I thought that all the bad blood about ACUnity was kinda overhyped. Then I found out by accident that SONY itself actually is part of the problem of why everyone is complaining
. Here is the story - which at first was supposed to be a review about the game - but now turned into a rant about HOW THE FUCK someone can sell a product that expensive and care so little if it is actually working properly.
Note: AC3 and AC4 also had bugs in the past which I actually found quite funny and I started collecting them. With ACUnity I went on bug hunt aswell and since I lately got an Instagram account, you can see the best bugs here: instagram.com/darktownart
None of those bugs EVER broke the game. NEVER EVER.
And one must say that ACUnity is truly beautiful and I had SO MUCH FUN exploring the city, unlocking new stuff and playing online with friends (as long as this was possible because of NAT-Type problems which I will mention later). I even got the "Legend" status after finishing the main story which is like the highest rank in the game. I felt kinda proud of myself and was ready to explore the online realms of this game further, when IT happend...
HERE IS HOW SONY'S PS4 SYSTEM THAT LITTLE SON OF A B*** ATE UP MY SAVEGAME AND MADE THE GAME UNPLAYABLE:
There is an error known to ps4 users since January 2014. The code reads "CE-34787-0" and it basically means that the system ate your savegame and you can't play the game any longer. It is something that Sony is aware of and that seems to happen RANDOMLY. Meaning, yes ACUnity is glitchy at some point, but some research did reveal to me quite quickly, that the very same happened with many other games - SINCE JANUARY 2014!!! - and Sony hasn't done anything yet to actually fix the problem.
Their advice is to whipe the console clean and reinstal the entire firmware, just to run risk to encounter the very SAME bug yet again!! This can't be it so I am backupping all my savegames from now on!!SO HERE IS A LITTLE TUTORIAL ON HOW TO BACKUP YOUR SAVEGAMES:
Some people have been asking me how to do this so here we go:
- Plug a USB Stick to your ps4
- Go to Settings
- Go to "Application Saved Data Management"
- Choose: "Saved Data in System Storage"
- Choose "Upload to Online Storage" - OR "copy to USB Storage Device
It feels a little odd to have to do such steps with a freshly bought console and I sincerely hope that Ubisoft permits the download of savegames onto a USB device. (Note: This did not work with AC2 for instance. I backupped my AC2 savegame as I once had to reinstall my ps3 system software and after that all savegames but the AC2 savegame did work, because Ubisoft was afraid that users could do - whatever - with their bacupped savegames and displayed some sort of message that basically told me how their savegames could not be transfered -__-)
WANT TO PLAY ONLINE WITH YOUR FRIENDS? WHY? PLAY WITH RANDOM PEOPLE!
Here is something else that I want you to be aware of if you plan to play ACUnity on a ps4 WITH YOUR FRIENDS:
The entire AC series has always had "problems" regarding online playing when it came to NAT-Types. It just didn't occur until our household got a ps4 that I noticed how these problems seem to be partly manufactured by Sony itself.
NAT for dummies: NAT-Type basically means how "open" your router or modem is to other devices connecting to it for online purposes. You can either have NAT1, NAT2, or NAT3, with NAT3 being the most restricted and NAT1 being the most open one.
(How do you know which NAT-Type you are? Your ps4 will tell you.
Go to Settings -> Network -> Test Internet Connection. It will list your NAT-Type there.
For ACUnity to work online, you need to be at least NAT-Type 2)WHY IS THE NAT-TYPE A PROBLEM?
Let's compare ACUnity to GTAV:In GTAV a server from Rockstar is is the host, all players connect to this server
and play together on this server.
(Pro: Everyone can usually play together. Con: When Rockstar decides to stop running servers, players can't play together any longer)In ACUnity one player serves as host, and other players connect to them.
When the NAT-Type of those players isn't compatible, they can't play together.
(Pro: Players can always play together Con: When players aren't "compatible" they can't play together, and another con: You have to connect to Ubisoft servers (-____-) before you can play together and then host a game by yoruself, so when Ubisoft servers are down, you cannot take any advantage of the fact that you could theoretically host the game by yourself. -___-)
And here now comes the weirdest aspect about the NAT-Type thing (Something which seems to be ONCE AGAIN Sony related): I wanted to play with a friend. In the beginning I was NAT3 and he was NAT2. On a ps4 people can invite each other to "parties" and then talk via headset.
As long as I was NAT3 and he was NAT2, we could hang out in a "party" and talk, but we could not play ACUnity together. To specify, I couldn't reach ACUnity online services AT ALL as long as I was NAT3, so I switched to NAT2.
(This requires you to open ps4 ports manually on your router. I advice to conduct a tutorial before you try it.)
