Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings - Xbox One

Release Date:

January 13, 2015

Also on:

Xbox One PC

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Also on UK.
7.8

Summary:

Assassin's Creed Unity - Dead Kings on the Xbox One follows the events of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Arno’s quest for redemption will lead him to the dreary town of Saint-Denis, then known as “Franciade”, on the outskirts of Paris. While the wary and fragile Republic rebuilds itself, disturbing events and a mysterious conspiracy will take Arno down to the depths of the town’s necropolis.

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by Ubisoft
Release Date: 11/11/2014

Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher(s):
    • Ubisoft
  • Release Date(s):
    • January 13, 2015
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
    • 2-4 (Xbox Live)
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 2-4 (Xbox Live)
  • Series:
    • Assassin's Creed
  • Impulse Triggers Support:
    • Supported

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 7.68GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Anvil
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 44 Hours
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2015-03-08

Steven_Shaw

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Xbox One

7.7

'Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings' on the Xbox One is an historic action-adventure developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft.

The 'Assassin's Creed' franchise has been one of the flagship IPs for developers Ubisoft Montreal this past seven or eight years. The series got off to an incredible start with the almost genre defining first game, before bringing up the passion and scope with each passing game. Many found 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' to be one of the best titles in the series, so fans were suitably excited when 'Assassin's Creed Unity' released. The game came out, promising a great many things, but it primarily delivered a mess of glitches and required patches. Since then the developers have been hard at work trying to fix their bug filled game, and a DLC pack by the name of 'Dead Kings' could be just what they needed.

Expanding the experience without watering down the flow..

So if you haven't even played the original 'Assassin's Creed Unity' then you probably need a little bit of backstory before we dive into what 'Dead Kings' brought to the game. The series has always been focused on incorporating modern day humans into the history of the Templars and the rest of classic Europe. In this game you are a 'Helix' player, which is a console that allows players to access genetic memories of the past. You roll through the sacking of the Paris Temple and the long history of bloodshed that follows after. From there the game gets deeper and deeper into the rapidly alternating history of Paris and the rest of the Assassin's Creed.

The game is set in classic sandbox style and it allows for players to roll through the game at their leisure, focusing on sidequests when they want to while getting ready for the main story missions. 'Dead Kings' seeks to add more of the same only this time we are put in the shoes of a man by the name of Arno Dorian. The game starts right after the events that conclude the core campaign of 'Unity'. Arno is trying to escape France but that won't be easy, as we well know. As with all 'one last mission' tropes, Arno is quickly sucked into a metaphorical maze of subplots, puzzles, and betrayals.

Set in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris, the game evokes emotions that are both dark and dreary. Everything that we see is both dark and dreary and the mood seems to drag us down. That isn't to say that the series should be light, but there are no signs of levity at all on the horizon. But that's okay. We are used to this mood by now, having played through the also glum 'Unity'.

In order for Arno to get away from Paris he has to accomplish one more mission. He is told that safe passage to Egypt will only be offered if he can come into possession of a valuable and important manuscript. In order to do so Arno will have to go through several missions that include unraveling complicated puzzles and quick assassinations. We won't ask why Arno just doesn't go steal some money because the plot has never needed to make sense for the franchise to work.

For fans of 'Unity' there will be plenty to cheer about. The game offers precious little to change the initial paradigm. You have your regular array of foot chases, trailing missions, environmental puzzles, and assassinations. You won't see anything new as far as mission content goes. That still isn't to say that anything is bad, it is just not as fresh as we'd like.

If you took anything from the title of the DLC then it should be this: you will be raiding tombs. Harnessing an almost 'Indiana Jones' type vibe, Arno is set into the catacombs to plunder for information and lost treasure. Along the way through these dark passages you'll run into a group of antagonistic Raiders. These Raiders are voiced by cockney mouthed actors and they sure do lay it on thick. They are one of your primary sources of conflict in the DLC pack but they never really feel like a threat. There are some cool cinematic cut scenes featuring their characters though.

One of the most popular features in 'Dead Kings' is the aptly named 'Guillotine Gun'. Rather than firing wide blades used to sever your opponents head off, the Guillotine Gun functions as a giant bayonet. You can take out an opponent with a pair of careful swings to their body or you can step back in order to launch a type of grenade. This gun creates havoc pretty much wherever you use it and it makes dispatching the pesky Raiders a walk in the park. Death comes swift for your enemies and the Guillotine Gun is one of the most entertaining ways to deal it out.

Arno is a sympathetic hero and more important than that he is a fun one to control. He can run, jump, duck, and climb through the streets of the city all while remaining virtually undetected. Assassinations remain one of the mots enjoyable gameplay mechanisms in modern gaming (something 'Shadow of Mordor' shamelessly ripped off).

The game itself continues to look great and we were thrilled to find that 'Dead Kings' was not riddled with bugs. This is a smoother experience than 'Unity' initially was and, despite its formulaic approach, we enjoyed it anyways.

We found ourselves plugging through the DLC at a pretty quick rate. As has been the trend with DLC packs this year, 'Dead Kings' doesn't really give you too much to do. As an added experience it rounds out what you did in 'Unity' and we appreciate the lengths the developers went through in order to make the experience smooth. While this isn't a game changing piece of entertainment it does suitably give you a feeling of closure with 'Unity'. Once you complete the DLC pack you can probably set the entire game aside and look toward more fulfilling content. The Xbox One has plenty of great games to play, we wouldn't advise wasting your time with this one.

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