It’s here! It’s finally here! Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has hit shelves around the country for consoles on PS4 and Xbox One only!
Should you go get a copy?
I honestly hope this review will help make that decision a bit easier for you.
I have been a die-hard fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise since vanilla hit us in 2007 (see here) and the passion and fanboy moments have only grown in intensity with each title that pops out every year! I mean who never had a dream about being a pirate or a ninja, but when Black Flag gave us the opportunity to be a “Pirate Ninja” the world was filled with sparkles, unicorns, fluffy talking bunnies and kittens that could make a mean cappuccino! (A bit much?)
Set in the Victorian Age, you get an authentic feel for what life was like (or pretty darn close to accurate representation) in London, England back in the 1800’s. The setting for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is based in the 1860’s primarily and you are chasing down pieces or fragments of a new Eden project though the memories of Templar Assassin’s Evie and Jacob Frye (a.k.a The Infamous Frye Twins) who have very rebellious and uniquely witty personalities, which seem to have pulled through to their present day avatars.
The Grand Master, Crawford Starrick, is your main target, but along the way you need to methodically and sometimes brutally assassinate your way through his “Kroney’s”, each of who have their specific specialties in their order, that as well, pulls through to their present day avatars. Each “evil-doer” as mentioned has their specialty, which ties into their location, and the environments are so richly sewn together, you are totally immersed with the world you are playing in.
Depending on how quickly you play or how focused you are on reaching all the challenges in each memory, it will take you about an hour to “start” the game and reach the streets of London, where Jacob has a brainchild to start up a rebellion filled with “riff-raff” and call them The Rooks. The game dynamics are insanely awesome, and very familiar, making you feel right at home if you are a long standing fan of the franchise, and is very easy to pick up on if you decided to board the bandwagon with the Syndicate title.
I have always played Assassin’s Creed on PC. This was my first time experiencing the title on a console. I did this review and the Twitch.TV livecast via my PS4 lastnight, and undeniably I have been delivered, sanctified and set free! The gameplay is well executed, not many noticeable changes there, and the story flows together in a very uncomplicated manner, aiding to the immersion. The music and sound effects are so atmospherically bolstering that you cannot help but enjoy hooking into familiarities like Oliver Twist or Sherlock Holmes.
I am exceptionally pleased with Syndicate, it is honestly my new favourite in the Assassin’s Creed Universe and will need to be replayed a few times before I think it get’s old… pardon the pun. Now if you will excuse me, I have two uniquely different sets of memories or skins to go walk in: Life as Evie Frye and the life of The Rook leader, Jacob Frye. Below is a short clip from the Twitch.TV broadcast last night enjoy!
PS4 livestream footage clip from Twitch.TV broadcast
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One
Available on: PC (November 19)
Genre: Action Adventure, Stealth
Age Rating: Mature
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Estimated RRP: R800.00
Release Date: 23 October 2015
- Easy to play
- Fan service leap of faith in London
- Environmental immersion
- I should have played these titles on console years ago!