Assassin's Creed: Unity - PlayStation 4

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Overview

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  • Assassin's Creed: Unity

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1621 out of 1864)

Product Details


  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 11/11/2014
  • Edition: Standard Edition

Synopsis


Paris 1789 — the once-hub of cultural and intellectual activity has been thrown into bloody chaos in the midst of the tense French Revolution. Commoners have become tired of the oppressive regime of the aristocrats and have finally gathered the courage to confront the hierarchy with the pangs of the present inequality. As the nation of France tears apart at the seams, splitting into different factions, a young man named Arno sets off on a journey to reveal the true powers behind the Revolution. In the process of seeking the truth, Arno must face a ruthless struggle as he seeks to carve out a new destiny for the nation he holds dear.

From the storming of the Bastille to the execution of King Louis XVI, experience the French Revolution in all its remarkable, gory detail as never before in Assassin's Creed: Unity. With an all-new game engine, Revolutionary Paris is rendered in incredibly realistic detail, letting you freely explore the open world of 18th century Paris. Navigate your way through complex building interiors, discover secret catacombs and slink through sewer systems. Featuring realistic, systemic crowds of up to 5,000 AI-driven characters, you'll feel as if you're truly in the throngs of the city. Play as Arno — a developing Master Assassin — embarking on ancestral missions, treasure hunts, murder mysteries, contracts and other heart-pounding adventures. Eliminate enemy threats with a wide range of new weapons, including the Phantom Blade, which combines a hidden blade with crossbow capabilities for ultimate devastation. Utilize full-motion control with parkour mechanics, so you can freely run up, down and across city walls and buildings. Want to remain discreet? Enhanced stealth gameplay makes it easy to stay hidden as you stalk your prey and strike without warning. Customize your play experience by choosing from hundreds of possible combinations of weapons, gear, outfits and specialized skills. Take part in an epic single-player campaign or join up with 3 friends online. You and your lethal band must rely on communication skills to successfully accomplish a slew of missions — sabotage an execution, protect an emperor, assassinate a Templar agent and more. Do you have the skills needed to reverse the fate of an entire city?

Features


Transport yourself to Paris in 1789 during the French Revolution — a once magnificent city transformed into a nightmarish place of terror, where the cobblestone streets run red with the blood of commoners who rose up against the aristocracy

Play as Arno — a new breed of Assassin — who embarks on a journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution, throwing himself into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of the nation and becoming a Master Assassin in the process

Set off on diverse adventures — from ancestral missions, treasure hunts, murder mysteries, contracts and more — taking down enemies with a range of new weapons, such as the Phantom Blade — a hidden blade with crossbow capabilities

Enjoy an intense, enriched combat experience thanks to a reinvented fighting system, which is based on skill, timing and flow, plus easily scale up, down and across city walls and buildings thanks to full-motion control with new parkour mechanics

Stay hidden, stalk prey and strike without warning with enhanced stealth gameplay, including a new stealth mode, cover system and crowd-manipulation techniques

Craft a unique play style by choosing weapons, gear, outfits and specialized skills, mixing and matching with hundreds of possible combinations

Build your stealth, fighting and navigation abilities using the new expansive skill tree

Experience Revolutionary Paris as never before thanks to the all-new game engine, which brings Paris to life in incredible visual detail, letting you explore detailed building interiors, secret catacombs and sewers and witness the chaos of the Revolution

Become immersed in realistic, systemic crowds of up to 5,000 AI-driven characters

Band together with up to three friends online and sojourn through the open world of 18th century Paris, relying on communication skills to successfully pull ambitious heists and take part in narrative-driven missions designed for co-op play



