“The title of this game should be Assassin’s Creed 2K15.”

Last Tuesday, Ubisoft released the latest addition to their highly popular Assassin’s Creed franchise: Assassin’s Creed Unity. After spending some time with the game, I have come to the conclusion that while the story is different, the gameplay remains basically unchanged from last year’s next generation title, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag.

Available exclusively on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the game does have its upsides. For one, the graphics are greatly improved from Black Flag. The textures and detail put into the game are the best to be seen so far on next gen consoles. Also, to say the gameplay environment is huge would not do it justice. The world the game takes place in is the vastest, non-linear world I’ve seen outside of MMO’s.

On the downside, this game suffers from what I like to call “Call of Duty syndrome.” By that, I mean there are slight changes in gameplay and story, but the overall gameplay feels the same year after year. Ubisoft did attempt to freshen things up a bit by adding co-op missions.

You can team up with up to three other players to tackle specific missions. The downside to this is you are unable to play through the entire campaign with your friends. When you compare this to other recent titles that allow you to completely play through the game with other players (Destiny), it leaves much to be desired from a multiplayer standpoint.

On the bright side, the story is great. I don’t go into great detail for those of you who will be playing through the campaign, but you won’t find a more engrossing storyline in any game currently released on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

If you are into a long, grinding video game experience, Assassin’s Creed Unity is for you. With a ton of missions and countless side missions, you could easily sink well over 40 hours into the game. However, if you don’t have the time to dedicate yourself to getting fully emersed into the storyline, this game is probably not for you. Overall, it is a good game, but the lack of a quick “pickup and play” mode narrows the appeal of the game. I would advise renting or borrowing Assassin’s Creed Unity before dropping $60 on this title.

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Jason Lundgren

I have been an MMA reporter/opinion writer for over 10 years. I play WAY too many video games. I'm not on Twitter much, but follow me @JLundgrenSports