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'Assassin's Creed Unity': A return to 100% land based gameplay, it's about time

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be bringing the franchise into a new era of seamlessness, immersion and gameplay. From everything we’ve seen thus far from Assassin’s Creed Unity, things are looking promising for both single and co-op players. Oh and did we mention this game looks unbelievably good?

What do you think about this return to land?
What do you think about this return to land?
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Excited the game is coming back to land?
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Ubisoft provided us with a preview of what Assassin’s Creed Unity will be about. Paris is quite frankly one of the biggest maps we’ve seen in an Assassin’s Creed game.

Not only is the world of Paris that large, it is filled with plenty of missions and quests for players to complete. Comparatively, if you remember Brotherhood you’ll know there was a great amount of open space in some of the areas in Rome, but Paris doesn’t seem to have that. Paris definitely gives off a vibe of being very dense. It even has a bit of an underground to it with The Catacombs.

As someone who has recently been to Paris, France, it was such a joy to see a game set there. The hands-off demo we received from Ubisoft did a fantastic job of showcasing the game’s new climbing system. This revamped system will allow players to scale down buildings much more efficiently than in previous games. You don’t need to worry about aiming for a ledge to drop down on, simply holding R1 and B (or circle for PS4 owners) will allow your assassin to drop down safely.

Another new feature we saw in our demo was how the combat system has been changed. It definitely seems to be more coordinated with an enemy's movements as well as the player’s. It seems like you’ll need to pay attention to an enemy’s attack patterns and react accordingly.

Now, walking around the city in an Assassin’s Creed game will be a bit different in Unity. You have more of a purpose and a new sense of discovery because some of the missions you are assigned will emerge as you explore Paris.

At times you’ll see a small faction of enemies bullying a helpless individual on the street. You’ll have the option of intervening or you can simply ignore them. Other times you may see someone murder a civilian, you will then be prompted to chase him down, but again, it’s to your discretion.

Free-roam gameplay will not just be the only place you can find additional missions. The interiors of random buildings will also present players with missions they can choose to engage in at that moment or log them in their quest queue for a later time.

This is definitely going to provide new meaning and purpose for people who want to explore Paris by walking around and taking their time. Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Paris seems to have a lot to offer.

Speaking of going inside, taverns around the city will serve as areas where players can acquire co-op missions. Co-op is a major new feature coming to Assassin’s Creed Unity, and it will be something players will want to explore.

Now if you’re thinking that you want to explore Paris solo the entire time, that’s fine, you can still take on those co-op missions by yourself, you’ll just need to be skilled enough to do so because the enemies will not be scaled down.

Some of you may be worried about not having a friend to play with all the time, but don’t worry because Ubisoft has you covered. There will be an in-game matchmaking system that pairs up players together. You’ll always have someone to play with in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Like we saw with Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Unity players will be able to upgrade various skills and weapons throughout the game. The in-game map is now a 3D monster, providing an interesting new top-down view of an Assassin's Creed world.

Certain bombs, like cherry bombs, are back in Assassin’s Creed Unity, but the crafting system we saw in Revelations isn’t coming back. Bombs will simply be collected as is.

In the cutscenes we saw, the faces were absolutely stunning and some of the best detail I’ve seen in a game before. The person that the Arno threatens for information is pretty much like you’d seen him in real-life.

Textures of the buildings in Assassin’s Creed Unity are some of the most realistic ever. They pretty much are a photo-realistic example of what buildings may have looked like during the time of the French Revolution, they're outstanding really. Ubisoft also has bold aspirations of zero loading screens being in the game, and that would be quite the achievement considering how big Paris actually is.

From the small bit we’ve seen from Assassin’s Creed Unity, Paris is looking absolutely incredible. This is a dream location we have been wanting Ubisoft to take the franchise to for a while now. The co-op aspect of the game does look intriguing, but we’re need to find out more and see this thing in action.