The video above and the text below contain spoilers for the first 30 minutes of Assassin's Creed Unity!
By now gamers have likely pored over every Assassin's Creed Unityreview, discovering everything that did and didn't work in Ubisoft's latest game. But, for those who may still be on the fence, we have another of our 'First 30 Minutes' posts to help sway potential patrons one way or the other.
As with most Assassin's Creed games, Unity begins with a rather obtuse intro but once the game jumps back into the Animus things become clear. There are also some really juicy Easter Eggs hidden in the game's first menu that are sure to be scrutinized for a long time to come.
At its core, though, Assassin's Creed Unity is still a familiar experience, albeit with greater polish and higher fidelity visuals. Hopefully, the video above does the game's presentation justice, but know that this is the best the franchise has looked yet.
Mechanically, the game is also tighter and more focused. With ascend and descend options in the free running, players can navigate the edifices of 18th Century France with greater ease than they ever have before. That isn't to say there won't be some spots of confusion, as evidence in the video, but let's blame user error on those early missteps.
The first 30 minutes also do well to establish the relationship between our protagonist Arno and the young girl Elise, but there's obviously much more to learn moving forward. In fact, most players will have barely scratched the surface of Assassin's Creed Unity by the 30-minute mark.
We should also talk about the real world element to Assassin's Creed Unity, which apparently has the player exploring parts of history as a training session. We expect that things will get a little more involved from there, but it's nice to see Ubisoft continue to build off the Abstergo-as-game-developer ideas they explored in Black Flag and not just turn their back on them.
But again this is just a brief look at an expansive new game that hopefully piqued a few gamer's interests. Those who want more in depth thoughts about the game beyond this opening chapter should read our full Assassin's Creed Unity review.
Do you plan on picking up Assassin's Creed Unity today? What most intrigues you about this new game?
Assassin's Creed Unity is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.