Assassin’s Creed: Unity is the first of two core entries into the franchise this year, taking the weight of old consoles off its shoulders and aiming to act as a new ear for Ubisoft’s beloved franchise. A new assassin, a new time period and refined gameplay. Unity is meant to set the bar for the future, but do critics think it reached high enough?
Destructoid – 7/10
If Ubisoft fixes the glitches, Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be a much stronger game, even if the ceiling is a bit lower in general. Unity’s potential is not as strong as some of the better entries in the series, but it’s good enough for existing fans to continue to journey.
IGN – 7.8/10
Assassin’s Creed Unity leverages the new-generation consoles to add spectacular new sights and successful co-op multiplayer, but in doing so, it’s created some substantial new problems instead of solving the series’ most persistent ones. The scope is stunning, the customization is satisfying, and the multiplayer touches upon some really ambitious ideas. But the lack of a strong main character or interesting take on the Assassin’s Creed universe costs it momentum and excitement, and the persistent control problems are still a thorn in its side. The first truly new-gen Assassin’s Creed game is a gorgeous, entertaining, and successful proof of concept for what lies ahead for the series, though it isn’t what I’d call revolutionary.
Gamespot – 7/10
But is it the next-gen Assassin’s Creed game we’ve all been waiting for? Not quite. It’s very good, maybe even great in places, but the story’s smaller focus has come at the expense of its exquisitely rendered backdrop. The grandness and spectacle that so often graces the finest Assassin’s Creeds is sadly sorely lacking here.
Polygon – 6.5/10
The ingredients are all here for a spectacular new standard for the series on Sony and Microsoft’s new machines. But in the quest to build something that looked and sounded “next generation,” Ubisoft Montreal failed to fix the problems that have accumulated over so many annual release. Combined with an uninspiring story, and a long list of considerable technical problems, Unity falls short of the fresh start Assassin’s Creed needs.
Shacknews – 7/10
This is everything I’ve come to know about Assassin’s Creed. It’s a great story wrapped in a more confusing story, some satisfying stealth action, and mechanics that leave me banging my head against the wall. It’s Assassin’s Creed, warts and all.
Joystiq – 2.5/5
Assassin’s Creed Unity is the best and worst of Assassin’s Creed. It’s hard not to appreciate everything that it gets right, and you’ll have a good time if you can wrangle some friends for co-op, but it’s impossible to ignore where Unity falls tragically short.
Judging from that, not high enough at all. We’re still working on our own review, so expect it up sometime in the near future. Have these reviews swayed you from picking up the first Assassin’s Creed on current-gem hardware?
Last Updated: November 12, 2014