‘Syndicate’ has potential to restore ‘Assassin’s Creed’ franchise

by: RILEY GOLDEN/Staff Writer

London, 1886. The Industrial revolution has sparked an intense age of inventions, technology, and power.

Too much power is in too many of the wrong hands. But, still, “it’s a bloody marvelous time to be alive…” says main protagonist, Jacob Frye.

In Ubisoft’s 10th installment of the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” the player has the option to take control of Jacob or Evie Frye, twin siblings who have been raised in the ways of the Assassin Brotherhood and are now on a mission to bring justice to the corrupt government of London. Aided by the gangs of London, Jacob and Evie will build their own gang empire and forcefully take back the city. There are many approaches one could take to fight against the corruption of London, and this is exemplified in the ability to play as two completely different assassins.

Jacob is thought to be the more aggressive and carefree of the twins, which will make playing as him a blast. Jacob’s aggressiveness is accentuated through his weapons of choice. First and foremost are his brass knuckles. Jacob always has these at the ready and is prepared for any rival gang member to come at him. But, just in case things get a little rocky, Jacob has his small kukri blade tucked away.

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At this time in London, it had become illegal to carry any weapons in the city, which is why gangsters and the like had to make the transition to smaller weapons, or more concealed weapons, such as the cane sword. Jacob also carries a classic six-shooter. And who can forget about the assassins’ signature weapon, the hidden blade (a retractable blade that is attached at the forearm)!?

Evie also wields a hidden blade and cane sword, but she is the more thoughtful and patient of the two, usually opting to take the sneakier approach.

Aside from the brass knuckles and cane sword, there’s another gadget being added to the two assassins’ arsenals: the Rope Launcher. So far, Ubisoft has shown off the rope launcher in a number of escape scenarios. But I cannot wait to get my hands on it and figure out how to use it in combat.

“Assassin’s Creed” has been my favorite video game series since I played the very first one, so I’m excited for every release. That being said, last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Unity” was a large, community-wide disappointment, and I’m hoping that “Syndicate” will not turn out the same way.

From the gameplay that I have seen, it looks like Ubisoft might have gotten a little lazy, because the buildings look a little recycled from “Unity” to “Syndicate.” Other than that, I’m not too skeptical of the game, largely because all of the hands-on impressions are astounding.

“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” hit shelves on October 23, and you can find my review of it in the next issue.

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