Tips And Tricks To Conquering London In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is scarcely a challenging game. It’s not even complicated. However, if you don’t have endless hours to sink into the game then you probably want to get the most out of what time you do spend with the game.
That’s where we come in. Behold, our demi-guide to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Well,it’s just a collection of (occasionally bad) advice to help improve your experience of the game. Because we’re nice people.
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Evie, I choose you!
Evie is the best character in AC Syndicate. That’s not an opinion but a fact. She’s interesting, thoughtful, intelligent and has the warmest smile. She’s a nice break from the brash stupidity of her brother Jacob. Unfortunately she gets pushed aside in favour of Jacob as the story progresses so to make the most of your time with her, make sure to play as her whenever you’re romping about London.
Her movement and fighting style is different to Jacob and the assassins that came before him not to mention her outfits are nicer and she wears a cape. It is also hilariously satisfying to beat down a dozen dudes with her in a fight club or hear her roar for a horse to giddy up.
Jacob is a twat.
What are friends for?
In Syndicate you have many associates. Doing things for them rewards you with schematics, inventory items or rare crafting materials. A lot of it is unnecessary and these activities are largely rinse, repeat affairs so to avoid a grind, take a look at who you need to be friendly with in order to unlock that belt blade you’ve been eyeing for a while. Also look at what each tier of trust with a certain associate earns you. For example, I only entertained the transport man, Ned Wynert, for long enough to extract rare crafting materials from him. After that I would have only received weapons and the ones I’d already crafted or unlocked were just as good.
Similarly with Inspector Abberline, nice as the old chap is I had no use for the guns he was offering in reward for my services.
Friends aren’t friends if they don’t have something to offer.
Hold onto your purse strings
Money is hard to come by and soon enough Syndicate will have you swimming in it because as an assassin you do things the hard way. What to spend it on though? Don’t spend it on gang upgrades, that’s for sure.
They’re a pricey, resource-intensive waste of time. They add no real value to gameplay unless you’re desperate for something to blow your cheddar on. That sounded disgustingly sexual, I apologise. Although, cheese-based fetishes must be a niche market that nobody has really tapped into yet, right?
Lactose intolerant submissives aside, the best items can usually be crafted, found or unlocked through completing missions so there’s generally no need to spend money on buying them outright. Also,when crafting make sure to craft something that you can use at your current skill level.
Don’t be afraid to drop fat stacks on something like the Book of Flowers. I wanted to unlock a certain colour and finding all the flowers in London is a pain so I bought the book and can now deck Evie out in a lustrous combination of black and purple.
On that note, buyer’s regret is a real affliction. Wait until Syndicate is on sale or maybe just for a friend to buy it before you splurge on it.
What’s the definitive way to enjoy AC Syndicate? Hop on a plane to London, contract cholera, explore London, get cured before you die, return home. You are now ready to play AC Syndicate. It’s the only way to get a proper sense of how accurate the game’s recreation of London is. While you’re at it, murder a few people to really unleash your inner assassin.
Remember that feeling of familiarity you got when you saw Liam Neeson or James Bond running on that one rooftop in Istanbul? The same rooftop you’d run across in AC Revelations? Well, the feeling you get now will be like that but better in every year.
Reading (verb not town)
Reading is good, it’s a bit of a lost pastime these days and I refuse to consider reading endless articles on the internet as ‘reading.’ Well, not entirely because I love reading things on the internet but I’m talking about fiction, reading for the soul.
A lot of people don’t bother to read diary entries or codex pages or whatever reading material a game throws at you. MGS V was clever and stuck everything on audiotapes. Reading some of the item descriptions in Syndicate though can be worth your while. The description for the Chimera gauntlet for example mentions the genetic chimera phenomenon, something quite interesting and worth checking out (as the description also suggests). Then there are Evie’s diary entries. Though limited and largely recounting events which you’ve actually played through they give us a deeper look into her character. Something which should have been handled on-screen in all honesty.
Furthermore,take note of signs and posters all around London, for the most part they’re quite accurate and add to the level of detail Ubisoft has caked onto Syndicate but there are also little treats and nods to other Ubisoft games such as posters in the Alhambra Theatre referencing Ezio and Black Flag.
You know who else can read? Ubisoft. Send them a strongly worded letter begging them to stop releasing Assassin’s Creed every year because you love the series but it’s becoming tiresome.
Those darn secrets
There are 32 Secrets of London and I’m proud to say that I found them all. Unlike the obtuse and obscure Nostradamus riddles of AC Unity, the Secrets give you a picture indicating where a music box his hidden and it’s up to you yo find it with nothing more to go on than the picture and which burrough of London it belongs to. The trick to figuring it out? The background to each picture usually has a clue to narrow down your search – a monument or landmark from a certain angle. Alternatively the clue could be more subtle. For example a statue of Jesus appearing in the picture means that the music box has to be hidden near a church or a certain type of fence could only be found around Buckingham Palace etc.
It can get tricky but you have to pay attention to London as you’re exploring and pick up on the architecture of different areas. Only once you’re familiar with a burrough from doing enough activities within it should you tackle the secrets of that area. Also be sure to use the map’s three dimensional aspect to find buildings with a unique shape or specific sort of tower.
These aren’t just tips for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, these are tips to be applied in your regular life too. Trust me, it’s worked wonders on my life. Never trust anyone named Jacob and you’ll never have trust issues again.