After the disaster that was Assassin’s Creed Unity, the series needed a change from the lame angles where the Templars were shown in a sympathetic light. The answer to this problem turned out to be Jacob and Evie Frye from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
The siblings offered different viewpoints to the player, and you could switch between each based on what kind of personality and characteristics appealed to you most. Both of them have their drawbacks and strong points, which leads us to these 5 points that favor Evie while the other benefit Jacob.
10 Evie: Change In Style From Previous Games
We got used to having the same kind of feel toward our protagonists in the Assassin’s Creed series, so it was a real breath of fresh air when we got the reins of Evie for Syndicate. Guiding her around as the player character had a distinct feel we hadn’t gotten since the first Assassin’s Creed.
She has the poise of an assassin, rather than a killer who’s based on strength and confrontations. After all, assassins are supposed to work from the shadows, and Evie is the one who brings this aspect into the game. It had been some time since we had this kind of originality.
9 Jacob: More Stylish
Assassin’s Creed fans are all about the presentation that goes into playing these games. Boring games in the series like Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed Unity suffer because their protagonists aren’t flashy, and Jacob can never be accused to be this.
Everything about this guy has to do with style - the way he talks, the way he dresses, the way he conducts himself; it’s all about presenting himself as the best there is. And this is the kind of appeal that motivates players to want to play Assassin’s Creed Syndicate because Jacob is the one who provides that.
8 Evie: Likable Character
Had Jacob not been a main character, we would have liked to have seen him taken down a peg or two. He was just too full of himself, and following him around all the time would have turned players off for a while; here, Evie shines through.
She’s easily the character you turn to when the game needs to have heart in it, and likability factor for the protagonists is supplied mainly through Evie. When Jacob has a problem, you don’t think too much of it; however, Evie’s problems are sympathized with by the player because she’s on the whole a more likable character.
7 Jacob: He's Funnier
Starting from the Ezio Trilogy, Assassin’s Creed had it almost mandatory to have a funny protagonist for the player to get behind. For instance, Assassin’s Creed III suffered because the antagonist Haytham Kenway’s funny factor made him a better character than the actual hero, so Jacob is the one we turn to for a good time in Syndicate.
Had we just had Evie as the sole protagonist, the game would have seemed very boring indeed because she didn’t have any funny moments other than those she shared with her brother. On the other hand, you could always count on Jacob to provide consistent bits of comedy.
6 Evie: More Depth
A one-note protagonist always overstays its welcome, and Jacob would have made Assassin’s Creed Syndicate rather stale had it just been him cracking jokes at every turn. There was no real conflict with him, and these moments were instead provided by Evie.
She had more characterization to come across as having some depth, as her love story added layers into who she was, along with her clashes with Jacob where Evie’s dialogue better conveyed the problems they were having. The moments of tension usually focused on Evie, as this would convey to the player that joking time was over.
5 Jacob: His Attacks Have More Power
Both the characters are about the same in use, and while Evie is all-round better to play as due to her finesse with stealth, it is Jacob players tend to have when undergoing missions where fighting is key.
This would be because Jacob has a more hard-hitting style of action, where his attacks come across as powerful. There’s actually not much to separate their fighting impact, but there’s no denying that equipping Jacob has you feeling that you’re decimating the forces coming up against you.
4 Evie: She's Level Headed
Within the story, all Jacob ever seemed good for was to go on ahead and kill his target. During the scenes where the characters would discuss the events that were unfolding, Jacob’s go-to move was to kill the one antagonizing them, disregarding the difficulty this would bring.
Evie had that calm disposition that was needed so that the heroes didn’t go out and get themselves killed in a foolish way as Jacob always suggested. Evie was the one who would bring up the points of strategy and keep Jacob focused enough not to mess up the plan.
3 Jacob: His Stories Are More Interesting
The funny thing is that somehow Jacob’s stories turned out to be more fun to play through rather than Evie’s. This is despite the fact that Jacob was more one dimensional, but the opponents he came across easily had our interest.
Evie was left to undergo the majority of the stealth-based missions, which made these sequences the sedate ones; as we play the Assassin’s Creed games for the action, Jacob gets the edge here because you get to see him confront antagonists and have build-up toward the eventual kill. Evie just doesn’t have the same kind of interactions as Jacob does.
2 Evie: Stealth
Evie is the clear winner when it comes to the topic of stealth, seeing as this is one area where Jacob is hopelessly outclassed. In missions where sneaking around is a must, you absolutely need play as Evie, since choosing Jacob is a recipe for disaster.
When the characters are upgraded to their full potential, it is Evie who has the special ability of rendering herself completely invisible. By this point, having Evie as your go-to character is a natural inclination because she’s the total package. She can match Jacob in other areas, and is far ahead in the matter of stealth.
1 Jacob: Closer Representation Of Previous Heroes
Sure, having Evie provide a different feel to the protagonist was great, but at the end of the day fans do play Assassin’s Creed because it has a tried-and-tested formula that just works. And for you to feel that way, Jacob is the character you want to remember the previous protagonists.
His brawler style gives back reminders of guys like Edward or Connor Kenway, and his brash attitude has traces of Ezio Auditore among it. Some players just want the same experience they had from the previous games, as this allows them to dip their feet back into a new installment without feeling out of place - Jacob is the man for this job.