The controls are a relic of the crusades (literally, as this is where the series began), and have become unsatisfying and woefully imprecise. Al Mualim is supposedly an Assassin Brotherhood Mentor, but the power of the Apple of Eden was too much for the old man to resist. Then Evie shows up and stabs Starrick, who throws Jacob away from him and fights Evie, which ends with Starrick trying to choke Evie out. That aside, Starrick is a bland villain with foreseeable reactions, and a humorous final fight. NEXT: Rumor: Leak Reveals Assassin's Creed Ragnarok, Confirming Viking Theme. The story plays out like a fanfiction. Assassin’s Creed: Unity was released in November 2014 alongside Rogue, and we all know how I feel... Assassin’s Creed: Rogue came out in November of 2014 as a mixed generation game due to being... Assassin’s Creed 4 was released October 2013, a mere month ahead of the next generation of consoles.... Assassin’s Creed 3 is the fifth instalment in the series, I’m still just as confused about the... Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is the 9th entry in the series, released on October 2015. So why not have the levels go past 10? We play as the Initiate, a faceless assassin recruit tasked with living out the life of the Frye twins so the assassins can find and acquire the Shroud, this games “MacGuffin”. Remember being faced with a fort full of enemies and having to assassinate one or two people before fighting the rest with your sword? Coming off the back of Unity and Rogue, Assassin's Creed Syndicate had a low bar to reach, and because of it, it did pretty good. So they fight it out and the templars escape with the Shroud. He's the Templar who both talks the talk and walks the walk, proving why the world is so different from the one in the Crusades or Medieval era. Moreover, the fight mechanics for the Minotaur was exciting and threatening—two emotions you don't usually feel in Assassin's Creed boss fights. And then the game ends. It punishes you with getting stuck on scenery, objectives that don’t prompt progression mid-mission, and an imprecise quick-aim system that on one occasion auto-targeted our assassination target - not the half-dozen or so low-level thugs standing next to him - with a hallucinogenic dart, sending him into a frenzy so he was impossible to kill and complete the objective, forcing a complete restart. PlayStation... You have entered an incorrect email address! The new gameplay elements made for an amazing experience I won’t forget. He was scary, huge, and gave out good rewards compared to the previous final bosses above. Each assassination has multiple entry points, extra escape routes, and unique assassinations. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is not one of those progressive titles, and instead of continuing this year’s trend of pushing toward higher expectations from triple-A blockbusters, Syndicate suffers from a litany of legacy issues that run the gamut from design to technical. Assassin's Creed Syndicate is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft.It was released on October 23, 2015, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on November 19, 2015, for Microsoft Windows.It is the ninth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, and the successor to 2014's Assassin's Creed Unity. This leads to quite the odd ending sequence. Assassin's Creed Syndicate. The Assassin's Creed franchise has been a staple of the gaming industry for more than a decade now. Along the way very few things of note happen. Against Medusa, you have to be more careful since being aggressive will turn you to stone. In terms of capabilities, she's easily the most powerful boss in this list and could probably take over the game world if she wanted even without a piece of Eden. He was of British royalty and was born to a wealthy and powerful family. They lie through their teeth to everyone they meet about their mission and entangle everyone they can in their web of conspiracy. It revealed Ubisoft could still make a decent Assassin’s Creed game when they focus on one at a time, and the series truly needed that. Its biggest and hardest-hitting weapon is a naval ram which can rip the Jackdaw to mere splinters in one hit. It has also gone several major facelifts and gameplay design changes to the point where it's starting to become unrecognizable. Now you can drop on an enemy and grapple back up to the safety of the rooftops. However, it's his influence which made him powerful. As the player, we have learnt about Starrick as a character, but the Frye’s haven’t, and yet they act like they’ve known each other the whole time. Starrick’s end fight involves each Frye twin going at him one at a time, Jacob gets there first and does some damage. To which he states “Whoops! Remember having to painstakingly climb up to a synch point? RELATED: Everyone's Favorite Assassin's Creed Is Getting A Remaster. It feels even better than in Unity. Syndicate’s romanticised rendition of 1860s London is certainly impressive – a smoky sprawl filled with cockney guttersnipes and towering chimneys. Syndicate hosts an adequate story with an astonishing game wrapped around it. Back in the