The latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed series has dropped, find out what I thought of it below!
Let’s start with the story, for an Assassin’s Creed it was pretty good. The last couple games have had a lackluster story but this one was quite enjoyable. It wasn’t to long and they deal with a lot of cool things. The interesting setting of London really helped with making the story good as well. The city is a story even in its self.
The assassin’s that you will be playing as are twins Jacob and Evie Fyre, the first time a main line Assassin’s Creed has had a playable female assassin. These characters are really awesome and some of the best characters in the franchise. They are very tongue and cheek and just something different for the franchise.
The gameplay is still same old Assassin’s Creed, you will be killing templars, climbing buildings and liberating the city but they add nice little touches that keep it fresh. They have improved the gameplay from Unity and it just flows better. Being able to kill multiple enemies at once and use a wide array of tools to kill enemies have made it feel fresh again. I especially enjoyed the introduction of these finisher type moves, that are brutal to watch but oh so satisfying.
Traversal is as good as it’s ever been in Syndicate, they have improved the free running from Unity and made it better but it still isn’t perfect, you will still have problems such as jumping onto the wrong ledge or getting stuck somewhere. But the big thing they have added to traversal is the grapple gun. The grapple gun is amazing, being able to climb a tall building in seconds is a dream. I never want this feature to leave an Assassin’s Creed game. You can also use carriages to get around and whilst they are fun they do handle just a little funny.
Activities you will find yourself doing in Syndicate are fun, doing a boat raid or taking out a gang stronghold is a lot of fun but these tasks can become repetitive if you do one after the other so it’s probably best to do a couple then move onto something else.
The assassination missions still remain a highlight in the game, with so many options on how you want to kill your target. They just give you a lot of freedom on how you want to tackle the objective and really make you feel like an assassin.
They have added a leveling system to the game where you can gain skill points and level up your assassin. It’s a nice feature but it doesn’t do enough to vary each assassin. Most of the upgrades are the same for both Jacob and Evie except for one or two. I would like to see this feature expanded in future entries in the franchise.
The game is quite polished although I did encounter some bugs and glitches. A couple of times I had to restart a checkpoint because the target I had to kill would become stiff and I wasn’t able to attack them. I also fell through the map once and encountered some minor frame rate drops but for the most part it’s polished.
The trophies in the game are quite easy but time consuming so if you want an easy platinum and have time to sink here is one. The graphics in the game are also great, the game isn’t beautiful like other games because London is such a gritty and grey city but they have managed to make the grey look good.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is one of the best entries in the long running Assassin’s Creed franchise.