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POSTED 6/12/14


ASSASSIN'S CREED UNITY

Ubisoft



Cor blimey, guvínor! Didnít you kill my farva?

OK, so it isnít quite that bad, but the grand Hollywood tradition of everybody in history having an English accent is alive and well in this yearís Assassinís Creed model. That would, of course, be completely fine if it were set in England, but thatís coming next year. Instead, this oneís France-based. French Revolution. Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame...

Get on with it!

Hey, you donít frighten us with your silly knees-bent running around advancing behaviour! But OK, we will get on with it.

So, in this entry of the Animus chronicles, you become young Frenchman Arno Dorian. As a kid you saw your father die, and were subsequently adopted. Still a kid, you saw your adoptive father killed as well. Obviously, youíre cursed! But you put all that aside and go on a rollicking revenge trip, joining the brotherhood of Assassins. Little do you know, however, that daddy numbre deux was a senior Templar. Sacre bloody hell!

So, you trippety-trompe around France Ė but mostly a very big Paris. Itís here where youíll notice Ė assuming youíre vaguely observant - one of the grand feathers in Unityís beret, and thatís crowds. Theyíre everywhere. It adds realism, even if the majority of them are dumber than baguettes, and also serves to force you more onto the rooftops. Itís refreshing then that your parkour abilities have been streamlined.

Combatís also been overhauled. By that we mean itís more realistic. By that we mean if you take on a small army then youíll end up sliced and diced. Weapon customisationís improved though, to give strategists a fighting chance.

Thereís co-op rather than multiplayer, skill upgrade trees and stealthís stealthier. But microtransactions abound, plus stutters and bugs arenít rare.

Unityís no holy grail, but itís very Assassinís Creed. That should satisfy any fan, innit?

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