This is my next review video. In it, I give you a quick overview of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
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Hello, my name is Eric Rogers from parentinggamers.com and this is Parenting Gamers Review of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. In this video, I am going to give you a quick overview of Assassin’s Creed, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
So the first question is, what is Assassin’s Creed?
Assassin’s Creed is an open-world, third-person, stealth action game with free-running elements. Don’t worry if those terms don’t mean anything to you yet. I am going give you examples of each one so you will understand what they mean.
First of all, a third-person game is a game where the character the player controls is visible on the screen as you can see here. This view is popular is story driven games because it helps the player connect more with the main character of the story.
Next, is the term “open-world”. An open-world game is a game that allows the player a measure of freedom to determine where to go and what to do. There is normally a main story-line but the player is free to ignore it and just explore the world if they choose. For example, the next place I am supposed to go here it shown by the green dot that you see on the screen. However, I can choose to turn around go a completely different direction if I want to. Exploring the world in this way can lead to different quests and events that are not central to the main storyline which increases the longevity of the game.
Then there is the term “stealth action”. A stealth action game is one there the player uses stealth to sneak up on his target or accomplish objectives instead of running in with guns blazing. This makes the action much slower paced and the body count much lower than in a game like Call of Duty or Halo. For example, in this clip, my objective is to steal two chalices from this church. To accomplish this, I have to sneak around so the guards will not see me.
Finally, there is the free-running element. The game uses a free-running system that allows the player to jump over or slide under objects, climb up buildings, and run across rooftops. You can see what I mean in this clip here.
So the next question is, what about the content?
A quick warning. I am about to show you a few clips to explain Assassin’s Creed Unity’s rating. These clips are a bit graphic and do contain some strong language.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is rated M, which is the equivalent of an R rating in the movies. The rating includes these 5 descriptors:
“Blood and Gore”
“Sexual Themes” There are a couple missions that take place in a brothel, although no nudity is shown.
and “Use of Alcohol” There is a scene much later in the game where the character is depicted drunk.
The other thing to keep in mind is that Assassin’s Creed: Unity includes a multi-player co-op feature. This allows the player to join a mission with up to 3 other people. These could be 3 of his friends or just 3 other random people. The issue with this is that you have no control over who he is playing with. For the most part, this won’t be an problem but you never know who will join his game.
So, what’s the verdict on Assassin’s Creed: Unity? Is it a game you should allow your gamer to play?
Personally, I enjoy this game. Running around the city is pretty cool, climbing up the buildings, running around on rooftops, doing the missions, all that stuff is pretty cool. However, my recommendation for you as a parent is probably to avoid it until your gamer is older, at least high school. The M rating carries with it a “17 and up” qualifier. Most stores won’t even sell an M rated game to anyone under the age of 17. So I would say, use that as your gage. If you wouldn’t allow your gamer to watch an R rated movie, you probably shouldn’t allow them to play Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
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