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Generally favorable reviews - based on 86 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 86
  2. Negative: 2 out of 86
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  1. Oct 28, 2015
    91
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a fantastic game. Let me repeat that: It’s a fantastic game. The lingering control issues (and even these are minimized) and some minor pacing issues as a result of the two-protagonist approach can’t taint this gargantuan project.
  2. Nov 4, 2015
    90
    All in all the game brings a few new things to the old table and gives it a slightly fresher look and appeal, like clearing out a slightly messy cupboard.
  3. Nov 3, 2015
    90
    A really well written story with best fleshed out character ever seen in the franchise. Wonderful from start to finish.
  4. Nov 2, 2015
    90
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate represents a welcomed return to form, the likes of which hasn’t been experienced since Revelations. If attaining this level of excellence meant removing all the complexities and ambition of multiplayer, so be it.
  5. Oct 30, 2015
    90
    After the bumpy start to Unity, the latest game in the franchise Assassin's Creed Syndicate successfully addresses the sins and creates a compelling game.
  6. Oct 26, 2015
    90
    I'm so happy that Ubisoft remembered to put the fun back in Assassin's Creed. The series just turns out so much better with witty protagonists and lots of room for creativity.
  7. Oct 22, 2015
    90
    A "classic" Assassin's Creed in all the forms of this definition (good and bad) - technically solid, with a great story and a gorgeous background. The best AC seen so far, for sure.
  8. Oct 22, 2015
    90
    Assassin's Creed Syndicate puts the series back at the top. It features lots of revolutionary improvements in a great setting with amazing characters.
  9. Oct 22, 2015
    90
    For all of the familiar parts of Syndicate, it still feels inventive. It may draw inspiration from previous installments, but features like the zipline and revamped progression system demonstrate a willingness to cut stagnant elements loose. With a cool setting, memorable characters, and a wealth of content, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has all of the hallmarks of a great Assassin’s Creed entry – but it also surprised me by challenging what I previously thought a great entry should be.
  10. Oct 22, 2015
    90
    Ubisoft has tinkered around behind the hood and gotten this series back on the right track. Long may it continue, as Syndicate is the best Assassin's Creed game in a long, long time.
  11. Oct 22, 2015
    90
    A triumphant return to form for a franchise, and presents a beautifully structured tale with heart and soul to spare.
  12. Oct 22, 2015
    88
    Forgiveness comes not with words, but with facts. Ubisoft intones the “mea culpa” in Unity and it offers a completely solid, honest and fun game. It's fun without frustrations and regains the confidence of its fans.
  13. Oct 22, 2015
    87
    The ubisoft formula in perfection: Assassin's Creed includes the best missions of the series and does everything better than Unity. Who would have expected that?
  14. Oct 22, 2015
    87
    Victorian London is the perfect playground with plenty of content and fun... despite its still present graphical glitches.
  15. Oct 22, 2015
    87
    It's not a groundbreaking game, but it's an iteration that better knows how to please the fans of the franchise. A good narrative and charming characters help us to uncover the mysteries of London in spite of the bugs we find here and there.
  16. Oct 26, 2015
    86
    We've really enjoyed AC Syndicate. It's an engaging adventure that we feel is between the best and the not-so-good episodes of the franchise. If you like this kind of game, AC Syndicate might just be a nice surprise.
  17. Oct 23, 2015
    86
    Another very good Assassin's Creed game, not as amazing as Unity, but featuring interesting new elements.
  18. Oct 22, 2015
    86
    The formula is the one you already know, so if you have grown tired of the saga, this chapter probably won't get you back in the game. On the other hand, Syndicate has some interesting twist and turns in the gameplay, it offers an incredible Victorian London to explore and some very well built missions along the way that will keep the fans busy for many hours.
  19. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 4, 2016
    85
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the best Assassin’s Creed since Black Flag. Ubisoft returns to form. [Nov 2015]
  20. Nov 2, 2015
    85
    With interesting characters, refined mechanics, and a few excellent new additions, Assassin's Creed Syndicate reminds us what's great about the series. Even those turned off by the bugfest that was Unity will be won over by this terrific entry. It's the best Assassin's Creed game to come along in a long while.
  21. Oct 28, 2015
    85
    The game's high production values were a bit diminished by the series' longstanding fallacies, such as random lag and instances of poor texturing, but London remains a gorgeous place to visit.
