Today begins the week of my Assassin’s Creed collection. I’ve been a huge fan of the series ever since Assassin’s Creed 2. Although the series has fallen off in the past few years, I still love it dearly. I have nearly every collector’s edition of the series except for the second title and brotherhood – sadly, I would love so much to own that awesome Jack-in-a-box. Anywho, I’ll start with the latest addition to the collection and work my way backwards. So without further ado let’s jump in.
Released October 23rd, 2015 Syndicate is the ninth major release in the hit action-adventure video game series: Assassin’s Creed. Developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft, the game takes place in a Victorian era London as the assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye work to take back their beloved city from Templar control. Syndicate takes on new approaches to the series as it introduces a female protagonist (which is apparently really hard for Ubisoft to do) as well as two playable characters. However this title included no multiplayer options whatsoever.
Included in the collector’s edition is the gold edition for the game. I always love that Ubisoft makes gold edition of their games, it makes getting a season pass so much easier. Exclusive for Ps4 players there are 10 bonus missions called “The Dreadful Crimes” which serve as fun little murder mysterious. I really enjoyed the game and even got the platinum for it, but I have yet to dabble in any of the dlc, maybe one day I’ll get around to it.
The Double-Sided Poster
Included in this edition comes this remarkable double sided poster/map of the game. It’s made of a very sturdy cardstock material and has a very nice texture to it, probably one of the better maps I have received. On one side we have a map of London, showing the games setting as well as marking various Templar locations throughout the city.
On the other side of the poster we have a promotional poster for Starrick’s famous Syrup. This side of the poster has a very “old timey” look and feel to it with both the weathering and color of the paper itself to the fact that it’s advertising some miracle elixir which was popular around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s – the whole thing feels like something you would see in the real world at that time. It captures the whole tonic scam/revolution of the time, with all these new “potions” coming out claiming to heal all wounds and diseases with just a few simple natural ingredients.
Yet another one to add to the art collection. This book is amazing, from the front cover to the very last page. It has a nice and simple cover that incorporates beautiful silver colors rust type effects that mimics the industrial revolution perfectly.
The book starts with various pictures of the weaponry used in the title. The guns look very cool in my opinion, with their intricate designs and innovative features. It’s interesting to see Ubisoft’s interpretation of early firearms and how they might look and be used. Then of course there’s various pages that show new weapons to the game, like the brass knuckles and canes used by Jacob.
Following weapons, the pages are then broken up into the various sections. As usually we have character concepts and then some scenery shots. These shots depict the districts of London and showcase some of their more beautiful scenery and landscapes.
Now for the biggest part of this collection, the Jacob Frye statue. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love the whole industrial revolution/victorian era that this game takes place in, it’s beautiful in almost every aspect. Even the box itself is styled after none other than big Ben itself. Once you remove the lid and open up this box it then reveals the scene of a train yard with Jacob standing casually in the center propped against his signature cane. The statue itself is about 11 inches tall and features a railroad junction as its base and a casual looking Jacob. Overall it’s a fantastic statue and I’m so happy that it came with a diorama to display it with.
Once again thank you all for reading. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the Big Ben collector’s edition, but this one is still very nice, although I would love that flask that came with the other. For the rest of the week I will be posting about the other parts of my Assassin’s Creed collection and my thoughts on the items. I’ll see you all again tomorrow for another collection corner. But until then have a wonderful day/night wherever you may be.