AC Syndicate Guide: How to Level Up Quickly and Easily

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Leveling up in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is quite easy. In fact, you can mostly follow the main story quests and everything will run quite smoothly. Nevertheless, there are always better ways to level up faster. The following guide shows how you can get tons of experience by simply playing through the game.

Even if questing alone might be enough to keep your experience levels up-to-date, it’s never too much to get even more since it means additional skill points, thus more abilities, more gear and ultimately way more power. Here’s a smooth guide with progressive tips that will show you how to level up without much effort – all you have to is to play strategically by taking advantage of everything around you.

Note: This is a progressive guide that features beginner gameplay. If you’re already advanced, you should skip some of the first tips.


1. Kill Enemies in Your Way

AC Syndicate Money LootThe first tip is common in almost every game, you need to defeat your enemy in order to become more skilled. No science here. I’m not exactly saying to kill everyone in your way but every time you get the chance, do not hesitate, just take the kill and the experience. A few kills won’t do much for you but after a while, dozens or even hundreds of kills will certainly make the difference.


2. Perform Special Attacks, Combos and Actions

AC Syndicate AC Syndicate Combat PerkNow, it’s time to show off your true skills. By performing basically any sort of combo or special attack, you’ll be triggering extra experience on kills. So, do not panic or fight blindly, just use your abilities properly in order to end up with a successful combo. The more you do, the more experience you’ll get. Here are some of the innumerous combos you can do in-game: Headshot, Assassination, Death Recovery, Fancy Moves, Vanish on Smoke, Flawless Fighter.


3. Make Your Path Through Fighting and Liberating

AC Syndicate KidnapTo make your journey more experience-friendly, you should move around and make your own path by fighting and liberating. How? London is filled with work. It’s basically everywhere you go, so finding secondary missions are rather inevitable. By other words, if you keep moving while killing enemies, saving allies and going for objectives, you won’t just eventually reach your primary destiny, you will also gain tremendous amounts of experience on the way.


4. Unlock Synchronization Points to Enable Fast Travel

AC Syndicate Sync PointBut walking too much can become a waste of time as you progress, activities will lessen and your conquered land will increase. So, start unlocking synchronization points in early game. Else, you’ll have huge headaches to unlock them later on and you won’t be able to use them either. This is a true advantage in mid-late game because you will need to move a lot across London and this is undoubtedly, a time-saving feature – all we want is fast experience in all stages of the game.


5. Collect Chests, Helix Glitches, Illustrations and Secrets of London

AC Syndicate Collect ChestThis step is nothing but free experience. All you have to do is look carefully for collectibles, some will display in your map others not so much. But yes, basically everything that can be collected in Syndicate gives you experience, things like chests, helix glitches, illustrations and even secrets of London. Think of them as extra rewards in form of experience for exploring and moving around places off the road.


6. Focus on Combat and Stealth Skills

AC Syndicate Money GuideIf you want to get faster experience, you need to be skilled and powerful in combat. It’s all about logic, so if you want to kill fast and go through missions as quick as possible, you need to focus on your combat and stealth trees, that’s where the good abilities are and you really need them for this. I know money is important too but try to keep a balance between both builds.


7. Keep Upgrading Your Gear

AC Syndicate InventorySkills are not so reliable without gear, so another very important step is to keep your equipment updated at all times. Else, you can do all the combos in the world and your damage will still be too low to kill  fast enough. Note that both defense and offense stats are important in this game, so don’t be careless when it comes to purchase better gear.


8. Unlock Combat Perks

AC Syndicate Combat PerkIn Syndicate, you have the chance to unlock combat perks. What do they do? Well, they give pleasant amounts of experience. But they are normally hard to achieve. Combat perks work a bit like small achievements, where players must repeat some sort of combo or special attack for a certain number of times. Once you perform all of them, you unlock the perk and you get the experience bonus for it. Simple enough.


9. Completing Conquest, Associate and Income Activities

AC Syndicate Associate ActivityIf you feel you’re a bit behind in levels you can always engage in any of the conquest, associate or income activities. They can be found all over London and they normally reward you with gentle amounts of experience and money. Thing is, some of them take a while to complete, so choose wisely by always considering the experience reward first.


