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  • Summary: 1868 London. The Industrial Revolution. An age of invention and wealth, built on the backs of the working class. As gangster killer Jacob Frye, you recruit a gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class. Lead the underworld to reclaim London in an adventure filled with1868 London. The Industrial Revolution. An age of invention and wealth, built on the backs of the working class. As gangster killer Jacob Frye, you recruit a gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class. Lead the underworld to reclaim London in an adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat. With Jacob as the leader, players can establish UK's fiercest gang, the only force that can challenge the elite and defeat rival gangs to bring freedom to the oppressed folks. Enemy strongholds can be infiltrated by using an arsenal to dominate London’s underworld. From robbing trains to rescuing child workers, players will do everything they can to bring justice to London’s lawless streets. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  • Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
  • Genre(s): Historic, Action Adventure, Open-World
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Available On: Stadia
  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 1, 2015
    90
    Assassin's Creed Syndicate works like a charm on the PC. The game looks and feels great. There is lots of content available and those who love the franchise will love Syndicate. Syndicate is a very solid PC release and a must-have for any fan.
  2. Nov 26, 2015
    87
    Really fun, with an extraordinary atmosphere, to please the fans and engage new to the franchise, much more polished than Unity, Ubisoft moves on right direction again.
  3. Nov 25, 2015
    85
    Syndicate is not only a very interesting Assassin’s Creed experience, is also a polished sandbox and it has some interesting new gameplay features.
  4. Nov 25, 2015
    75
    Ubisoft did a much better job with Syndicate than with the PC version of Unity. The promise to keep a closer eye on quality control of future Assassin's Creed games has been mostly kept. Still, Syndicate on PC could benefit from additional code optimization. If you don't own a console and enjoy this universe you should be happy with this version.
  5. Nov 27, 2015
    75
    It’s a solid entry in a series that’s been far too prolific, and while Syndicate is good, it’s tough to be excited about it.
  6. Dec 23, 2015
    70
    The aging Assassin’s Creed franchise begs to be retooled and refreshed, and the paint-by-the-numbers Syndicate is yet more proof of that.
  7. Dec 8, 2015
    60
    In the end, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a far more competent entry than the much maligned Unity, but it does not entirely restore faith in the aging franchise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 171
  2. Negative: 64 out of 171
  1. Nov 19, 2015
    10
    The game plays great on GTX 970 (Remember to turn off PCSS) enjoy stable 60fps
    Good gameplay
    Enjoying it so far looks beautiful Graphics
    The game plays great on GTX 970 (Remember to turn off PCSS) enjoy stable 60fps
    Good gameplay

    Enjoying it so far looks beautiful
    Graphics 10/10
    Gameplay 10/10
    Port Quality 10/10
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  2. Dec 1, 2020
    10
    Thankfully it has so much better review score on steam with over 10 000 reviews, metacritic user score for this game is not accurate at all.Thankfully it has so much better review score on steam with over 10 000 reviews, metacritic user score for this game is not accurate at all. It's actually pretty fun game and maxed out it looks very good! Expand
  3. Jan 1, 2021
    9
    Took a page out of Batman Arkham series. Turned out for the better.

    After playing AC Unity, I had little hopes that AC will be any good in
    Took a page out of Batman Arkham series. Turned out for the better.

    After playing AC Unity, I had little hopes that AC will be any good in the new generation, but boy was I wrong. AC Syndicate overhauled the combat system. If you've ever played the Batman Arkham series, it's exactly like that. Fast paced, and reaction based. Compared to the slow clunky combat system in Unity, you actually feel like a skilled assassin that can kick ass. You weren't overpowered like in Black Flag, where you could take on like 10 people at a time. But you weren't a push over either, overwhelmed by merely 3 baddies, like in Unity.

    The hook shot is also another tool that was featured in the Arkham series. This tool makes it so much easier to traverse the city of London. You can zip across vast areas, horizontally or vertically. This does take away the need to climb a lot of things, but for such a large map, it's absolutely needed.

