First up, have they done their history homework? “And we wanted to spawn a player to a safe place, the train”, he said.
I was a bit disappointed that the trailer didn’t show us any more of Bloody Nora, leader of the Blighters – I swear I’m not making this up, google it. The new story trailer does show us some of the other cockney stereotypes whose faces we’ll be stabbing, however. Evie and Jacob Frye are dramatically different characters from one another, and that shines through in the title’s cutscenes. We have a sense of maybe where it’s going, but no one has a crystal ball.
The Ubisoft Quebec-developed entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is set in London during the height of the Industrial Revolution.
“In all honesty, it’s something that people really enjoy”.
This addition can’t have been taken lightly, so we put the question to game director Scott Phillips on why they decided to include something as game changing as the Rope Launcher. If Syndicate is using this same engine then the same problems could still exist, until they are fixed of course. That’s pure gold. For us, this works. “It’s not forced”.
Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity drew a fair amount of criticism regarding its lack of playable female characters.
The most thrilling part of Syndicate’s combat is its speed and style. While the sound of wood hitting flesh or steel slowly penetrating skin may have been created in a Canadian studio via a perfectly humane series of assaults on fruit and vegetables, it’s especially important all the sounds were right this time around given the vast array of offensive tools on offer, from throwing knives to knuckledusters. Certain areas of London regions are controlled by a rival gang and as you complete missions in each stronghold, it removes their influence over it and moves some of your own gang members in, who then roam freely around the streets.
Juggling historical accuracy with “Wouldn’t it be cool?” ideas, Syndicate is a more outlandish adventure than previous Creed outings, a amusing, fast-paced romp full of knowing nods and inventive set-pieces that will remind die-hard fans of the franchise what they loved about it in the first place: it’s fun.
Having spent some time with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, I see glimmers of hope sneaking through the murky, smoggy clouds of London city, while some long-standing doubts continue to hang over it. Here are the 10 key impressions that the game made on me during our hands-on time together.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will release on October 23rd on both PS4 and Xbox One.