clean bill of stealth – Irish Independent

Prepare for the fights of your life as Assassin’s Creed makes its return

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This past week has seen Ubisoft roll out the big guns, with both Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 hitting the shelves around the world.

Unity is the seventh major installment in the series, and the successor to 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag with ties to 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Rogue.

A few weeks ago Ubisoft had us frothing at the mouth when they released their fairly epic ‘story trailer’ for the game.

Now it’s time to really get our teeth stuck into the game.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, it takes place in Paris during the French Revolution and this time the focus of the campaign is assassin Arno Dorian, whose mission it is to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. Arno’s quest throws him into the middle of a merciless fight for the fate of a nation, and transforms him into a true Master Assassin.

The recreated Paris is the densest Assassin’s Creed city ever created.

It is huge in scope and the detail is spellbinding. Unity has set out to reinvent the franchise, starting with the core gameplay pillars that have defined the series from the beginning: navigation, stealth and combat.

There is real depth to be found in how you channel your inner Assassin – customising weapons, equipment, outfits and specialised skills to match your play style.

Players can also join with up to three friends and take part in story-driven online co-op missions designed specifically for Assassins to play together.

Skills and unique gear acquired in the single-player missions will be accessible in co-op and will define a player’s personalised Assassin’s style, whether emphasizing brute force, agility or stealth.

And, speaking of stealth – one of the main characteristics of the series – there are still some kinks here in terms of gameplay. At times you can’t get Arno to do exactly what you want and moving between cover can be a bit clumsy. This can be a problem as enemies are more aggressive than they were in the last title.

If you can forgive this detail, which we can, then Unity is the beautiful sandbox stealth action next-gen title that you’ve been waiting for.

Irish Independent

clean bill of stealth – Irish Independent

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