10. Simply Gang Wars

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One of the most experience rewarding activities in game is certainly Gang Wars. By challenging enemy gang leaders and fighting along your gang comrades, you have the chance to trigger huge amounts of XP. This activity takes a while to complete, so make sure you have enough supplies to start this type of conflict. The gang leader is a small boss and it doesn’t go down easily.


11. Club Fighting

AC Syndicate Fight ClubAnother experience candy is the Fight Club. By challenging other fighting opponents and defeating them all (which is normally not as simple as it might seem), you end up with a surprisingly reward, which includes experience, money and occasionally items too. This is a must-do activity for so many reasons, so if you’re close by don’t run away, you won’t regret it.


12. Completing Sequences

AC Syndicate Story Quest SequenceThe ultimate experience machine is nothing more than completing story quests, also known as sequences in Syndicate. In my opinion, you can do just fine if you stick to them for a while but after middle game you need to do other missions too or you’ll get pretty behind in experience. Also, try to always complete the secondary objectives in sequences, as they give you extra rewards when you finally complete them.


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AC Syndicate Guide: How to Make Quick and Easy Money

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate requires tons of money in order to unlock and upgrade almost all gear in game. Money is also required to buy utility supplies. By other words, money commands your power force. The thing is, becoming rich in Syndicate is not as simple as it seems.

Skill points are clearly the main combat element in game since they determinate your characters’ skills and power abilities. However, skill points won’t work as expected without certain gear and advanced upgrades. That’s when money comes to take its primary role in game. To acquire new weapons, armor pieces or even utility supplies, players need large amounts of pounds (Syndicate’s money). Despite being quite complicated to become rich in a short amount of time, you can easily get a lot of money by following the tips in this guide.

Note: This is a progressive guide. As you progress, some steps will become automated either by skills or by repetitive play.


1. Ubisoft E-Store

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I’ll start with the easiest and quickest way to get in-game pounds. Simply access the Ubisoft e-store in-game while having some coins and click on: Get In-Game Currency: £. Also, if you’re looking for specific items such as crafting materials or experience boosts, you can directly purchase them from the store.


2. Loot Corpses

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At the beginning of the game, one of the main tricks is to loot everyone you kill. It can become bothersome sometimes but don’t worry you’ll be able to acquire an auto-loot skill after some levels (named Loot Takedown in the Stealth tree). Looting corpses will often give you free pounds (normally no more than 20£ per loot) and a few random utility items.


3. Locate and Open Chests

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There are hidden chests all over London, all you have to do is locate them through your map. The chests are explicitly marked with a chest icon, so all you have to do is check in which level they’re placed. Normal chests contain medium amounts of money, as well as other useful items such as crafting materials. Locked chests contain better rewards, so don’t miss any of them.


4. Finish Story Sequences

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Probably the most ordinary way to get money in action-games is to complete story quests. Mostly because they don’t just give experience, they also reward you with some great amounts of money. In AC Syndicate, the main quests are called Sequences and they’re marked as yellow symbols in the map, make sure to complete them as soon as you can.


5. Unlock the Scavenger and Lock-Picking Abilities

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In order to generate more income, you should unlock certain abilities in both Jacob and Evie. To get more and better loot from every resource you need to unlock the following skills: Scavenger I and Scavenger II in the Excosystem tree and the Lock-Picking I and Lock-Picking II in the Stealth tree. While the first allows you to get more income from each resource, the second will allow you to lock-pick high chests and doors that might contain hidden rewards.


6. Complete Income Activities

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Completing income activities all across London will put some extra pounds in your pocket. If you really need some quick money, open your map and look for nearby income missions, which can be displayed differently depending on their goal. The most common and rewarding ones include robbing trains, boats and carts. Besides money, players will often get crafting materials.


7. Unlock the Pub Investor Chain

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To ensure that your faction will prevail, at least in terms of currency, you need to unlock the Pub Investor chain in the Gang Upgrades Swindler tree. These skills will allow you to literally buy pubs in London and start business points, which will increase your hideout income by 500£ every 30 minutes. The subsequent upgrades will also generate more pounds, such as the Pub Games, which allow you to sponsor football-street games and increase pub users, thus more money.


8. Unlock Shell Company and Rate of Income

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This is another way to generate tons of money by using your Gang Upgrades. This time you should get the Shell Company and Rate of Income abilities, both from the Swindler tree. The first allows you to increase the payout from all income activities, while the second reduces your bills and increases your vault capacity by 25%.


