Assassin’s Creed Unity marks the franchise’s leap from last-gen to current gen- exclusively available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Shane the Gamer’s Australian editor, Darren Price, takes a look a look at the game’s collector’s edition.

I’m quite partial to getting the collector’s edition versions of my favourite video-game releases. With Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed games being possibly my number one franchise, I never miss out on picking up their premium releases.

What makes the Assassin’s Creed collector’s editions so great is the inclusion of a usually very high quality figurine of the game’s main character. This is a tradition that started way back in 2009 with the release of Assassin’s Creed II, complete with a figurine of Ezio Auditore in either his black or white robes.

For Assassin’s Creed III, Ubisoft released The Freedom Edition, complete with a huge Conner Kenway Figurine. A year later they did the same for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag with the Buccaneer Edition.

Let’s take a look at this year’s Assassin’s Creed collector’s edition.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

Ubisoft are the masters of premium collector’s editions. For Assassin’s Creed Unity they’ve pulled out all the stops with the Notre Dame Edition.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

As is the norm with Assassin’s Creed collector’s editions, the box is huge- large enough to accommodate the figurine of Arno Dorian, the game’s protagonist.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The back of the slipcase cover details the other extras in the pack, notably the two additional missions, “The Chemical Revolution” and “The American Prisoner”.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

With the slipcase off, a little drawer is exposed as the base of the box. Inside is the game, the art book, the game’s soundtrack CD and an envelope containing two lithographs.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The front of the box splits open to reveal the Arno figurine. Some assembly is required. We’ll get back to that.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

In the game case, as well as the actual game, there’s a code for the bonus mission content.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The disc has the same image as the cover, depicting the co-op team of Assassins that fans can play as in the game.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

Next up in the little drawer is the art book.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

It’s not a very big book, but it is nicely bound.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The book features concept art from the game’s development. Offering up a sample of what can be found in the game’s retail art book from Titan Books.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

Under the artbook is the soundtrack CD, featuring 26 tracks from the game.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

Another item that is becoming the norm in these Assassin’s Creed collectors editions is an envelope containing a couple of small lithographs.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

This time the envelope has been made to look like some mail addressed to Elise, a character in the game.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The prints themselves are a couple of beautifully presented concept images.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The centre-piece of the Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition is, of course, the 355mm high figurine depicting the game’s protagonist, Arno Victor Dorian.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

Following in the fine tradition of these Ubisoft collectables, the figure is meticulously crafted.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The attention to every little detail is impressive…

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

…right down to the buttons on Arno’s tunic…

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

…and the pistol tied to his side.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

You can see his trademark assassin’s weapon on his wrist.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The textures on his clothing make the figure look almost real.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The figure stands mounted atop a stone gargoyle.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

All-in-all it’s a very impressive figurine…

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

…that looks good alongside the other Assassin’s Creed figurines in your collection.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition

The Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dam Edition lives up to the quality of the the other resent premium Assassin’s Creed collector’s edition. For a relatively small additional fee, you get a host of additional goodies including the impressive Arno figure.

Sure, you are going to most of the bits and pieces like the art book and the lihographs away once you’ve looked at them once. But for video game merch horders like me, this very special collector’s edition is a must-buy!

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Darren Price - Snr. Editor | Contributor

Darren Price - Snr. Editor | Contributor

Senior Editor / Feature Writer & Reviewer - AUS at Shane the Gamer
Darren has been playing video games for over thirty-five years and writing about them for the last nine. He has written for New Zealand’s Game Console, both the short-lived print magazine and in the pages of NetGuide. These days he writes for anyone that asks nicely, as well as his own blog www.vicbstard.com. Whilst now Sydney-based, Darren keeps an ear to the ground and reports back to NZ on what is happening, game-wise from his side of the Tasman.
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