Assassin's Creed: Unity

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Fascinating, gory French Revolution epic intros co-op play.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The focus is assassinations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play as an assassin. Not a positive role model.

Ease of Play

Easy to control, especially for franchise vets. In-game tutorials for newcomers.

Violence

Bloody, with lots of stealth kills and use of muskets, swords, blades, and more. Gruesome impalings, decapitations, and other brutal deaths seen or performed.

Sex

Prostitutes and brothels shown; sodomy and bestiality remarks. Comments about men and women of the cloth engaging in deviant sexual acts.

Language

Frequent use of "F--k," "s--t."

Consumerism

Extra downloadable content will cost money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters find and consume wine, and the effects of excessive alcohol consumption are shown in swayed movements.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJim123 November 26, 2014

Its Fine

This game is fine . Its only got a little bit of gore in and you cant kill good people or innocent people. There's barely any swearing and is fine for 12+.... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 and 14-year-old Written byCooldad57 April 9, 2015

Hyped series, isn''t as inappropriate as I thought

Over the years I've gotten many Assassin's Creed games for my kids. A while back, my daughter really wanted Assassin's Creed 3 I think. My imm... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBossmantin1697829283 October 22, 2016

Fine

On my Xbox one it's fine but if you do put the blood on you see big splutter of blood splatter on your face and on the walls but my parents told me to tun... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byArx January 17, 2015

Definitely NOT 18! PARENTS SHOULD READ

This game is violent, yes. But the blood can be turned off and, ultimately, it depends on your kid's play style. If your kid likes to go all out, guns blaz... Continue reading

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?

Game details

  • 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
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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