Let’s be real, the quality of Assassin’s Creed games fluctuates so wildly with each installment that you almost need to start grading them on some kind of curve for each one. Unity is definitely a low point for the series, and it had people wondering if it was a downslide the series could ever come back from. When Syndicate was announced, everyone was appropriately skeptical of what Ubisoft had cooked up for the newest installment.
With expectations ranging from “ANOTHER ONE?!” to, “Okay, let’s give this one a shot,” Syndicate ended up doing a lot better than expected. It definitely feels like Ubisoft learned from their mistakes and took the series back to its single player roots with twins Jacob and Evie Frye. It’s likely that without them and the banter they provide as they take down the Templar Order in London, the game wouldn’t be as successful as it is. They make the game such fun, and their interactions with different historical figures certainly doesn’t hurt things. There may be nothing entirely new here, but the twins and their adventures give the series a much needed shot in the arm.