My Year of Gaming: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
At the beginning of 2017, I purchased a Playstation 4, and it was the first time I have had a console since 2011. Needless to say, I have quite the backlog of games. I played through 23 titles in my first year getting hardcore back into gaming, and still have a long way to go. Now that we’re halfway through 2018, I figured I would share what I have been playing since the beginning of the year.
In 2015, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the ninth major installment in the franchise. As Jacob and Evie Frye, you must stop the Templar order from taking complete control of Victorian era London. Throughout the game, you will switch between the two main protagonists as each have a different goal in mind to defeat Grand Master Crawford Starrick. The twins team up with well-known historical figures such as Frederick Abberline, Florence Nightingale, Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Marx, and many, many more. Jacob and Evie are amazing protagonists and I absolutely loved the dynamic between them.
I really enjoyed this game and it easily makes my top 5 of the franchise, though I thought the ending was a bit lack-luster. London is a great setting for the Assassins and there is so much to do. Besides the main story, you are tasked with cleaning up the criminal underground by assassinating or kidnapping Templars, freeing child workers, or cleaning up one of the criminal dens. There are seven sections of the map that contain a mixture of all the mini-missions. When you’ve successfully finished all, a gang war will begin and its up to you and your recruits to defeat the leader of that area in an all-out brawl. Then, the twins give a rousing speech to bring more people to their cause. Another side-mission in the main game involves a time anomaly which takes you to WWI stricken London. With the help of Winston Churchill, you must stop air raids and unearth spies.
There is a lot of bonus material for Syndicate, which were a whole lot of fun and worth the play. The “Dreadful Crimes” has you team up with penny dreadful writer Henry Raymond and a young boy named Artie. Together, you solve a series of murders around London (much like Assassin’s Creed Unity). The “Last Maharaja” has you help Duleep Singh in cleaning up the remaining Templars in London following Starrick’s fall. And finally, there’s “Jack the Ripper,” which is exactly as it sounds. It takes place several years after the events of Syndicate and follows Evie as she tries to solve the case. This also introduced some new Assassin tools and was really fun and interesting.
I had heard that this game was awesome from a few people, but I felt like not many people actually took the time to play it, especially since its predecessor, Unity, was so poorly-recieved. But I definitely recommend if you haven’t already done so because the setting and the characters are awesome. The fighting and parkour are impeccable, a step up from the buggy Unity. Plus, there’s so much to do and it’s incredibly easy to dump endless hours into all the side-quests. For me, the Jacob and Evie make it well-worth the investment.