future present, the Assassins find the shroud at the same time as the templars. BUY. The weapons are time period-appropriate. All small and concealable with animations to show them coming out, it’s a very nice piece of polish. While they lack the better gameplay of the latest AC games, they more than make up for it in the threat they pose to the world and their compelling characterization. While titles like Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V have innovated on the open-world adventure, Syndicate is stuck in the past, in more ways than one, Fri 23 Oct 2015 10.14 BST So, you have to fight your sibling as the final boss, powerful dramatic stuff right there. They go through their stories and play out their events with relative ease and a fair amount of “sarcasm”. The El Impoluto is one of the five legendary ships in Assassin's Creed Black Flag and can be considered a boss due to how nightmare-inducing it is in a naval fight. Ubisoft Quebec should be commended for its world building, its excellent debut assassin duo and a more inclusive cast, but the heart of Assassin’s Creed is so outdated, so horrendously stagnant by this year’s standards, that it’s difficult to truly enjoy what Syndicate brings to the table. Such a slog can take 30-40 hours with Bayek and Aya raging and aching over their son's death that the fight with Septimius was more exhausting than exciting. This game features the second playable female character, Evie Frye, along with her twin brother who is also playable. This was more forgivable in previous games, where a carefully executed counter attack let you slice open your enemies within a couple of sword clashes and string together kills, but neither of Syndicate’s assassins feel particularly lethal. Jacob uncovers the templar robbing the bank of London while also making counterfeit money which nearly bankrupts all of England. 10 Crawford Starrick (Assassin's Creed Syndicate) Crawford Starrick was born to be a Templar. With a new studio, Ubisoft Quebec, making its Assassin’s debut, Syndicate does occasionally suggest a desire to affect change in an annual juggernaut so large that it can barely be steered. In story terms, the narrative fog swirls around Crawford Starrick, the latest Head of the Hydra that is the Templar regime; longtime enemies of the Assassins and all-round bad news. He was a fitting enemy and a worthy opponent to the Assassin Brotherhood. It was only a matter of time before Crawford was exposed to the Templar Order, and when he did, he quickly rose to power and became a Grand Master and a grander audience. In a game where you play as an assassin, Cesare was a villain you truly want to assassinate without regrets or boredom. In the end, they stick together because the real Shroud was the friends they made along the way. All of this would be easier to swallow if the simple act of playing didn’t feel so broken. They hunt templars and find clues in order to locate the whereabouts of the Shroud. From the grimy industrial areas with their giant smokestacks and lit up billboards, to the upper-class society with their lush greenery and tall white buildings. This simplicity, of a bad guy with his henchmen poised in positions of power, plays perfectly into Syndicate’s streamlined approach – it even omits the futuristic sections that plagued previous games, presenting these as infrequent and snappy cut-scenes for narrative context, and to confirm that the series’ perpetual pratt Sean Hastings is still alive-and-snarking in the present day. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Guides Jacob and Evie must stop Crawford Starrick from attacking the Ball, assassinate him and gain control of Piece of Eden from the hidden vault inside Buckingham palace. Travelling around London is an absolute joy. Combat in Syndicate is largely the same as previous titles. It is by far the largest Assassin’s world to date. However, it's not the final fight with him that was painful—it's the fact that you spend the whole game chasing him. The infamous Jack Ripper was introduced as downloadable content in Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and he is one of the most interesting bosses in the game. They escape by train and are told to be good little assassins and run home. AC Syndicate is the most modern historical time period the franchise has visited to date, set in Victorian Era London circa 1868 AD. Dickens recruits us to research the paranormal, Darwin focuses on the flora and fauna of London, and Marx deals with the political situation in London. Germain's plan was to use the Sword of Eden to establish a capitalist society in a revolution-torn France so that the Templars could control everything more easily. Ubisoft; PC/Xbox One/PS4 (version tested); £45; Pegi rating: 18+, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Starrick represents a realistic challenge to the Assassins and why the Assassins are at a loose end in the MD. It was a safe story with fun mechanics. Not anymore! Jacob and Evie swap like this for the whole fight until their friend Henry Green (assassin for London) whips the Shroud off of Starrick allowing the Frye twins to use their sibling powers and stab him.