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Assassin's Creed: Unity
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, as with past Assassin's Creed titles, Unity lets gamers play as a hired killer. This time, it's mostly during the French Revolution era. The game focuses heavily on stealthy violence. Unity also shows tons of blood and some disturbingly gory scenes, including hangings, impalement, and beheadings. Players can use a number of weapons to kill their targets. There are also lots of sexual references (including to deviant acts), alcohol consumption, and strong profanity, including "f--k" and "s--t." Multiplayer is unmoderated, which raises privacy and safety concerns.
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What's it about?
What do you do after selling more than 75 million Assassin’s Creed games since 2007? If you’re Ubisoft, you launch a brand-new adventure. Third-person adventure ASSASSIN'S CREED: UNITY drops you in the middle of Paris during the bloody 1789 French Revolution and features the most immersive city environment in the series to date. With doses of parkour, the game introduces cooperative play to the franchise for the first time, allowing up to four friends in story-driven missions. Players take the role of Arno, a young man scorned by a lost love who's revealed to be a Templar, a member of a rival faction who murdered his adopted father. This fuels his thirst for vengeance upon those responsible. Your agile protagonist also is thrown into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation against the Templars.
Is it any good?
Although not without issues -- including a few graphical and A.I. (artificial intelligence) glitches that will certainly be patched -- Assassin's Creed: Unity is a worthy addition to the best-selling franchise. Gamers will love the locations, characters, and environments tied to this time and place -- Paris in the late 18th century -- as well as a few story-related surprises.
The core gameplay remains the same, so you'll stealthily traverse rooftops, swing from poles, remain undetected in large crowds, and then go in for the kill, before escaping safely. Visually, this is easily the best game in the series so far, thanks to high-definition character models, realistic animations, and huge set pieces with hundreds of people roaming about. Fans of the series will love this chapter in the popular franchise.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games like Assassin's Creed: Unity. How does the impact of this game's realistic violence compare to the violence in fantasy or science fiction games? Since you play a hired killer, is the violence worse?
Discuss history as it's portrayed in this game. What aspects of the French Revolution did the game get right? What did it get wrong? How can you find out more?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 11, 2014
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, History
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
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