E3 2015: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is Heading in the Right Direction

There are certain things people expect to see and experience year after year. Whether its holidays, birthdays, football season, the list could go on and on. As video game enthusiasts, there are certain titles that we expect on a yearly basis. In the last few years, that title has been Assassin’s Creed. Every year we see a new installment and from the look of it, the franchise doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Later this year, players will getting their hands on Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. So far, Syndicate looks to be similar to its predecessors in many ways, with only a few features being added.

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The game is set in 1868 London, at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Players take control of two assassins, Jacob and Evie Frye, who are trying to take back London from the Templar corruption. Visually, Syndicate looks absolutely stunning, capturing the essence of the Victorian era. From the appearance of the NPCs to the overall look of The Elizabeth Tower, Syndicate has a great attention to detail. With four months before launch, the game’s graphics will only improve.

In the demo, players take control of Jacob, who must assassinate a Templar leader. The combat is similar but there are elements that have been added. Fighting is more brutal and focuses on hand-to-hand combat. For the first time in an Assassin’s Creed title, the franchise has introduced systemic vehicles that effects all aspects of gameplay, which includes navigation, stealth and fight. When chasing an enemy on a vehicle, players will be able to ram pursuers. While this can be effective, enemies will be able to do the same to the player as well. Enemies can either ram players off the road or hijack the vehicle, which can then lead to a fight to break out on top of it.

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One of the gameplay elements that takes influence from the Arkham series, is the Rope Launcher, a traversal tool that helps players go quickly up and across buildings. The Rope Launcher can also be used as a horizontal fast travel as well, which makes maneuvering not only faster, but easier.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate has the capability to be one of the better installments in the franchise. With top-tier graphics and a few new additions to gameplay, Syndicate is heading in the right direction. The game launches October 23 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.