THE GRAPPLING HOOK HAS TWO PARTS…
Game: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: Oct. 23, 2015
One-sentence pitch: It’s more historical neck-stabbing in the name of freedom, this time in Victorian London with steampunk gear.
Assassin’s Creed has been one of my absolute favorite video game series for a long time. The series has gotten progressively worse over the years, particularly with last year’s disappointing Assassin’s Creed Unity, but I still stand by it. Thankfully, Ubisoft appears to have taken the feedback they received on Unity to heart, and are doing all they can to fix the mistakes they made with it. They have taken out all of the multiplayer components in Syndicate, in an attempt to take the series back to its roots as a single-player game. I am especially grateful for this, as I have always been a single-player gamer at heart. In addition, there is not going to be a companion app of any form attached to Syndicate, which could not be better news.
Syndicate looks to be taking the general gameplay of Unity and tweaking it to make it more convenient for the player, from a grappling hook to a new carriage system for faster navigation. On top of that, it is set in one of the most heavily requested timelines: the Victorian London era. Syndicate will also be the first game in the series to feature two protagonists, and it will also be the first time that a protagonist will be female in one of the core games. I have written previously about my worries for Syndicate, but after learning more about what to expect, I can safely say that I am cautiously optimistic of the new game. I fully expect E3 to build up my excitement with a gameplay trailer, and hopefully more details on their plans for the modern day storyline.
The biggest reason that I am excited to see Assassin’s Creed Syndicate at E3 is because of the beautiful cinematic trailer they will undoubtedly release. Every main Assassin’s Creed game has had a fantastic trailer to build hype for the new game at E3, and none of them have ever disappointed. This year will surely be no different, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate looks like it could be one of the better games in the long-running series, but Ubisoft will have to pull out all of the stops at E3 to show gamers why we should keep playing a series that has disappointed us in the past. Assassin’s Creed is one of the prime moneymakers for Ubisoft, but if Syndicate is a flop, it may just spell the end for the series. It is time for Ubisoft to redeem themselves for their past mistakes, and E3 is the place to do it.
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