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Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

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Brendan Griffiths
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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, PC games, PS4 games, Ubisoft Quebec, Xbox One Games

Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

With Assassin's Creed: Syndicate finally officially revealed after months of speculation and leaks, it's good to see what this year's entry in Ubisoft's series is shaping up like. Can it repair the damage done by last year's Unity though? Take a look at what we think were the most important elements to take away from today's official reveal. If you missed the live broadcast you can watch everything, including the new trailers for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate here.

Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

Rope launcher

Sometimes, you've just had enough of climbing in Assassin's Creed, especially when Arno decides he needs to pause for a second or two with no explanation other than he actually wants to be spotted by that guard with the never-miss rifle. Thanks to the new rope-launcher, such issues could become a thing of the past as we see Jacob do a very tidy Batman impression throughout the demo by flying up to rooftops with ease. You can even use it to set up zip lines between buildings, with the option to drop off along the way for an aerial takedown on guards. This sounds like a fantastic method of getting through the larger spaces in some of Assassin's Creed's arenas.

Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

Whistling is back

How ridiculous was it not being able to whistle in Unity in order to get enemies attention? And no, fire crackers were not a suitable replacement. Jacob may already be climbing the list of punchable gaming leads, but at least the fella can whistle.

Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

Horse and carriage, sir?

For the first time in the series, you'll be able to move around the environment via a form of on-land transport. In line with the 1868 setting, you'll have your very own horse and carriage to navigate London at speed. Well, relative speed at least. Naturally, because um, video games, you'll be able to steal someone else's carriage should it be in better condition than yours. And considering some of the aggressive chase scenes we saw, you're going to be smashing a fair few to tinder. Fingers crossed they handle better than they look in the demo though.

Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

Jacob likes a good brawl

Swords will not feature as much this time as the focus is on knives and knuckle-duster brawling. Unlike the older settings in past games, you'd be arrested for walking around London with a sword in 1868. So the capital's crooks favoured shorter and sneakier knives, along with the odd revolver. We see Jacob wield the exotic looking Kukri blade a few times too. Aside from the CGI opening, most of the fights we saw today were hand-to-hand and the speed was seriously quick, especially compared to past AC titles. Jacob can certainly handle himself and we're hoping it handles just as well via a control pad.

Why Assassin's Creed: Syndicate already looks better than Unity

Gang Warfare is a thing

Early cutscene samples show Jacob's ambitions to take control of London by gaining the support/or destroying gangs loyal to the Templars. Smaller missions will see him accumulate numbers for his gang, before they can take on a rival gang in a huge brawl. It would seem GTA: San Andreas has just been released in Quebec. We're presuming Jacob will develop a conscience in the last third of the game to help the people of London overcoming his desire for personal gain. And they say originality is dead.

But what say you, savvy Dealspwn reader? Has the latest reveal rebuilt your faith in the series after the extremely disappointing Unity? Or does this look like a reskin of the same game you've played many times before, but with a grapnel hook included? We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for further updates for you right until and beyond release. Have another look the new trailers for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate here if you haven't already. We still have a few questions about the game though, so you might want to read: Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Ubisoft need to answer these questions.

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JoeDark64  May. 12, 2015 at 18:56

Unity was very pretty however with the bugs and issues "once bitten, twice shy!"

Also seeing how the price of Unity dropped like a stone I think I shall hold off a little longer this time round and pick it up for half the price in January.

Doors  May. 12, 2015 at 19:22

No cockney accents :(

Last edited by Doors, May. 12, 2015 at 19:22
alexpoth  May. 12, 2015 at 20:20

Black Flag was broken on PC at launch, Watch Dogs was broken on PC at launch (and still is to an extent), Unity was a complete mess at launch on all platforms.

I am not pre-ordering another Ubi title.

No doubt I will want this, but I'll be holding off until a few patches have come out and peoples issues seem to have died down.

Quicksot  May. 12, 2015 at 21:08

So I take it they're abandoning the whole 'Creed' aspect of the series given we're punching young cabbies in the face to steal they're carriages and mowing down innocent pedestrians on the pavement. Grand Theft Assassins?

ViPeR202  May. 12, 2015 at 21:50

So I take it they're abandoning the whole 'Creed' aspect of the series given we're punching young cabbies in the face to steal they're carriages and mowing down innocent pedestrians on the pavement. Grand Theft Assassins?
I think they should bring back the assassin recruiting not gang members. Also I loved how you call your assassins on brotherhood.

ViPeR202  May. 12, 2015 at 21:53

Will they bring back the cool counter kills and streaks or is it still like unity?

AokishiSeika  May. 13, 2015 at 05:45

Black Flag was broken on PC at launch, Watch Dogs was broken on PC at launch (and still is to an extent), Unity was a complete mess at launch on all platforms.

I am not pre-ordering another Ubi title.

No doubt I will want this, but I'll be holding off until a few patches have come out and peoples issues seem to have died down.
HAHA know thats right

TomPRoberts  Jun. 16, 2015 at 18:01

I recently bought the pc version of Unity, and installed it. I haven't downloaded any updates at the moment, as I have a limited internet connection, but I have seen no bugs or glitches in the 10 hours I have been playing the game. I honestly don't think it was that bad! Personally Syndicate doesn't seem particularly enticing to me. I love revolutionn Paris, and the characters and clothing looked awesome. Syndicate seems to me like a mild let-down. The characters don't seem interesting to me, plus the clothing looks pretty c**p. Unity is great, and runs amazingly on my laptop.

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