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Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR invites players into a dynamic virtual realm, assuming the role of a hacker navigating a complex web of alliances—a recruit initially aligned with Abstergo but covertly assisting the Brotherhood. Supported by the familiar faces of Shaun Hastings, Rebecca Crane, and overseen by the notable presence of Morena Baccarin, the game unfolds gradually through a trio of engaging campaigns.

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The journey starts with Ezio, unfurling a historical tapestry that spans Renaissance Italy, Colonial America, and Ancient Greece across a sprawling 15-hour campaign. Each era offers varied landscapes and environments which fans of the series will instantly recognise from previous instalments.

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR immerses players in the garb of other renowned protagonists from the iconic series, equipped with signature hidden blades, initiating a thrilling amalgamation of stealth, combat, climbing, leaping, and, naturally, assassination.

Transitioning from a third person viewpoint to first-person might have seemed a daunting tasks for many gaming development studios but Ubisoft Dusseldorf managed to capture perfectly the visual aesthetics and iconic action and movements which has made the series so famous.

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Initially, combat feels straightforward, demanding physical responses to each enemy’s attack—precise blocking or skilful parrying to create openings for strikes. Stealth options like sneaking up with the hidden blade or dramatic aerial takedowns immerse you deeply in Ezio’s persona and read adds to the overall immersion of the game as a whole.

Advancing in the game unlocks even more diverse tactics, introducing ranged weaponry and unique abilities, offering a plethora of enemy engagement approaches.

The surprising comfort of Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR during gameplay was something I wasn’t expecting. Even at the most immersive settings, executing seamless traversal across rooftops, performing the iconic Leap of Faith into hay carts, and evading pursuers felt effortless. Despite the setting’s realism, I, someone typically uneasy with heights, encountered no vertigo, which is quite the achievement.

Individual experiences will vary significantly. Ubisoft accommodates any fears novice VR gamers might have with settings to alleviate fear of heights, alongside a comprehensive suite of options ensuring comfort.

Visuals

No matter your playstyle, Assassin’s Creed Nexus showcases stunning visuals, even on the 3 year old Meta Quest 2 headset which we reviewed the title on. While it may not rival Horizon Call of the Mountain on the PSVR 2, within the standalone headset realm, it’s definitely a impressive technical achievement.

The slight let-down comes from the somewhat simplistic character designs, but this doesn’t really impact the overall immersion too much.

Saying that, the one thing that did impact my immersion was the behaviour of my in-game limbs and body. The assassin’s arms often appeared disconnected with inhuman wrist bending, while crouching also resulted in peculiar leg contortions.

Although you won’t spend much in-game time scrutinising your digital double—except, perhaps, during the initial fascination of wielding a hidden blade—it serves as a reminder that this is a game and not a perfect Animus simulation.

Unlike the modern day home consoles with their lightning fast SSD-powered loading, times, Assassin’s Creed Nexus load times also occasionally extend longer than we’ve become used to, with loading sections even within internal areas behind doors.

While these aspects don’t significantly detract from the experience, they do highlight the technical limitations standalone headsets still face, despite hardware improvements.

Conclusion

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR delivers an exceptional translation of the series’ iconic action into virtual reality, breathing unprecedented life into the franchise.

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR Pricing & Availability

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR is available now on the Meta Quest Store for €39.99

REVIEW: Assassin's Creed Nexus VR (Meta Quest 2)
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Summary

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR delivers an exceptional translation of the series’ iconic action into virtual reality, breathing unprecedented life into the franchise.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net