ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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When Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China released on April 21, 2015, a lot of us felt that, while it wasn't all that great, this short Ubisoft series had promise. Then we received Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India on January 13, 2016 and it seemed as if the promise of hope had been dashed.

The Assassin's Creed Chronicles series is remarkably beautiful. The art design cannot be faulted here, with the platformers expanding on the beauty of the AC franchise in a very unique way. Beyond that point is where the flaws begin to manifest. With this in mind, and after examining Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, can we expect anything good to come from Russia?

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia - Will It Disappoint Like India & China?

Assassin's Creed Chronicles
Assassin's Creed Chronicles

Metacritic is a rather useful tool when it comes to painting an overall picture, though it doesn't really examine the game's issues in any meaningful ways. However, we can see that the initial reception of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China was lukewarm, with it receiving scores of 69 and 6.3 from critics and users respectively. India however, has been slapped with scores of 65 and 3.8. Ouch.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

The idea of Assassin's Creed Chronicles is one we can respect: a recreation of the famous [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) franchise in the style of traditional brush paintings, in a new 2.5D world. But why have reactions been so negative? What was is it about Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India that was so disliked?

  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India definitely fails to transpose the AC coating to a platform-style game.
  • It's amazing how Ubisoft took everything that was working just fine on the previous game and broke it.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is a surprisingly bug-ridden game. You're likely to experience numerous glitches along the way, but there are inherent gameplay issues too. For instance, the checkpoint system in India is poorly realized. They seem to be randomly placed and often force an unwarranted degree of difficulty onto the player. Stealth can certainly be enjoyable, but with such long gaps in between checkpoints the game soon becomes a measure of tedium.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

Numerous fans complained that Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is a poorly balanced adventure that has driven them mad over the course of its campaign. Thus, we come to Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia.

With such a long gap between the release of China and India, we can only assume that Ubisoft was devising a new way to make the second installment in the mini-series work. Therefore, it's likely that Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia will share numerous frustrations that players had with India. We don't have much faith for the finale in this beautifully animated trilogy, do you?


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