Assassin’s Creed Syndicate review round-up

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AC Syndicate

I haven’t felt the need to jump into an Assassin’s Creed game since the franchise decided to finish the third game with a chase sequence designed by the seventh circle of hell. And since then, there’s been plenty more backstabbing shenanigans carried out in the trippy world of genetic memories and simulations.

This year, the franchise swings back into action with a Cockney flavour set in the heart of England’s Industrial Age, as players tackle a story starring the Frye siblings. So, is it any good then guv’nah?

GameSpot – 9/10

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Coupled with strong, loveable leads and a seemingly endless procession of ways to leave your (fictional) mark on London’s history, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a shining example of gameplay and storytelling.

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Polygon – 8.5/10

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That’s really Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s biggest triumph: It pushes back against the collected cruft of eight years of releases and spinoffs, an imposing accumulation of mechanics and lore and expectations.

Syndicate doesn’t get everything right. It doesn’t solve all of the series’ problems, and at this point, I’m not sure if any one game could. However, it’s the first step in a uniformly positive direction that the franchise has taken in years.

IGN – 8.2/10

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the most fun I’ve had with an Assassin’s game since Black Flag. In fact, I liked it more. Apart from its ill-fitting conclusion, it never takes itself too seriously and delights in the rich possibilities of its Victorian setting and great new grapple gun.

As you explore its contrasting boroughs, you glean some sense of what powered this great city in the 19th century.

Videogamer – 5/10

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The greatest description of Ubisoft open world games, as noted here, is that they’re about the accumulation of power. It’s true: you feel a pleasing sense of progression as you take territory, peeling the enemy wallpaper from the map and seeing what’s underneath.

That still rings true here. Syndicate is a compulsive game, and in places a fine one. When it is good, when the AI is behaving and it’s running well, it’s very good. But Syndicate is so adept at self-sabotage that it’s nearly impossible to enjoy this world missions, this game.

It constantly rips you out of the experience, whether that be from frustration at the mechanics or outright bugginess. You’ll want to forgive it its flaws because it does Victorian London so well, something you just can’t get elsewhere. But leave it a few minutes and it reveals itself to be as utterly flawed as its forebears, a beautiful facade on a rotting core.

Last Updated: October 22, 2015

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  • Mistake Not…

    Not quite sure what to think -_-

    • Brady miaau

      I think if you like that sort of actiony, fighty, stealthy game, it would be fun, according to the reviews above, even the 5/10.

      For how long would it be fun, before the flaws pissed you off? Hah.

      • Mistake Not…

        I’m waiting for LG’s review. I usually go from there.

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, no. not for me. None of the reviewers here truly match my game play needs and wants. Zoe comes close, though.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Low blow detected

          • Brady miaau

            How so? Each person is different and has different needs.

            No low blow to detect, I am afraid to say.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            You need to dial up the humour meter dude, just a joke, a little stab at the writers

          • XD

          • Brady miaau

            Sometimes I sees em, sometimes I don’t. I fret not when I don’t sees him, you see, cause I still sees em later.

            Also, was not obvious was directed at writers at all.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Oh the writers are a bunch of hacks, silly creatures, I always have to correct the spelling and all xD

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    ” But leave it a few minutes and it reveals itself to be as utterly flawed as its forebears, a beautiful facade on a rotting core”


    • Mistake Not…

      That line’s almost Shakespearean.

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    I’ll wait and see what customer reviews say. They tend to differ so much from these.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Always see what your fellow gamers say! Always!

  • Brady miaau

    At least there is consistency in the reviews, regardless of the one score of 5. They all enjoyed the game.

    Perhaps the last review (5/10) is the more realistic one, once the gloss is stripped of the new game. Seems to be the pattern these days, get game is awesome, after a little while the flaws come out and game opinion changes. (thanks for FFD on this, Geoff)

  • oVg

    LOL from the Telegraph 4/10

    “Syndicate is a massive shame. Ubisoft’s yearly development cycle is
    really beginning to leave its mark on the series. Assassin’s Creed has
    been good. It is a series that can be great, but unfortunately Syndicate
    is a misstep. For a series concerned with making its players historical
    tourists, it is ironic that it is so stuck in the past.”

    When the game gets polarized reviews from critics I wait for the user reviews to balance the negative from the positive.

    I will wait and see.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    AC has become the CoD of gaming

    • oVg

      nope, its not that bad. It still has some soul left. A little more than a ginger.

    • WitWolfy

      I wouldn’t go that far… At least Assassins creed’s open world doesnt look as bland and boring as MGS V… Yeah, I went there…

  • Here is my review.

    You need to install Uplay


    • oVg

      1 for the effort.

      • Felt that 0 makes it worthless and I am trying to make sure Vivendi sees some worth in the franchise so we can get a hostile takeover of Ubisoft.

        • oVg


  • oVg

    Bwahahahaha Its rated higher than Destiny on Metacritic.


    • Jonah Cash


    • WitWolfy

      ANYTHING is better than Destiny… Even Leisure Shoot Larry Box Office BUST!!!

  • Eish. Yeah, I’m with the 5/10. What I played didn’t sit well with me at all.

    • oVg

      At least it seems to be a more memorable narrative than the others. They tried, but the production conveyer belt at Ubi Factory number 4 needs to keep moving.

      Now Factory number 5 need to start focusing on the Production of The Division.

      • They need to stop now. One game a year is fucking ludicrous It’s one thing if it’s a generic, CoD with no story (or a 4 hour story) but to make an open-world game once a year? No, that is MILKING it. And that’s the point, who gives a fuck about the review score if noobs will still buy it?

        • oVg

          NOPE give it 60days before Assassins Creed JAPAN is revealed. NINJAS FTW

          • BWAHAHAHA!

          • oVg

            You laugh… watch this space.

          • Oh I laugh because I know it will happen. People were asking for ninjas before London, now to go skin an old game in new clothes…

          • oVg

            Well they did reveal Syndicate during the shit storm of Unity like nothing was happening lol.

            They know gamers have the memory span of a goldfish. Even after the HATE that 3 got for its inconclusive ending they all still got excited for that other one with 4 player co-op then the 7th gen one then Unity… sigh.

          • Yeah. That irks me. Why gamers can’t actually complain with their wallet if beyond me…

          • oVg

            Its all about reassurance or buyers remorse. They love it and they know it.

  • Loftus

    I am going to be that grumpy old guy, If there is no Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad mention or reference in this i am going to gooi vloer moer!

    • WitWolfy

      They didnt ref him in Unity either… Altair was just part of Desmonds story… These assassins could be from a different bloodline altogether.

      • Loftus

        Trying to avoid all the hype with this one, i am thinking of getting back into AC. what’s your opinion ?

        • WitWolfy

          Well my opinion play AC 4.. If you havent finished Desmonds story prepare for Spoilers… If that wont motivate you to continue playing the sequels after nothing will!

  • WitWolfy

    Should I… OR shouldn’t I?

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    The 5/10 sounds much more believable than the 9/10… not only that but do we really need an annual AC?

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Mmmm Polygon says it’s 8.5? Hahahahaha lolygon.

  • JustMe

    It seems pretty simple – if you like Assassins Creed games, you’ll like this. If you don’t, you won’t, Myself, I am a fan of them and so I’ll probably like it. But it sounds like it won’t win new converts is all.

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