I have such a love/hate relationship with the Assassin’s Creed series. All of the glitches, wonky mechanics, and horrible tailing missions aside, there is something satisfying about the historical side, big beautiful open cities, and exhilaration from complex stealth kills. I constantly lie to myself when a new one is announced, saying I’ll skip that installment, but the lies are how I stay sane after having to restart a mission for the tenth time because the game is unclear or buggy.
Before this gets too rant-y on the games, though, I want to talk about something else that I like: the characters themselves. I enjoy protagonists that come across as real, have motivations and personality, and don’t just appear as an archetype or patchwork of unconnected characteristics. In the Assassin’s Creed series though, these characters must also be grounded in their historical environment and the fact that they are mass murderers who fight for a cause that is not explored deeply. So, I received my copy of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate in the mail the other day, but before I dive into that I want to take a look back at the previous lead characters to see what worked, what didn’t, and to analyze why some of them are often so hard to remember.