I Don’t Care About Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
I think for the first time in a long time I’m over Assassin’s Creed, I thought a lot of gamers agreed with me, there being one too many Assassin’s Creed dropping every year, but after reading comments on YouTube and replies to Assassin’s Creed‘s twitter announcement it became apparent I’m one of the few who feel this way.
I’ve personally lost all respect for Ubisoft since AC Unity dropped it’s broken carcass on the video game scene last year. It was a game I really debated on pre-ordering and was ultimately relieved when I didn’t. AC Unity is one of the main reasons, that and Aliens Colonial Marines, why I don’t pre-order any games anymore. Something has to be said when you’re put in the same category as Aliens Colonial Marines.
I’m with a lot of who I would call “older”, and more “mature” gamers who tend to be more fiscally responsible and don’t throw money down publishers throats at the first sign of a promising title. I don’t pre-order anything anymore, and I sure as hell don’t buy season passes. No season pass has ever been worth the money since Borderlands 2, and having a season pass prior to the game’s release regardless if it’s finished just feels like a slap to the face of the consumer. Fortunately for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, at this time a season pass is noted, but no actual facts have been released about it.
These things above aren’t faults of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate as much as previous Assassin’s Creed and Ubisoft as a publisher are to blame, so why not hop on the hype train of AC Syndicate? Short answer, it looks boring, plain and simple. I remember first seeing gameplay and trailers for Assassin’s Creed III and being blown away by movement in the snow and its historically significant story, it intrigued me, although ACIII ultimately ended up being incredibly boring and a disappointment, I was still excited at where the AC series was heading, especially in the aspect of nautical combat. Then Assasin’s Creed IV dropped and became my favorite of the series since ACII. AC Unity had me hooked from day one, the French revolution and seamless 4 player coop had my attention, I wisely decided to hold back my pre-order after red flags starting popping up before its release, most notably it’s lack of review copies and embargoes after the titles initial release.
My point I’m making is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate lacks all of these things. The gameplay trailer was a snorefest, England in 1868 doesn’t sound interesting at all, the grappling hook has been done in, oh I don’t know, every fucking game right now, and riding by carriage and train was already done by a game from last generation, LAST GENERATION, and done well. You remember that game? It was called Red Dead Redemption and it was arguably the best game of last gen.
The only positive thing that I can see coming out of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the confirmation that there will be NO multiplayer. Thanks Ubisoft for taking away the one that that held me from a platinum trophy in Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. An added on piece of garbage that was as fun as it was entertaining.
So why make this game? It just doesn’t fit Assassin’s Creed. It’s gangs of New York in England. The aspects added into Assassin’s Creed Syndicate aren’t enough to set it apart from anything else, I don’t see a reason to get excited. I want to see a chance taken like Watch Dogs, sure it wasn’t a great game but it also wasn’t trying to perpetrate it was a futuristic Assassin’s Creed either. Take a chance Ubisoft, if the game doesn’t fit the title, give it a new IP, set your creators free.
It’s easy to not fall for Ubisoft’s smoke and mirror tricks this go around.