Assassin's Creed Unity Review Roundup

Here's what the critics are saying about Ubisoft's latest Assassin's Creed game.

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Assassin's Creed Unity, the first entry in the series developed exclusively for current-generation consoles and PC, has finally arrived. More than 10 studios worked on the game, which also introduces four-player co-op to the series for the very first time.

We already know what Conan O'Brien thinks of Unity, but how did the game fare with critics? Check out a sampling of review scores and editor opinions about Unity below. And be sure to read GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more on the game's critical reception.

Another new Assassin's Creed title, Assassin's Creed Rogue, was released today across Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check back later this week for GameSpot's review of that title.

GameSpot -- 7/10

"Is it the next-gen Assassin's Creed game we've all been waiting for? Not quite. It's very good, maybe even great in places, but the story's smaller focus has come at the expense of its exquisitely rendered backdrop. The grandness and spectacle that so often graces the finest Assassin's Creeds is sadly sorely lacking here." - Mark Walton [Full review]

Joystiq -- 2.5/5

"Assassin's Creed Unity is the best and worst of Assassin's Creed. It's hard not to appreciate everything that it gets right, and you'll have a good time if you can wrangle some friends for co-op, but it's impossible to ignore where Unity falls tragically short." - S. Prell [Full review]

GamesBeat -- 91/100

"I was not expecting to love Unity, but I do. Ubisoft nailed the big assassination missions and everything in between. I lost several days to this game, and I'm looking forward to losing a few more. I want to see if I can find all the highest-rated equipment. I want to do some more multiplayer missions. I want to solve the rest of those brilliant murder cases. I want more Unity." - Jeffrey Grubb [Full review]

GamesRadar -- 4/5

"Unity manages to push the series forward enough to make this truly great, it's only sad that a few left over hiccups have carried over from the previous generation. Traditional Creed problems aside, this manages to be an unrivaled murderous sandbox and Paris hands over a visually impressive blood drenched historical playground." - Louise Blain [Full review]

GameInformer -- 8/10

"Inordinately long load times, repeated onscreen notifications, and a couple of hard freezes prove that Unity is a complex game that hasn't yet had all of its bugs smashed. However, Unity's frequent missteps are balanced against an astonishing array of engaging content set in a stunning world. Even as I tallied problems, I marveled at the game's breadth of gameplay and richly realized world. I encourage fans to give Unity a try, and leave your expectations at the door. For both better and worse, Assassin's Creed is moving in a new direction." - Matt Miller [Full review]

IGN -- 78/100

"Assassin's Creed Unity leverages the new-generation consoles to add spectacular new sights and successful co-op multiplayer, but in doing so, it's created some substantial new problems instead of solving the series' most persistent ones. The scope is stunning, the customization is satisfying, and the multiplayer touches upon some really ambitious ideas. But the lack of a strong main character or interesting take on the Assassin's Creed universe costs it momentum and excitement, and the persistent control problems are still a thorn in its side. The first truly new-gen Assassin’s Creed game is a gorgeous, entertaining, and successful proof of concept for what lies ahead for the series, though it isn't what I'd call revolutionary." - Marty Sliva [Full review]

Polygon -- 6.5/10

"The ingredients are all here for a spectacular new standard for the series on Sony and Microsoft's new machines. But in the quest to build something that looked and sounded 'next generation,' Ubisoft Montreal failed to fix the problems that have accumulated over so many annual releases. Combined with an uninspiring story, and a long list of considerable technical problems, Unityfalls short of the fresh start Assassin's Creed needs." - Arthur Gies [Full review]

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Good thing this is on my xmas list so I don't have to pay for it.

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Kevin V didn't review the game for Gamespot........

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Super average. Looks like I'll be waiting for a sale.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> For an AAA game and for the money I'd have to part with to buy it, yeah kinda. Might as well hang on to the money for a little longer!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, average. Playable games start at 6/10 since everything at 5/10 and below is trash not worth the HDD space not to mention money and time.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> LOL what LAIR got a 4 and that was fun. Mercenaries 2 got a 5 and that turned out incredibly fun. If you let a review make a decision for you, you might as well give up gaming because from what you just said you're no gamer.

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Meh, bargain basement purchase, IGN, Eddie, Oculus, etc.

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Im haveing a problem when i get to the first mission it keeps sayin wont let me play it anybody else having this problen. Downloaded it from ps4 store

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm having the same issue; I got the digital version so I could have it all pre-loaded and play it at midnight...turns out it only downloads about 8 gigs and will download the other 34 gigs in the background once you've started playing. Issue is, you can only play through part of the prologue until the whole game finishes downloading. Even with quick internet my download is slow, looks like I won't be able to fully play for another day, nice. I'm done with digital copies.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Must be feature since Ubi says they have AC development down to a science.

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