On November 16, an unusual project from Ubisoft was released – not just another part of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but the first game in the series for VR helmets. Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR offers completely new gameplay from the perspective of already familiar heroes – Ezio from the second part, Connor from the third and Cassandra from Odyssey. For them we will have to go through small plot passages, try stealth missions, parkour on the roofs and much more.
Surprisingly, the project turned out to be a breath of fresh air, after a series of identical Ubisoft games with not the most outstanding graphics. On OpenCritic the new product collected 80 points and 75% of recommendations, while the previous part – Assassin’s Creed Mirage – only 76 points and 73%. Here’s how the site reviews Assassin’s Creed Nexus CGMagazine:
“In Assassin’s Creed Nexus, the developers managed to successfully implement a full-fledged VR game based on the mechanics of fast movement with minimal motion sickness. In a way, they set a new standard for comfort.”
But the new product did not go without criticism. By players’ opinion, Assassin’s Creed Nexus has problems with object smoothing, ubiquitous bugs, an overly simple combat system and a sea of hints that cannot be avoided. Look at the NPCs, voiced by not the best neural network.
At the same time, there are significant advantages, like really exciting parkour. You just have to get the hang of it and that’s it, you don’t want to get off the roof. The same goes for the choice of locations – Villa Monteriggioni hits nostalgia hard. The NPC system deserves special thanks, as it reacts to many of our actions, although it is not without bugs.
The main question is whether the new product is worth playing through or even buying a virtual reality helmet? According to players and critics – 50 to 50. The game definitely gives a new unusual experience, but it’s definitely not a must-have. In addition, it requires a Quest 2, Quest 3 or Quest Pro VR helmet, which hardly every player has. But buying it just for the sake of being new is not a good idea.