Parents' Guide to

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody action epic paints authentic picture of old London.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+

Don't trust PEGI on this one

I understand parents (like myself) will look at the PEGI rating and be like: ''NO WAY!'' I was exactly the same. But my kids begged and begged so i eventually caved because i could tell they really wanted it. But now i've watched them play for a couple of weeks now, and it's not at all bad! I'm not one of those parents who glances at the screen occasionally either. The violence and blood ( which i understand is one of the main concerns) is really not gruesome or gorey. Most fights are done with fists and kicking unlike other Assassins Creed games, and when the occasional knife appears little to no blood is shown at all ( you can turn this off in settings). Sex is non existent, literally there isn't any. Swears are muttered sometimes, but it's only damn or hell, nothing 13 year olds haven't already heard. The one issue is the concept of the game. If your kids are in middle or high school i'm sure they'll be fine. But watch how mature your child is before they play this.
age 13+

Strong Sendoff To The Pre-RPG Games

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is the last installment before the series' stark switch to mythical and RPG trilogy of games. And what a strong send off it is. With a great world to explore, entertaining characters and some fun (somewhat classic) Assassin's Creed mission design. Violence is frequent, but a lot less bloody than other games. Characters fight with their fists, canes, knifes and guns. Blood can rarely be seen during gameplay, but is almost frequently seen during the assassination of targets. One scene, though, has a scientist working on a patient's head, where the patient dies and the head loses blood on a table. But that's as far as the violence goes. Language is infrequent and sometimes strong. Infrequent use of "f#!k", "$h!t", "$h!te", "bastard", "@$$hole" and frequent use of "p!$$". Sexual content isn't present, but there are two brief moments of kissing. One moment between two men, and another between a man and a woman.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (44 ):

This action-adventure game is a return to basics for Ubisoft's signature series. It ditches competitive and cooperative multiplayer to focus on the franchise's primary strength: smooth single-player action in a sprawling and meticulously detailed open world. The technical problems that plagued its predecessor, Assassin's Creed Unity, have been largely eliminated. Syndicate's Victorian-era London is beautiful, breathtaking in its scope and design and (for the most part) runs at a smooth 30 frames per second. It feels like stepping 150 years into the past, and it raises the bar for lifelike sandbox worlds. You can have fun simply riding around on one of London's trains and gazing out over the game's living, breathing city. The action, meanwhile, is very compelling. Combat has been lightly revamped and now feels smoother than ever, with a well-choreographed dance of cane strikes, brass-knuckle punches, and quick pistol shots. And though it's a little more difficult to make parkour runs through London's architecture, which is noticeably taller and more diverse than that of previous cities featured in the series, the addition of a grappling gun helps balance things out, allowing players to quickly and easily zip from rooftop to rooftop.

It's not perfect, though. Bounding across the Thames, leaping from boat to boat, feels weirdly like playing Frogger and is at odds with the realism of the rest of the game. Driving bulky carriages through London's narrow streets, leveling lamp posts and plowing through crowds of civilians, is similarly off-putting. But, by and large, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a return to form for one of modern gaming's defining series.

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