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Locopells
10-17-2015, 11:56 AM
OK, with the embargo on press reviews due to drop soon (Thursday at 12:00 BST, 4AM PDT, 7AM EST), I'm creating this thread to collect all press reviews and subsequent discussion. It's down to the reviewer as to how spoiler-y they are, so take care.

For general impressions of the game from ordinary gamers and forums members, go here:

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - Gamer Impressions (Console) **POTENTIAL SPOILERS** (http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1299093-Assassin-s-Creed-Syndicate-Gamer-Forum-Member-Impressions-**POTENTIAL-SPOILERS**)

For the PC version of the thread, go here:

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - Press Reviews (PC) **POTENTIAL SPOILERS**

(http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1299292-Assassin-s-Creed-Syndicate-Press-Reviews-(PC)-**POTENTIAL-SPOILERS**)Feel free to post any reviews you find, I'll collate them all here in the OP.

Metacritic

(http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/assassins-creed-syndicate)OpenCritic Reviews (http://www.opencritic.com/#!game/1660/assassins-creed-syndicate)

XBA Review (http://www.xboxachievements.com/news/news-22455-XBA-Review--Assassin-s-Creed-Syndicate.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)

GameInformer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYBUMi28nXU

(http://www.gameinformer.com/games/assassins_creed_syndicate/b/playstation4/archive/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-game-informer.aspx)GameSpot (http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/assassins-creed-syndicate-review/1900-6416291/)

GameRant (http://gamerant.com/assassins-creed-syndicate-reviews/)

EuroGamer (http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-10-21-assassins-creed-syndicate-review)

Polygon (http://www.polygon.com/2015/10/22/9553029/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-xbox-one-ps4-pc)

IGN (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review?+main+twitter)

VideoGamer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIHFCDK6FCs (http://www.videogamer.com/reviews/assassins_creed_syndicate_review.html)

GamesRadar (http://www.gamesradar.com/assassins-creed-syndicate-review/)

Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/games/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-bloody-average/)

Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/review/assassin-s-creed-syndicate-review-one-of-the-best-assassin-s-creed-s-years)

Digital Spy (http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/review/a674827/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-cloak-and-dagger-series-is-back-to-its-templar-slaying-best.html#~prQfbBjRlrkhCO)

GameReactor (http://www.gamereactor.eu/reviews/355693/Assassins+Creed+Syndicate/)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lob8Rsn_RLg


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OzKTAYkyTE

KonexTV
10-22-2015, 11:05 AM
I believe that this is the first world's review and it doesn't looks good at all > https://www.reddit.com/r/assassinscreed/comments/3pj17c/so_ive_had_the_game_for_2_days_now_and_it/
(https://www.reddit.com/r/assassinscreed/comments/3pj17c/so_ive_had_the_game_for_2_days_now_and_it/)
Not sure if I can post that link, anyway you can find it easily on google.

Moultonborough
10-22-2015, 11:45 AM
I wouldn't trust reddit. Esp. a copy like theirs. We have about 15 minutes to go to see what the professional sites say.

EDIT: 3 minutes ;)

EDIT: IGN 8.2

True_Assassin92
10-22-2015, 12:06 PM
http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/assassins-creed-syndicate

80+

and a mixed one currently :)

king-hailz
10-22-2015, 12:15 PM
76 metascore. Higher than Unity but lower than all the others.

KonexTV
10-22-2015, 12:18 PM
The average score I believe is between 8.3 and 8.5.

To my point of view, Metacritic has lost is credibility since years, it is full of trolls and (fake) users that post reviews without any sort of actual logic.

thunderkatt
10-22-2015, 12:19 PM
Here's a video review with this sentiment. Ubisoft needs to cut back now on this series and make the game awesome again rather than going through the motions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYBUMi28nXU

KonexTV
10-22-2015, 12:25 PM
Gamespot > 9
Xbox Achivements > 80/100
Polygon > 8.5
Post Arcade > 8.5
Eurogamer > No score
DigitalSpy > 4/5
IGN > 8.2
GamesRadar > 4/5

king-hailz
10-22-2015, 12:33 PM
Open Critic gives it a 74/100
MetaCritic gives it a 76/100

Overall an above average game.

