The Assassins Creed series has been a bit of a mixed bag over the years. For every great game, there is one that fails to live up to expectations. With Assassins Creed Unity, however, Ubisoft managed to fall somewhere right in the middle.
Download Assassins Creed Unity
You can download the game from Steam or Ubisoft Uplay Store. The game was even free for a brief moment free on the latter platform after Notre Dame Cathedral (which was rendered in much detail in the game) was burnt in April 2019. You might be also interested in other AC titles such as Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Assassin’s Creed Rebellion,
Assassins Creed Unity Review
I want to start with what I really like about Assassins Creed Unity. The main thing that I think still holds up a few years later is the setting. Assassins Creed Unity is set in 18th century France and I think this is one of the most amazing “worlds” that franchise has seen. The streets are filled with people and from slums to amazing cathedrals. 18th century France is a real joy to explore.
Speaking of exploring, I found the way that you could not only quickly climb up the highest peaks, but also climb down made the parkour the most fun it had been up to this point. I seriously spent just as much time messing around and exploring the different areas as I did actually playing the game.
While I love the setting, the story of Assassins Creed Unity is perhaps the most forgettable in the entire series. At its core, it is still about the Assassins vs the Templars. The games main protagonist that you play as is called Arno who during the French revolution has his own quest for revenge that is taking place.
The story just never really goes anywhere and I legit did not care about ¾ of the characters that I came across. Add to this one of the most disappointing endings in the entire series and you have a main campaign that is really not all that much fun to experience. Do not worry though as like other Assassins Creed games, Unity has a lot of side content for you to do.
For me, Assassins Creed Unity is at its best when you are taking part in the assassin missions that treat the game like a massive sandbox. In these missions, you are free to go about your mission anyway that you want. You can just barge in and start stabbing or you can use the city to your advantage. Perhaps climbing up through a high window or even using the underground!
Another thing that Assassins Creed Unity did very well is the co-op. You can play with up to four friends and play through a basic narrative together. What is really clever about this is that while you are working together. You are rewarded for how well you do at the same time if a teammate dies it is game over. So, you want to help out, but at the same time, you have to look out for your own interests.
The way that Assassins Creed Unity plays is not reinventing the wheel at all. Arno does not have any new special moves that you have not seen before and issues that Black Flag had (and other games in the series) before this still remain. Stealth sections are the worst offender for me as it is like Arno is not always doing what I want him to do, especially when trying to go from one covered position to another.
I would not say that Assassins Creed Unity is one of the best games in the series from a story point of view. However, I do feel that the 18th century France setting is the real star of the show here. I could explore this area all day and would love to see Ubisoft return to this period. This along with the co-op does make up for the rather lackluster single-player story.
- The parkour is great and feels good
- One of the best settings in the entire franchise
- The idea of playing in the French revolution is cool
- Playing with friends is actually a lot of fun
- The sandbox style missions are a major highlight of the game
- The story is not very good at all
- Controlling Arno can be frustrating during stealth missions