What the New Assassin's Creed Gets Wrong (and Right), According to a Historian

Bob Whitaker, a historian of modern Britain at Louisiana Tech and the host of the YouTube series History Respawned, recommends Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the entertaining new Ubisoft game set in Victorian London. He likes the way it successfully captures the feel of the British capital in the 19th century, and he… »10/30/15 10:00am10/30/15 10:00am

Assassin's Creed Syndicate's DLC Missions Range From Terrible To Great

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s various add-on missions, given to those who preordered the game or who bought it on a specific platform, are wildly uneven in quality. The worst were even advertised in misleading fashion. The best should make Xbox One fans temporarily jealous of PS4 owners. Let’s break this down: »10/29/15 4:00pm10/29/15 4:00pm

This real life version of the hidden blade and rope launcher in Assassin's Creed is awesome

Mad genius Colin Furze did it. He made one of the coolest video game weapons—that would be the hidden blade and rope launcher in Assassin’s Creed—a reality. It works just as advertised! You can shoot out the grappling hook and then retract the rope to lift yourself up and over walls and buildings (though because this… »10/24/15 1:00pm10/24/15 1:00pm

Three Minutes of Fighting Over a Half-Naked Man in Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Where is a guy supposed to dump a body around here? Here is a three-minute video—taken from a late-game mission but devoid of spoilers—from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, a game I quite like. The setup: Jacob Frye, the assassin I’m controlling, has just knocked out a British royal guardsman and stolen his uniform. Next,… »10/23/15 6:00pm10/23/15 6:00pm

New Assassin's Creed Changes Series' Signature Message About Diversity

Since the first Assassin’s Creed in 2007, games in Ubisoft’s history-hopscotching series have always begun with an on-screen message about the diversity of the people who made the game. You see it as the game boots up, before you can play anything. For this year’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the 10th major release in… »10/23/15 11:05am10/23/15 11:05am

What To Make Of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, One Month Out

Less than a month from release, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is likely to be judged as much on its own merits as on how well its publisher listened to fan discontent about the flagship series and what it’s been willing to change. Companion apps are out. Platform-exclusive DLC is back. The overall plan for the… »9/28/15 2:10pm9/28/15 2:10pm