Zafar1981
10-22-2015, 12:38 PM
Open Critic gives it a 74/100
MetaCritic gives it a 76/100

Overall an above average game.
​thanks, so its clear I don't need to waste my money.

m4r-k7
10-22-2015, 01:09 PM
Gameinformer 9/10
Examiner 4/5

Very strange, some websites score it very highly and others are scoring it averagely.
Most reviews say that the ending is absolutely terrible

Locopells
10-22-2015, 01:20 PM
Polygon (http://www.polygon.com/2015/10/22/9553029/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-xbox-one-ps4-pc)

IGN (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review?+main+twitter)

VideoGamer (http://www.videogamer.com/reviews/assassins_creed_syndicate_review.html)

GamesRadar (http://www.gamesradar.com/assassins-creed-syndicate-review/)

Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/games/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-bloody-average/)

Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/review/assassin-s-creed-syndicate-review-one-of-the-best-assassin-s-creed-s-years)

Digital Spy (http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/review/a674827/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-cloak-and-dagger-series-is-back-to-its-templar-slaying-best.html#%7EprQfbBjRlrkhCO)

GameReactor (http://www.gamereactor.eu/reviews/355693/Assassins+Creed+Syndicate/)

bitebug2003
10-22-2015, 01:22 PM
​thanks, so its clear i don't need to waste my money.

lol

VoXngola
10-22-2015, 01:29 PM
This is weird, it's been a while since I saw a game get such mixed reviews. I mean, it's very mixed. It ranges from low to very high.

Moultonborough
10-22-2015, 02:05 PM
" Couple that with the vast number of collectibles – over 700 in total – and you may end up feeling like the anti-Oliver Twist by the time that the credits roll."

700? Holy **** that's crazy LOL

DisCrafted
10-22-2015, 02:34 PM
Metascore so far:http://i61.tinypic.com/2zoj7md.jpg

The scores are mainly great (except telegraph :mad: who i don't give a sh*t about) :

Gamespot - 9/10

GameInformer - 9/10

XGN - 9/10

GamesVillage.it - 9/10

God is a Geek - 9/10

Hobby Consolas - 8.7/10

Polygon - 8.5/10

3DJuegos - 8.5/10

PCGames (Ger) - 8.5/10

Post Arcade (National Post) - 8.5/10

IGN - 8.2

Power Unlimited - 8/10

Gadgets 360 - 8/10

GamesRadar - 8/10

Digital Spy - 8/10

Dealspwn - 8/10

GamesRadar+ - 8/10

Eurogamer - Recommended

Forbes - 7.5/10

GamesBeat - 7.5/10

CGMagazine - 7.5/10

We Got This Covered - 7/10

TheSixthAxis - 7/10

Hardcore Gamer - 6/10

Push Square - 6/10

videogamer.com 5/10

Telegraph - 4/10

so... AC has returned to it's glory.

RVSage
10-22-2015, 03:01 PM
Metascore so far:http://i61.tinypic.com/2zoj7md.jpg

The scores are mainly great (except telegraph :mad:) :

Gamespot - 9/10

GameInformer - 9/10

XGN - 9/10

GamesVillage.it - 9/10

God is a Geek - 9/10

Hobby Consolas - 8.7/10

Polygon - 8.5/10

3DJuegos - 8.5/10

PCGames (Ger) - 8.5/10

Post Arcade (National Post) - 8.5/10

IGN - 8.2

Power Unlimited - 8/10

Gadgets 360 - 8/10

GamesRadar - 8/10

Digital Spy - 8/10

Dealspwn - 8/10

GamesRadar+ - 8/10

Eurogamer - Recommended

Forbes - 7.5/10

GamesBeat - 7.5/10

CGMagazine - 7.5/10

We Got This Covered - 7/10

TheSixthAxis - 7/10

Hardcore Gamer - 6/10

Push Square - 6/10

videogamer.com 5/10

Telegraph - 4/10

so... AC has returned to it's glory.

telegraph who??? every main website I care about has given it a good rating. which is fair enough for me

EmptyCrustacean
10-22-2015, 03:20 PM
This is the first ac installment where I'm more excited about reading the reviews themselves than I am about the actual game.

