ASSASSIN'S CREED: JACK THE RIPPER DLC
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on December 22, 2015
A short while ago, I did a review on Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. After a few years of AC games that weren’t really up my alley, this game singlehandedly restored my faith in the Assassin’s Creed series. This month, a new DLC entitled ‘Jack the Ripper’ was released. So it’s time for me to once again put on my assassin robes and get back to business. Because, in Assassin’s Creed, killing is my business… and business is good!
Some 20 years after Assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye set foot in London, this great city is in the clutches of a new kind of terror. A mysterious killer is targeting prostitutes in the Whitechapel area; his motives are unknown, his methods are more than gruesome. After slicing the throats of these young women, they are vandalized and put on display like bloody and horrific works of street art. Although the police have no clue as to the identity of this deranged killer, they do have a name. After each killing, the newspaper or the police receive a letter signed with 'Jack the Ripper'.
Now, Jacob Frye is on the hunt for this mutilating madman. But before he can neutralize his target, he gets himself in one hell of a predicament. But, knowing he will not be able to stop the fiend all by himself, he has already contacted his sister Evie and asks her to help him catch this so-called ‘Saucey Jack’. And that’s where you come in! As Evie Frye, we you will have to investigate the Ripper murders and find out where Jack is hiding.
Let me get this out of the way first: I absolutely love the Jack the Ripper legend. Not the things he did, but the mystery still surrounding his horrific deeds. Movies, books, documentaries; I read and watched a lot about the subject. A very good friend of mine (Yes, here’s looking at you, Mr. Grim Sweeper) and I even went so far as to write a kind of rock opera about old Jack. We never actually got around to publishing it, but who knows… some day). So imagine my excitement when I found out that Assassin’s Creed would feature a DLC, devoted entirely to one of the most mysterious and methodical killers of all time!
When playing Assassin’s Creed: Jack the Ripper, one can only surmise that life in Victorian London was anything but easy. Poverty reigned its dark and narrow streets and danger could come from any direction and at any time. But, since we are armed with a fine selection of deadly weapons, we set out to find and neutralize this dangerous killer anyway. As I’ve mentioned earlier, most of the time, you play as Evie Frye… most of the time! At some points in the game, you switch over to Mr. Ripper himself! And although you’re playing the bad guy, I must say that these portions of the game were my favorite. Again, not because playing a homicidal maniac is my preferred pastime, but simply because I have never seen madness made clearer than in these sections of the game. The colors are somewhat drained from the environment, your screen flashes now and again and Jack’s twisted thoughts are projected over the environment itself. In short: when you play as Jack the Ripper, you get a glimpse of the madness that is his world.
The missions in this Jack the Ripper DLC are all in fine Assassin’s Creed tradition; reach a certain point on the map to start a memory. After that, you’ll have to use all of your skills and wits to bring that mission to a successful conclusion. Like the main game (AC Syndicate), this DLC works like a charm. I’ve had a few short stutter issues at the beginning of the campaign, but these were quickly resolved, leaving me to enjoy my manhunt to the fullest. Everything about the game looks absolutely stunning and, as a bonus, we even seem to have learned a few new tricks (lethal and non-lethal) since our last adventures in London.
Since the events of Jack the Ripper are set some twenty years after the events of AC Syndicate, I would advise you to first finish the main campaign before playing this DLC. If you don’t care about minor spoilers or continuity, you can dive right into this Victorian nightmare. Keep in mind though, that the recommended character level for any of these mission is level ten, so be sure to reach that level before trying to take on this gruesome adventure, or your quest just might be somewhat short-lived. I will not go into further detail about the story of the game, mainly because I don’t want to spoil the fun. And there is a lot of fun to be had when playing this latest expansion of the ever-growing Assassin’s Creed universe!
If you only play the main campaign of this DLC, it takes you about four to five hours to complete it, which is a decent length. If you, on the other hand, sink your teeth into the numerous side missions, Jack the Ripper’s playthrough time is drastically extended, which is even better! The Jack the Ripper DLC offers cool characters, some new abilities and one hell of a plot; it is truly a very cool addition to an already terrific game! Suffice to say I had an awesome time, prowling the streets of Victorian London, in search of one of the most famous killers ever, who went on a vicious killing spree and then suddenly vanished without leaving so much as a trace...
ASSASSIN'S CREED: JACK THE RIPPER DLC
December 15, 2015 (PS4 / XBox One)
December 22, 2015 (PC)