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1864 reviews

87%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Changed my opinion of it

    Posted
    DarthMike
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I originally preordered this game. I was excited to play it but as soon as I started I was shocked. The screen looked like it was shaking because the frame rate was so bad. Luckily a patch fixed that. Anyway besides that I noticed clumsy control over Arno which is somewhat expected as often throughout the other games the character will get stuck climbing and such. That wasn't a huge deal to me. The graphics of the city are fantastic. The graphics of the characters leave a bit of a sour taste in my mouth mainly because they still haven't figured out how to make realistic hair. Anyway, I started the story and had difficulty getting used to new controls and animations. I wasn't used to hitting a button for cover or for crouching. Sometimes Arno got stuck crouching and wouldn't stand straight to walk. The missions in the story seemed fine. Less tailing and stealing which was nice. Going inside buildings was cool but sometimes a hassle. I liked that you didn't always have to travel. Starting a new mission put you on top of a building at the missions location which was nice. Cut scenes were pretty good but graphics were nowhere near what the teaser video showed. The story however got really stale or something. Half way through the story I got pretty bored and found myself rushing to just get the game over with. One more problem that I hate about this game is that the guards are just way too sensitive. If you just walk around the city they get alerted and go nuts. There are thousands of other people rioting but nothing happens to them, but Arno walks and ohhhhhh it's the worst thing a citizen can do. They need to fix that or let you walk around in a normal outfit to blend in. I mean seriously, guards see one guy dressed incredibly odd...yeah. Obviously he's up to something. So I finished the game and sold it and got nearly ever dollar back for it and picked up Rogue. Just finished it and I loved it. I rate it better than Unity because it is similar to 4 and played really well. And the ending was pretty cool with little Arno. It was nice seeing Paris in Rogue compared to Unity. Very cool. Now just recently I was thinking how I kind of wasted my time with Unity. On my other AC games I went around and got the collectibles. In Unity I played the story and ditched the rest. So I broke down and bought the game again seeing that I still had my save data on PS4. And no I didn't pay full price. It was on sale and I had rewards and a gift card. Turns out that I actually really enjoy the game after giving it an honest chance. I've had it for just a few days now and have been doing the side missions and everything else and it's quite enjoyable. And surprisingly the unity companion app, which seems like a real hassle, is actually pretty cool at unlocking in game content. It's easy and only takes a few minutes to open and have your assassins do missions for the day. I figured I may as well get the game again anyway to play dead kings dlc when it is available. So even though this isn't the best game and Arno is basically just an Ezio ripoff, the characters aren't enticing, and the game had some glitches...the game currently is not that bad at all and I would recommend it as long as you don't pay full price. It will require many hours of play time. The city is loaded with stuff to do. The story is so so but challenging and different. Oh and I'm not sure if they fixed this but if you are playing a mission and you fail you have to restart the entire thing. I was in a mission for half an hour and failed and it took me back to the beginning. Real bummer seeing as some missions can take an hour. Especially if you're doing optional objectives(which need to be taken away in future games!). I say this because sometimes they just suck. There is one where the mission is stealthy so what is one "optional" objective?...kill three guards with your pistol. Yeah that's nice. Everything is nice and quiet and then BAM! Poor thinking by UniSoft. Anyway the game is better now after all the patches. It is fun but sometimes annoying. Buy it cheap and also try Rogue if you liked AC4. It's a lot of fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A review of the actual game

    Posted
    Zchu
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First off as the title states this is not a rating based off all the horrible glitches and content that is not ready (Initiates & Nomad chest don't work for example) I will try to make this as spoiler free as possible. The Story: The game starts off great, AWESOME main character. Arno is witty and a ton of fun. Sadly after the first few story missions it turns into a depressing mess. By the end of the game I wished I had never even played it. Attmosphere: If you like dreary, colorless, crowded city's you will probably love this. Sadly i think most people enjoy SOME outdoor areas. You never leave the city. Its open world yes, but its all stuck in the city. There is one farming part on the outskirts city that is a much needed relief from the dreary city, but its very small. Gameplay: HORRIBLE! The running and jumping mechanics are a JOKE. Arno is constantly running up the wrong things or diving off building tops to his death. Another thing I hate is the CONSTANT bad guys shooting at you. You are wanted all the time and it gets old fast when your trying to search for collectibles in the city. There are real time events (catch someone that robbed a person in the street) sadly these are just annoying as even during the story missions you constantly here "Thief THIEF someone stole my purse!!" Reaaaaally annoying. Missions: The main missions are pretty fun, I find the sneaking around a lot of fun. Sadly its not that creative and they get boring pretty fast. Go to a area, get into the building, assassinate your target, run like hell till your anonymous. Rinse and repeat over and over. The side missions are boring and are useless. I finished the game without doing any side missions and I had all the best gear since you can buy everything with money. Co-Op: A joke. this was the whole reason i wanted this game. Me and my husband are always looking for co-op games. Its just a few Co-Op missions. The stories in them are blah, they are really short and not as fun as the main story missions. They're really is not much cooperation required. We only played a couple and didn't bother with any others. The ability to play together in the open world is an even bigger joke. You cant do ANYTHING while you have a friend in your game, no Cafe Theatre missions, no Side missions, no story missions, and the worst part is you cant collect you Funds (you get money every 20 mins if you renovate Cafe theatre) when your in a friends game! There is NO point to be together in the open world as you cant do anything together! Conclusion: if you like assassin's creed games i still might skip this one. Its dreary, crowded world just doesn't deliver. The horrible story (in my opinion anyway) paired with awful controls and useless side missions make it a pure failure in my book. Co-Op was a tacked on after thought to get more sales it seems. Do not recommend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First Time Playing

