It’s November and in the gaming calendar that means it’s time for another Assassin’s Creed Game. This year we are treated to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Set in the Victorian era of London, you play as twins Evie and Jacob Frye out on a mission to liberate London from the Templar Grand-master Crawford Starwick.
It is clear from the get-go that Ubisoft set out to correct the wrongs that was last years Assassin’s Creed Unity – a game that suffered from bad performance and poor gameplay mechanics. This time around we see great improvements in both aspects of the game although some graphical compromises were made to the overall game.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is just like any other Assassin’s Creed game , you will find yourself climbing towers, synchronize view points, killing Templars and all the other activities that we have come to expect from this franchise.
There are however a few changes: Horse carriages are introduced and features an easier way to traverse the huge city that is London. It’s also used for some cinematic and fun fight sequences. You are also treated to a new grapple gun which lets you zipline across the wide streets of London or up tall buildings with ease. Fighting consists of hand to hand combat and feels fluent and polished but becomes repetitive in the later stages of the game. Free-running is also improved from last years game but still lacks the accuracy required to traverse the city like a Master Assassin would.
For the first time in the franchises history you have two playable characters in Evie and Jacob and you can switch between them anytime. This feature however felt underused and I found myself wishing that Ubisoft stayed with the one Assassin approach.
All in all Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is what we have come to expect from the franchise and is a fun, well polished game. If you are a fan of the series then I would recommend you pick this game up , if not then this game would be a good place to start your adventure. I do however feel that Ubisoft should take a break from the annual release to inflict new life into the series and maybe take some time to work on new intuitive game-play mechanics.
RATING : 7/10
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