Assassin's Creed Unity ReviewGuest_Jim_* -
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Many people would guess that I am a fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise, and they would be correct, last year I reviewed every PC title in the series in the lead up to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. With some exceptions, I have consistently enjoyed this franchise, so when Assassin's Creed Unity was announced I naturally wanted to play and review it.
Part of the premise of the Assassin's Creed franchise is that you are experiencing the lives of someone's ancestors by accessing genetic memories using the Animus. In Unity you play as Arno Dorian in the Animus, as French Assassin, alive during the French Revolution. Unlike the previous games, you never exit the Animus, though like Black Flag, the out-of-Animus character has no real name. Arno's life is not a very happy one as his father is murdered when he is young, and then his adoptive father is murdered in front of him. Then he learns about the Assassins and Templars, that his father was an Assassin, his adoptive father was a Templar Grandmaster, and his adoptive sister and love interest, Élise, is also a Templar. Then, to make matters worse for this fictional character, the game released in a rather rough state.
At launch, Unity was plagued with issues that many of you likely read about and saw pictures of. Some of these have been patched out, and I actually played after the second patch was released, which included many of the fixes. That does leave the question if the game beneath the issues is still of good quality, leading to an 'it was the best of times, it was the worst of times' scenario, which would be oddly appropriate, or do the beneath it all problems remain.
The game received an M rating from the ESRB for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, strong language, and the use of alcohol. If any of this content would not be appropriate for you, then this review likely is not as well as the media contained within has not be censored and definitely contains some of this content.
With all of that covered, it is time to leap in and see where we land.