9. Collect the Hideout’s Safe Vault

AC Syndicate Safe Vault

To make the previous two tips more effective, you need to regularly collect your hideout’s safe. Gang activities will generate money, even if you don’t upgrade it at all. However, to obtain that money you need to visit your train and collect the accumulated cash directly from your personal vault.


10. Beat the Fight Club

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The ultimate method to make quick and easy money is to beat the Fight Club Challenges. If you successful go through all the waves, you’ll end up with an astonishing reward – loads of money, crafting materials and sometimes even gear pieces! Note that each Fight Club NPC has a loyalty bar, the more you fight the more special rewards you’ll get upon beating the challenges.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Ubisoft’s Comeback

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series lost considerable credibility last year after the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. The game suffered major instability issues in regards to frame rate, general gameplay and even the multiplayer. All of which remained untamed for a lengthy and almost cringe-worthy amount of time after Unity’s initial release. This consequently caused major aggravation among players, also rendering a lot of the games newer features as pretty much useless. As a result of this, the game was widely criticized for being seemingly rushed and it appeared that Ubisoft got knocked down a few pegs as it’s annual Assassin’s Creed release failed to maintain the standards of it’s predecessors. However, upon the release of highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, it is apparent that Ubisoft have rediscovered their Assassin’s Creed finesse.

For those yet to sink their hidden blades into the new installment, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is set in a typical Assassin’s Creed rendition of Victorian London in which the Assassin/ Templar battle still rages on. The player may take on the role of interchangeable protagonist twins Jacob and Evie Frye (Assassins) in order to prevent the Templars ultimately dominating London.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has redeemed Ubisoft after the last Assassins’s Creed installment. That said, let’s delve into it’s brilliance and what exactly makes it such a pleasure to play.

Two Protagonists

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The option to play as two differing protagonists is a concept alien to the Assassin’s Creed installments to date. Jacob Frye is the more confrontational, combat orientated option of the two characters. He is hot-headed and always keen for action. Evie Frye is the stealthier and more typically Assassin-y of the two characters, working more with pedantic logic and by assessing situations thoroughly. The player may change between either character as and when they please to suit specific missions and situations. By completing missions/ objectives the player collects skill points which can be applied to the Jacob’s and Evie’s combined skill tree. This is a convenient and all round great feature as opposed to having the separate skill trees as it negates confusion and allows the player to simply get on with the game. There are a few separate skills that only apply to either Jacob or Evie alone however, they are found in the same interface as to not become hard to comprehend.

Jacob is an awesome character. He brings cheeky humour to the game with his very cocky personality. His play-style exploits the new combat style also which is great. Below I have provided some gameplay with Jacob:

Evie is equally a lovely new addition to the list of Assassin’s Creed protagonists. Not only is it great that she is a female but it is great watching as she logically flaws all of her brother’s reckless endeavors during the game. She may be a kill-joy but she is a funny one. Her play-style gives the player opportunities to appreciate the more ranged and stealthy ways of tackling situations. Below I have provided some gameplay with Evie:


Combined, the twins provide great, banterous humour that anyone with or without a sibling is able to appreciate. They exhibit the cheekiness that brings a more light-hearted side to things within a game orientated around war and control.

A More Modern Setting

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A Victorian London setting for an Assassin’s Creed game is one that has been fan-demanded for a long time and to finally be able to play such a well developed setting is sensational to say the least. The setting is dull in regards to it’s city setting however, it is made exciting with it’s content. Buildings heaving with cheap labour, manufacturing all sorts under Templar observation, accurately portraying England’s renowned manufacturing glory days. Commoners bark insults at you as you push past them and children charge through the streets without a care in the world. Furthermore, women make more of a significant appearance within Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, most noticeably as enemies. It is a great way to make the game come across as increasingly realistic. Ubisoft has definitely done well to incorporate the necessities within the Assassin’s Creed series within this setting. Haystacks for leaps of faith, hiding spots, viewpoints and shops are all tied in exceptionally well into the more modern setting without depriving Assassin’s Creed Syndicate of it’s practicality or plausibility.

The Assassin’s Creed series is associated with more dated settings and time periods and it is great to see that Ubisoft can pull of something more up to date and still make it work with the typical Assassin’s Creed game mechanics. The Victorian London setting has allowed Ubisoft to tease us with some intriguing upcoming DLC which I am sure will keep this title interesting for some time.