Sushiglutton
10-22-2015, 03:30 PM
VideogamerTV:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIHFCDK6FCs

D.I.D.
10-22-2015, 03:33 PM
You know in your hearts that none of the AC games is really competitive on straight gameplay. We love it for the whole package and the overall atmosphere: the fact that the best ones consistently drip something addictive straight into your brain through your eyes. That's not enough for a lot of people who aren't currently series fans, and those are the people these reviews are trying to serve.

On that basis, these scores bode incredibly well for us. There is absolutely no point in looking at the lower scores and fretting about whether or not we're going to like this. We're the ones who are predisposed to love these games where possible, so these scores are pretty much a guarantee that we'll enjoy Syndicate (whether or not we're absolutely bowled over by it). Plus, for a series with lacklustre gameplay, Unity was flawed but well above the AC standard. We shouldn't be looking at the best scores with suspicion, when there's a clear reason why Syndicate has made AC easy for reviewers to recommend again to a general market. The gameplay will be better than Unity's: realistically, not perfect, but better.

Locopells
10-22-2015, 06:00 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lob8Rsn_RLg

maenthoven
10-22-2015, 06:23 PM
Woud love it if you'd include OpenCritic in the OP:
OpenCritic Reviews (http://www.opencritic.com/#!game/1660/assassins-creed-syndicate)

https://i.imgur.com/pu5U89t.jpg

Locopells
10-22-2015, 06:29 PM
Done

lothario-da-be
10-22-2015, 06:42 PM
Maybe the telepraph is the only non paid review :nonchalance:

D.I.D.
10-22-2015, 06:47 PM
Maybe the telepraph is the only non paid review :nonchalance:

No reviews are paid. This is an absurd obsession of games site readers now. Knock it off.

lothario-da-be
10-22-2015, 06:47 PM
No reviews are paid. This is an absurd obsession of games site readers now. Knock it off.
it wasn't ment serious :p

D.I.D.
10-22-2015, 06:49 PM
it wasn't ment serious :p

Okay then, my apologies :)

I'd just this second read the first comment on this:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/editorials/reviews/14832-Assassins-Creed-Syndicate-Review.2

... and it's been like that everywhere I look where the reviews allow comments!

Sushiglutton
10-22-2015, 06:55 PM
D.I.D. paid commentator confirmed.

Seriously though I don't think the reviewers are paid, but it's disapointing that they do not emphasize mechanics more (from my point of view obv).

Paid reviews rumors have become a bit annoying, but I must admit I always laugh when I see the IGN/Mass Effect gif :D :

http://i.imgur.com/SLQJc.gif

lothario-da-be
10-22-2015, 07:00 PM
D.I.D. paid commentator confirmed.

Seriously though I don't think the reviewers are paid, but it's disapointing that they do not emphasize mechanics more (from my point of view obv).

Paid reviews rumors have become a bit annoying, but I must admit I always laugh when I see the IGN/Mass Effect gif :D :

http://i.imgur.com/SLQJc.gif
These kind of thigns are made for a reason :p Both Ubi and EA are often falsely accused just beacause it's them, but at the same time it is kinda deserved people start getting fed up.

I-Like-Pie45
10-22-2015, 07:22 PM
there are such things as paid reviews

see the elder scrolls v ****rim

Moultonborough
10-22-2015, 09:19 PM
VideogamerTV:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIHFCDK6FCs


You know if someone goes into a game review expecting to not like it and then put's out a review coming to the already expected outcome they should not review that game. Whether his points are valid or not (IMO) you should go in with an objective mind with no pre drawn conclusions.

VestigialLlama4
10-22-2015, 09:30 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OzKTAYkyTE

See, she can be cautiously positive about a game.

EmptyCrustacean
10-22-2015, 10:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OzKTAYkyTE

See, she can be cautiously positive about a game.

Excellent review.

VestigialLlama4
10-22-2015, 10:31 PM
Excellent review.

Ubisoft's pretty confident if they sent a review copy to her. I can't help but respect that.

RVSage
10-22-2015, 10:34 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OzKTAYkyTE

See, she can be cautiously positive about a game.

Balanced, straight and great review. Highlights , the good things, could be better things and bad things. Loved listening to it

TheHumanTowel
10-23-2015, 10:06 AM
Videogamer's review is very good. Basically confirms it's the same old AC. Nicer looking but still using the same systems it has for the past 7 years!
GTAV and TW3 have happened in that time. Open world games have moved on and AC's mechanics are antique at this point.

