‘Assassin’s Creed’: ‘Origins’ vs. ‘Syndicate’

JJ talks about why he liked “Syndicate” more than “Origins,” while Chris begs for Discovery Modes to be retrofitted into every game in the series. Plus a dash of “God of War” (2018) and “Pillars of Eternity II.”

‘Halo 5’ & Fact Checking ‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’

Tina Amini, the recently departed deputy editor of Kotaku, joins the show to talk about her playthrough of the newly released “Halo 5: Guardians,” the second “Halo” game from 343 Industries. Then, Bob Whitaker, a historian of Britain at Louisiana Tech and the host of the YouTube series “History Respawned,” talks to Chris about the historical accuracy of “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.” Spoiler: Victorian London needs more prostitutes.

‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’ & That Old-Time Video Game Religion

In an unprecedented feat for Shall We Play a Game?, we have a release-day review of “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” the newest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running game of historical tourism, if tourists spent most of their time murdering. Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo shows up, too, to talk about why he can’t stop playing these games. Plus, listener mail–about whether a video game could found a major world religion.