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SofaJockey
10-22-2015, 10:29 AM
This is not intended to be a spoiler thread for review content discussions, there is already a thread for that, (http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1272940-Assassin-s-Creed-Syndicate-Reviews-and-Previews-Thread-**SPOILERS**)
it's about the numbers so spoiler free please.

As the embargo has now lifted, I thought it would be interesting to see how the reviews are landing.
The thread is intended to answer the question 'how good it is it?' without giving anything away.

I'll update this OP occasionally, to see how some of the big reviewers are comparing Syndicate with Unity and Black Flag.
I'll use the PS4 review data as the preference unless the site has another preferred platform, simply because that is Ubisoft's preferred (and most reviewed) platform.

A few obvious sites' ratings:

Metacritic: BF: 83/7.7 scores (http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag) - ACU: 70/4.7 scores (http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/assassins-creed-unity) - ACS: 78/tba scores (http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/assassins-creed-syndicate)
GameInformer: BF: 8.25 review (http://www.gameinformer.com/games/assassins_creed_iv_black_flag/b/playstation4/archive/2013/10/29/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag-review-game-informer.aspx) - ACU: 8.0 review (http://www.gameinformer.com/games/assassins_creed_unity/b/xboxone/archive/2014/11/11/game-informer-review-assassins-creed-unity.aspx) - ACS: 9.0 review (http://www.gameinformer.com/games/assassins_creed_syndicate/b/playstation4/archive/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review-game-informer.aspx)
GameSpot: BF: 9 review (http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/assassin-s-creed-iv-black-flag-review/1900-6415509/) - ACU: 7 review (http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/assassin-s-creed-unity-review/1900-6415948/) - ACS: 9 review (http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/assassins-creed-syndicate-review/1900-6416291/)
GamesRadar+: BF: 4.5* review (http://www.gamesradar.com/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag-review/) - ACU: 4* review (http://www.gamesradar.com/assassins-creed-unity-review/) - ACS: 4* review (http://www.gamesradar.com/assassins-creed-syndicate-review/)
IGN: BF: 8.5 review (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/29/assassins-creed-4-black-flag-review) - ACU: 7.8 review (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/11/11/assassins-creed-unity-review) - ACS: 8.2 review (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/10/22/assassins-creed-syndicate-review)

Oh, and OpenCritic rather makes this thread redundant !
Read this: OpenCritic listing (http://www.opencritic.com/#!game/1660/assassin-s-creed-syndicate).

SofaJockey
10-22-2015, 04:08 PM
So consensus is, better than Unity, not quite as good ratings as Black Flag.
That's reassuring.

maenthoven
10-22-2015, 04:39 PM
https://i.imgur.com/pu5U89t.png (http://opencritic.com/#!game/1660/assassins-creed-syndicate)

lothario-da-be
10-22-2015, 04:42 PM
I really don't know what to think of this game. my main concern is the story. Some people say it's pretty good others say it's bad. The same with combat, the city and bugs.

cawatrooper9
10-22-2015, 04:48 PM
Wow, these reviews actually seem pretty good!
Color me impressed. This is a much happier day than Unity's release last year!

SofaJockey
10-22-2015, 04:52 PM
'OpenCritic'

Ooooh, that's good, I wasn't aware of that site !

And grumpy old Telegraph - this game is about your city...

Locopells
10-22-2015, 04:55 PM
Don't worry, I think we can ignore the Tory-graph, AC is probably too liberal for them... :p

maenthoven
10-22-2015, 04:57 PM
Ooooh, that's good, I wasn't aware of that site !

And grumpy old Telegraph - this game is about your city...

Heh, ya, that was a really harsh review. Too harsh I thought.

You can see that graph on OpenCritic by clicking on the score orb thingy.

SofaJockey
10-22-2015, 05:21 PM
Heh, ya, that was a really harsh review. Too harsh I thought.

You can see that graph on OpenCritic by clicking on the score orb thingy.

I much prefer this to Metecritic.

D.I.D.
10-22-2015, 05:47 PM
Ooooh, that's good, I wasn't aware of that site !

And grumpy old Telegraph - this game is about your city...

Can't imagine why the Telegraph would have a problem with a game where you fight against unregulated free-market economics

oh wait

cawatrooper9
10-22-2015, 05:52 PM
Heh, ya, that was a really harsh review. Too harsh I thought.

For real, I wonder what they gave Unity.

A review shouldn't be more than just the assessor's subjective opinion about the game. Rather, it should be about how each of the game's attributes adhere to a more common scale based off of what is acceptable and admirable in electronic entertainment today.
The fact that Telegraph ranked Syndicate so absurdly low suggests that they're not capable of doing that, so I think their review tells me more about them as a news source than about the new AC game- specifically, that they're not at all reliable.

Journey93
10-22-2015, 05:59 PM
I really don't know what to think of this game. my main concern is the story. Some people say it's pretty good others say it's bad. The same with combat, the city and bugs.

