Decent Ninja Platformer, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
When someone thinks of Assassin’s Creed, they think of historical setting & action packed sequences. This is the latest spin-off game Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China takes all of that and squeezes it into a 2D platformer.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is a part of the Chronicles series which features new protagonists and design. This being the first game in the series of three consisting of Chronicles China, Chronicles India and Chronicles Russia.
Asian assassins seems to be a great idea but usually they are silent assassins, so instead of fighting you are mostly trying to sneak into places, distract guards and run instead of fighting them. Of course you can fight though. But 2-D, side-scrolling gameplay?
The story is set in 1526 A.D. in China (Duh!) is based around the time when the Ming dynasty starts to collapse. You play as Shao Jun, a female assassin trained by Assassin’s Creed II protagonist Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Being the last remaining assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood, you take on Templers as they are responsible for wiping out the Chinese Brotherhood.
All around the game there are various ways you can be sneaky, that adds another level to the open-world gameplay. For most parts the 2D aspect of the game works pretty well.
The levels are deep and quite engaging. The gameplay is strangely satisfying as you try to escape the guards. The game doesn’t focus combat as that is hardly used but it would had been cool to see some swordsmanship in the game.
As you start playing the game you are amused by the amazing graphics, at least the backgrounds are. The game follows a distinct Chinese watercolor art styles for storytelling and backgrounds. Nothing supreme or majestic but pleasing to the eye. I still wish for this game to be in 3D.
This a interestingly fun transition of the series from being open-word 3D to a linear 2D game. It is nothing anything great but still a good game. As for the Chronicles series, this was a good start I can’t wait to explore the other two in the series.