Come Join the Syndicate

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Come Join the Syndicate

Samuel Predebon

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate brings back the classic Assassin’s Creed gameplay that we all have been wanting. This time, your stomping ground is London. It’s back to tall buildings and tight alleyways that made the first and second Creed so much fun to play and made the third one seem severely lacking.

In Syndicate you play as not one, but two assassins. Jacob and Evie Fyre are two young assassins fed up with the amount of control the evil Templars have in London. Using a combination of Evie’s brains and Jacob’s brawn, you systematically take out Templar higher ups and create a street gang in an effort to free London.

The gameplay is what you’d expect from an Assassin’s Creed title. The combat is fluid, vicious and just dang fun to play. The stealth aspect hasn’t really changed much. It allows you to eavesdrop on others with ease, but other than that, it’s all the same.

As for other game mechanics, the menus are pretty simple to navigate, but they do contain a lot of information. You can equip gear and weapons with relative ease from anywhere in the game world, as long as you’re not engaged in combat.

Unfortunately, like all games, Syndicate has a couple of downsides too. One being that sometimes the mechanics are a bit wonky. Double kills often don’t register properly (it counts as two rapid, singular kills), carriages (the main mode of transportation) are difficult to steer, and using the revolver seems more like a gimmick than an actual way to defeat your opponents.

Another problem that becomes all too apparent is the amount of “go here and get this” mini quests that Syndicate has going on. Some will argue that this has been a thing in all the Creed games, and they are right. This game just feels tedious. It wouldn’t be bad if there were more fast travel points and loading screens didn’t take as long as they do. Thankfully, most of these mini quests are optional and are not a requirement to beat the main story.

Overall, the game brings what it promised to the table. It’s fun to jump around the city and beat the snot out of thugs– all while saving the poor and downtrodden. The story is solid and feels like an original Creed story, unlike the ridiculousness of the third, and the dialogue is snappy and pretty funny at times. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is definitely worth its sixty dollar price.

7/10, Solid game. Ubisoft has redeemed itself after the flop that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity

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