EmptyCrustacean
10-23-2015, 11:26 AM
Ubisoft's pretty confident if they sent a review copy to her. I can't help but respect that.

The cynic in me thinks they might have sent it hoping she'd trash it. As there is a large portion of male gamers that are anti Sarkeesian they would back the game if she hated it...

EmptyCrustacean
10-24-2015, 10:42 PM
Black Hokage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePRi_-NCGXw

Sorrosyss
11-01-2015, 02:50 PM
Ah, the Modern Day. The whole crux of the series, and to many people on these very forums including myself - one of the main reasons to play.

I find it interesting then that there is a definite pattern to many of the mainstream games media sites with their opinions of Syndicate, where they are all near praising the removal of the Modern Day elements. We all know how the mainstream are *ahem* influenced by the publishers, but the message coming out consistently is that this removal is somehow a good thing.

Despite this, even on the very reviews below you can still see many people making remarks about how the absence of the modern day puts them off buying the game. Its likely not news to many of us here, that on the youtube channel, reddit, facebook, you see many of the series fans arguing for its full playable return still even now. All of ten minutes of cutscenes just does not cut it for the true fans frankly.

Its no secret that some people don't enjoy the Modern Day, but this apparent push to placate the general gaming public is of a concern. If people have not tried an AC game by now, I'd doubt that removing these traditional elements would make much of a positive difference to overall sales, but it certainly will alienate the core fanbase. But we've had these debates across the forums, many many times. But if this is the future of the series, as this pattern suggests, I'm really not sure how I feel about things.

A few of the quotes in question;


Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/assassins-creed-syndicate-review/1900-6416291/)

"The absence of any fiddling around in a present-day timeline is a boon to Syndicate's story."


Polygon (http://www.polygon.com/2015/10/22/9553029/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-xbox-one-ps4-pc)

"As in previous Assassin's Creed games, there's a metafictional frame to this narrative: You take on the role of a character recruited by the Assassins of modern time to play through the memories of Jacob and Evie. But Syndicate strikes a perfect balance in making those segments add meaningful progress to the overarching plot of the series without overstaying their welcome."


GameInformer (http://www.gameinformer.com/games/assassins_creed_syndicate/b/playstation4/archive/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-game-informer.aspx)

"The present-day storyline returns in Syndicate, but it doesnít go anywhere. It lacks focus and direction, which has been the case since Assassinís Creed III. You wonít even recognize the characters involved unless you are into the expanded fiction of the Assassinís Creed universe (with a couple pleasant exceptions). Thankfully, this muddled content is rare and brief, so it doesnít distract from what Syndicate does well."


Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/23/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-failure)

"As the series finally begins to carve out an identity for itself, shed the dead-weight of its futuristic fluff of a sub-plot, and really let fly with its caricatural depiction of human history, itís simultaneously failing to keep up with even middling mechanical, technical and design standards."


IGN (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review)

"Like its Templars and Assassins, who are locked in a never-ending struggle for relics, each game picks a side in the question of how strongly should it lean into its now-convoluted ancient lore and incorporate the still-underdeveloped present-day elements. Assassinís Creed: Syndicate chooses wisely, leaves out multiplayer entirely, and pushes a lot of that baggage into the background."

On the point of IGN, which we all know have quite the reputation, they had the audacity to post a video about the last boss fight and that it was a bad ending because the villian was wielding a Piece of Eden. Like... really... its like they have never played a game in the franchise or something. -.-

(Here if you want to hear the drivel: Bad Ending (http://uk.ign.com/videos/2015/10/27/just-how-bad-is-assassins-creed-syndicates-ending-spoilers-assassins-creed-syndicate-review-discussion))

RA503
11-01-2015, 03:08 PM
If someone don't like the MD and the first Civ,just remember that without that elements,AC is just a bad historical movie see this : http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?genre=Historical+Film&order=desc&perpage=100

Ubsoft is smart and know that,because of that will introduce the modern day on the movie to make something that if not accurate at least is innovative,maybe we have a new matrix...

phoenix-force411
11-01-2015, 05:38 PM
I actually remembered the characters in this game. In Unity, I was like: Who the hell is this person!? Even when I've met that person in an earlier cutscene. But I think Syndicate was probably my most enjoyable game up to date. After giving some thought, I realized I only liked Assassin's Creed II, because of the characters--especially Caterina Sforza. Other than that, ACII's missions and overall plot were pretty dull. Syndicate strikes a great balance between Modern and Past. I think it may be my most enjoyable game, but that doesn't mean it's my favorite story. ACII is just too bundled up in a lot of stuff that pretty much makes it seem unbeatable, but if someone were to break it down, it'd be what they would not expect.

