The Assassin’s Creed series has been running since 2007, that wonderful videogame starring Altair and you have to admit that kind of longevity gets boring and repetitive, much like Call of Duty now or starting to be and does come with a few risks like last year’s Assassin’s Creed which was a wet blanket. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate isn’t a wet blanket, it takes a few risks already just by having 3 or 4 hours with it. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is the most fun I’ve had since giving Assassin’s Creed: Unity, a second chance of sorts and bringing it back to speed.
About Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Jacob isn’t like Arno, he’s more of a Ezio or Edward Kenway from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, for the first time, I want to see a saga of Jacob and Evie going through the years. They’re twins retaking London at the height of the Industrial Revolution in 1868 London. Jacob runs a gang with his sister Evie and hunts down a templar called Starrick,and you have to hunt down his lieutenants and all of this has a Gangs of New York feel to do it which I absolutely adore. During all of this, Jacob and Evie Frye stay true to their character and the silly banter and rivalry between the siblings is fun to watch and hear after the stupid love story of Arno and Elise. Evie is a professional, and Jacob is the rogue. They’re confident, brave, and capable unlike Arno which was very dull and boring to watch.
The twins seem to have trained more in Ezio’s school of combat then Arno or Kenway or even Conner. The combat still depends on your ability to block and counter attacks, unlike Unity, Syndicate always you to bring the fight and let’s you go on the offense with new abilities and new combat mechanics then just a one-shot pistol or a wooden musket, now you have revolvers and modern day weaponry of the era and your fisticuffs to finish the job. The fast combat has you taking down three or more goons and setting up multi-kill combos and manuevers, for me at least personally is close to the combat of Batman where you take on several groups of people. They feel like elite killers.
Retaking London, street by street, piece by piece feels like taking Rome in Assassin’s Creed II: Brotherhood or taking the Borgia Towers in Assassin’s Creed II. Syndicate has borrowed alot from the other videogames in the series and brought them new light, even the Helix Rifts make a return and those were the best part of Assassin’s Creed: Unity which opens to play in different eras of History, and you have a personal train as your headquarters which is the only stumble. The train moves around and it’s hard to spot on the map.
The usage of technology from the era supports the main hook of the setting and supports the atmosphere, very well if I do say so myself. The Victorian-era always had a gritty feel and dark places to kill someone and the setting itself is one of the best settings in the whole series, apart of the beautiful Paris. It’s like Grand Theft Auto set in Victorian times. The chimneys blow smoke, the carriages house people of congress, songs in pubs, the ships moving back and forth on the Thames, the only problem is the Carriages which I feared.
The carriages are clunky to control and they’re very uncooperative, the carriages are very underwhelming but the new form of transportation, the rope launcher . It’s basically Batman’s grapple gun but the new tool is fantastic, I find myself using it more and more and removes the need to climb Big Ben or climb anything. After using the zipline to ascend British Parliament or Westminster Abbey, it’s hard to go back to just climbing. And there’s the progression system which is like a casual Roleplaying thing, which allows you to level up.
Download Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate on PC
If you are a fan of Assassin’s Creed series, you should download this Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate on your PC. Awesome combat and gamepaly after the AC Brotherhood. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate feels familiar and yet it’s still inventive much like the era the videogame takes place in. It may draw from previous installments but it does alot of things right and it could be a great entry in the series. Check out my review soon.