I then was able to access ACUnity online servers, but I couldn't talk to my friend any longer, and we still couldn't play together. Whenever we tried to hook up, we got a "NAT-Type not compatible" message which was really weird, because we are now basically on the same NAT-Type. I can play with random people, and he can, too. I can also play with another friend of mine. Just not with that specific friend EVENTHOUGH we are the same NAT and EVEN from the same country.
So this is a mistery we still need to solve - and one that isn't new to AC games at all. I just wasn't aware so far, that the Sony system seems to play a role when it comes to this problem, too.
OTHER THAN THAT; SOME GENERAL THINGS ABOUT THE GAME THAT I ACTUALLY WANTED TO WRITE ABOUT:
The first AC game to have horses with the anatomy SOMEWHAT working.... just don't look at their walk cicles or you want to put the poor things out of their misery.
Beautiful statues, beautiful art, perfect colors in nature... THIS GAME IS EFFIN, EFFIN beautiful!
Only AC game ever (besides AC2's Venice) I spent the most time in walking. Walking, not running. Thinking about what palace or place I shall visit next and just AWWEEE at its interiors. Does a good job in schooling you to stalk a building for the best place to break in (do I climb up to the roof? Or rather a window? WIll I lockpick a door? etc...)
Different outfits actually come with different perks which I kinda liked because it means you wouldn't switch outfits for the sake of having something new to dress but also because this or that outfit was working better for what you currently wanted to do.
A lot of different fighting styles for melee weapons that all feel slightly different in their handling and so you can also find out what style suits you best.
I like that the online gameplay seems to deal a lot with problem solving, so the ones who run in the fastest and try to kill the most actually usually aren't the most successful.
I like that the longer missions, especially the ones towards the end offer a lot of opportunities to fool around and complete extra tasks. That makes it fun to explore the area and do something more than just ging in and killing the target.
The murder mysteries (CSI AC XD) seem to be really cool. I sadly hadn't much of a chance to play them because of my destroyed savegame.
The single gameplay evolved in a way that a lot of behavior that usually made sense when playing online against real people is now making sense in the single player, too.
The crowd scenes are really impressive. Though, when you fool around too much it can literally "blow" your cover, since the crowd will burst away then and you end up with nothing to hide. XD
Some skills get overwritten once you purchase new ones (disguise for instance) and can only be brought back once you play the tutorial for them.
Further facts about the french revolution are shown to you within online missions, the single player mainly focuses on Arno's and Elise's Dan Brown like conspiracy blahblah story. -It was entertaining, though not ground breaking-
SO if you want to play offline you won't really feel like you learned anything about the french revolution at all and might also feel kinda confused about the whole conspiracy bs going on.
Important historic events are happening kinda in the background of the main story. That sort of made it even hard for me -a fan of that era - to identify at times what was currently going on (other than what Arno and Elise were currently up to...)
You get ranks. That's cool, but the game doesn't explain what you have to do to get them. For instance I would like to know why I have a higher rank than a friend of whom I'd think that he generally plays better than I do. If the online gameplay kinda measures comparable to what the old games did (not quantity but quality of kills) I would like to be able to read this up somewhere.
It takes quite long to load. That is probably something that can't be helped, though. :/ I used the waiting time to check my Instagram. XD
Disguise was fun in online play in the past, but executed in Unity in a way that it doesn't make sense. When I walk (not run, which means I am already successfully blending) away from an angry mob that is chasing me, and am wearing a uniform that blends me perfectly and instantly with a crowd, and I then take on a disguise, then it makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE, that I get discovered anyways, just because some of the angry mob guys cross my path by accident. If I had moved or drawn my weapon, then this would have made sense. Otherwise it makes the disguise option completely obsolete. One could compare this to the good old times when real people played against each other online and used this feature: When you didn't act up you usually weren't discovered, unless the other person did use certain skills to uncover you. (Or was just that effin good at the game.)
You need to level up before you can do certain missions, which is OK, because there are only 5 level stages ( XD) this can become hindering when you want to play online and don't really have many skills unlocked. While on the other hand a lot of points for unlocking skills get literally thrown into your face once you play online...
points... there are like 4 different types of them and I still confuse them.
As if Uplay wasn't enough, you now have to sign up to even one more platform "Initials", to be able to open certain chests - WHYEVER?!? Some stuff then again is only available once you download the companion app. Which I did, but the app couldn't find my ps4 so most of its features became useless to me.... :/
No minigames like Fanorona anymore. I miss my Fanorona T__TAND DESPITE ALL THE CONS:
I would have really loved to play the game today as I had a 2 hours break. Now I can't because of... Sony.
I hope that this rant can be of help to some other people, and be it just for the tutorial on how to backing up your savegames.
AND IF ANYONE AROUND HERE HAS SOLVED THE NAT TYPE PROBLEM that my friend and I are currently encountering, then I would be MORE THAN HAPPY if they could let me know!
Featuring: The only AC Fanart I ever made eventhough I own all the games. XD