In the world of history-meets-adventure-before-making-out-with-an-action-movie video games, few franchises loom anywhere near as tall as Assassin’s Creed. The ninth major entry in the series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, lands on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms today, which is probably why your roommate hasn’t come out of his odorous room for the past 10 hours. 

However, for the cautious buyer, skepticism stemming from the admittedly less-than-stellar Assassin’s Creed Unity might be fueling some understandable hesitance regarding the latest (and, thus far, well-reviewed) chapter depicting the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the underground world of organized crime. As this is the Victorian era, everyone is dressed impeccably well while brandishing brutal tools of confrontation including, apparently, brass knuckles:

But, hey, don't take my word for it. Take the words of Gameranx to heart instead, the team responsible for graciously breaking down everything you need to know about Assassin's Creed Syndicate before you pawn your roommate's iPad so you can score a copy.