Gameplay and Combat

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Much like the less successful Assassin’s Creed Unity, Syndicate maintains the downwards free-running style which admittedly is much smoother and easier to appreciate in this considerably more stable game. Combat on the other hand has changed. As oppossed to Unity’s ‘fencing-style’ combat, Syndicate features a much more fast paced and brutal style of combat, including combos. Although different to any Assassin’s Creed fighting-style to date, it is easy to come to grips with and ultimately a lot better. It works much faster, narrowing down time spent fighting hordes of enemies waiting to counter each one which makes it more hands-on, exciting and ultimately less time consuming. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also features the use of Horse and Carriages in which the players can hijack, hide in and race. This is a nifty and fun addition to the series.

A Major Improvement

Despite Assassin’s Creed Unity being an easy act to follow, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate excels in not only being an improvement but also reigniting the Assassin’s Creed fire. The game was pretty much fully operational upon it’s release date unlike Assassin’s Creed Unity and in being so, players have been able to downright appreciate all of Syndicate’s awesomeness.

If you are one of the many hesitant about buying this installment after the release of Unity, that is understandable however, I’d honestly recommend giving this title a go.


6 Things I Don’t Want to See at E3 2015

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This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo is only a week away and there is plenty of excitement surrounding what new games and hardware we might see unveiled.  I won’t deny that I have my own share of excitement for the festivities, but a part of me can’t help but feel cynical at this time of year. As such, let’s go over some of the possibilities that I’m most dreading for this year’s E3.

6. Another Assassin’s Creed Game


“Oh, you mean you don’t want Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate to be at E3?”  No, that’s obviously going to be there and it certainly has every right to be.  What I don’t want is for Ubisoft to announce another new Assassin’s Creed game this soon after the announcement of Syndicate.  Before you call that absurd, I’d just like to mention that two Assassin’s Creed games have already been released between the launch of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and now.  Assassin’s Creed: Rouge launched on consoles right alongside Unity and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China released in late April.  Also, this is probably a wasted wish as the already announced Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India will probably be showing up anyway and may even bring Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia along with it just to spite me.

Now, the number of releases on its own wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  If I was that bothered by oversaturation, I wouldn’t be a Mario fan.  The problem is that the Assassin’s Creed games have been pretty spotty recently and many have been turned off from the series as a result.  I do think that there is still time to turn the series around, but the worst thing that Ubisoft can do right now is machine-gun titles back-to-back to further exhaust their consumers.  If they just focus on making Syndicate into something great, it may be enough to turn the reputation of the series around.  Right now, the failures will speak louder than the successes and the best way to avoid that is to stop churning out buggy, unfinished products and consolidate the series.


5. More DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight

How sad is it that I’m already tired of a game that hasn’t released yet, I have every reason to be excited for, and have actively been avoiding media coverage of to prevent spoilers?  Warner Bros. Interactive is one of the most frustrating companies in the current industry.  With excellent studios like Netherrealm, Monolith, and Rocksteady working for them, Warner Bros. could easily be on par with the biggest companies in the industry today.  They could stand to hold their own personal E3 conference with all of the prestigious developers they have at their side.  T

he only thing holding Warner Bros. back right now is, well, Warner Bros.  They have been pulling all manner of shady practices recently and they’ve been continuously getting worse with every title.  They nearly sabotaged the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor by placing an unnecessary review embargo on it, which is publicly seen as a game being overhyped trash ever since Aliens: Colonial Marines, despite Shadow of Mordor actually being a landmark title that earned universal praise.  It was actually up to reviewers to save the title from its own publishers, and I’m not sure how you can even reach that level of incompetence on purpose.  Mortal Kombat X has taken some black marks against it for a rocky launch and greedy practices like microtransactions for easy fatalities.  I know Netherrealm is better than this, as displayed with their continued dedication to include a free costume to all customers with every DLC patch, but they’re stuck working for the kind of people that would dodge gold for pennies.

