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Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Assassin's Creed Syndicate review

The best Assassin's Creed game yet.

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11 months ago

Feature: Your reason to live

Steam Charts: Your Reason To Go On

Some have doubted the power of the Steam Charts to change people's lives. Those people are dead now. Belief in Steam Charts, RPS's greatest, longest-running, and most industry-revered column, is literally the only thing keeping you alive right now. Don't be a dead one. Love us. LOVE US.

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1 year ago

Into Egypt: next Assassin’s Creed leaks

We were on a break! (Entirely topical references for you there). Yes, it appears that Assassin's Creed is back after a year-odd hiatus from its traditionally annual release cycle. Various leaks have it that the game is named Assassin's Creed: Origins, is set in ancient Egypt and looks, well, just like the image above.

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2 years ago

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Urban Chaos: Games And The Untameable City

From the fractured festivities of The Division's Manhattan to the lo-fi confusion of Bernband, urban spaces in games are drawn from many reference points and they all communicate their own ideas about cities. What they are, on what terms we relate to them and how they behave. Thomas McMullan explores how game mechanics attempt to make sense of cities. French detectives, shopping centres and terrorist…

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Ubisoft’s Annual Uplay Spring Sale Now On

My calendar tells me we're now over halfway through April. The Met Office tells me astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere started on March 20. Yet the weatherman told me yesterday that I can expect highs of a whopping nine degrees centigrade here in Glasgow this weekend. I'd swear it was still winter had the annual Uplay Spring Sale not kicked off this week, with…

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3 years ago

Put Your Knives Away: No New Assassin’s Creed In 2016

Since 2009's Assassin's Creed II, Ubisoft have released a new open-world murder playground every single year. Not in 2016. AC will indeed be taking a rest for a bit of a reworking, as was rumoured. I wonder if that means the Ancient Egypt setting for the next entry that rumourmongers mentioned is real too. Point is, Ubi are skipping 2016 and planning to return later…

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Living Worlds: The Joy Of NPC Schedules

Just before the Christmas break I was trying to catch up on all of the interesting games that I hadn't found time to play earlier in the year. Else Heart.Break() was right near the top of the list, even though I have zero interest in games that expect me to learn how to program in order to have fun. If I learn how to program…

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RPS Asks: How To Revamp Assassin’s Creed?

A rumour is going round, based on anonymous 4chan posts supposedly by an Ubisoft employee, that we'll not see a new main Assassin's Creed game in 2016, but it'll return in 2017 with a complete overhaul set in Ancient Egypt. Not the most reliable of sources, that, and probably not a rumour to put money on. However, now we're all back at work and loitering…

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gets Least Festive DLC Ever

Ho ho ho it's Christmas, let's celebrate by making light of one of history's most brutal serial killers. Yes, the surprisingly ace Assassin's Creed: Syndicate [official site] on PC now has the long-promised Jack The Ripper DLC, available both to season pass holders and as its own $15 purchase. Putting our confusion about how the Whitechapel killer could possibly feature in the Syndicate timeline to…

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate review

After initial investigations revealed a port worth playing and a game that ignited unexpected enthusiasm, I've spent just over forty hours playing Assassin's Creed Syndicate [official site]. Some of that enthusiasm has been dampened as familiar AAA open world problems popped up across the map like fungi, but a spark still remains. This may well be my favourite Assassin's Creed game.

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How Is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s PC Port?

Review code for the PC version of Assassin's Creed Syndicate [official site] activated this evening and I've spent the hours since playing through the opening sections and fiddling with various settings to see how it all holds together. In short, it runs beautifully and looks a treat. Details and early thoughts about my trip to the Big Smoke are below.

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How Cross Should We Be About Assassin’s Creed Syndicate And Other Delayed PC Versions Of Games?

Assassin's Creed Landahn is out! But not on PC, as we have to wait till next month before we can leap across all of Victoriana like an acrobatic chimney sweep. Far Cry Primal, the caveman sequel, will also arrive on PC the month after its February appearance on the console box. While this sort of situation isn't quite as common as it used to be,…

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Marx, Darwin, And Queen Vic Walk Into A Video Game…

Question: what do you imagine Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, and Queen Victoria herself would do in the kooky Dan Brown historyfucking world of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate [official site]? I ask because I laughed when I saw they're all your pals in the next AssCreed, but I can now leak a few details about their roles. Four words: Charles…

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Assassin’s Creed Marketing Fails To Find The Fun In Pimps, Cripples, ‘Savages’ And Famine

"Admire the Chief's feather headdress, his wives' shameless outfits and the adorable little faces of their red-skinned offspring. Feeding time is not to be missed!" If that excerpt from the XIXth Century Search Engine hasn't caused your sides to split, don't worry - there's more. Ubisoft sent news of their latest AssCreed [official site] marketing initiative this morning, calling it "a rich historical research tool…

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Has Trans Character

It wasn't fair that last year's Assassin's Creed: Unity became the fall guy for an entire industry's reluctance to make its digital people diverse. Unfortunately the apparently contradictory excuses, rather than acknowledgement of oversight, for cutting playable female characters from a game whose headline feature was co-op play with customised avatars made the situation much worse. In any case, the series now seems determined to…

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Adds Jack The Ripper DLC

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate [official site] will be getting a Jack the Ripper campaign as part of its season pass DLC. Alice would like us to think that she called this turn of events months ago. She didn't. In May she was all "tbh I'm astonished it's set too early for Jack the Ripper [AssCreed Syndicate is set in London, 1868 while the five generally accepted…

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Where DRMs Come True: Ubisoft Opening Theme Park

Haven't you always wanted to meet Sam Fisher and take home a photo of him pretending to snap your neck? Why not bungee from a Venetian rooftop into a haystack (don't worry, it's not real hay!)? Dare you ride a rollercoaster named Uplay? All these dreams and more may very well - let's say it: will almost definitely - come true, as Ubisoft have announced…

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City Living: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s London

Almost every time I watch a trailer for an Assassin's Creed game, I think the same thing: I want to go to this place but I do not want to spend my visit climbing up the walls, collecting feathers, and bumping into people (and bumping people off). My repetitive cry of "great city, tedious experience" has itself become tedious. But here I go again because…

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Adam & Eve It: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate PC Date

Cor blimey luv a duck and stone the crows [be kind then cruel to birds -ed.], you won't Adam and Eve [believe -ed.] what Ubisoft have done to the PC version of Assassin's Creed Syndicate [official site]. I'm only joshing: you will absolutely believe that Ubisoft have confirmed the PC version is coming a month after the console release. It's their flipping copper hand and…

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Now You See Her… Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Evie Video

Ubisoft have let loose a bit of Assassin's Creed Syndicate [official site] in a nice 10-minute playthrough video taking a look at the game's secondary protagonist Evie, twin to playable Dude Hero Jacob Frye and a sensibly dressed Master of Stealth in her own right, as she infiltrates the Tower of London. You can watch it all below.

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