This post comes the morning after a long night of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, a game I’d played long hours of with my Uni housemates but lost touch with since (the game I mean, my Uni lot won’t bloody leave me alone 😉 ). Sometimes, then, all you need is a blank slate to help you learn to love a game you know has potential for you.
Especially in long-winded, collect this, save up for that, remember to check out this secret area, battle this guy before you take on this mission type games, it can often be easier to throw the towel in and just start again. I haven’t played Assassin’s Creed Syndicate for a few months now, and I was largely lost in it. With residual confusion and a hint of frustration a nagging urge, and a shiny new strategy guide, motivated me to give it one more go.
I had this idea in my head that I didn’t like the game, that I couldn’t follow the storyline and the upgrades and crafting mechanics were too convoluted to stay on track with. I think the problem was, the first time around, I was in it for the bang-bang, that was an awesome kill, let’s see if we can get up there mentality. I needed to actually sit down and let the game introduce me to everything again – the weapons, how crafting works, where to gather materials, and how to approach each London borough.
Before starting my game again, I was stuck in the middle of a particularly heavy mission way out of my level-range because we hadn’t found the next linear point in the story yet. I was bored, defeated, and confused. If I hadn’t given the game a reboot, I’d still be in that state of gaming numbness, where you take a look at your collection, sigh at the fact that nothing appeals to you, and then weep over how much money you’ve spent on it.
Well, never again.
I restarted Assassin’s Creed Syndicate last night and already I’m further into the game than I was when I left off with my Exeter housemates all those months ago. I actually concentrated on being taught the intricacies of the Syndicate mechanics and systems and even participated in an in-game tutorial or two. The story makes sense now, the diverting paths of the Frye twins is no longer a confusing mess of missions and side activities. I can keep an eye on my stats more, knowing how to upgrade them, or what the best skills are for the characters I want to have on the streets of London (Evie’s all about stealth while Jacob’s more about that combat life).
I’m enjoying the sprawling map rather than being overwhelmed by it, and most importantly I’m still in the loop on the narrative (something that is becoming increasingly difficult with my short attention span and love of shiny things in the distance).
I suppose this quick post is simply a heads up, a call to action. If you think you don’t like a game because of the way it’s set out, or perhaps you’ve been leaving it to gather dust after getting stuck half way through, give it another chance. Consider the way you were playing before, because it might be that you weren’t giving it your full attention. I’ve gained a great gaming experience from dedicating one evening to re-learning the ropes and hidden blades of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, so don’t let your gaming brain fog get in the way of some seriously good purchasing decisions you’ve made in the past.
What do you think? Any games you might dust off and take back to square one? Or do you have your own Assassin’s Creed Syndicate-type story yourself? Let me know in the comments!