Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack the Ripper’ Add on – a grotesque look at a piece of history

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Developer(s): Ubisoft
Publisher(s): Ubisoft
Series: Assassin’s Creed
Platform(s): Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: 12/15/2015
Genre(s): Historic Action-Adventure
Mode(s): Single-player
Rating: M for Mature

Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous characters to ever take place in history. During his reign in London, he killed countless women and men and did it without ever being caught. He is one of the most notorious serial killers because his crimes were so grotesque and disturbing that it’s hard to stomach.

The game takes place 20 years after the events of the main game. Jacob is helping the police try and find the man who is going around killing people and he finds a link to someone from his past. Jack can’t have loose ends so he makes sure to cut out Jacob while trying to lure Evie so he can do the same. Evie has to race against time to try and take out Jack before he takes her out.

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You play as Evie in this DLC and you get some new weapons with it. Two of the new features are fear induced-weapons. The first one is a smoke/fire bomb that scares people into thinking it’s Jack and the other is a spike that is also Jack’s choice of weapon.

What is intriguing about this DLC is that not only do you play the good guy, but also the bad guy. A few times throughout the storyline you play Jack as he tries to clean up his track and not leave any evidence for Evie to find. Using the detective skills that you learned if you got the Murder Mystery DLC to try and find Jack and solve who he is and why he is doing what he is doing.

Like the Kenway trilogy, we dive into real historical facts. While their definition of what happened is fictional, there are parts that are fact, like his reign of terror and a possible explanation to why he started murdering people. Of course, there is no 100% proof, but if you have studied Jack’s reign, there are many theories to try and explain why. Because that’s always the biggest question when it comes to a string of killings. Why did they do it?

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This game is perhaps the most graphic and deadliest of all the Assassin’s Creed games. It starts right off with Jacob and Jack in a very bloody battle that is stretching that M rating to the max. It was a bit surprising at first, but it shouldn’t really be considering who the game is about. I did enjoy diving into historical events because that’s what made me fall in love with the series in the first place.

While it’s not necessary to finish Syndicate to play this DLC, it’s advised that you reach at least level 10 in your character. It will make it a lot easier for you to beat the game. This is a great add on to the series and it really shows the type of games that they can make for the future.

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Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’ – a look into the revolution in England

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Developer(s): Ubisoft Quebec

Publisher(s): Ubisoft

Writer(s): Jeffrey Yohalem

Series: Assassin’s Creed

Platform(s): Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: 10/23/2015

Genre(s): Action-adventure, Stealth

Mode(s): single-player, multiplayer

In the latest Assassin’s Creed game to come out, we follow a dual point of view of brother and sister, Jacob and Evie Frye. They go to London to try and finish their father’s mission but find that there is more to the story then they knew. You go to London to take down a gang that took over the city by creating a gang of your own and taking down areas one by one.

This game is not like any other game that was played in the Assassin’s Creed world. You play as both Jacob and Evie throughout the story depending on where you are in the storyline. There are strengths that each of the sibling has. For example, Evie is better at stealth-like missions, while Jacob is better when it comes to fighting.

I found that out of all the games in the series, that this one had the best controls. You get a zipline that helps you climb buildings more efficiently and there is a new button that allows you to climb down buildings faster. This is a plus when you have to chase after someone. But that annoying time when you are running and just randomly start climbing a building is still there. Hopefully there is a time in the future where that gets fixed.

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The storyline is one of my favorites that has been done. It’s not as complex as the Kenway trilogy story line but it is interesting enough to keep you intrigued with playing. I like how complex the world is and the many different levels of missions that we get to play. If you were able to pre-order the game, then you got access to the Penny Dreadful crime. It combined my two favorite types of games, action and a mystery. You got to solve crimes as you tried to find a killer with each crime. Another expansion that is available is the WWI addition. You play as Evie who tries to help Winston Churchill try and take out the spies in London. It’s an intriguing storyline that I wonder what it would be like if Ubisoft went down the road to covering the wars. We have seen how successful it is when they cover other major history events (the American Revolution in Assassin’s Creed III).

The graphics are better than the other games of the series as well. The glitches are still there, but they are less than there were with Unity. Ubisoft is amazing when it comes to paying attention to detail and this one goes above and beyond that call. You get to go into more buildings than before and explore more that the world has to offer.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is available now and can be purchased at major retailers.

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‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ – a look into the history of France that doesn’t quite grab you

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If you haven’t finished Assassin’s Creed Rogue, you might want to do that because this game is a sequel of sorts for that game. With that in mind, let’s dive right into the review.

In the first Assassin’s Creed game for the next generation system, we follow Arno Jeannotte as he tries to find out the people responsible for killing his adoptive father. Arno goes to live with a family that is high up in the Templar Order but his future is decided when his adoptive father gets murdered. Things get complicated when the adoptive father’s daughter and the girl that he fell in love with as kid, Elise, is also doing the same thing. They are on different sides of the war between Templars and Assassins but have a common goal: to catch a thief.

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I knew it was only a matter of time before we had a love story that had the couple on different sides of the war. It is something that comes up many times throughout the storyline and makes problems for both Arno and Elise. Arno is still in love with Elise and sometimes makes decisions she doesn’t believe in. Elise is obsessed with finding her father’s killer and sometimes that comes at the expense of Arno. As far as storylines go, it is a beautiful story but storyline is only a third of what makes a game.

The graphics were a step up from the last generation system graphics but still not as good as they are now. There were times when it was glitchy, which I was expected there to be none considering it’s been out for a little bit of time. The layout of the country was beautiful and it had a lot of mini missions that made the play through more enjoyable as you get to dive deeper into the world.

There were still some issues when it came to running and climbing. Those who are fans of the original Assassin’s Creed series, you probably had a problem where you wanted the character to run but it would just randomly start climbing up walls. This problem still exists in this game. There are times when it got frustrating and I wanted to throw my control against the wall, but I was able to work through that.

It is not one of the best Assassin’s Creed games, but it is worth the play. It’s going to be hard to top the Kenway trilogy on the last generation. This game is an introduction to the types of games we can expect for Assassin Creed games considering now they can create a large universe for the fans to dive right into.

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