the same head on several pikes, burned effigies in protest, and even threw rotted fruit at the guards. Revolution! I get it. 2/10

    AI: There are some aspects here that were very well done, but others that really need some work. You can stand in front of a guard in a restricted area and he will not see you. You can sometimes kill several guards with the hidden blade before any nearby become alarmed. Some NPC baddies seemed to be able to see through walls. I did appreciate the one time I managed to get tattled on by a nearby NPC when he saw me kill a guard and knew where I was hiding. Even pointed me out to another guard who was asking if anyone saw anything. NPCs take the hills if you preform a high profile action such as shooting someone, or killing a guard in crowd cover. So no complaints there. Arno is unable to use his hidden blade as his main weapon, and you can't air assassinate a guard that is aware of your presence. You can air pounce on them, then there is an awkward period when the both of you calmly get to your feet, a pause of several seconds and then engage in combat. 2/10

    Sound: This game lacks the music I expected from previous titles. The soundtrack was fantastic in those titles that featured Ezio, which alone told its own sort of story. Sweeping arias, subdued subtle undertones of warning, and blood pumping battle throws...all missing in Unity. There wasn't even any music when wandering about the city, unless you happened across one of the handful of renovated social clubs or that lone guy strumming his guitar. All other audio, such as crowd ambiance, was on a thirty second loop. 1/10

    Story: I'm not sure exactly what was happening over in Ubisoft Studios, but someone didn't have their act together when they presented this travesty to their customers. Unity is a love story, not a tale of an assassin let loose on the streets of revolutionary Paris. Arno is in love, and will do everything and anything for it. Including getting himself kicked out of the assassins. What's worse is that once you've completed the 12 story sequences, the developers fail to explain how exactly it is that Arno can continue to work for the assassins and is allowed in their inner sanctum after they remove him from their ranks. There was a stunning lack of depth to Arno, and other than his obsession with his ladylove; had no motivation. Not even a glimmer of interest in investigating the death of his own father that happened in sequence 1. Plot holes abound! 0/10

    Multiplayer: I can't say much, I was able to go online for two hours on launch day before getting a PS4 CE-34878-0 error that crashed my game and has continued to do so since. I do know that online connectivity is a must to unlock a great deal of end-game equipment, and so if you are a completionist like myself, you'll find yourself frustrated and annoyed. Ubisoft has been fairly uncooperative in getting this fixed, instead focusing on their also broken companion app. 0/10

    Summery: Don't buy this game, unless you're happy paying for an incomplete game. Wait for it to drop in price like Ubisoft stock, and hopefully a majority of the bugs and brokenness will have been fixed. I'm so disappointed in this latest installment of the Assassin's Creed franchise. I've completed the game as much as possible at 89%, and I'm moving on. Sadly.
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  7. Dec 8, 2014
    0
    The game is terrible. The controls are garbage. The framerate is beyond bad. The character never seems to do what you want them to do. ThereThe game is terrible. The controls are garbage. The framerate is beyond bad. The character never seems to do what you want them to do. There is virtually no stealth aspect to this game. Stupid apps and other nonsense is required to get content that I already paid 60 dollars for? Are you serious Ubisoft? Expand

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