a fanlisting

A fanlisting is a group of people who like something: i.e. a group of people who like wolves. All a fanlisting is is a list of fans to do with that particular person, item, or object; it joins together people with similar interests.

assassin's creed: syndicate

Assassin's Creed is a series developed and published by Ubisoft. Since it's debut in 2007, Assassin's Creed has spawned a successful franchise of console games, spin-offs, and books; Syndicate was the 2015 entry, and is available on PS4, XboxOne, and PC.

The general premise of all the games is not that the story takes place in the time period in which they are set. In the modern era, with the invention of the Animus, Assassins and Templars both have been able to access genetic memory of key figures from the past. In terms of gameplay, this grants a massive open area for the player to explore with optional extras, collectibles, and memories aside from what's key to the plot. Spend five hours climbing buildings and getting every chest? Sure, why not. Spend half your time running from guards and desperately trying to find a haystack and predictably you find one as you desynchronise? That too. It's very open, and you mould your own experience as to what you want to take out of it. Of course, that does require an engaging city and soundtrack and interesting things to do. Which, Syndicate has (most of Jacob's upgrades come from plot; Evie's are from exploration).

Plotwise, this allows the person reliving the memories to learn about that time period, discover secrets, and to tap into the skills of their ancestors and take them for themselves. Desmond Miles was, in a sense, the true protagonist that tied the games together. Then, y'know. Ubisoft killed him. I didn't say it made any sense.

In Syndicate, an initiate (that's you!) of the Assassin order is tasked to search the memories of twin assassin's Jacob and Evie Frye for the Shroud of Eden, whilst Shaun and Rebecca get to do their hero thing. In 1868 London, the Templars have a fine grip on the city and the Assassin's Brotherhood is down to a token representation by Henry Green (Henry is a Terrible Assassin which is probably why the Templars leave him alone). The twins have a desire to get out of Crawley and to set London free, despite the fact they just arguably messed up their introductory missions. So they hop a train, find Henry, set up a gang, take back London. As you do.

But it works. Jacob liberates the streets with his Rooks, and Evie investigates the Shroud. There's a reason they're known as the impetuous brother and the intrepid sister; they're entirely different, but they have their weaknesses and strengths, and it's only when they come together that they are truly balanced. That's one of the reasons I love Syndicate; the relationship between the Frye twins and that they are better operating as one than alone.

London's also great to run around in. And the music. Assassin's Creed has hit a roadblock in recent years, and whilst Syndicate isn't perfect, it's a breath of fresh air and pretty darn close.

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