Assassin’s Creed Unity is an unsurprisingly great looking title. I could write vast amounts of information regarding the series’ continuously improving traversal and combat mechanics, but the meat of Assassin’s Creed Unity‘s appeal comes from its premise. The game feels like a reboot for the franchise, venturing back to what made Assassin’s Creed II so successful. Just like Assassin’s Creed II, Unity follows the journey of a young man who will eventually becomes an assassin as the story progresses, letting you watch as the character develops and changes to the reality of their chosen profession.
The backbone of the story really comes from the setting, the French Revolution of the late 1700′s. While the clichéd story of a young man developing into an assassin is serviceable, the way that the time period will force the character to make difficult choices and face tragedies as consequences of his mistakes should push the narrative forward in a more brutal fashion. From what we have seen, the story focuses on a more realistic depiction of what the character can achieve alone and doesn’t try to make you feel like you’re the only revolutionary that matters.
“Ubisoft essentially have banned female inclusion into the Revolution, which is absurd”
Expanding on this notion of you being part of a much bigger ordeal is the cooperative multiplayer where you and three of your assassin friends will be able to help the Revolution have a strategic advantage against the opposition, ultimately working in the shadows to make the rich fall from their thrones and give the poor a higher chance of surviving. Unity’s focus on unifying players to execute much more ambitious assassinations is a concept the series should continue exploring in future instalments, as it ultimately makes you feel more immersed inside the world and part of its culture.
Unfortunately, Unity isn’t showing much hope of fully embracing the notion of unification. The lazy decision to not include a female playable character for the cooperative multiplayer is ridiculous. Oddly enough, it wasn’t just men who had a say in the French Revolution. A female’s inclusion in these much more calculated assassination attempts makes more sense than a male’s, since women were fairly powerless during the time period and so saw the Revolution as an opportunity to prove their worth. Ubisoft essentially have banned female inclusion into the Revolution, which is absurd.
I hope Ubisoft will choose to spare the time to include a female protagonist to truly push the series forward in sophistication. Despite the controversy, I doubt that Unity will be anything other than one of this year’s biggest games. It will be interesting to see where the series will venture with the additional power of the new-gen systems.