    Posted
    DDunnDatBoi
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Assassin's Creed Unity has been a satisfying experience for me. I have got the platinum trophy of this game and I enjoyed most of the gameplay. What I love most is the extremely detailed 18th century Paris, from stunning re-creation of famous buildings and structures (both outside and indoor appearances and decorations) to its near real life residents. I would spend hours just walking on the streets and looking at those buildings like a tourist. As for structure modeling, this game is more like an art piece than a video game. I took quite a few screenshots on my PS4, my favorites are some of the luxury indoor decorations of the palaces, the rooms are so immersive and highly detailed that I felt like I was actually there. As for the rich amount of NPC populate, I saw all kinds of activities and it is definitely the most living world in the entire franchise. Since I do engineering related work in real life, I was surprised to find one of the earliest sanding machine. I found it in a machine workshop, a guy was operating on the sandinging machine which is powered by his feet stepping on the pedal instead of electricity, with a workpiece in his hand. Just a normal folk doing his job. There are many activities like this waiting for players to discover. The combat system is lacking. Counter-kill doesn't exist anymore and the combat is a bit dull. Arno doesn't have an arsenal of gadgets like Batman in Arkham series nor wraith abilities like Talion in Shadow of Mordor. Since high level enemies are able to parry your first two strikes, players are put in a defensive position: waiting for enemies to strike, counter them then get a few clean hits. I would love to see a counter-kill mechanics similar with the very first Assassin's Creed game, where counter-kill relies on strict timing. The enemies are also much deadly because they can use firearms and flash grenade against you. The snipers are able to detect and attack players from 30 meters (estimated) away but player's pistols and rifles have a maximum range of 25 meters (estimated). In short, there is no way to counter-snipe them. And for many missions it is very difficult to stay undetected. Assassin's Creed Unity has the weakest story line in the franchise. The creed has faded ever since Revelations and I think it reached all-time low in Black Flag and Unity. Arno's actions lack motives, he has his own agenda and blindly follows lead after lead. At the very end he forgets why he even joined the brotherhood in the first place. Again, this is my personal take. On the other hand, Unity has a variety of side missions. I enjoyed the murder mysteries missions where you help a police officer solving crimes. You have to use your brain to analyze evidences instead of cutting down enemies. Those missions are indeed carefully crafted along with Paris story missions and riddles. I highly recommend those who haven't tried them to give it a shot. Coop missions now use p2p connection and for the most part is unplayable since other players' PING can be very high. Expect super lagging.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting new formula

    Posted
    Gilgamesh
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Assassin's Creed Unity, after the numerous patches to fix its bugs, is a true next-generation game. It introduces a more difficult gameplay formula, but still retains the core combat mechanics of previous Assassin's Creed games. Story: 5/10 The story was really bland. Only reason I'm even gifting it a 5 is because of its rich setting and Elise. The introduction of Elise as a partner was well done and adds an exciting element. Other than that, it's your typical assassin wanting revenge, pick-himself-back-up-after-a-low point story. One revenge kill after another. Arno is a dull protagonist similar to Connor from AC3. Gameplay: 8/10 Here's where the game truly shines. As I mentioned beforehand, it adds a fun challenge with the new degree of difficulty in enemies. You feel like a true assassin, forced to use stealth in more situations like never before. The new mechanic for the main missions gives you a variety of options on how to tackle them, whereas in previous AC games you were forced down a linear path. Also introduced in Unity is downwards parkour, which does get annoying at times when Arno doesn't head towards where you intend him to. Otherwise, it's a smooth mechanic and climbing up and down buildings is much more refined. Also a major addition is the new crowd system. In most parts you will find it easier to use the crowd to blend. Content: 8.5/10 The main campaign missions do not take too long to complete, approximately 10 hours depending on your skill. AC:Unity has a plethora of side missions and collectibles. Murder mysteries are akin to crime investigations in the Batman: Arkham games. Nostradamus enigmas require a bit of research and background knowledge on Revolutionary France. The most fun side content in my opinion were the Data Helix missions where you are required to retrieve data fragments in an artificial setting. Soundtrack: 8/10 Soundtrack is what you would expect from Revolutionary France. As always, AC has a good soundtrack that goes well with the setting. Coop: No rating because I haven't really played it besides accidentally being put in a match. Conclusion: Yes I did get lazy at the end of this review. And yes my review is incomplete as I did not play coop and the Dead Kings DLC. Strictly speaking from a single-player point of view (main campaign and side content), it's a must buy and must play as it's an Assassin's Creed game at its core with improved gameplay mechanics. The only downside is the bland story and dull protagonist. Otherwise, I would recommend whoever took the time to read this review and all AC fans to buy this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Has Its Highs and Lows

