Wednesday evening, the 21st of November 2015, Ubisoft in conjunction with Megarom launched Assassin’s Creed Syndicate at Churchills, Melrose Arch.
The venue was the perfect place for the launch, as attendees were transported back to 1868 (the era in which the game takes place). Seeing as the game is set in London, the dimly lit English pub atmosphere of the venue fit in perfectly with the theme of the game. This, of course, made me crave a pint of beer right away. I also have to mention that Graeme from Megarom, who greeted us at the door, wore a great looking Assassin costume and really looked the part.
Not only were we treated to some great food (and some great beer), but attendees also had the chance to get some hands-on time with the game on PlayStation 4. What I was able to see and play at the launch got me really excited for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Playing as either Evie or her brother Jacob is just what the franchise needed in order to mix up the tried and tested Assassin’s Creed formula. Both play very differently, as Evie tends to keep to the shadows, dispatching enemies before they are even aware of her presence, while Jacob the hot-headed brawler, prefers to get right into the thick of things. Combat also felt faster and more brutal, especially when taking on enemies with your bare fists as is the case with Jacob (although he has access to a whole range of weapons). Navigating the twins is still a hit and miss affair as I found myself effortlessly free-running across the rooftops only to abruptly stick to a wall I wasn’t suppose to. This happened a lot less than I remember it happening in Unity, which is a huge plus point. It seems that most of the mechanics have been tweaked and that some of the problems that plagued Unity have been addressed.
As I devoured my last snack and finished the last sip of beer in my glass, I found myself being really excited for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. I can’t wait to get my hands on the game when it releases on the 23rd of October 2015. Thank you to Graeme, Rene and their team for hosting a great launch in the perfect venue.