Assassin's Creed Chronicles

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles
Assassin's Creed Chronicles cover art.jpg
Cover art featuring the three Assassins: Arbaaz Mir, Shao Jun, and Nikolai Orelov
Developer(s) Climax Studios
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Designer(s) Matt Duff
Series Assassin's Creed
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
Release
Genre(s) Platform, action-adventure, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player

Assassin's Creed Chronicles is a series of video games in the Assassin's Creed franchise. The series consists of three games developed by Climax Studios and published by Ubisoft. The games feature new protagonists and a design that is new to the franchise, a 2.5D world inspired by traditional brush paintings. The first entry, China, was released on April 21, 2015, on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The second entry, India, was released on January 12, 2016 on the same platforms. The last game, Russia, was released on February 9, 2016.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The games are 2.5D side scrolling platformers.[2] The games feature a large array of weapons such as secret shoe blade, rope darts, and daggers.[3] Players must control the protagonist, and navigate through the environment. Players can use stealth tactics such as hiding from enemies in shadows and can climb areas that are highlighted with more color.[4]

Plot[edit]

China takes place after the short film Assassin's Creed: Embers.[5] The game takes place in 1526 China and focuses 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. Shao Jun's quest takes her through Macau, Nan'an, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, as she kills the Tigers one by one and finally assassinates the final target, Zhang Yong. Years later, Shao Jun, who becomes an Assassin Mentor and has rebuilt the brotherhood, plots the assassination of Jiajing Emperor by sending him an elixir of life, which is actually lethal mercury. The episode has 12 levels.[6]

India takes place in 1841 India and features the male protagonist, Arbaaz Mir from graphic novel Assassin's Creed: Brahman.[7] While the Sikh Empire was at war with the East India Company, 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, and Chakram, smoke bombs for stealth and distraction. A Slingshot with rock pellets has also been added.

Russia takes place in 1918 Russia during the aftermath of the October Revolution and features male protagonist Nikolai Orelov from comic book Assassin's Creed: Subject Four.[7] 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 artifact 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 grand duchess, Anastasia, who shares Shao Jun's memory. He must escape the Templars while protecting the artifact and Anastasia.[8] Nikolai uses a custom Berdan rifle fitted with a bayonet which can be used for melee combat with sniping capabilities, and a grapnel gun that can also produce electricity in order to short out electricity boxes, spotlights, lamp posts or kill unsuspecting enemies standing on water puddles. Anastasia also becomes a playable character with unique set of skills, including the Helix Blade.[9]

Development and release[edit]

China was announced in September 2014 as part of the season pass for Assassin's Creed Unity.[10] On March 31, 2015, it was announced that China was part of a trilogy, with India and Russia to be released at a later time. The trilogy was developed by Climax Studios in association with Ubisoft Montreal.[2] China was released on April 21, 2015 in North America and April 22, 2015 in other territories on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. China is the first title in the franchise to utilize Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3.

On December 8, 2015, Ubisoft announced that India would be released on January 12, 2016 and Russia would be released on February 9, 2016 alongside a collection of the three games titled Trilogy Pack. A PlayStation Vita version of the Trilogy Pack was released on April 5, 2016.[1]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
China (PS4) 69/100[11]
(PC) 67/100[12]
(XONE) 67/100[13]
India (PS4) 63/100[14]
(XONE) 64/100[15]
Russia (PS4) 60/100[16]
(XONE) 62/100[17]

All three games in the series received mixed reviews, with review aggregating website Metacritic giving all three games scores in the 60s for all platforms.

Vincent Ingenito of IGN gave China a 6.9 out of 10, criticizing the story, and simplicity. However, Ingenito praised the level designs stating, "Exploring and seeing how the different paths connect to one another is probably the best part of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Assassin's Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack Coming to PS4 & PS Vita, India and Russia Episodes Dated". Playstationlifestyle.net. December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Assassin's Creed Chronicles Trilogy Announced". IGN. March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Eddie Makuch (April 20, 2015). "First Assassin's Creed 2.5D Game Launch Trailer". Gamespot. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Marty Sliva (April 2, 2015). "Assassin's Creed Chronicles:Bringing the series to 2D". IGN. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Phillips, Tom. "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India and Russia finally get release dates". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ Lee, Patrick. "Assassin's Creed Chronicles cuts away the series' fat in its promising debut". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Video Game / Assassin's Creed Chronicles". TVTropes.org. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles Announcement Trailer [US]". Ubisoft. March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  9. ^ "ASSASSIN'S CREED CHRONICLES: RUSSIA PC". Ubisoft. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Assassin's Creed Unity DLC Included New Story in China". IGN. September 22, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China aggregated review score (PS4)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China aggregated review score (PC)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China aggregated review score (Xbox One)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India aggregated review score (PS4)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China aggregated review score (Xbox One)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia aggregated review score (PS4)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia aggregated review score (Xbox One)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  18. ^ Vincent Ingenito (April 2, 2015). "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China Review". IGN. Retrieved December 18, 2015.