After the disappointment of last year’s release in the AC series, there was little hope for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate following Unity. However the new game has proved itself and stands strong as the newest title in the series.
For those of you that aren’t familiar to the series, Assassin’s Creed tells the story of the war that’s been going on for as long as anyone can remember. The game lays out the struggles between the Assassin’s and the Templars, two rival secret orders that work in the shadows. Whilst the Templars seek to enslave the human race, the Assassin’s aim to keep them free and bring peace to world.
Ubisoft’s leading franchise, running since 2007, received some heavy criticism after the series’ first next-gen game Assassin’s Creed Unity. Nevertheless Syndicate has risen and shone as a prominent title in the series.
Story: Syndicate takes place in Victorian London and follows twin protagonists, Jacob and Evie Frye, and their battle against the Templar order that controls London. The charming pair bring a light-hearted sense to the series after the heavy and dull storyline in Unity. They are likeable and the story is engaging, despite its rather anti-climactic ending, which can be forgiven due to the twins’ entertaining banter with each other. 7/10
Gameplay: The game mechanics have been improved since its predecessor. The free running / parkour elements run much more smoothly but there is still the occasional leap or movement in completely wrong direction. Vehicles have now been introduced into the series including trains, steamboats and horse-drawn carts, which you can take the reins of and charge your way through London. The combat has been vastly improved with more brutal animations and attacks, although these are rather limited. Missions still follow the traditional steal, kill, or tail methods from previous games. 6/10
Content: The main story averages around twenty hours plus side activities including liberating children from factories, taking over gang strongholds and even assisting historical figures from the era such as Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria. With all of this additional content the entire gaming experience totals around 60+ hours, which, unless you binge play in an entire weekend like me, will satisfy you for a good while. 8/10
Final Verdict: Syndicate provides a captivating story, loveable protagonists, a beautiful Victorian London setting, engaging gameplay with masses of content. This title has breathed new life into the series providing fans with a game to love and newcomers to the series a game to fall in love with.
Despite it’s shortcomings I would highly recommend it and give Syndicate 8/10.