Playing with History Critque


Nicholas Stone

Playing with History




Assassin’s Creed Unity is a great historical game based off of the French Revolution.  It starts off in the city of Versailles and then eventually in Paris, France.  The narrative of the game is not the story of the French Revolution.  It is in fact, the use of the history of the French Revolution to tell a story of a chain of events that starts with the murder of a character’s father known as De la Serre, which ends in the death of Germain who is the knights Templar grand master.  Although, Assassin’s Creed Unity is based off the history of the French Revolution, nevertheless, the narrative of the game has a story of its own.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is an action based game.  The goal of the narrative of the game is to complete missions where you may have to save someone’s life or kill someone.  The Prelusory goal of the game is to kill without getting caught by the French military.  In the game, a person has the ability to jump from building to building.   They can also run across the roof tops of Paris France.  A person has the ability to stab and shoot someone.

There are many Characters in the game that relate to the History of the French Revolution.  Some include King Louis XVI, Napoleon Bonaparte, Donatien Alphonse Francoios, Marquis de Sade, and more importantly Maximillian de Robespierre as well as Francois-Thomas Germain.  The main title characters are Arno Dorian who was the son of an Assassin and Elise de la Serre who was Arno’s love interest in the game.

The game has very great mechanics.  One can jump from one building to another without falling to the ground and dying.  In other games, one had to have some sort of soft landing after scaling a building.  The parkour is a lot better than it used to be in other Assassin’s creed games. The graphics of the game help portray beautiful way. The art and display bring out the graphics to a point where you feel like you are in the city of Versailles or the city of Paris.  Also, what really brings out the revolution in the graphics is the crowds of people in the city.  The crowds bring out the energy levels that the French Revolution once had.   The History of the French Revolution is not used that much in the game even though it takes place in the French Revolution.  There were many key figures like Robespierre that are hardly ever used in the game.  The French Revolution is a great time period and yet it is hardly used in the game. The game centers more around the Assassin and his love interest than it does the history itself.

This game is more of an active play game because the dynamics of the game revolve around the parkour and the killing rather than the history of the French Revolution itself.  The ultimate goal of the game is to avenge the title characters adopted father’s death.   Unfortunately, what makes the game rather difficult is that it is really easy to get seen by guards and they all work together to kill you.  Stealth is key to getting around in the game because it can mean the difference on whether or not someone can survive or die.  However, stealth can also be very difficult as one could get caught if one false move is made.

In conclusion, this game has some amazing qualities like the graphics as well as the Parkour.  The Narrative could have been a little more historical based in the sense that it should have had more historical events from the French Revolution in the game.  The game most accurately depicts the reality of the city of Paris and Versailles as it would in the real world.  However, what makes it slightly in accurate is that that French Flag in the game didn’t exist during the French Revolution.  Some of the monuments in the game didn’t exist during the French Revolution.  Although, this has to be expected in a game because it is in fact just a game.  Overall, Assassins Creed is a very great game and would recommend to anyone who is into history or just looking for something fun to play.


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