Batman: Arkham Knight is the latest example of Warner Bros. testing the limits of their customers.  Right in the game’s reveal trailer, they announce that a playable Harley Quinn is restricted to preorders.  Later, they announce that you better preorder through Gamestop specifically because that’s the only way you’ll get to play as Red Hood.  I generally don’t preorder games and no amount of incentives is going to sway me on that.  There’s no telling when a promising title is going to fall flat as companies are becoming harder to trust.  I still have faith that Arkham Knight will be fantastic given Rocksteady’s history, but I’m still going to wait to pick it up simply as a matter of wise spending.  Sell us on the actual game itself before trying to push even more it onto us.


4. More “HD” Remakes of Games that Are Only a Few Years Old

With any new console, quality releases are always going to take some time to build up.  Still, the amount of reliance that has been placed on rereleasing games that the Playstation 4 and Xbox One could already play if they had just made their systems backwards compatible is getting out of hand.  I can understand rereleasing the Halo series as it dates back to the original Xbox and it could use a fresh take, and the Grim Fandango remake was direly needed because the game was impossible to legally get otherwise.  Rereleasing God of War III for the Playstation 4 with no real selling point outside of “It’s on the Playstation 4” is not even worth acknowledging.  Words can scarcely convey just how depressed and enraged I was when one of the most applauded announcements at Sony’s conference last year was that your $400 purchase now made you eligible to buy Grand Theft Auto V a second time.  The game’s most worth remaking are the ones that have either lost some of their luster with age or have become hard to find.  If a remake for Deus Ex, Mother 3, or Battletoads was revealed, it would certainly be cause for celebration.  What we don’t need are remakes of Gears of War, Super Mario Galaxy, or Unchar…  Wait, what’s that?  Uncharted: The Nathan Drake  Collection was just announced?  And it won’t even included any of the multiplayer features from the original games?

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3. Limited Edition Amiibos

While I like the concept of amiibo, the amount of hurdles that people have to go through over them is quickly burning me out on them.  These figures have quickly devolved from cool collectibles with the bonus of interacting with video games into DLC with arbitrary scarcity.  Hopefully, things will even out once Nintendo increases the supply and the scalpers move on to reselling Lego Dimensions figures (you know it’s going to happen), but the last thing I want to hear about right now is limited edition amiibo specifically designed to be rare.  The gold and silver versions of Mario were infuriating enough to see and I don’t want to see the same treatment given to any other figures.  The quantity of normal amiibo is bad enough that it’s impossible to even tell the difference between the standard and special editions of them.


2. Konami C-Games

I’ve made it abundantly clear that I don’t have much confidence for Konami after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases.  I fully expect them to start exploiting all of their franchises for cash-grabs in the mobile and gambling markets, but I don’t want them to prove me right and especially not this quickly.  The state of Nevada recently passed a bill for that made Konami ecstatic to hear it.  It’s only a matter of time before Konami starts to go for a gamble – literally – but making it at E3 is going to cost them whatever remains of their dignity in the gaming industry.  I can’t think of anything that could be announced at E3 this year more heartbreaking than to learn that Silent Hills was cancelled in favor of a survival-horror slot machine.


1. Trailers that Say Nothing About the Actual Game

I know I’m really asking for the moon with this one, but I would really love it if every new game announced at E3 this year included an actual explanation of what the game is.  The only thing that I hate to see at E3 more than completely unnecessary musical acts meant to fill time (a trend that, thankfully, seems to have died) is reveal trailers that just play a short CGI cinematic with little to no inclination on how the games they’re trying to depict are actually played.  Sequels and spiritual successors have some lenience with this as we have previous games to draw answers from, but this is the worst way to push an entirely new IP.  Last year had plenty of examples of this like Scalebound and Mad Max just showing brief trailers that couldn’t even depict just the general genres that those games would fall under.  The only reason I know that Phantom Dust involves deck-building elements is because I looked up the original myself after seeing the horrendously vague reveal of the Xbox One reboot.  Quantum Break was a personal thorn in my side for two years straight with nothing but wild guesses as to what it even was.  Fortunately, they finally revealed some actual gameplay at Gamescom late last year, so they can’t pull that stunt a third time.  Still, there is bound to be some new title revealed, and we’ll all be stuck waiting another year or two before being given the slightest reason to care about it.

So, that’s my personal rundown of the worst case scenario for E3 2015.  What are your most dreaded possibilities at this year’s showcase?  How much do I need to shut up for not mindlessly obeying the hype machine and being concerned over what might go wrong?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.