Monday, November 23, 2015

No accounting for taste

Shoehorning historical personalities into the assassin vs templar war is one my favorite bits of silliness in the recent Assassin's Creed games. It was wonderfully absurd to be sent on questionable errands by the Marquis de Sade. Blackbeard was one of the best parts of Black Flag, which is saying something, because Black Flag was the best game in the series in a long, long time. Syndicate does not disappoint.

Alexander Graham Bell is quite happy to make weapons for the assassins. He also has a crush on Evie, something that he tries unsuccessfully to hide. Charles Dickens has me running around London debunking ghost stories. Charles Darwin is a cranky old man action hero.

History can be fun!

I was wrong about there being less to do than in previous games. There is just as much, if not more, crap to collect, it was just not all visible from the outset. For the completionsist I can see this triggering all sorts of fits as areas that were previously cleaned out are sporadically refilled with more to do. Back tracking is just not a thing that I do, once I am done with an area I rarely go back, usually satisfied at cleaning out all of the chests and taking over the 'protection fees' from the gang I kick out/murder. Certain things get skipped and that's okay. I will still be humorously over leveled for the story missions.

I shouldn't have to apologize for liking a game but I feel that throwing in with one of the big, AAA titles that receives yearly updates is just not something that any of the cool people are doing. Fuck 'em, I was never cool anyway. So far, Syndicate makes up for Unity being as mediocre as it was, it's a pretty good game and a pleasant return to form for the series.

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