Assassin's Creed: Unity

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

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 27 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byMr.Robert April 24, 2015

Assassin's Creed Unity - An Educational Entertainment Source

The title of this game may be misleading, but it is indeed a good source for kids to learn about the French Revolution! Players will learn about people such as... Continue reading
Adult Written by70745ro November 18, 2014

Assassins creed

There is blood, gore, and violence, but there isn't a lot. Also there are minor sexual references. But otherwise it is appropriate for age 12 and up. Langu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAverage_dude November 16, 2014

Not that bad

It's a really great game, I rember the f*** word used once, it does say s*** a decent amount of times as you attack enemys there is a part where a guy le... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMrbaconisawesome November 17, 2014

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?

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