    Posted
    masterchief313
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Assassins Creed series has had its ups and downs. Unity was one of my most anticipated titles of the year due to its setting and promise of revamped gameplay, but was plagued with bugs and glitches upon release. Five patches later (the last one I downloaded was a whopping 6.7 GB), the game is definitely more enjoyable upon release, but remains one of the weaker entries in the series. First the positives: Paris was gorgeously recreated. The game looks quite good on consoles, and the addition of downward parkour allows you to quickly descend buildings by holding a button - no more looking for oddly placed haystacks to jump into. New combat animations, and open-box assassinations that give you multiple ways to take out a target, help this feel like it's not just another rehash. Being able to customize and upgrade your assassin is a great incentive to take on bonus missions - just be warned, you'll have to upgrade your character before you can use classic moves like double assassinations. Unfortunately, there are issues that patches can't fix. The main story is quite weak, and I did not find myself invested in any of the characters. The French Revolution was the perfect setting for an AC game, yet it serves as little more than a backdrop for an average revenge/murder mystery with a disappointing ending. Navigation, on the whole, is more finicky than ever before. You'll frequently climb up ledges you didn't mean to, hang around instead of jumping through windows, and it sometimes takes trial-and-error to figure out what you can and can't climb. Follow missions can be highly frustrating because your Assassin frequently won't go where you tell him to go. Combat is a mixed bag. Your character can no longer instantly kill enemies with counter moves or use human shields when they try to shoot you. You can easily be taken down by a small group of guards if you're not at the top of your game. It can be frustrating, but it also makes fights more engaging and encourages you to use stealth when possible. However, stealth - particularly snapping in and out of cover - can be as finicky as navigation. Stock up on medicine and smoke bombs if you don't want to die often! Unity has its good points, and can be fun for those who are forgiving of its flaws. Still, as a fan of the series and history buff, it's hard not to be disappointed. The pieces of a great Assassins' Creed are there, and Ubisoft has gone to lengths to fix this game through patches and free DLC. Here's hoping they learn from their mistakes and deliver on the next installment...but I'll wait for reviews.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Despite bugs, still an amazing game.

    Posted
    AngryReviewer
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    Yes there are quite the amount of noticeable bugs, glitches, and FPS drops but does that make it a bad game? Absolutely not. Fans of previous AC games will quickly feel at home as soon as they jump into the game. Fear not, newbies to this amazing franchise can pick up the freerunning/parkour mechanics just as quickly. Fighting mechanics in this game are also A LOT more refined; no more smashing one button and having 1-hit counter-kills. Fans who view ACII as the pinnacle of the AC franchise will not be impressed with the immersiveness of the storyline. However, I have found myself losing track of time just from the side missions, or "Paris Stories" as well as the "Murder Mysteries". Murder Mysteries really are a blast if you want a break from all the fighting and just want a challenge. This game also does an excellent job of making you feel rewarded. Not only is there the currency of the game (livres) but there are "creed points" and "helix points". creed points are gained by completing "assassin-like" moves and combat and such to spend on upgrading equipment, while helix points are bought with real life currency to "hack" some of the harder-to-obtain items. Although there is an option to spend money, the legendary gear are by NO MEANS UNOBTAINABLE. I spent the majority of my time playing the game so far investing in my Cafe Theater and just racking up 10,000 livres every 20 minutes. I found myself decked out in all legendary gear in no time without spending a penny. Which brings me to the game's customization options: truly a great addition to the AC series. Why they didn't have this earlier, I don't know but I LOVE IT. You can customize yourself to be a tank, ninja, or sniper (is how I call them) with the available stats. I was a bit disappointed when I found out there was no multiplayer. (aside from coop) I have not gotten into the Coop missions that much so I can't write a complete review on this but based on the few missions I played, they are exactly as what you would expect: Work together with friends to infiltrate a heavily guarded fortress and such. I do love the fact that if one of you gets ganged up on you can cover each other's backs. Overall, I really do LOVE this game just as much as every other AC I've played (except for maybe ACIII. I didn't really like that one.) There are tons of bugs to deal with, although Ubisoft said they will be releasing patch 4 that will hopefully clean up the game. But until then, Assassin's Creed Unity will be getting 4/5 stars from me because they do make the game slightly less enjoyable. I hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth a go, despite Ubisoft