Thirsty_panda
11-01-2015, 06:11 PM
The boss fight, in my opinion, did seem to be poorly designed. I didn't much care for the laser dodging either, and to be honest, I think that the only reason it was there to begin with was that they couldn't think of how to make something like the shroud menacing otherwise? But, yeah, as a whole F IGN. Were supposed to be punished because they don't care enough to learn more?

ACZanius
11-01-2015, 09:28 PM
Yeah, they are probably some vocal minority the modern day haters at the end of the day, even remembering years ago from these forums i rarely saw if not at all a complaint about modern day, a lot of people left forums here, A LOT, modern day is one of the most important things in Assassin's Creed Story, there is no point then, Unity for example, re-living Arno's memories was pointless it was a filler, Black Flag a great ****ing game in every possible aspect except for modern day, it was more down the filler side, they seriously need to come back with modern day in full force, make it super connected to the historical part, motivate us to go out and hunt artifacts or hunting down modern day templars or something else as strong motivation, make it exciting not lame, bring back third person protagonist, more action and big events happening, props for adding tons of lore in Syndicate for example

Desmond has a 10 year old son and he is a sage an Abstergo knows this

Make it race against time, heart pounding and exciting, formula like earlier games especially AC3, the formula is all there, in AC3s modern day but it was not even tip of the iceberg, have a hideout where you walk around and talk and interact with characters, and from there we embark on missions which can be like AC3 linear and those were great, just more action action action. I'm glad in Syndicate Juno plot progressed more FINALLY.


With that said, Assassin's Creed Syndicate WAS NOT A FILLER and it was good game :cool: and my god again modern day seems to kick again finally, pretty epic stuff i saw can't wait to Juno's takeover to actually begin, like full out control system:D

jellejackhammer
11-01-2015, 09:34 PM
the thing that bothers me about players and reviewers complaining about MD are often not looking in the bigger scale.
i have seen countless people who call them selfs fan of the MD but never seem to know that certain things in the simulation give's you more lore about the MD and first civ.
EX the rifts in unity,the helix gitches in syndicate,allot of people collect them for the credits but never seem to look at their database and are then angry and blame ubisoft for lack of lore .
and yes MD was not playable but it was way better then in unity and gave us some action to. it DOES evolve the MD story and gave us characters we wanted to see ingame aswell.
it's safe to say that the movie will start to kick off the MD for future games.

Charles_Phipps
11-01-2015, 09:58 PM
I think Syndicate's Modern Day is grossly disappointing.

Boo!

Boo!

Captain Tomatoz
11-01-2015, 10:01 PM
Desmond has a 10 year old son and he is a sage an Abstergo knows this

How do you know its Desmond's son and not just a 10 year old boy who is also related to Connor?

ACZanius
11-01-2015, 10:28 PM
How do you know its Desmond's son and not just a 10 year old boy who is also related to Connor?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFZeoBSKmUY go to 5.30 min and watch from there, it's his son, Desmonds, prepare to be shocked ;)
This is ground breaking information regarding Assassin's Creed

Captain Tomatoz
11-02-2015, 12:21 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFZeoBSKmUY go to 5.30 min and watch from there, it's his son, Desmonds, prepare to be shocked ;)
This is ground breaking information regarding Assassin's Creed

I knew what you were referencing but it never says its desmonds son

TO_M
11-05-2015, 05:35 PM
Z (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/106803-Assassins-Creed-Syndicate-Review?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all)ero Punctuation's review of Syndicate (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/106803-Assassins-Creed-Syndicate-Review?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all)

RA503
11-05-2015, 08:21 PM
Z (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/106803-Assassins-Creed-Syndicate-Review?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all)ero Punctuation's review of Syndicate (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/106803-Assassins-Creed-Syndicate-Review?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all)

The guy seriously think that Unity is better ? his opinion sounds like Clickbait