Jacob! Evie! May the creed guide you, you vagrant!
It’s that time of the year when Ubisoft releases another Assassin’s Creed game but is it the same game again just like it’s previous installment, or we will see some fresh ideas and gameplay from it? Will it be Ubisoft’s savior from last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity dismal release? Let’s find out.
For the first time in Assassin’s Creed franchise, it introduced two main protagonists in the game – Jacob and Evie Frye. Twins who are set to stop the oppression in Londo circa 1868 or what they call Victorian era or during the time of Industrial Revolution.
Characters’ build up in the game is unique wherein each of the twin have a different attitude and focus in the game. Jacob is more of the humorous and brute one wherein he is more into building his own gang in London called Rooks to infiltrate corruption and wrong doings in London set by the Templars, whereas his twin sister Evie is more into stealth approach and is focused on finding the piece of Eden in London.
In their quest to meet their own targets, they will meet several iconic people such as Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Marx, Charles Dickens, to name a few and help them progress with the story.
Sounds pretty serious? Not really because Syndicate has it’s own humor, in a good way, and very odd side missions – so very Grand Theft Auto V-ish.
If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed or a gamer who at least played at least one AC game, you’re familiar with the gameplay of you, controlling an assassin and going through missions and side missions to kill the main Templar to save the Assassin Order, that’s pretty much the same with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate with added features – slick movement, fun combat, rope launcher, carriages, trains, and gangs.
My favorite feature of this game is rope launcher, which is very similar to Batman’s rope launcher in Batman Arkham games. This rope launcher is very useful in climbing tall buildings of London or scroll through the streets of London.
If you’re tired of using the rope launcher, you can hijack carriages at any point of the game to make your travelling time much faster. Carriages have also other use in the game, other than means of transportation like hiding a body inside it, do your battle above or transport a templar and surrender him/her to the authorities.
Jacob and Evie Frye have their own missions but you can use anyone of them during side missions and change characters at almost any point of the game. As mentioned above, Jacob is more of a brute and his inflicts more damage compared to her twin sister so I suggest that you use him during gang stronghold missions, and Evie is more of a stealth type of assassin and her greatest ability is chameleon wherein she’s invisible when she’s steady in sneak mode so I suggest during child liberation and templar hunt side missions.
Side missions in the game are fun but very repetitive wherein you will feel bored by finishing it over and over again. Another thing I hate about this game is the response of the buttons. There’s this certain delay in action when you press the button especially in the early part of the game. Ubisoft also hasn’t perfected yet the movement of the character when jumping from one ledge to another because sometimes, the character will end up in the wrong ledge.
The best adjective I can use when it comes to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate combat is “fun”. Yes, I love the combat system of this game. It is not like the previous Assassin’s Creed games wherein it rely mostly on counter-based attacks but in Syndicate, it is more of a combo type and maximizing the use of the weapons during combat. The counter and break defense is still there but having many ways to kill your enemies will definitely give you an adrenaline rush during combat.
Twins having their own unique weapons, crafting and upgrading it are also something new in the game but having your gang members help you in combat ala-Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is something that I don’t like. I am more of a single character combat AC gamer but good thing, there’s an option for you not to call your gang members.
Ubisoft is known for its outstanding graphics and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate graphics will not disappoint you.
London is very beautiful and lively in this game – from the slum area to the rich area. The details of the each building, parks, people, etc are there and the lighting is awesome.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a good game with a minor mishaps. You can safely level it to the cticially-acclaimed AC games like Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed Black Flag though the side missions are very repetitive and sometime boring and the ending is disappointing, these factors can easily be overtaken by the graphics, new weapons and accessories, combat and much more.
It’s quite obvious that it draws inspiration from video games like Grand Theft Auto V, for its dual character game and hijacking carriages, and Batman Arkham games for its rope launcher and combat so in a way, it’s Assassin’s Creed meets GTA V and Batman though it’s unique on it’s own way.
…and to cap it off, I started my review with a two-part questions and will end this by answering it.
Is it the same game again just like it’s previous installment, or we will see some fresh ideas and gameplay from it?
Kind of and yes – Assassins’ Creed Syndicate is almost the same game just like the previous AC games with added new features which is good for AC fans who enjoys this type of gameplay. Think of it like an iPhone, Apple keeps on releasing the iPhone every year, almost identical to it’s previous model with minor added features. Same goes with AC Syndicate, same gameplay, same story wherein you’re an assassin planning to kill a templar but with new weapons, combat, two main characters, etc.
Will it be Ubisoft’s savior from last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity dismal release?
This is a big YES! Or should I say that this is the Assassin’s Creed franchise savior. I think almost everyone knows that Assassin’s Creed Unity sucks and this time, Ubisoft made the right move by fixing all the mistakes they did on Unity and I just hope that the next AC games will keep on improving.