At this time, everyone expects a new Assassin’s Creed at every E3, but so long as Ubisoft continues to supply compelling showings, we’re on board. A pair of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate demos gave us an opportunity to go through the new 1868 London environment and several new game play additions to the show. One mission features protagonist Jacob Frye (the game also stars his sister Evie), and involves taking on the Blighters gang, that are supported by the Templars. They’ve kidnapped some allies and we have to sneak in, free them, and sign up for the 10 goons guarding the area. I drive certainly one of the new carriages to the waypoint. It controls notably similarly to a video game car, albeit slower and less responsive. Once I arrive at the mission zone, I go into sneak mode, trading my top hat for an Assassin hood. I fire the new rope launcher towards the top of a building and zip right up. It’s like the old-fashioned counterweight ropes in older AC games, but you are able to use it anywhere. Eliminating sluggish climbing mechanics (when you prefer) definitely increases the pace of movement. On top of the roof I see a wide courtyard with a few enemies below. We shoot the rope launcher horizontally this time around, climbing out to hang through the wire on the courtyard. If you’ve played the Arkham games, this feels similar to the line launcher. Once more, it saves considerable time from jumping down into a hay bale, running across the street, and climbing straight back up the other part. Another advantage is you could target enemies below for all manner of mischief. The hallucinogenic dart, which functions similarly to the berserker dart of past games, now affects numerous targets if you shoot it into a fire. I do therefore through the tightrope and manage to get three enemies crazed and fighting one another. One of my hostages attempts to escape when this occurs and eventually ends up fighting one of the berserk goons. In instance it goes the incorrect way, I decide to perform a traditional air assassination on the enemy, and my ally runs down to security.
Later on, we come upon another patrolling enemy who happens to walk beneath a group of crates suspended by a rope. Using a throwing knife, I slice the heavy payload and it crashes down in the naive target. As soon as the hostages are rescued and guards eliminated, I move on to the next portion of the demo. A quick cutscene shows a gang’s arrival, led by a woman named Bloody Nora. Here I’m tasked with beating up every one of the gang people and taking right out Nora. I don’t have any blades, but I break plenty of limbs and smash several faces into the ground. Once the figures are thinned out and Nora is disposed of, another cutscene performs and Jacob and Evie declare in a rousing message that they into his very own gang, the Rooks. Expanding your gang into a massive system (the titular syndicate) is one of your primary goals. In a different, non-playable demo, Jacob chases after Templar leader Robert Strain in a carriage. Goons trip alongside you trying to ram you off the road. If that does not work, they jump over to your carriage and attempt to highjack it. Jacob climbs away from the driver’s seat and punches an enemy from the roof of his carriage, then shoots another off the carriage riding along with. Jacob jumps to the other vehicle and highjacks it from the driver. Next, he follows Strain into Victoria Station. The foe crosses the tracks just before a train comes through. Jacob shoots the rope launcher into the rafters and uses eagle eyesight to spot their prey. Strain is escaping on an outbound train, so Jacob uses the rope launcher to arrive at the top the boxcars. He beats up several goons as he moves toward the front of the going train along the rooftops. Just when he’s about to get at the target, Strain separates the train vehicles. Jacob jumps the large space and kills him with a hidden blade, ending the series in traditional Assassin fashion.