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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYc-l8PsrmQ

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N4pMgVLwRc

 

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.

 

Playstation Summer Sale Week 2 Redeems Itself

Let’s be honest here. Summer Sale week 1 was a disappointment. It seemed like they couldn’t really figure out what to put on sale so they chose a slew of random games from the bottom of the barrel and slapped a shiny discount tag on them.

Fear not however, as Sony must’ve realised their ways. Week 2 is much better and offers much more diversity in the selection.

Here are some of my favourite deals.

Summer sale week 2
Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath HD – A spin-off so good it stomps on the franchise from which it spawns.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity – Despite being an embarrassment on launch, Unity is now a competent game and for the size and scope of such a game, the price is a pretty nice bargain.

Lords Of The Fallen – Are you anxious to play Dark Souls III? Do you absolutely need a budget substitute in the mean time? Here is an infinitely less impressive yet somehow still enjoyable game that mimics the best and worst of Dark Souls.

Okami HD – One of the most gorgeous and awe-inspiring games of all time is in HD and asks the small price of $4.20. You absolutely cannot say no.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – Possibly the best standalone DLC ever made. The tutorial alone is worth the asking price.

King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters – While technically not a video game, it is an incredible documentary about video games so I’ve added it as an extra.
As usual, head on over to Sony’s official blog post to see all of the glorious deals for your sweet self.

 

How to Fix Assassin’s Creed Unity Crashes, Freezes and Other Problems

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We were all hoping for a perfect Assassin’s Creed game from Ubisoft with the launch of Aassassin’s Creed: Unity, but it appears that we got yet another rushed product that is filled with glitches and bugs and all sorts of problems, and we have to once again try to solve them on our own until the developers decide to fix them or at least try. So we’re here to share with you a guide on how to fix Assassin’s Creed Unity crashes, freezes and all the other problems that you might encounter when trying to play the game.

It won’t be an easy job, but fortunately it’s been made easier by some recent patches. Ubisoft is aware of the problems plaguing their game and they tried to fix some Assassin’s Creed Unity crashes, freezes and so on by launching two patches already at the moment of writing this article. So the first thing you have to do is to make sure that you have the game patched with the latest update and many of your problems will be gone.

If that’s not the case, we have some tips and tricks on how to fix Assassin’s Creed Unity problems, and we’ll start with the common sense one: if you’re running the game on a PC, make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements and adjust the graphics according to the power of your rig (the lower the settings, the better the game should work). Also, make sure that you have the latest version of drivers installed on your computer, both for your graphics card and the sound card!

ACU.exe isn’t working error or ACU.exe is corrupt
This error message is fortunately one of the easiest to fix in the game. If you get it, simply disable Uplay’s in-game overlay. Alternately, go to the install folder of the game and delete the ACU.exe file. Then go to the game in Steam and click the option to verify the integrity of the game files. The game will re-download ACU.exe and any other missing or corrupt files and you should be able to play. If you’re running on Uplay, click the drop arrow next to the game and select ‘Verify game’.

If you still get the error message, quit Uplay or Steam and try launching the game. If you still get this message, restart your computer and try again.

0xc000007b Error in Assassin’s Creed Unity
This error message is related to the .NET framework installation and all you have to do is to install/reinstall it. You can find the latest version here.

Stuttering, Choppy graphics
Make sure that you close all your background programs before starting the game. On console, make sure that there’s nothing running in the background either (some PS4 owners reported stuttering in-game and it was caused by the latest firmware update). If you’re on a PC, try to disable SLI if you have it. If you’re running on a laptop, make sure that you have it plugged in as the game is extremely resource-demanding.

AMD Graphic card owners
It appears that some AMD Graphic card owners are having trouble playing the game, and Ubisoft is aware of that. Here is what they said: “We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC may be adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations. This should not affect the vast majority of PC players, but rest assured that AMD and Ubisoft are continuing to work together closely to resolve the issue, and will provide more information as soon as it is available.” So if none of the fixes above work and you have an AMD graphic card, you can only wait and hope that a fix is released soon.

Right now, this is everything that we have for you, guys, but we’re working hard to figure out any additional Assassin’s Creed Unity fixes for the crashes and problems, so make sure to check back soon. Also, if you figured something out, let us know in the comment section below!