Yep its my main concern too, story comes first in this series for me. Unity's story sucked and was a rushed mess and its not looking good with Syndicate.
I already heard that the ending is very anti climatic and leaves you with a "Wait thats it?" feeling and that the story in general is very short.

Locopells
10-22-2015, 06:01 PM
Can't imagine why the Telegraph would have a problem with a game where you fight against unregulated free-market economics

oh wait


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju29aXGLkXg

SofaJockey
10-22-2015, 06:31 PM
The Telegraph's 2/5 review of Syndicate follows their 3.5/5 review of Unity.
Hmmm, lacking a little consistency there...

lothario-da-be
10-22-2015, 06:38 PM
The Telegraph's 2/5 review of Syndicate follows their 3.5/5 review of Unity.
Hmmm, lacking a little consistency there...
British accents in France? Quickly raise that score to 3.5/5!

strigoi1958
10-22-2015, 07:24 PM
http://s27.postimg.org/g6wcw6fcj/atele.png

SixKeys
10-22-2015, 09:23 PM
http://s27.postimg.org/g6wcw6fcj/atele.png

LMAO ded

D.I.D.
10-22-2015, 09:31 PM
http://s27.postimg.org/g6wcw6fcj/atele.png

*applause*

strigoi1958
10-22-2015, 09:38 PM
Thanks, but the credit is really yours, it was inspired by your quick witted post D.I.D.

Perk89
10-22-2015, 10:00 PM
Bashing the review sites we don't like aside, I was getting uber excited reading the reviews for the game until they started to mention the modern day storyline is non existent.

I'm out. Ubisoft has got to learn what their strengths are and speaking with my money is the only way I can help make that happen. A shame, but Fallout 4 will be out soon anyways and I'll get over it really quick.

Learn what your strengths are, Ubisoft.

RVSage
10-22-2015, 10:04 PM
Metacritic on Xbox is 80. Dunno which one we should consider valid may be a mean, 79

Jonabob87
10-23-2015, 12:28 PM
Imagine being the kind of simpleton that thinks a review can be "wrong" on subjective points.

Reviews are opinions, and opinions are varied. The Telegraph chose a writer who didn't like the game, so they scored it low.

Why is it so hard to accept that for some?

EmptyCrustacean
10-23-2015, 02:08 PM
Imagine being the kind of simpleton that thinks a review can be "wrong" on subjective points.

Reviews are opinions, and opinions are varied. The Telegraph chose a writer who didn't like the game, so they scored it low.

Why is it so hard to accept that for some?
Preach.

wickywoowoo
10-23-2015, 02:20 PM
The Telegraph is a rag that writes based on ideological craziness over actual substance.

The review was probably already 85% draft written before they even got the game due to the rebellious / anti-capitalistic nature of the trailers and story discussions over the past few months.

I wouldn't trust anything any of the papers in the UK say. We get bombarded with propaganda in between being spied on by 995 cameras a day.

cawatrooper9
10-23-2015, 02:30 PM
Imagine being the kind of simpleton that thinks a review can be "wrong" on subjective points.

Reviews are opinions, and opinions are varied. The Telegraph chose a writer who didn't like the game, so they scored it low.

Why is it so hard to accept that for some?
Of course subjective points cannot be wrong, but a review shouldn't be based entirely on subjective feelings toward a game.

For instance, I absolutely hated Bloodborne, Dark Souls, any of those type of games. If I had to rate them on a scale of 100, I'd probably give them somewhere in the 20s. Now, obviously I cannot change how I feel about that game, but take two things into account:

1) I'm not paid to write game reviews, so my methods are obviously flawed
2) If I inherently dislike the game so much, especially when they otherwise got much higher reviews, perhaps the company I hypothetically work for should have someone else write for these games.

DynaRider
10-23-2015, 02:32 PM
I have been to the late night releases of all the previous AC games and the lines have always been long with a lot of people anxious to get their hands on the latest version. The local Game Stop store is in a small strip mall and they would number your pre-order receipt so you would have a place in the line which always stretched several stores down the sidewalk. Sort of a festive atmosphere with people talking about the games and shivering in the cold night air.

Last night I also expected a crowd of people but was surprised when I arrived at the store about 20 minutes early and there were at most a half dozen people there. There was no crowd and no line stretching down the sidewalk. I don't know what it was like in other places but it looks like not a lot of people where I live will be buying the new version of AC. I played through the opening mission sequence and have to admit I'm not particularly pleased with the theme or setting of the game and not particularly eager to start playing again this morning.

strigoi1958
10-23-2015, 03:45 PM
@Jonabob87 who's finding it hard to accept ? There were a few jokes about it but maybe some simpletons didn't understand ;) @Dynarider ... more people buy digitally nowadays rather than stand out in the cold air shivering so people prefer pre-download and instant play... so maybe there were some who prefer home comforts... 8^) I don't know... I haven't been in a game shop for years and they've been closing down here for the last few years.