First Thoughts: Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed Unity has been at the top of my list of games I’ve wanted in 2014 so now that I have it, I am both satisfied and annoyed. The game has an awesome storyline, it’s so pretty, the combat is great but it is so goddamn glitchy. The original Assassin’s Creed game released in 2007 and since then, 13 games have released, and this time crunch is very apparent in game. With the release of games on the average of one every 6 months, problems that should have been fixed at the 2nd game’s release are just now beginning to be addressed.

The Good

ac-unity-2The game itself is awesome in concept. The story line behind the game is in depth interesting, and full of lively characters. You play Arno, a man going after the people that killed his mentor following the death of his own father. As the game progresses you learn about the assassins and must aid a variety of people as the French Revolution builds up. All the characters in the game are extremely interesting and full of unique personalities that offer up a variety of strategies and unique missions. My favorite part of the game is the small details within the world. It’s the only Assassin’s Creed game I’ve played where I prefer walking in the streets to running on roofs. There is so much going on in the city, and as you progress through the game the people get more and more unruly, and larger crowds begin to form, barricades show up, and yes, even heads on spikes are a thing. Not to mention there are small actions that happen in the city like muggings and attempted murders, courtesy of the Templar hired thugs.

The weapon choice and armor customization is also extensive in comparison. The weapons are brutal and diverse and make an awesome sound when killing, that and the finishers are so brutal I sometimes feel sorry for the people I slay. That combined with the “thud” of my morning star leads to a lot of “OH!” and “Jesus Christ,” moments. The game is exciting and dynamic and a breath of fresh air. I loved Assassins Creed 4, but the rest of the series was always horribly repetitive to me, so it’s nice that this game has added a lot of details to keep you interested.

The Bad

Because of how often AC is released (at least one major title one a year) problems that should have been fixed by the 2nd game are only being addressed years ago. Mainly the parkour system, finally they added an easy way to climb down IN THE 5th FUCKING GAME. AND IT’S STILL SHIT. The free run system in this game drives me completely up the wall. It’s still so buggy, when in any moment in any game would I want to dive off a ten story building on to the ground and die. WHY IS THAT AN OPTION. It makes the game so hard to play because I love Shadow of Mordor, and the free run system in that game, to me, is wonderful! I almost never get stuck, I don’t jump to my death, and I can actually accomplish what I set out to do.

The game is just buggy as all hell.u9izpA7 A patch fixing 300 problems was recently released and still the game is super buggy. Characters often turn into some sort of crab creature twitching on the floor once you kill them, and over all tons of character model glitches. The game itself isn’t all that bad glithc wise, its mostly graphical (In my experience) except a bit of button lag seems to be present, this makes lock picking and counter extremely difficult, i could live without picking but the countering system is essential to the game.

Whatever Is Left To Say

I really enjoy this game, it’s an awesome story and super fun, however it’s so buggy right now that it makes it extremely difficult to want to play the game.

I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential.” – Ubisoft Montreal boss Yannis Mallat

The game is broken and that’s all there is to it, however they are giving us free DLC because of it. But as it stands right now, I’d rent it to see if you like the story (I love it) and if you do, buy a copy and hope the game gets patched enough to be enjoyable. Maybe Ubisoft ought to consider slowing down releases and making a quality game.


Photos Courtesy Ubisoft


Author: Dilly

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