Assassins Creed Syndicate is out now and it’s that time of year again when we have multiple games landing within weeks of each other, all fighting for the Christmas Number 1 spot in the games charts. Over the past few weeks we have had the new FIFA (amongst other sports games), Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4 and this latest entry in the Assassins Creed series. Then, to top that off there is also a new Rainbow Six, Just Cause 3, Star Wars Battlefront and numerous other titles in the run up to the festive day. It is a busy time of year for game developers and publishers, fine tuning and polishing their software ready for us to be getting our hands on it!
Syndicate has a lot to live up to after what happened with Unity literally 12 months ago. Unity was a bit ambitious and they really should have held that title back to get it fixed properly and release it at a later date, thankfully I didn’t get it till June this year shortly after I got my PS4 and it had been fixed by then. Either way, that was then and now it is time to move forward and welcome Assassins Creed Syndicate to the fold.
So, after our trip to Revolutionary France we hop across the channel to Victorian Era London, a city that is thriving with industry, unfortunately the city and each of its districts is under Templar control. This is where Jacob & Evie Frye come in, born into the order these 2 assassins must reclaim each borough of London and finally stop the tyranny of Crawford Starrick.
Assassins Creed Syndicate Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 [1080p HD PS4] – No Commentary
As you will notice, there I have mentioned two main protagonists – Jacob and Evie Frye who are twins. Their father was an assassin before them, hence, why they were born into the order. After 2 missions that start the game – 2 missions that would put a Bond movie opening to shame the way it ends! – the pair of assassins take it upon themselves to travel to London to sort the ever growing Templar problem out against order wishes and also to retrieve a piece of Eden.
Now, Jacob is a no holds barred type guy – he gets things done, up close and personal. He commands a gang called The Rooks. Whenever there is a fight for control after doing the various missions in a borough, he is at the forefront fighting the opposing gang leader. It’s just the way he is and his stats and skills reflect this. Now, Evie on the other hand, is more interested in looking for the pieces of Eden, and she has a cerebral-type approach to various objectives, rather than getting into the thick of it like Jacob. Her style is faster and more stealth-orientated. Both characters are available to play when just doing the various objectives and liberating the boroughs. However, some missions like the aforementioned gang fights must be done with Jacob and, as an example, Evie has to do the opening Alexander Graham Bell mission.
Gameplay is much like the previous Assassins Creed games. Ubisoft though did decide to remove all multiplayer and co-op components from the game (a decision made from the outset). .It is a single player-only experience with plenty to see and do round the map. The map, itself it, the usual Assassins Creed fare: 2 or 3 viewpoints to unlock in each area and numerous different tasks to be completed, not forgetting all the various collectibles. This time round, you will be kidnapping key templars (annoying missions I felt), rescuing kids from forced labour factories, taking over gang strongholds and various other tasks for Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Dickens and the various factions. One of the really cool new features is your base of operations. After completing the first borough and defeating the gang leader, you get a train that travels London in a circuit. This train is your base and, from it, you can upgrade your gang members, collect money and check progress on what you are doing.
Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the game.
Assassins Creed Syndicate Gameplay Walkthrough Part 2 [1080p HD PS4] – No Commentary
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