Syndicate looks like one of the most promising entries in the series yet, boasting a more modern setting, more refined stealth and combat mechanics and a year’s worth of practice on current-gen consoles.
Assassin's Creed's strengths lie in characterization, plot balance, setting and fluidity. They have setting and fluidity down, but they're plot and characters need more focus than Unity. Unity had some good characters like the Marquis, but he was barely in the game. Moreover, they pushed the turmoil of the time period to side, the exact opposite mistake AC3 made when it was too much about the time period. They have to balance the Creed and modern day while having enough of the setting play into the story.
I appreciate all the changes they made in Syndicate, but I think they should finish the Juno story line, kill the series, and put a pirate franchise in its place. I don't see myself ever buying an AC title without naval combat again. I've been excited for Syndicate for months, but the most recent Jacob video turned me off. The A.I. shouldn't STILL be this bad and the visuals are on obvious downgrade from Unity. I like the focus on the faster, more brutal combat, but Jacob used the SAME combo every time. The fighting system needs to be deeper to the point where you can unlock new moves/combos...like Sleeping Dogs.
Huh? To my eyes it looks better than Unity. It makes better use of the engine's physically based rendering, among a few other improvements. As far as the AI...I don't find it any worse than what we see in the stealth aspects of games like MGS, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, etc. I don't get that complaint at all. On the other hand, I don't prefer the faster combat based on what I've seen so far. I prefer the slower, more visually appealing combat of previous entries. Just in terms of the combat mechanics I think AC3 was the pinnacle for the series in terms of how smooth and visually appealing it was. But it did need to be more challenging. AC Unity was the best in that regard. I do agree the combat system should be deeper.
I'm still sceptical about this one. Ubisoft have managed to forge this reputation of showing games that look kickass and end up mediocre so until I see the final release I'm hesitant to get excited
I must be the odd one because i am not excited, in fact, I could not care less.
Nah, you're not alone. I mean, I sort of care. But I think after Unity a lot of people are skeptical. I didn't even bother with it or Rogue. I'm more part of the "Wait and see" crowd. I like the setting, I like the fact you have two lead characters, but Ubisoft's track record last year was not the best. We'll have to see how it goes...
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