Assassin’s Creed Unity Is Nowhere Near As Broken As Many Claim

Assassin's Creed Unity Is Nowhere Near As Broken As Many Claim
I’ve just polished off and published my review of Assassin’s Creed Unity and although I sadly fell behind the curve of the general gaming media outlets, I did not expect the sheer wall of feces that washed over me as I checked the reasons behind the scores from other critics.

I have seen floods of articles, complaints, comments and accusations today – each attacking Ubisoft’s approach to the AC Unity release, selling an utterly broken product that is both damaged beyond all repair and so broken it’s not even close to playable. I cannot speak for all the platforms but as for the state of the PlayStation 4 version, many of these complaints are utter poppycock. Yes, I went there. Poppycock.

Unplayable? Broken beyond repair? Maybe the other platforms truly are seriously suffering and certain PlayStation 4 reviewers just took it on board, but my experience in AC Unity was not one of utter disappointment and pure frustration. I’ll be totally honest with you. I expected more from Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed is a well established franchise and Ubisoft have proven time and time again that they’ve got what it takes to compete with the big boys, but the technical stability of Assassin’s Creed Unity was not up to par and was not close to the industry standard expected of a AAA, £59.99 release. For this I can understand a certain degree of disappointment and confusion among players but not to the level I’ve seen today.

I’ve completed the entire campaign, the vast majority of the Murder Mystery missions, collected more chests than I care to admit and explored every crook, cranny and crypt of Paris. During that time, the time it took me to complete the entire game, I fell through the floor 5-6 times and suffered from minor FPS drops on a few occasions. I am not – for one second saying we should blindly accept this level of quality without question but some sources are scoring the game as low as a 4/10 for its technical shortfalls.

In the interest of full disclosure. I wrote my review on Assassin’s Creed Unity and posted it today. I wrote the review based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by the PR team working with Ubisoft. I scored the game a 7/10 and praised it for its fantastic graphics, impressive environments, good customization additions and exciting co-operative play. I criticized it for the occasionally frustrating parkour elements, convoluted story, technical instabilities and tedious usage of external applications.

Please don’t misunderstand my inability to understand this situation as an attack on the opinion of another reviewer. The entire intention of such articles is to deliver a verdict true and honest to the one whom holds the pen. However, I can not just sit by and watch those mindlessly destroying a games score purely to stir up controversy without throwing up my counter point.

I’ve seen dozens of articles attacking Assassin’s Creed Unity for its lack of technical polish but I have yet to see a single one where I felt the author had correctly portrayed the actual state of the game I explored during my experience.

To summarize. The PlayStation 4 version, at least in my experience, is more than stable enough to support hours of bug free play without any interruptions. But it is not as technically sound as gamers expect and deserve for the price tag.

  • SaberEdge

    Nice article. I suspected as much. I haven’t played the PS4 version, but I know full well the kind of exaggeration that is going on with regards to the PC version. The game runs completely stably for me and looks amazing. I’ve experienced a few bugs, but nothing that serious.

    As you said…poppycock. Pure poppycock.

    • R6ex

      Same here. Love this game, but you need good graphics card!

  • mazegilliam

    Did you upgrade your hard drive on the ps4? I feel like the problem here is that some ppl that upgraded don’t have the same problem as ppl that didn’t

  • I for one put the game down. Its not unplayable but it isn’t complete either. For me none of the online features work and up until yesterday the companion app wasn’t working either. For those that just go through the story it plays relatively fine but for me constantly coming to things that were unavailable just really left me feeling like I was beta testing and I think a lot of the folks kind of felt that way which is unexceptable as a 60$ game. Now with that being said I do think there are points being harped on that make no sense. The constant infatuation with 60 fps, the few ai glitches that we see in every game to date, and the whole game being misrepresented is just BS. Its as if there’s some unwritten internet law that states if a few things are bad, everything must be scrutinized and made to look in the worst possible light. But anyone that’s spent any time on the web knows this and I do feel that some decisions are being made by people unfamiliar with, not only the medium but, the consumer base as a whole. Overall it just seems like ambition is far overreaching ability.

  • Seth Shelton

    I’ve been strictly campaign & unlocking (e.g., Nostradamus Enigma) since launch, so I have no complaints. You’re dead on about the nitpicking nonsense about FPS etc.; who really cares?

    However, the add-ons like Initiates, Nomads, & Co-Op are definitely lacking (read: not working).

    Any Ubisoft upgrading is based strictly on the points you’ve already accumulated from previous Ubi titles because it cannot track your Actions in Unity yet; hence Initiates is a lame duck at the moment.

    Nomads is overwhelmingly hit or miss. Sometimes it syncs; sometimes it doesn’t.

    I haven’t tried it yet, but from everything I’ve read (with the requisite “grain of salt”) has stated it doesn’t work; which kinda makes the premise behind the title “Unity” spontaneously moot.

    … yet and still, I’m having fun with the game (with my fingers crossed that FC4 will launch without any so-called issues)

  • Andrew Clear

    I think a lot of the bad early reviews was a result of them not having the luxury of playing the game after it had been patched. Hours with a game that is seriously broken, will wear down anyone. After the game has been patched a few times, and improved somewhat, it is easier to enjoy the game (assuming that the person actually enjoys the game for what the game is).

  • TheCore

    Article is pure bullshit. Why? Well the 3rd patch is about to drop with 300 bug fixes, and there are still more to come.
    So how much were you paid to publish this propaganda piece?

    • Jordi Geerts

      People are in their right to complain if their game is broken.
      The same goes the other way.

      I played the PS4 version for 50+ hours now and ran into maybe 5 – 6 glitches, 2 of which got me killed.
      While annoying, I hardly call that broken and unacceptable. Specially when the checkpoint system is very forgiving.

      My framerate barely dropped anywhere and the online functions worked for me.

      Indeed, the 3rd patch has 300 bug fixes, but for me (and apparently this guy too) it won’t matter too much cause we barely had any problems.

      So if you wanna rip me a new asshole, that’s fine. I’ll take 12. I am not gonna go with the crowd because they have problems. I’m only gonna judge on what I play.

      Again, those people are in their right to complain, but we are just as much in our right to not complain.

    • The Gnome

      I rest my case. 15 year olds.

  • Jordi Geerts

    Okay, good. So I’m NOT the only one.

    I ran into maybe 5 or 6 glitches and only 2 got me killed.

    The online is mostly functional, but most people I played with absolutely SUCK at the game.
    They all get to floor level and start an immediate fight with everything and everyone. Half of the time, they all get killed and because I try to avoid conflict, they all just respawn and do it all over again. I’m not saying you have to be good at a game to play it, but I would hope people use their brains a little more >_>

    People are in their right to complain if it’s broken, but in my experience, the game runs just fine.

    Skyrim was FAR worse and that ended up winning GOTY. I love Skyrim, but absolutely couldn’t stand the numerous bugs and glitches the first couple of weeks.

  • Cameron Bailey

    Its been fine on my xbox one, have only had 1 major crash where the whole game locked up but thats it

  • The Gnome

    Playing AC Unity, it astounds me the expectations people must have. Are all these complainers 15 year old brats that have nothing better to do than complain? I am not, nor have ever been a “gamer” but I bought an XBOX One for this game and I’m glad I did.. its given me hours and hours of enjoyment and I hope it never ends. The level of detail is just incredible. Bugs? Meh. This game deserves awards, not complaints. I can’t wait to see what they do with London!