GAME NAME: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
DEVELOPER(S): Ubisoft Quebec
PLATFORM(S): PS4 (Reviewed), Xbox One, PC
GENRE(S): Action-Adventure, Stealth
RELEASE DATE(S): October 23, 2015
Ubisoft Quebec gives us another annually release of their Assassin’s Creed franchise called Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. This is the second game that is available on next gen consoles and does it deliver or is it like last year’s bugfest Assassin’s Creed Unity?
Set within London in 1868 during the Industrial Revolution, the story follows twins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the corridors of organized crime during the Victorian era and fight against the established order, controlled by the Templars. The game still is in third person but now has some easier ways to get around town such as the rope launcher that will allow you to climb a building in three quarters of time. You can also drive carriages with horses to get to your destination faster just in case you don’t feel like scaling the rough tops. The map is huge with tons of side quests to do. I once did a live stream of the game while playing that lasted about 4 hours long and I thought I was doing the main story but instead I was doing side quests and that was just within the first couple of areas of the game.
The main story of the game in my opinion is plain. There is nothing flashy, twists or anything new done in this regard. The story missions will tell you to either take out a certain enemy using different ways or escort someone through a bad neighborhood and tail someone else. The overall story of the game you can play with either Jacob or Evie but later on in the missions I felt like the game was mostly focused on Jacob which isn’t bad but Evie is more of the stealth assassin type unlike the loud Jacob.
Alright let’s get into the game play aspect of this game. The game play is just like any other Assassin’s Creed and the map is huge so driving carriages around was a great addition. However while driving the carriage I felt like I was playing Grand Theft Auto and could crash into anything and anyone with no trouble at all but if you were to kill a random civilian you would get a prompt saying that Assassin’s do not kill civilians. Navigating up the side of the building and even doing a leap of faith off the highest point of a building will make you feel right at home if you have played most of if not all of the Assassin’s Creed games like I have.
In the game you have your own gang called “The Rooks” who can help you while on a mission or just by cruising the streets. This reminded a lot of previous Assassin’s Creed game called Brotherhood where you will have your group of assassins and you can tell them to attack someone without you having to get into any sort of combat. I found myself hiding somewhere and having my Rooks take care of a couple people before I take out my main target. As I said before about the side quests you can literally take back London with your Rooks. In different part of the map there are sections that are all marked in red and once you do that particular side quest it could be either child liberation where you have to rescue children who are hard at work while the Templars just sit back and watch, bounty hunt where you have to kidnap your target and bring him to the police, gang stronghold where you just take out anyone wearing a redcoat and then there is Templar hunt where you can go in with your Rooks and take out everyone including the leader. With every side quest you complete you get experience points where you can upgrade your character and you get money as well. Once you have taken everyone out in that area you will have what is called a gang fight where you challenge the leader and both of your gangs go at it until you kill a certain amount or until you kill the leader.
With the money you get from side missions or the main story you can upgrade your character or gang. The character upgrades are very useful because in certain parts of the map you need to be a high enough level or you will get your ass handed to you and that is the honest truth. The gang upgrades I did after I maxed out both of the twins and they are very useful in battle because you will need their help in certain situations and if you need a cart to come up really quickly you can call your gang and they will come riding in one and you can take over the reigns.
The graphics are pretty impressive but what is a Assassin’s Creed game without a few bugs along the way. There was nothing that was a game breaking bug that had me not complete a mission or task I was after but instead when I saw one I just chuckled and moved on because seeing how big the map is and knowing you can go from one side of the map to the other without any load screens is still to me very impressive.
The sound of the game is pretty good with blending in the city with carriages and gunshots and scaling up buildings it becomes less and less. The voice acting I thought with the twins was excellent because they actually sounded related having sibling banter back and forth. Especially the voice for Jacob was spot on because it is exactly how I pictured him to be before even playing the game.
If you are still into the Assassin’s Creed games or if you are waiting for the next gen Assassin’s Creed that is actually really good then I would recommend you pick this up. Even if you haven’t played any of the previous games I would still recommend you pick this up because it may shock you. I found this to be one the best Assassin’s Creed games in a long time and it looks like Ubisoft has found their way to win back fans after the disappointing Assassin’s Creed Unity.