As evidenced by my exponentially growing Amiibo collection, I love collecting plastic figure things that resemble the characters in the games I love playing. I preordered the Assassin’s Creed Unity Collector’s Edition, and picked the game up for the PS4 on launch day (Oct. 28, 2014). This was before I even had a PS4. I just needed to have that awesome figure of Arno Dorian. A couple months later, I ended up finally getting a PS4, and I was able to play the game. By waiting, I thankfully missed out on the hilarious, but somewhat haunting, graphic glitches people encountered before Ubisoft patched the game. I appreciate that they gave away free DLC to make up for this, but my trust in Ubisoft has been shaken. I will no longer be preordering any games by them (it doesn’t matter what cool plastic swag comes with doing so).
How Far I Got
I have pretty much done everything that isn’t locked behind the companion app or requires multiplayer. I’m still too cheap to buy a PlayStation Plus membership, so I’ll never be able to get the silly trophy that requires 10 multiplayer sync kills. I’ve done all the optional mission objectives and side quests. I was also able to solo all of the co-op missions and heists.
For the most part, this game stays with the Assassin’s Creed formula: Main missions, side missions, climb virtually anything you want, hide from bad guys in conveniently placed hay stacks, and collect stuff. One of my favourite things to do in Assassin’s Creed games is wander around exploring and collecting things before I complete the main storyline. This left me with a ton of cash and fully geared out Arno long before the end of the game. Let’s just say I didn’t have to worry much about being stealthy, unless it was an optional mission objective. Some in-game chests are locked behind their companion app. This annoyed me since I didn’t want to play a freeimum tap and wait style mini game. Those chests are never going to be opened on my game.
The combat was inspired by fencing, but it’s still essentially press the dodge button, and then counter attack. I found it difficult to select smoke bombs and other defense items when I was fighting groups of enemies. I’m guessing you aren’t really suppose to be starting brawls with groups of bad guys like I was doing though.
I’m a preferably solo gamer, so I did not enjoy all of the co-op missions. I was able to solo all of them easily when my Arno was fully upgraded.
As I mentioned earlier, I starting playing the fully patched version, so I didn’t get to see any of those creepy talking eyeballs people were complaining about online. The character models were well designed, and no one lost their face for me during the cutscenes. They captured the spirit of Paris during the French Revolution quite beautifully. I enjoyed taking in the sights of angry crowds, climbing the massive cathedrals, and wandering around in the depths of the catacombs. I was also stunned and impressed with the beauty of the environment every time I reached a sync point. This was also the first PS4 I ever played, so I am definitely biased towards the graphics for this one.
Characters are fully voiced, and the music changes tunes depending on what is going on. Nothing really stood out as being exceptionally well done for me. One thing that irked me though is the fact that all the characters have English accents. This is suppose to be France, and I felt this really broke the immersion for me. Sorry Ubisoft, I’m not buying your Animus excuse for this one either.
My Overall Biased Opinion
After 3 Assassin’s Creed games worth of ship battles, it was nice to go back to an Assassin’s Creed II style game. I guess I’m finally growing bored with the formula though since it took me so long to actually get through this game. I took several month long breaks before I finally beat it. The story didn’t really capture my interest like the previous titles did either. Sorry Arno, but you’re not nearly as charming as Ezio was to me. This is the first time I’ve still been playing a previous Assassin’s Creed game while the new one got released. I’m hearing good things about AC Syndicate though. I will eventually be picking that title up.
SPOILERS AHEAD!! You have been warned.
Favourite Story Moment
Elise and Arno’s hot air balloon adventure. It was funny hearing Elise yell at him to hurry up while he frantically ran from building to building to catch up.
Double Air Assassination. I was a bit annoyed that I had to “unlock” the ability, but it’s still satisfying to quietly take down two bad guys at once.
Favourite “Oh S@#%” Moment
During the last mission when Arno was trapped under some rubble, and Elise abandoned him to exact revenge on her own… I knew that wasn’t going to end well.
Paris in general.
Élise de la Serre. I enjoyed the cute Romeo and Juliet style romance between her and Arno. Yes, it was a bit lame, but I still liked it. Elise had a fiery spirit and a thirst for vengeance. She was the only character that really stood out to me in this game.
Most Tedious Gameplay Moment
Waiting until I saved up enough sync points to get the advanced lock picking skill. Those unopened red chests on my map were taunting me…