Ubisoft’s second outing for the 2.5D Assassin’s Creed spin-off heads to Colonial India, but besides the colourful new setting the side-scroller still has issues.
India marks the second outing for the trilogy of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games – Part three set in Russia is due out next month – and for anyone unfamiliar with the series, it’s in many ways a 21st century take on the fondly remembered Prince of Persia side-scrolling games of late 80’s.
The game follows Arbaaz Mir in the year 1841, slap bang in the midst of a war between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company.
However, this rich backdrop is largely filler for the games true purpose: the quest to recover a Templar artifact known as the Koh-i-Noor diamond.
In additional, there’s a slightly undercooked storyline revolving around our hero’s need to protect his mentor, Hamid, and his lover, princess Pyara Kaur.
“Ubisoft have nailed the bright and colourful Indian setting”
It looks great too, really great in fact. Ubisoft have nailed the bright and colourful Indian setting superbly, making it a marked improvement on the dingy setting used in ACC: China.
And like that first release, the game is still restrained by what it can do by the virtue of being a 2D platformer.
You run, you jump, you sneak, you hide. Each level ultimately boils down to killing someone or nabbing an item.
Nonetheless the series fondness for parkour isn’t lost despite the games 2D nature. If anything it’s hugely enjoyable in this format.
Equally, the movement works really well and there is a degree of satisfaction to be taken from mastering the games controls when your perfectly timing your vaults over obstacles and escaping sticky situations with consummate ease.
Yet it’s when the game slows down and character momentum is lost that unfortunately the cracks start to show.
We’re talking predominantly about the stealth sections, which for a Assassin’s Creed game we realise is a bit of a given.
However, there’s just something incredibly laborious and dull about having to wait around in the shadows (and there’s a LOT of waiting) to sneak past a few guards.
Worst still, when you fail the mission simply because you’ve been spotted.
Despite the flaws, Assassin’s Creed fans will no doubt love this expansion to the universe, especially should they be feeling any growing fatigue towards the main series.
For more casual gamers it’s certainly worth a punt for a reasonable £7.99.
But should they stick with it, not only will they enjoy the cut and thrust of combat but they should find enough fun from the game to keep them satisfied from start to finish.
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