  22. Oct 25, 2015
    85
    It's a bit cliché and at times rather buggy, but those are only minor problems in an otherwise very enjoyable game. London makes for a great setting and genuine improvements in gameplay make Syndicate another step forward in the franchise.
  23. Oct 22, 2015
    85
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has one of the best historical cities in a videogame and it comes with fresh gameplay elements. It’s a triumphant return for the franchise with many things that the fans will love in the game.
  24. Oct 22, 2015
    85
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate does incredibly well most of what they set out to do, and Ubisoft has redeemed the series quite a bit with this new offering. It’s sadly still not as polished as it could be, which is most likely due to the annualization of this series.
  25. Oct 22, 2015
    85
    It’s still Assassin’s Creed to its core, and won’t bring in any new people or those that completely have tired from the franchise. Yet I can proudly say Syndicate sits right behind Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood, and Black Flag as my favorites out of the franchise.
  26. Oct 22, 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.
  27. It may not be what everyone wanted, but it happens to be almost exactly the sort of Assassin’s Creed game for which I’ve been pining now for a few years.
  28. Oct 22, 2015
    85
    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.
  29. Finally, we have a stealth mode. And it changes many things. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate isn't a revolutionary game (it's obvious) but, Ubisoft tried new mechanics on the twins. Most importantly: It works (unlike AC:Unity).
  30. Oct 22, 2015
    82
    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.
  31. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 15, 2015
    80
    Aside from a few isolated visual bugs we spotted, Syndicate seems to fix the technical bugbears that haunted Unity. Its likeable dual protagonists and fascinating setting are offset by little mechanical evolution and a few unfortunate cuts (co-op mainly). [Christmas 2015, p67]
  32. Nov 18, 2015
    80
    Pleasantly enough, Syndicate also takes a big step away from last year’s troubled Assassin’s Creed Unity by removing every whiff of online connected hooey. You’ll no longer be noodged to spend extra money, visit websites, or invite friends to activate missions. This is a solo game, and it’s perfectly content to be one.
  33. Nov 17, 2015
    80
    On the heels of Unity, Syndicate is an easy recommendation for Assassin’s Creed fans and a step in the right direction for this long-running franchise.
  34. Nov 6, 2015
    80
    Syndicate represents the most fun I've had with an Assassin's Creed game since Black Flag. It's proof that there's still life in this franchise, even when it goes badly astray. Now, what say we give it a short rest, so that maybe it won't have to be defibrillated back from the brink yet again?
  35. Nov 4, 2015
    80
    Very entertaining game thanks to its return to the roots of the series. Beautiful and enormous London, lifelike two main characters and great gameplay make use of successful elements from previous games, not trying to experiment unnecessarily.
  36. 80
    Despite its flaws, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a great action-adventure romp featuring a stunning backdrop in 1860s London and a brilliant cast of colorful characters.
  37. 80
    While others hope for graphical and mechanical innovation in future installments, I’ll be the awkwardly shirtless gentleman suggesting that Ubisoft continues to improve and expand its narrative.
  38. Oct 28, 2015
    80
    Fans of the franchise and newcomers alike should find much to like here.
  39. Oct 28, 2015
    80
    While the franchise still needs to overcome some inherent flaws, Assassin's Creed Syndicate feels refreshingly different and a joy to play. With believable characters and fluid gameplay that feels trimmed of its excess fat, it is the best Assassin's Creed game to come out in years.
  40. 80
    A safe entry in the franchise...Still, with solid combat, a very fun grappling hook gun, a wonderful recreation of Victorian-era London, and a pure focus on the single-player campaign, Assassin’s Creed has returned to its roots, and hopefully this has set the stage for something epic as the series used to be known for.
  41. Oct 23, 2015
    80
    I've been waiting for a long time to see this franchise take place in the Victorian era, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate doesn't disappoint. Sure, there are some bugs and a few missteps, but I see myself playing through the game at least one more time before I put it aside.
  42. Oct 23, 2015
    80
    It isn't quite the game to finally thrust Assassin's Creed forward into new territory, but it's the one to point the series at true north for the first time in years.
  43. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    Very poor on the technical side of things, Assassin's Creed Syndicate still impresses with its generous content and a few new features. We can't help but think that the IP has seen too much though.
