ByCassie Benter, writer at
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Cassie Benter

Fans of the [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) series seem to be a little skeptical over [Assassin's Creed Syndicate](tag:3605993) because they're worried that there aren't enough new features being brought to the table. Well, worry no more! I'm here to show you that Syndicate is different than its predecessors in all the right ways!

'Syndicate' Lets Us Jump Straight into the Action

The previous Assassin's Creed titles featured slow-paced introductions, but Syndicate broke that tradition. Within the first 30 minutes, I was already getting into tons of trouble and having an epic fight on top of moving train carriages.

Talk about getting your adrenaline pumping!
Talk about getting your adrenaline pumping!

Through this, Syndicate gives you a good introduction as to what you will be doing while in London, but it doesn't hold your hand while doing it. It's actually quite difficult to tell the tutorial stage apart from what would generally be considered as normal gameplay. Syndicate treats you like the master assassin that you are!

Two Characters to Choose From = More Replay-ability

Jacob and Evie have two very different playstyles. Players who prefer to get their hands dirty would probably side with Jacob, who is a bit of a hot-headed brawler. On the other hand, players who like planning their every move would likely side with Evie, who is more methodical and stealthy.

Stop goofing off in the background, Jacob.
Stop goofing off in the background, Jacob.

In addition to this, by having two different characters (and therefore playstyles), we are automatically given more replay-ability to the game. We could essentially play through the entire game as Jacob, and then come back a second time to play as Evie! The amount of replay-ability here means more bang for your buck!

Detailed Environments That Work for (or Against) Us

It's apparent that Ubisoft really put a lot of thought into how they designed their Industrial Revolution environment. Set within London in 1868, Ubisoft used little details such as brick-work and spikes on buildings, which are quite relevant to the geographical location and time period. The brick-work allows players to scale buildings easier than they could in previous games, while the spikes at the top of buildings prevent further movement.

There are SO many cool action sequences!
There are SO many cool action sequences!

The movement from suburban to industrial areas is also reflective of the time period. The Industrial Revolution saw the industrial sector of London boom and spread into the suburban districts. Through these details, Syndicate will be more immersive - you'll actually feel like you're running through the streets of Industrial-era London! Additionally, the horse and carriage rides allow for some really incredible, fast-paced action scenes. Seriously, it's hard to grow tired of these!

Final Thoughts

I hope Evie is sure-footed...
I hope Evie is sure-footed...

If the previous Assassin's Creed titles weren't for your liking, it's worth giving Syndicate a try. It continues to borrow some of the great features from Unity (such as the Free Jump Up and Down mechanic), while bringing new features and improvements to the table as well. If you're still looking for more info on this title, be sure to check out the linked review below!

'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' Review: Bringing Assassins to the British Underworld (8.5/10)

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