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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is way BETTER than I thought it was

One of the YouTube channels that I follow is Kinda Funny Games.

I quite like their content and it's just fun to see the same people comment about games and other stuff from time to time. And these aren't people I agree that much with. I even find myself disagreeing with them many many times, especially when it comes to movies. But because I enjoy their passion, it always makes me happy to see more of their content.

However, there is a certain person that I generally agree with more and that is… Barrett Courtney.

So, once I saw he made a 2 hour video about all of the Assassin's Creed games, I was quite excited.

Bear in mind that I am someone who has only played the following Assassin's Creed games:

-Assassin's Creed

-Assassin's Creed II (one of my favourite video games of all time)

-Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (also absolutely love this game)

-Assassin's Creed Revelations

-Assassin's Creed III (got through two thirds of it and stopped playing)

The reason I stopped playing is a simple one: I started to lose interest when each game came out on a yearly basis. I always felt like Assassin's Creed deserved more than that. If it had the same approach as other titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, God Of War and so forth, I genuinely feel like the AC games could have been something truly amazing. Yes, we would have way less, but each one could have been such a unique experience and you could have really felt like the games could have become just as iconic as Assassin's Creed II was when it came out.

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I've heard amazing things about Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Origins, so I definitely want to try those one day, since they seem game changers for the Assassin's Creed formula. And apart from Odyssey, it does seem like they are taking more time to make the newer games.

Nevertheless, I just assumed both Unity and Syndicate were not great games at all, especially since Ubisoft changed their approach after Syndicate. But when I was watching the Kinda Funny Games video that Barrett Courtney made, I couldn't help but be immensely surprised when he praised immensely Syndicate saying and I quote (roughly):

"This is what the original Assassin's Creed gameplay was building up to. Syndicate is 100% the refined version of all of the original ideas they had in the earlier games and makes this one of the best Assassin's Creed games ever"

I was so surprised by that and had me so intrigued to really see what he was talking about. I went on PS Store and bought it for around 8 pounds. And when I started playing it, I started to see what he meant.

The Free Run Up and Free Run Down makes for a much better experience doing all of the parkour that I was used to doing in earlier games. I know it was introduced in Unity, but it feels quite solid in Syndicate. And I'm starting to see so many gameplay elements that make it so intriguing. I can approach a situation from so many different angles. Headshots with knives or gunshots gives me more ways to attack a guard. I also like that addition of the Rooks, calling for back up and helping you out. You can even hide in carriages in the streets. And you can steal a carriage and use it (though the driving mechanics suck hard unfortunately). Kidnapping seems like an interesting mechanic too though I've only used it once.

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I'm quite intrigued to see what more the game has to offer, but I'm glad I'm experiencing this under appreciated gem. It goes to show how Ubisoft shouldn't have been releasing Assassin's Creed games yearly. I know they made tons of money by having that previous approach, but the fact that this game came out in 2015 and only now am I playing it, 5 and a half years later, shows how the AC fatigue was a real thing. Especially from me since I haven't played one since AC3.

I'm like: "Oh yeah, I missed playing an Assassin's Creed game".

I still find the game to be a bit clunky at times and I can see potential for a lot more if they had more time with it. But at least I get to appreciate what the devs have done with this game. It's definitely one of the most polished AC games I've ever played. Makes me wish there was a remake of AC2 with these gameplay mechanics.

Though, what will always be difficult for me to accept is that we never got the original Assassin's Creed Trilogy that we had been promised initially.

I will always have a love / hate relationship with this series, but as of now, I'm finding my love for it again.

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