Though 2016 does not have an Assassin’s Creed game, this game is a spinoff of its main series set in 3 different time periods and 3 different locations with 3 different assassins. Though it is not part of the main series, this 2.5 D platformer has many unique details to a certain location.
First of all, will be the first game in this trilogy, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles : China. In basic, this game happens after Ezio’s death, which is depicted in this video. The game starts off where the protagonist, Shao Jun allowed her to be captured to get close to her target. She then proceeds to kill of each and every Chinese Templar to get back her Precusor Box. In the end, the Box was on its way to India, the next part of the trilogy.
By watching the gameplay, I honestly think this is one of the harder games of the series, considering it has more button combos to remember and the type of levels to play. Though I would give credit where credit is due as the detail in this game is astronomical. Though Shao Jun did not speak in full Mandarin, the guards and NPCs do. Even with that, the background, blood effects and actions are all depicted in brush strokes, which fits the location of the game. To be honest, I did like China, but it is not my favorite in this trilogy.
Next game in the trilogy will be Assassin’s Creed Chronicles : India. This game took place 4 years before the outbreak of the First Anglo-Sikh War. The game starts off where the protagonist, Arbaaz Mir , sneaks into a palace to meet with his lover and to check out on the Koh-i-Noor diamond from his mentor. Most of the game Mir spends his time finding the Box in quite diverse environments.
Personally, this is harder than China due to the fact that there are more puzzles to solve and the speed missions are harder. With the same issues as China, the new controls are quite complicated if you are new to the trilogy. Again like China, the effects of everything are depicted in traditional Indian art which is way more vibrant than China which I think is ok. Honestly , I like this one due to the puzzles within the game and the vibrancy.
Lastly, we have Assassin’s Creed Chronicles : Russia. The last installment of the series follows Nikolaï Orelov , an Assassin who wanted to cut his ties with the Russian Assassins, but he has to do one last assignment for them. He has to steal the Box from the Bolsheviks holding the Tsar’s family and witnessed the murder of all of them but Anastasia. Afterwards, both of them had to escape the Bolsheviks and back to Assassin controlled cities.
Along the way, the challenges and puzzles this time are really hard. Considering the fact that this game has a slightly slower pace, this does not make the game itself any easier. The aesthetics of the game are from the revolutionary posters around that time period, with the red stripes, pictures of factories and main colours of the Red October.
Personally, I like Assassin’s Creed Chornicles : Russia the most out of the three. Mainly due to it’s unique artstyle and the time period it is set in. Unlike the previous two games, Russia has its artwork based around history and not culture.
Overall, the trilogy costs $25, which is reasonable price for a trilogy spinoff. So, if you need to have an Assassin’s Creed game for 2016, you have a trilogy instead to play.
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