Assassin’s Creed Unity is Ubisoft’s attempt to take the series back to its stabby roots. Gone is the swell of the open sea, replaced instead by the biggest city seen the series to date and plenty of targets to stab in the neck. Revolutionary Paris is the most beautifully crafted real world place I’ve ever seen in a video game: from the red drapes and the golden trims of the interior decor to the filthy streets and the panoramic vistas of the city’s rooftops, the game is consistently breathtaking.
Unity places you in the customisable boots of Arno Dorian, the French Ezio Auditore, complete with swagger and all. The story takes him through the key events of the French Revolution, but it’s a more restrained affair than usual and much of the plot hinges on Arno and his relationship with his love interest, adopted step-sister and Templar, Elise… Yes. You meet and work with key figures of the time period like Marquis De Sade and Napoleon Bonaparte, but Arno’s story feels a little more personal.