Assassins Creed Chronicles is the latest title in a franchise which has spawned many titles over the years since its debut in November 2007. The games are set in a fictional history while drawing inspiration from the novel Alamut by the Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, building upon concepts from the Prince of Persia series.
The Assassins Creed series revolves around two societies who work from the shadows; the Assassins and the Knights Templar, you play as different Assassins as each game progresses their stories throughout history. In addition, and in particular the main games, they have received mainly positive reviews from fans and critics, many of whom have called Assassins Creed “…the standout series on [the seventh generation] of consoles”, and as a whole, the series has sold well over 70 million copies.
As for this current Trilogy of chapters, I played through China first and I noticed that unlike previous Assassins Creed titles, this collection from the series consists of 2.5D side scrolling stealth platformer games. I confess that when going into these games I was a little wary as I’m not a fan of the game series, having only played the first one which I found to be repetitive and boring, reusing the same tasks over and over in similar missions which made the game feel stale in no time at all.
As a fan of retro games, this title reminded me of the original Prince of Persia game from the 8-bit era which is true to form as this is where the series draws some of its inspiration. Personally, I hold the Prince of Persia games in high regard due to the framerate set at the time as well as excellent challenging gameplay and similarities to the Aladdin Story.
How does this game hold up to someone who is not a fan of the Assassins Creed series?
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Each of the 3 games are set in different eras, here detailing the separate story lines and locations for each of our main protagonists.
China: This one is set after the film Assassin’s Creed: Embers, in 1526 China and focusing on the female protagonist, Shao Jun. After being trained by legendary Italian assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Shao Jun returns to her homeland to exact vengeance against the Templar group Eight Tigers, who wiped out the Chinese brotherhood.
India: 1841 India features the protagonist, Arbaaz Mir. While the Sikh Empire was at war with the East India Company. When a Master Templar arrives with a mysterious item that used to belong to the Assassin Order, Mir must discover why he has come, steal back the item, and protect his friends and his lover. Some of the weapons introduced are a typical Mughal and Sikh sword resembling an Aruval, Urumi, a concealed Katara with Bagh naka, a Chakram, smoke bombs for stealth and distraction. A Slingshot with rock pellets has also been added.
Russia: This games setting is 1918 Russia during the aftermath of the October Revolution and features protagonist Nikolai Orelov. Orelov wants to leave with his family, but is required to perform one last mission for the Assassin Order: infiltrate the house where the Tsar’s family is being held by the Bolsheviks and steal an artefact that has been fought over by Assassins and Templars for centuries. Along the way, he witnesses the massacre of the Tsar Nicholas II’s children, but manages to save the princess, Anastasia. He must escape the Templars while protecting the artefact and Anastasia.
All 3 games have basically the same gameplay with similar abilities, but some have different weapons and obstacles to overcome during their tasks.
The gameplay is a simplified 2D version of the original Assassins Creed play style, but feels similar to previous 2D games like Flashback and Prince of Persia as mentioned before. The gameplay can be enjoyable but stealth and patience is the key to meet your tasks – if you go in running and gunning, you are likely to die again and again. The key to the game as you would guess is Stealth; be strategic as in most instances you are best to keep an eye on your enemies and sneak past them as otherwise you may get spotted by another enemy if you try sneak attacking from behind! The games get trickier as they go on with higher numbers of enemies in close correlation to each other and more complex layouts for the surroundings tightening the window of opportunity to succeed.
The games are challenging, but for AC veterans this should be familiar ground. If you are a lover of stealth game titles, but are unfamiliar with this series, then you may wish to check this out but if you are a newcomer, you may want to try earlier titles first which you can buy in shops for dirt-cheap today.
The challenge can keep the gameplay fun but it can feel a little formulaic at times however there is still room to enjoy the games from beginning to end.
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