    Posted
    MannyCalavera
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    The issues are well documented by professional reviewers and blogs: -poor optimization and a ton of ai result in low resolution and frame rate, that can cause jarring bugs, glitches, stuttering. -gamergate. Google it if you don't know. -female assassins are way too hard to render. Seriously. Google it as well... -xbox and pc hard lock/ crashes. -very different graphics than we saw in the e3 trailer or the subsequent ones. -archetypal story, characters, and formulaic plot. -uplay is the worst thing ever. I still don't have any of my dlc, and the companion app is broken. -British accents through the entire game from a French Canadian company's take on revolutionary France. -microtransactions beyond the $60 game and $30 season pass Now why I'm giving it 4 stars: -Arno is charming, much like Edward from Black Flag. It's hard to not want to see his story, despite being a bit fuzzy on some bits -Paris, France isn't just the setting; it's another protagonist and the real femme fatale of Unity. -murder investigations, Paris stories, and dynamic crime fighting in the streets elevate the franchise in very much needed ways, as does the cafe theater. -it has the ACII vibe. Ezio would have no trouble breaking bread with Arno. They might be... A bit too alike... But I really can't complain as a fan of Ezio's epic story. -the fencing/fighting is not quite what they promised it would be in terms of difficulty, but it certainly is way more fun than before. The animations are great, as well. -the voice acting is impeccable. -if they ever get the app working, it's pretty cool looking. Combined with initiates, they're trying to expand the experience past the console, and into your imagination... Caviat: and into your pocket. -the world design and camera are pretty great so far. -co-op is supposed to be incredible, although I've not played it yet. To summarize, this game has a ton of potential and replay ability, provided they fix the MASSIVE technical issues (that I'm told they are working on), discount the dlc, and most importantly- stop condescending to the gaming community as a whole and level with is when things are broken. I'm enjoying it so far, but I know I'm playing a Beta.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good game... not the greatest

    Posted
    hallgb
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    Much like it's predecessor, the graphics and story are good, however, the free running mechanics are absolutely horrendous. It's more than just an annoyance this time though considering some missions have very tight time constraint windows in which you have to use your free running to collect flags in a course which requires you to constantly turn around or make quick turns. I found myself yet again, jumping off of posts into a stream or the middle of nowhere, when I was looking right at the post I was trying to jump to, or grabbing a rope and swinging right past it instead of stopping. Seems Arno has a mind of his own when it comes to this, as I've had some times when he will jump within feet of a branch, letting it sail right by instead of landing on it like supposed to. I've also fallen through a roof and become trapped half in and half out like I was in the Philadelphia experiment, with my only hope of getting out being to be shot by the enemy (which after a while finally happened, I miraculously fell out of the roof, on top of it and slid off#. Another annoyance is sometimes in the middle of a fight, he just stops fighting. No matter how much I hit the x button to attack, he just stands there like an idiot. o to parry? Nope... just stands there and gets hacked to bits by the enemy. He can run away, but that was it... so again, had to wait for the enemy to kill me and respawn god knows where after I'd made significant progress getting into the area. Another fun thing Ubisoft did on this one, they started off letting you use enemies you are engaged in as a human shield when about to be shot, then in a patch a couple months later... took that ability away. No wonder I couldn't remember how to do it.. IT WAS GONE!! Now, you have to dodge it when the icon turns red... which I do every time, and every time... I still get shot. You know they realized they seriously missed the mark on this game when they offer a free DLC #which, by the way they still don't know when will be available... but "soon"). The ONLY reason I give it two stars and not less is the graphics and story.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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