Anyone with a PS4, Xbox One or PC can experience societal issues from the Industrial Revolution in England while playing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Syndicate released on October 23 and retails for $59.99.

Picture it, London 1868, columns of smoke pollute the air and locomotives begin to fill railways and rivers. In the clouds of smoke and shadows, two Assassins are doing everything in their power to rid London of Templar control.

This is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

In Syndicate, gamers play as two Assassins that they can interchange at any point in the game. Jacob Frye and Evie Frye are brother and sister, trained by their father to join the Assassins.

The time period in this game is the glorious Industrial Revolution in London. The plot is simple to those who have played any game in the series before. Kill the Templars, save the land, usual Assassin mission.

Syndicate itself has a different twist to it instead of the usual hunt-and-kill Templars. For example, instead of hunting behind someone and sneaking behind some bushes to hear about the next big plan that an enemy or two are planning, players have to crush their sources from within London.

This crushing can be from certain events, such as bounty hunts (where players identify a criminal, kidnap them and throw them into a carriage), specific Templar hunts, or even liberating children from devastating factories, where their superiors work them tirelessly.

Now that the main plot and has been discussed, let’s talk about the characters themselves.  Jacob, being the brother and youngest of the two, is more reckless and loves to cause a fight. During the cutscenes of the game, I actually chuckled because he reminds me of myself and how I argue with my sisters.

I usually play as Jacob during the Templar Hunts and Gang Wars (which are unlocked after liberating an entire area). Evie, the oldest and the sternest, believes that strategy and stealth are the best options for defeating your enemies.

I would recommend using her for more as bounty hunts and child liberation, considering these require you to use more of your stealth skills.

There are Gang Wars, which means players have to know how the gameplay and combat works. Both Assassins have their own skills that they can learn.

In order to learn these skills, the assassins have to earn skill points by either doing special combat combos or even completing certain tasks in the missions. I usually upgraded Jacob’s combat and Evie’s stealth skills first simultaneously.

Now, let’s talk combat.

I enjoy taking off some steam by handing out some skillful hand-to-hand combat. The combat is swift and players have to time their presses carefully, but when they do, they can get a combo as high as 75-100 hits without getting hurt.

Trust me, it looks so much better on a 54-inch screen than on paper.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a great entry to the franchise. Syndicate took what was great about Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and fixed what was broken in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Overall I would rate this being my favorite next-gen game to date.
So what are you waiting for? London won’t free itself, you know!

Hector Lopez-Perez
Special to The Chanticleer

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