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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

By on June 11, 2016

ass creedAnother Assassin’s Creed might sound like torture but … this one was actually quite good.

The primary reason for this is because it’s set in Victorian London – very close to home. It also manages to adapt the control system so that scaling buildings, and running over roofs becomes much more fluid. What also helps make the action more dynamic is the use of a grappling hook (the tool of the year apparently), which makes having to get from point A to point B a bit quicker.

It uses a Farcry system of taking over different areas in London – resulting in mini-Boss battles and a less intimidating number of side quests and collectibles. Overall, the entire game feels a lot more digestible.

It also helps that the game looks gorgeous. London feels alive and Ubisoft have done another incredible job in creating a setting like no other. The characters are also well fleshed out and feel rather interesting. It’s a shame then that this feels more of a stop-gap rather than a full Assassin’s Creed game in its own right.

The modern day storyline is hardly existent and when you do see it, it’s a little unclear what is supposed to be happening. That’s probably a good thing. Since the demise of Desmond, it’s been a little underwhelming for where the game series is supposed to go next. I was under the impression, at the end of Assassin’s Creed 3, that all hell was going to break loose but apparently this isn’t so.

The only real problem with the game is that, it’s just an advancement of what has come before. It doesn’t feel like a breath of fresh air, it doesn’t feel like there’s been any real progress. It’s just the same game in a different setting.

I enjoyed the London setting immensely, I enjoyed playing the game almost as much as I did the series of Assassin’s Creed 2 games, and it felt a lot more approachable. The movement and fighting was fluid, the missions were varied and interesting, and the overall experience left me satisfied. But … it’s just another Assassin’s Creed.

It didn’t inspire, it didn’t excite, it was just like returning to see an old friend who has had a makeover. Impressive, but it’s all superficial.

Rating: 7/10

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