    I loved the characters in Syndicate. They were funny, interesting, and varied. Can't help but to chuckle at some of the back and forth dialogue between the Frye twins. The game also incorporates some very notable historical figures, like Darwin and Bell, in awesome ways.

    The infiltration missions allowed multiple routes and options, which was the only good thing they took from Unity. And the rest of the missions still felt unique enough that they didn't seem repetitive. Jack the Ripper was also one of the best DLC I've played. The fear mechanic was awesome.
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  4. Dec 2, 2015
    6
    After the Unity fiasco I had given up hope for the Assassin's Creed series. But somehow I ended up playing Unity for ~30 hrs once it had beenAfter the Unity fiasco I had given up hope for the Assassin's Creed series. But somehow I ended up playing Unity for ~30 hrs once it had been 'fixed.' I told myself I was done with the series but here I am with just shy of 16 hours on record. My experience thus far as been mixed.

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate has the best ambient feel of the franchise yet. London is full of people and the city feels alive with the hustle and bustle of the time. However, this seems to be the second year straight for poor PC ports. While I do not have the "recommended" hardware specs (have you seen them? Jesus) I easily meet the minimum requirements and come close to hitting the recommended specs as well. I'm not on a super computer; I have a decent machine with a GeForce GTX 760, Intel i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz, with 16 GB RAM, and I struggle to run this.

    While the story has been decent so far I do find myself really loving the Frye twins, in fact I haven't liked the character this much since Ezio. I want to say the gameplay (ie. how you traverse the map, and interact with walls during free-running, etc.) has improved but only marginally. The "hook shot" (because Zelda) is a huge improvement for getting around London and hope to see more of this in future games.

    What constantly baffles me is the terrible ports for PC games. And you would think after Unity they would learn their lesson. Back to the graphics, where do I begin? Forgive my less than technical jargon here as I was not a C.S. major at university. Nothing is smooth, the lines are so jagged. Textures lag on buildings and the ground even as you approach. My graphics card (2gb of dedicated ram) is completely used when I'm running this, which is fine, I get that it's demanding, but come on! Using the recommended settings provided by the NVIDIA GeForce Experience still yields a less than optimal gameplay experience.

    Unless you're a huge fan of the series, or have a serious gaming PC, I cannot recommend this game in the current state nor at the current price. (Why can't PC get a decent port this year?)
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  5. Jul 5, 2018
    5
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the “last hurrah” of traditional Assassin’s Creed games. After the disappointment of Unity, which had a goodAssassin’s Creed Syndicate is the “last hurrah” of traditional Assassin’s Creed games. After the disappointment of Unity, which had a good story but poor gameplay, Syndicate has great gameplay but an awful story. And on top of that, it is way too easy, even for an Assassin’s Creed game. The Gold Edition is worth purchasing at 75% off (which would be around $15 at current prices), but the old magic is gone.
    Total size on my hard-drive (Gold Edition): 64.3 GB

    - - Micro-transactions in a single-player game. Not mandatory, but still: seriously, Ubisoft?
    - No campaign co-op.

    + Graphics are amazing.
    + Optimization is excellent.

