Originally Posted by More_Badass
Syndicateís too-modern setting hinders all the stuff that made AC cool and interesting. The buildings are too tall, too spaced apart, and the streets are too wide; the reliance on the grapple hook is a good example of the effect on the traversal. The focus on brawling and street gang stuff loses the elegance and style of the past games. The story wasnít as interesting, and the city, while gorgeous, felt incongruous with the core mechanics and gameplay style of AC.
For me at least, my enjoyment of AC3 was severely hampered by the bugs and glitches I ran into throughout my playthrough of it, so when I played Syndicate I was thankful that there weren't as many issues in my experience even though there was still the weird bug here and there. After playing 3 I remember feeling disappointed because the setting of the American Revolution was one that instantly caught my attention since it's one of my favorite time periods, but again the bugs and glitches just hampered my overall experience.
I really appreciated Syndicate because of how "real" for lack of a better word London felt and looked, easily one of my favorite protagonists in the series next to Ezio with Evie, and then, again, the more easy going experience I had with the game compared to the third. I'm hoping Origins is great and really benefits the series as a whole.