The city of Paris illuminates Unity, the latest release of the Assassin’s Creed series. With glistening graphics, Assassin’s Creed: Unity takes you on a gorgeous Parisian adventure in the 18th century. Paris is transformed into the ultimate parkour landscape as the player traverses stunning scenes in a game the developers strictly constructed for new generation consoles. Arno Dorian is the main character which the player assumes the role of, a typical Assassin on the streets of Paris. However, far from being a dull character, Dorian’s goal and mission surrounds seeking revenge for his troubled past.
Unity’s storyline revolves around assassinating key characters during the French revolution. The player will play a vital role in relation to the success or failure of this revolution. The game also involves numerous side missions, such as unraveling mysteries of a murder which transforms Arno into a French Sherlock Holmes. He can utilize his Eagle Vision to discover and decipher pieces of information. As Arno takes to investigate a man’s murder, he will meet suspects and the player must be able to find out which of them is guilty. Charging the wrong person will lower the mission’s reward. Missions like this are the most engaging as they will take the player across Paris, the city of love, in a quest to solve murders.
A Visual Revolution?
The French Revolution took its course under the Parisian skyline and the player will experience scenic adventures from French palaces to dark alleys that are streaked with the blood of French revolutionaries. What makes moving around the city compelling, and what sets the game apart from previous installments of the series, is the local population of Paris. This diverse population offers the player an impressive atmosphere as you are tasked with swerving through the crowds, often undetected.
A Gameplay Revolution?
Unity’s gameplay controls are similar to previous AC games, which is understandable considering that after seven years of refinement of Assassin’s Creed mechanics, not much can be changed. The game, however, focuses quite a lot on parkour-type of mechanics, which are quite similar to those seen in Mirror’s Edge. Arno can now quickly scale up and down buildings, as he jumps from peak to peak with impressive speed. The player can explore the picturesque Parisian streets, and enter most of its buildings where quests have to be completed. This brings the player’s world to life, in contrast with previous Assassin’s Creed games where there were numerous structures the player could not enter.