  44. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    The Assassin's saga is starting to feel a bit tired when it comes to structure and gameplay, but Syndicate does pretty much everything that Unity tried to do better (well, except for the multiplayer, completely taken out of the game), and grabs the player's attention with great characters and finally a decent storyline. Also, the virtual London is splendid, but you expected that, right?
  45. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    While Syndicate isn't AC II, to Unity's AC, it's still an improvement over Ubisoft's 2014 offering. The pair of protagonists work well, some stealth options return, and there's more ways to get around. London is a worthy playground for the Frye twins... and for players.
  46. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    It would appear that Assassin's Creed is slowly changing into a series more akin to sports games, with annual editions and minimal changes. As it turns out however, changes in Syndicate are much more prominent and fresh, bringing positive surprises to gameplay. It's not a game without errors, but definitely worth recommending.
  47. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    AC Syndicate sets quite a few things straight. The game is not big on (technical) innovations, but it's definitely winning when it comes to fun and playability. The best things from past Assassin's Creed-games are back in the form of a light story, the key characters and the gameplay which offers a great balance between street fights and carefully planned Assassinations. Forget Unity, AC is back.
  48. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is a great game, but the series' narrative has become a big issue to deal with. Ubisoft should find the courage to create awesome games with no bonds at all with the templars vs assassins stuff.
  49. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    Ubisoft clearly learned their lesson after last year’s debacle and Syndicate is a better game for it. However, it’s still more of a known quantity and your mileage will entirely depend on your hunger for more Assassin’s Creed.
  50. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    Victorian London is the star of the show here, and although some old gameplay problems linger, it hasn’t been this much fun to wield the hidden blade in years.
  51. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    Assassin's Creed Syndicate is an acrobatic lunge in the right direction for the series. It's a more stable offering than Unity ever was with engaging protagonists, a monster of a city to get lost in, and some shrewd tweaks to the time-tested formula.
  52. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    While there are still blemishes that stop it matching the heights of Brotherhood or even Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate restores faith in the series by delivering a highly enjoyable open-world experience. Jacob & Evie make for entertaining characters in a beautifully crafted Victorian London filled with content that will keep you busy for weeks.
  53. Oct 24, 2015
    78
    Exploring this recreation of London is a marvel, but the repetitive cycle of taking territory and gathering pointless collectibles quickly wears thin, while gameplay pillars in stealth and combat still feel lacking. It’s the most modern Assassin’s Creed has been, but the Industrial Revolution doesn’t quite bring the series into a new age.
  54. Oct 22, 2015
    78
    Quotation forthcoming.
  55. Games Master UK
    Jan 3, 2016
    77
    Beautiful Victorian London restores faith in the series - but the stealth is in serious need of an overhaul. [Christmas 2015, p.64]
  56. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 11, 2015
    77
    New Assassin’s Creed still belongs to the type of games that are worth beating once and never coming back to them. [Issue#203, p.90]
  57. Oct 26, 2015
    75
    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is not a bad game, but the eagerness to release yearly iterations dilutes its quality in a sea of uninspired ideas, missed opportunities and an utter absence of innovation. Changing eras is OK and nobody calls Ubisoft's artistic skill into question, but that is no longer enough.
  58. Oct 22, 2015
    75
    Even though Syndicate does not struggle with the same issues as Unity, there are a few annoying elements to it. That is frustrating, but they do not 'break' the game. The characters are interesting and the location where this adventure happens is gory and gorgeous at the same time. Syndicate is definitely worth playing.
  59. Oct 22, 2015
    75
    There’s just no spark of life in Syndicate. Everything is so by the book it feels like it was made in factory by the child laborers I’m trying to free. They have refined the combat, stealth and traversal systems to a point where they’re as close to perfect as they’re ever going to get, but the actual content of the game itself refuses to evolve.
  60. Oct 22, 2015
    75
    The storyline itself takes too long to wind up and feels a little milquetoast compared to the grand drama of previous installments. Syndicate is a good, solid game, one of the better in the series recently when it comes to its mechanics, with some nice surprises...It just contains a little too much filler, both in story and in side missions, to be truly great.
  61. Oct 22, 2015
    75
    There is promise, but it wasn’t quite executed to its full potential. This is a series that would benefit greatly if it strayed away from the yearly instalment model to really refine every aspect of the franchise. This was a chance to right the ship, but Ubisoft really didn’t do a lot to make this game stand out. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate suffers from clunky gameplay and a paper-thin plot filled with flat characters.
