The Road To Valhalla: A Retrograde Look At Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

My trip into the world of Assassin’s Creed continues with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.

When Assassin’s Creed Syndicate came out, it was completely under my radar due to the great ‘Assassin’s Creed’ fatigue after Unity. Though I enjoyed Unity, I had just gotten the Xbox One, and with all the new games coming, the Victorian era based Assassin’s Creed slipped off of my radar.

I ended up playing it recently when I decided to have an Assassin’s Creed marathon. I’ll admit; I’m quite sad this game slipped by me when it initially came out.

The Setting

I absolutely love the Victorian Era setting. The Industrial Revolution saw so many advancements that influenced so many sectors, including literature, medicine, and industry.

At the time, London was the hub of the world and already a bustling city. I’ll admit, I played Assassin’s Creed Origins long before this and I think that game’s map spoiled me a bit.

Syndicate’s map pales in size but this doesn’t detract from how gorgeous this world is, even though a lot of it is pretty ugly.

The slums are dirty and clouded with smog while the richer areas have wide streets brought to life with carriages and large buildings with grand signs.

The River Thames is full of steam-powered boats transporting goods left to right. Funny thing is I couldn’t help but try cross the river by jumping from boat to boat. This was a lot of fun.

New Gear (More or Less)

You might be wondering how players would leap across the new widened streets in this world. That was answered early on in the game with the introduction of the grapple gun.

Shooting a wire across streets then zip-lining across was a lot of fun, especially when doing it off of Big Ben.

I do have a gripe with this game, though. I like collecting gear in games and coming off of Unity with it’s amazing gear system, Syndicate ended up taking a step back.

Instead we could only customise gauntlets, full outfits, capes, belts and weapons. This was a disappointment, especially after just having finished Unity.

The Frye Twins

I really enjoyed Jacob and Evie Frye! His hot temper and charisma reminded me of the young Ezio from previous games while her cool head and her ability to always clean up her brother’s messes reminded me of the older and wiser Ezio.

Together they made a good team and an enjoyable cast. Also, swapping between them on a whim was such a good mechanic. Though, I wish the game had some form of two player co-op.

In the next trip into the world of Assassin’s Creed, I look at a hidden gem found within Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, which took players to World War I.