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Fight For The Top 50 2014 – Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed is an annualized series, but that doesn't mean that Assassin's Creed Unity itself should be taken for granted. In some ways the game represents a return to form of the franchise's heyday with Ezio Auditore; fulfilling many of the hopes I had for this title and making it one I think should be included in this year's list of Top 50 games.

After forays into the high seas and wilderness of the past few games, Assassin's Creed returns to the type of setting in which its flourished – a dense urban locale filled with a rich history, a multitude of tasks, and captivating architecture. Paris isn't just a location in the game, it's a living city. I knew I was hooked when I started reading all the database entries for the buildings, history, and characters. The game certainly has its bugs and people have remarked on having trouble scaling said buildings, but I haven't had any more trouble than in previous AC games. In fact, I think the game does a reasonable job interpreting my intentions – apart from swinging through windows.

Unity is, of course, chock full of missions like other titles in the series, and I liked how many of them create a companion narrative that fleshes out the world. Whether it's renovating my theater base, co-op heists (which can also be done solo), Paris missions, or the new murder mysteries, I'm always eager to dive into the wealth of content. Sometimes it's just for the money, other times it's to add to the fabric of the city and its story, and there's also the thrill of the challenge. The Nostradamus riddles are a nice diversion from the bloodbath that occupies most of your time.

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The fact that the game has players start from scratch and build their Assassin combat and stealth techniques doesn't bother me – they match Arno's own initiation into the Brotherhood. It didn't take me long to become a force to be reckoned with, and the skill point system also allowed me to build the Assassin that I wanted. It also meant that the game didn't have to spend precious in-game time tutorializing for weapons and gadgets that I wasn't going to use anyway.

Planning for A.I. enemies' heightened awareness and coming to grips with a tweaked counter combat system became more absorbing as the game went on. I liked the difficulty, and still felt that I had enough tools at my disposal to escape even hairy situations. When I was gunned down ruthlessly, I knew that there was another way that I could approach the problem next time. On top of it all, quietly assassinating random guards, story villains, and even random thugs in the street is still worryingly satisfying.

Unity's role as a reset for the franchise is mirrored in the story. The game pares back the modern storyline (which had become a mess anyway) and Arno's journey focuses on his relationship with Elise. The latter is effective and is what makes Arno more than just another Ezio.

The Top 50 Challenge

Assassin's Creed Unity came out with a number of bugs and requisite updates, starting it off on a bad foot. Nevertheless, there is loads of worthwhile content, and the game has reaffirmed my excitement in the series. I know that Reiner has played all the titles in the franchise, so I'm curious if feels as rejuvenated as I do.

Reiner was given one day
to play Assassin's Creed Unity. Come back tomorrow at 8 AM CT to read his impressions
and see if Assassin's Creed Unity will get his support for Game Informer's Top 50
Games of 2014.

Click this link for more on our Top 50 Challenge, including the other titles in contention, and also check out Miller's review.

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Fight For The Top 50 2014 – Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Having not played Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, there was a lot for me to love in this game. The seafaring battles and navigation can be very cinematic and immersive. The intertwining story elements from other games and various new stealth mechanics kept things fun and interesting.

But the most intriguing part for me is Shay Cormac’s role as the tragic hero, growing disillusioned in his order and siding with the Templars. Moral ambiguity is a treat in any character driven story, and not always properly executed. Rogue did a fine job bringing this element to the series.

Learn more about the Game Informer Fight For the Top 50 Challenge 2014.

To be sure, it’s not a perfect game. With this being the first playable Templar protagonist, Ubisoft had the potential to make the gameplay truly unique from anything we’ve seen before. Instead, Cormac goes through all the usual motions.

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Fight for the Top 50
All things considered, I enjoyed Assassin’s Creed Rogue immensely, and think it’s a strong candidate for this year’s top 50.

Ben Reeves took the challenge of playing Rogue. Check back in tomorrow at 5 PM CST to see if he agrees with me and will vouch for its spot on the Game Informer’s Top 50 Games of the Year.

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Ubisoft Giving Out Free DLC, Additional Games As Assassin’s Creed Unity Apology

Ubisoft has confirmed that plans for an Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass have been changed a bit. The pass was slated to include the “Dead Kings” campaign, new missions, and an entire new game.

Assassin’s Creed Unity has been plagued with problems since its November 18 launch. The title has had a number of bugs and glitches that have impacted play, including one crash that is caused by adding friends to the in-game social list.

In a note to fans, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat addresses the problems the title has faced and what the publisher will do to make it right for purchasers. Every player will receive the Dead Kings DLC free. Anyone who has already bought into the season pass will receive another Ubisoft game from a select list of titles, including The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015.  Redemption details will be available soon.

"Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues," Mallat writes. "I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."

Ubisoft has already announced details on the next title update, called Patch 3. Another is in the works, as well.

"In addition to the latest patch and this offer, we are committed to delivering further fixes for other issues you’ve raised," Mallat writes. "In the meantime, please keep your feedback coming – it has been both humbling and incredibly helpful as we continue working hard to improve the overall quality of the game. We are hopeful that with these forthcoming updates, everyone will be able to truly enjoy their Assassin’s Creed Unity experience."

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Our Take
Ubisoft is making the right move here to appease those that purchased the game and the season pass. What gamers really want is for this to not happen again. We'd rather be enjoying these games than wondering when they'll finally be in appropriate working order.

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