I've been playing AC Unity, both to hype myself for Empire... I mean, urg, Origins, and because it's the only AC I haven't beaten. And I was chugging merrily along (had just beat the Court of Miracles mission) when I accidentally fast-traveled to the mission marker that activates Dead Kings, and without a way to exit it (at least, not one I could find), and not wanting to play it until after beating the main storyline, I had to start over. Yay me. Oh well, at least I didn't make it that far (I mostly did side-stuff) and this time, I'm taking my time exploring Paris. If you just go ahead and do all the viewpoints, the sheer amount of stuff on the map can be kinda daunting, even if you use the filters to only show certain things. But now I'm taking my time, and the experience is a little better for it.
That out of the way, I still have to say that I really like this game. The story's pretty meh so far (and Arno's a decent leading man with a lot of potential, but he's written and presented as just Ezio Lite, right down to an early-game outfit that makes him look pretty much identical to Ezio in the first hour or so of II) and the historical aspect is pretty f*cked, but the gameplay is pretty great. Mission design is excellent and wide-open so far, and I even kinda like the controversial combat. You can get good at it, and it's satisfying once you do, but even then it emphasizes that you're a stealthy cloak-and-dagger type, rather than Conan the Barbarian. It requires you to think on your feet about positioning and which guys you need to attack first and so on, rather than the older games which (to be brutally honest) were basically "just counter everybody and dodge the heavy guys until you win" (as much as I love AC III, that game's combat was so easy (if fun and empowering) that I distinctly remember just slaughtering a bunch of redcoats for sh*ts and giggles and basically covering the street with their corpses, haha).
And one thing no one can deny about this game is that it looks gorgeous. While they dropped the ball when it comes to the story's accuracy, Paris is staggeringly detailed and authentic, and really makes you feel like you're living in the times. (And I just have to mention that so many locations in this game - Notre Dame, the Palace of Justice, the Court of Miracles - have me nostalgia-ing hard about Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, haha.) But overall, Ubi bit off more than they could chew with the graphical presentation, especially with having so many people on screen at once. Even though the game's been pretty much fixed after that godawful launch, the framerate still hitches and stutters from time to time. It's not really a big deal, especially compared to something like Just Cause 3, but still pretty annoying.
Lastly, I have to praise the character customization, which for my money is the best of the series. I'm a sucker for virtual paper dolls, and Unity gives you a metric ton of hood, coat, belt, pants and gloves options that truly let you make Arno your own with a unique look. It's not perfect (I do wish there had been an option to wear the hood down, or even hats - I want a tricorn, dammit!), but it's really fun to play around with, and I'm so glad to hear that Origins' customization will be similar to this.
Oh, one more thing. If I were any good at video editing, I'd totally make a video of the game set to this.