Is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate another broken release?

Assassin's Creed: SyndicateAssassin’s Creed Syndicate, the next game in the Ubisoft blockbuster game series, releases tomorrow, and there is but one question to ask: Have they learned from Unity?

According to Reddit user Raiden94 who got the PS4 version of the game early (And even has pictures to prove it), the answer is a big No. While several outlets are praising the game on their reviews (With Gamestop giving it a 9/10 for example), our friend from Reddit tells a different tale.

In the lengthy post linked at the source of the article, here are some of the problems Raiden faced when playing the game.

First of all, the game is graphically inferior to last year’s Unity, while graphics don’t make a good game, the user points out that the graphics are indeed worse than Unity, supposedly looking duller, with almost non-existent lip-syncing, characters look like they were made of plastic thanks to the lighting effects, and the hair looks more “paper-like”.

Now, it seems that Ubisoft has repeated the mistake they made with Unity, and Syndicate is another broken, buggy and badly optimized game. According to the following quotations from the post.

-In the first hour of gameplay, right after I was put into the open world, I was greeted with a group of a dozen civilians floating in the middle of the air. They disappeared a few seconds later. I didn’t think much of it; it’s a glitch, it happens.

-One of the earliest cut scenes broke on me. Without spoiling anything, both Jacob and Evie enter a train, with Jacob carrying a grappling gun. Suddenly both him and Evie disappear, with only the gun remaining, flailing around as dialog continued to play. I had to exit and re-open the game for the cut scene to play right. This happened with 2 cut scenes so far. Note that I’m only 10 hours into the game and I barely scratched the surface. If it’s as bad now, imaging how it will be 20 or 30 hours down the road.

-The game’s frame rate is atrocious. Not as bad as Unity’s, at least not so far, but it doesn’t make it any better.

-The game froze on me twice. Once when I was in the open world, and another time during a cut scene.

—I realize that 2 patches are supposed to come out on day one, 3 days from now, probably to iron out the mess that is Syndicate right now. But even still, both patches amount to a total of 1 GB, so what the hell is that even supposed to fix? It took a multitude of patches, the biggest of which was over 6 GB in size to make Unity playable. So I imagine we’ll be stuck with this broken game for quite some time.

So yeah, things aren’t looking good for AC: Syndicate, neither from a graphical or technical standpoint, but what about the gameplay? Well…

  • You can’t jump into buildings that are a bit far, breaking the flow of what should be a fast-paced game
  • The grappling hook always grapples on things you don’t mean to grapple on

That and more details can be found on his Reddit post linked below.

While we normally treat this stuff has a rumor or a non-official leak, this is coming from someone who got the game a few days early and even has pics to prove it, so this gives his words some weight.

So, are you still getting AC: Syndicate? Will you wait for someone to make an analysis of the game? Or will you just skip this? Share your thoughts on the comments section!

[Source: Reddit]

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