    +/- Character writing slips a bit. I was apparently one of the few who liked Arno Dorian in Unity, and neither of the Frye twins has anything near the same depth. Evie is the more traditional assassin, while Jacob is all punkish swagger. Neither ever become more than their action-hero stereotype.
    +/- Combat has been completely re-worked from Unity to be more like the Batman Arkham games. It works and flows well enough, but has very little depth.
    +/- Mission design is a wildly mixed bag. Some feel like vintage Assassin’s Creed (preventing the ambush of Disraeli). Others seem like they were thrown together with only the most meagre of progression clues, like “find the secret passage.” Apparently I’m supposed to slowly wander the mission zone looking for a highlighted candlestick to open a movable wall. That’s if other members of your gang don’t trigger a mission fail by “protecting” their stealthed boss from some enemies.
    +/- Good selection of side-activities. After Black Flag, easily the most time I’ve spent in an Assassin’s Creed game chasing quest markers. But as one of the primary means of gaining money, you’ll being doing them a lot.
    +/- Decent side-quests. A variety of historical figures show up, each with their own independent stories and missions. It was cool following Karl Marx around for a few missions, but the missions themselves are just more tracking / crowd control / defend / drive a carriage etc. that already fills the side-activities in the main game.
    +/- Parkour issues from Unity are mostly fixed, but are still glitchy.
    +/- Jack the Ripper DLC starts well, but then descends into the same grinding bs that I had to do in the main campaign. You lose most of your skills and all your equipment, too – even though the DLC is set 20 years after the main campaign. The story might be good, but I was literally too bored with the activities to bother finding out.

    - Micro-transactions. Either pay real money to add in-game currency, or be prepared to spend dozens of hours grinding for in-game money. (Micro-transactions are not mandatory.)
    - Too easy. Gameplay is clearly balanced for people who don’t do many side-activities; take over a few boroughs and you’ll quickly find yourself over-leveled.
    - Glitchy. Here’s a perfect example. The bonus objective: “Climb on the same carriage as the thief.” BUT THE THIEF NEVER HIJACKS A CARRIAGE. Result: failed full synchronization.
    - Missed opportunity for campaign co-op.
    - Starting a mission disables fast-travel. Even if the next objective is ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP (which happens about half the time).
    - Throwing knives are OP. Makes the rest of the tools unnecessary.
    - Where is the Creed? Some missions require the killing of innocents (soldiers or police, usually). The Creed is actually never mentioned by anyone. The only time the classic phrase “Requiescat in pace” is spoken is after Evie has changed out of a ball dress into her assassin garb and throws the corset to the ground.
    - Story is bad. There’s a templar who is ruling London, oh no! We gotta battle him for London’s soul! The villain is never developed, and his platitudes never move beyond the usual “I was going to make something new and wonderful.” Looking back at previous Assassin’s Creed games – even Unity – it’s just bad. Check that. Unity’s story looks like a masterpiece next to this.
    - Absolutely horrendous final “boss.”
    - Most missions have no penalty for being detected, or no bonus for finishing them undetected. Missions can still be stealthed, but there is very little motivation to do so.

    Assassin’s Creed remains one of my favorite franchises, but with Ubisoft doing its best to copy the Witcher 3 in newer games, Syndicate functions as the final iteration of a classic formula. It’s a combination of exploration, mystery, stealth and over-powered hack ‘n slash thrills that I’m sorry to see outdated. Syndicate mostly does the gameplay justice, but it was an odd choice to make the combat inspired by Batman instead of Hitman. (Imagine: an Assassin’s Creed that had multiple objective paths and allowed the use of disguises. Revolutionary!) Unforgivable, though, is the sad attempt at story telling. At least we still have the classics.
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  6. Oct 28, 2020
    2
    I encountered more bugs in this game than in AC unity. The control is janky as always. The AIs are stupid af. The quests are boring. I can'tI encountered more bugs in this game than in AC unity. The control is janky as always. The AIs are stupid af. The quests are boring. I can't believe there is a scripted chase scene that could last a minute. And those carriage races! The only great thing about these wagons is they, together with the hook gun thing, help me traverse through the city more quickly to waste less time. Expand
  7. ABR
    Dec 1, 2018
    0
    Probably, devs tried to make Batman AC and they failed. Game has bad story, bad fight mechanics with unrealistic fast fist fights, motivationProbably, devs tried to make Batman AC and they failed. Game has bad story, bad fight mechanics with unrealistic fast fist fights, motivation of that girl and his brother is beyond the logic, and all their efforts look pointless. Expand

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