Did not create a video for this one, but felt like writing it anyway.
Let me start off by saying this, I love the Assassins Creed games! I love history, and I tend to enjoy its story every once in a while when its used properly and the characters are given a proper amount of screen time so you will know them. Take for example AC 3.
Now I know many people hate its crazy long opening, and slow burn style, but, it gave your future targets a lot of good character building screen time! You learned some things about these people and it made the ending twist all the more shocking. That example in AC Unity, is absent. Many times during my playthrough I caught myself saying "uhh who are you?" when I was given an assassination mission.
Not knowing who they were just sucked me out of the plot and say "why should I even care?"
And that's one spot where the game really messed up. I just don't care! If you cannot invest me in a story due to writers incompetence at giving me good characters, and give me a reason to remember them, then I wont be liking your story...
However, thats not my main problem with this game. We all know by now how buggy the game is (or was). It was inexcusably released in a broken state much like Battlefield 4. I fell through the map idk how many times now, fighting multiple people at once among a huge crowd tanks the FPS to unplayable levels, it also does the same thing when you're just walking through said crowds. Sure its cool to see that many people on screen, but really they just get in your way.
Arno has a problem with sticking to any surface you sprint towards. There may be an instance when you're chasing somebody and he suddenly climbs a cart. Also when you clearly are able to grab a ledge thats less than spitting distance from you, Arno will sometimes just jiggle around and not even try to reach for it.
Oh, and its not uncommon to skip frames entirely when climbing, you may initiate a jump, then BOOM you're instantly on the other side. How fun...
"But Brute why dont you just stop bitching and download the patches?" Oh really, that would be nice! IF I HAD F*****G INTERNET!!!!! I could use the mobile hotspot on my phone, but that will just drive my data usage sky high and raise my bill. So, I have literally no choice but to play it as is. And that really pisses me all the way off! (The last patch I saw was like 2gb?""Dear God that is terrifying!"
Knowingly releasing games at such a putrid state is unacceptable! "Oh we will just patch it later!" SHUT THE F**K UP! That is a terrible practice, and nobody should stand for it. EVER!!
This is a AAA game, that we are paying full price for! Believe it or not, there are people out there who cannot even get internet to download these patches. So guess what, they are just as screwed as I am.
Ok rant over... For now.
With all those problems aside, I do really like its changes to combat! Its more strategy related, and it feels like they are trying to turn these games into lite RPG's. That shines through with character customization, and mission difficulty. Every piece of equipment you give Arno has its own stat increases/decreases and can be upgraded. This entails everything from your hood, all the way to what your weapon is. Of which there are a great variety!"Plenty of stuff to earn!"
This made me want to play more side missions, this made me want to explore for chests. All because I felt the need to grind for that awesome Katana! In this area, this is where the game shines the most. It enhances the gameplay experience and gives you a better reason to do anything you want.
If that be solving a murder mystery, completing random events, or just watching people get their heads chopped off.
As we all know, Unity is set during the French Revolution, and its shown beautifully here! Fights in the streets, mass executions, and everything else in between are all present here. However, it serves (once again) as nothing more than a mere backdrop to the main plot.
You cannot influence the revolution, nothing really goes bat shit crazy, and it just keeps reminding me of the huge potential missed for a good story! Why not have the Templars the actual people the Revolution was fighting against instead of this middle ground tomfoolery?
While AC3 did not use it to its best potential, atleast you could actually fight for it! Here, its like a painting on the wall. Nothing more.
I really liked what the game gets right, and when it works. I like the ambition with the RPG stuff, and the game is drop dead gorgeous! And now, the 30FPS does not enhance a cinematic feel. That is a total load of bull, and games are NOT movies! They should never be downgraded to feel like a movie and anybody that uses that excuse; needs to go learn to shut their mouths and stop lying.
I like this franchise and I really want it to be better! Thats why I am showing it some tough love.Creating excuses for the games performance is downright silly. If you like it, awesome! But do not treat others like crap because they did not have the same experience as you.
PLEASE learn from your mistakes Ubisoft! 2/5