I just completed the single player campaign, and Unity isn’t nearly as bad as some people are saying. The story itself has a very likable main character who is a little bit of a wise guy, but not in a way that causes you not to like him. Furthermore, being a fan who has played every single Assassin’s Creed game to date, I naturally had high hopes for Unity.
Gameplay: When it comes down to the actual gameplay, Unity is pretty much what you expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, but of course with upgraded graphics, larger maps, and more advance AIs. I personally believe that the Assassin’s Creed’s gameplay is not broken, so there is no need to change it. I’m fine with just a tweak here and there. All I want in new Assassin’s Creed games are new weapon upgrades, and a great story, which Unity does very well.
Weapons & Armor: Unity does a great job with giving players new weapons and armor. I had a lot to choose from, but my favirote was the Phatom Blade. It’s basically the Assassin’s hidden blade with a slight shootable adjustiment. It come pretty handy when you have to kill enemies fast without drawing too much attention.
Chacater Customizations: On top of weapons and armor, there’s so much you can do to customize your character. You can customize your equipment in so many different ways that include changing your colors, head, chest, forearms, waist, legs, or you can choose a full outfit. It’s very important to upgrade you equipment thought the game in order to make it a little easier on yourself.
Skills: You have a wide variety of skills available to unlock that include Melee, Range, Stealth, and Health.
Melee: There’s a total of 5 Melee skills you can unlock to help you complete your missions. Melee skills include Long Weapon Master, One-Handed Master, Staggering Strike, Heavey Weapon Master, and Ground Execution.
Range: With Range there are a total of 6 skills you can unlock. They are Ranged Weapon, Assassin Cache, Bombs: Money Pouch, Bombs: Stun Grenades, Improved Phatom Blade, and Bombs: Poison gas.
Stealth: Unity gives us a lot of Stealth skills, which makes scence since Assassin’s Creed is all about sneaking around. They include Common Sense ( ability to share Eagle Vision with allied players), Disguise, Apprentice Locksmith, Journeyman Locksmith, Master Locksmith, Roll Recovery, Double Air Assassination, Double Assassimation, and Emviron,entail Blending ( hiding by sitting on a bench or leaning against a wall).
Health: Health Skills Include Group Healing, Think Skin, Thicker Skin, Thickest Skin, and Iron Skin.
Glitches: Yes, there are a few glitches, but they’re very minor ones. There are no glitches that I’ve came across that were so bad that it prevented me from completing a mission. The only type of glitches I experienced were crowds sinking below the ground, and a very slight lag at times, but most of the time everything ran smoothly for me. On average Unity rans at 30 frames per seconds, and I understand that is not a lot, but when you start to look at the scope and size of the environment, buildings, and AI, you can understand why things slow down a little bit. On top of that developers are still learning what they can do with the new hardware, so It will be a little while before developers would truely be able to use the full power of the Xbox One.
So, the bottom line is that the problems Unity has are very minor, and are being exaggerated too much. If you’ve played previous Assassin’s Creed games, and liked them, then it’s a safe bet that you will like Unity too. Even if you’ve never played Assassin’s Creed you should try it, but just know that it takes a lot of hand eye coordination. The game itself is actually pretty long considering that it took me nearly 15 hours of only playing the main missions to beat the game, so be asured that you get a lot of game for your buck. I haven’t even played all the side quest or co-op yet, but I’ll be sure to update this review when I do, but for now this review is for the single player campaign only. If you have any questions about the game, please ask, and I’ll answer them. A solid 7.5 out of 10, hands down.