  62. Oct 23, 2015
    73
    Another year, another Assassin's Creed. This year the series takes us to another dazzling historical setting like the Victorian times, the London of the Industrial Revolution. But although the story of the twins, Jacob and Eve, has better elements than last year's Unity, it reinforces the fact that the whole series needs at least a year of two of rest and gathering new ideas. Yes, we have a grapple like Batman, and even horse vehicles, a great background scenario, a town to control and gangs of crooks to lead, along with the usual array of side-quests. But there plenty of elements that, if allowed time to polish, would have made Syndicate as big, fun and entertaining as others like AC II or Black Flag.
  63. Oct 25, 2015
    71
    At the end of the day, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a fantastic game trapped inside an archaic one.
  64. Oct 22, 2015
    71
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gets more right than it gets wrong, but in trying to amend some of the sins of the series, it exacerbates the issues instead of offering a cure. Despite that rather lengthy list of cons at the bottom of my review, one thing’s for sure: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is still a hell of a lot of fun.
  65. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    70
    Another Assassin’s Creed game that you can either buy or ignore sight unseen depending on whether you grew tired of the old formula. Some innovations (e.g. the grappling hook) are a welcome addition, some (like two playable characters and their development system) feel forced and not really thought through. The brightest aspect of Syndicate is London, which might be the most spectacular city in the series. [13/2015, p.42]
  66. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 16, 2015
    70
    Fans of the series will appreciate it for what it is, but Syndicate doesn't repair all of Unity's damage. [Christmas 2015, p.72]
  67. Nov 15, 2015
    70
    But overall, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is a very difficult game to dislike. It was never intended to break the mould, it’s no kind of reinvention and it probably won’t win the series many new fans. It is resolutely more of the same, but robust and varied with it.
  68. Nov 9, 2015
    70
    Uninspired story and incredibly simple gameplay keeps this years Assassin’s Creed from being what it could have been.
  69. Nov 4, 2015
    70
    In conclusion Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is an amazing standalone game packed with fun things to do from beginning to end. However a weak, badly paced story, and two uninspired protagonists hold it back from being a great Assassin’s Creed.
  70. Oct 27, 2015
    70
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is actually good.
  71. Oct 26, 2015
    70
    Assassin's Creed Syndicate is an uneven game. Victorian London is great, there's some well executed evolution (running around, jumping and using stealth is getting better and better) but there's still some very stupid AI and tiring combat. Syndicate has some excellent missions proving that this type of gameplay can be exciting but unfortunately they are in minority. What's more - the story is weak, and the final battle is horrendous.
  72. Oct 22, 2015
    70
    Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate lets you science the shit out of murder in a city where people are sciencing the shit out of everything. There's an undeniable appeal to that. But it’s an appeal worth looking in the face.
  73. Oct 22, 2015
    70
    Syndicate comes off as another Assassin’s Creed game with a handful of improvements. London is beautiful if a bit laborious to travel around, and the missions are repetitive, but this doesn’t make Syndicate bad by any stretch of the imagination. It’s still a good game, it just hasn’t made a significant step up over the previous instalment.
  74. 70
    Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate has an interesting setting, iconic characters and solid gameplay. It is, however, not the game that it could’ve been, due to a missing wow factor and some unfortunate glitches.
  75. Edge Magazine
    Dec 12, 2015
    60
    A series that, for all its wanderlust, is never truly going anywhere. [Christmas 2015, p.112]
  76. 60
    There’s little “dark” and “brooding” to this game, not with Jacob and Evie’s back and forth, and a more playful tone to the music, and Jacob running about and recruiting Rooks to help in missions. In this way, Assassin’s Creed is revitalized.
  77. Nov 11, 2015
    60
    Through a stunning revival of Victorian London, but also a damaged A.I. and stripped down gameplay mechanisms, Syndicate denies its Assassin’s Creed legacy and adds a boring chapter that just has to be played to move to the next one. No back story, no characters, no plot whatsoever. Unity failed to bring the series back to its trail, but at least tried. Syndicate doesn’t even bother.
  78. Oct 27, 2015
    60
    With its superb reproduction of 19th century London, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is again a nice time travel machine. Still it feels like a new skin for Assassin's Creed Unity, but it is actually not as good as its elder brother. The game's missions lack originality and variety, the excellent online coop mode just disappeared... This fantastic franchise really needs a boost next time.
