The Assassin’s Creed series didn’t have the most auspicious of beginnings, with the 2007 original game sporting incredible historical credentials and surprisingly boring gameplay involving chasing a lot of flags.
That just means developers Ubisofthadplenty of room to improve, which they’ve done pretty much every years since 2009’s terrific Assassin’s Creed II. Last year’s Black Flag was a great pirate-filled entry but Unity could be the most significant game in the series yet.
That’s not just because it marks the franchise’s first outing on the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles (itself cause for celebration, given its graphical credentials) but also some significant changes under the hood. This includes new combat mechanics (which are long overdue) as well as a world with much more detail and interactivity – you can finally enter a huge number of houses!
Perhaps the most significant new addition comes in the form of co-op play. While the series has sported multiplayer for a few years now, the idea of being able to launch yourself into an open world where you and three friends can plot and pillage and get away with murder is absolutely delicious.
The story for Unity takes place in in the late 1700’s in France, as the capital is torn apart by bloody revolution. As a young man called Arno, you’ll seek to find out the truth behind this conflict and in doing so discover the world of Templars and Assassin’s and a war which has been going on for generations.
The game comes to consoles with all new graphics which render Paris in incredible detail and you’ll even find new missions which break down the fabric of time and thrust you deep into the future – in this case many even seeing your Assassin coming up against the guns and bombs of World War II!
Assassin’s Creed Unity is already looking like the best game in the series so far – taking what has worked so well in previous iterations and bringing it to life with all the power offered up by the new consoles. But if you don’t have an Xbox One or PS4, you can also look forward to a totally unique title called Assassin’s Creed Rogue, which will give you plenty of stealthy sneaking and assassinating in time for Christmas.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is on PS4, Xbox One and PC from the 11th of November 2014.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue is on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC from the 11th of November 2014.
In Short: The power of the next gen consoles brings the best Assassin’s Creed game ever to you, just in time for Christmas