  79. Oct 26, 2015
    60
    It's apparent that Ubisoft has been listening to the criticism that's been levied at them over the years about the Assassin's Creed series. This is the closest we've gotten to the one-two punch that was Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood, with a much leaner story and mission structure than before. However, the game lacks a certain uniqueness beyond being just another Assassin's Creed game, which is a shame considering this could have been so much more.
  80. Oct 22, 2015
    60
    To this day, I call Assassin’s Creed II my favorite video game of the past generation. It was truly a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the Assassin’s Creed series has become a shell of its former self. Syndicate tries hard to recreate some of the magic, and even creates some smart new features, but it ultimately falls short.
  81. Oct 22, 2015
    60
    Sure, this isn’t the broken mess that Assassin’s Creed Unity was, but in some ways it’s more of a blemish than its predecessor. After all, this is a functional game that simply isn’t all that fun to play, which is far more damning than any technical glitch could ever be.
  82. Oct 22, 2015
    60
    The core gameplay loop is solid and it's built upon a sound structure, but familiarity and filler lessen the appeal of this open world outing. Vastly improved performance and all around impressive presentation mean that London's most definitely not burning – but there may be a little panic in the offices at Ubisoft.
  83. Oct 24, 2015
    50
    Another impressive open world environment is wasted on dull, joyless gameplay and repetitive missions, making Syndicate as banal and artless as Assassin’s Creed has ever been.
  84. Oct 22, 2015
    50
    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.
  85. Oct 23, 2015
    40
    That dearth of fun is the crux here. As the series finally begins to carve out an identity for itself, shed the dead-weight of its futuristic fluff of a sub-plot, and really let fly with its caricatural depiction of human history, it’s simultaneously failing to keep up with even middling mechanical, technical and design standards. With searing irony, the series feels more historic with each profit-driven iteration.
  86. Oct 22, 2015
    40
    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.
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  1. Dec 9, 2015
    Syndicate is a step in the right direction for the series. It’s not as innovative as it could be, but it’s an entertaining adventure worthy of the name Assassin’s Creed. Buy it.
  2. Dec 8, 2015
    The best parts of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate are the things it does differently from other entries in the series, and its greatest frustrations are what it has in common with them. The series’ heroes have been fighting the same battle against the same enemy for countless generations without success partly because they’ve always got one foot in the past. If Assassin’s Creed never changes, it’ll stay as stuck as its own stars.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 2096 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 20, 2015
    7
    I really liked the game at start. But after finishing the story which is unforgivably bad, I'm dropping the score. The game play is great, theI really liked the game at start. But after finishing the story which is unforgivably bad, I'm dropping the score. The game play is great, the musical score is great. Full Review »
  2. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    Massive, Massive improvement over that crapfest that was Unity. The characters are well written, familiar gameplay mechanics such as theMassive, Massive improvement over that crapfest that was Unity. The characters are well written, familiar gameplay mechanics such as the whistling and being able to pick up bodies is back, the story has clever links to the story of the other AC games, the modern day is better and actually goes somewhere (albeit the ending is absolute wank) and the side missions are implemented well into the goal of the main story. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2015
    7
    I got this game early (Wednesday) and the biggest criticism I can have of it is that It just doesn't make you want to play it

    Yes,
    I got this game early (Wednesday) and the biggest criticism I can have of it is that It just doesn't make you want to play it

    Yes, Assassins Creed has been similar for years now but I've always enjoyed them, this time I just feel like there haven't been many improvements in the places that matter.

    The city, while very accurate to Victorian London is, in my opinion, extremely boring. Lots of Grey, Brown & Black. I understand this was what it was like in that era but I personally just don't enjoy it. The graphics are not a massive improvement on Unity

    The grappling hook is a massive problem for me, it is basically a copy of the hook from Batman Arkham Knight, thus eliminating all the old 'climbing puzzles' from the older games. You just zipline from A to B (not always accurately I might add) so gone are the days of parkour across roofs etc.

    The characters are very well written, especially Evie and are probably the most enjoyable aspect of the game so far.

    As someone who has played every game, usually ending between 90-100% completion on them all, this just doesn't seem like one which I will put the effort into doing this with.
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