Last year, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China was the Assassin’s Creed series first major attempt at switching up it’s gameplay mechanics and giving players a glimpse at one of the most requested locations for an AC game. While AC C: China was not perfect, it made a very solid stab at translating the traditional Assassin’s Creed formula into a more stealth based 2D platformer.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China was at its strongest when trying something new, and struggled most when trying to emulate the main entries in the series. So, how does Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India compare to the last Chronicles game and to the main series? Well, it holds its own pretty impressively.
While the initial narrative presentation in AC C: India is solid, told through beautifully crafted art stills, it does suffer the same issues that China suffered with lack of narrative depth. The plot is initially engaging, but very little is ever done with this admittedly interesting setup.
You play a man more interested in the love of a princess than the assassins guild, there’s a suspected piece of Eden somewhere, off you go into the world to be an assassin. It’s setup for context, but none of the characters ever get much in the way of depth or development through the adventure.
Visually, India takes advantage of the beautiful game engine used by China, but managed to inject a far larger amount of color into shots. Regal purples, pastel flowers and luscious green grass contrast nicely with the cracked brown stone to provide a very visually arresting backdrop to your adventure.
In terms of mechanical pacing, India is once again pretty similar to China. All the tools you’ll be using in your adventure will be at your disposal within the opening few levels of the game, stealth take downs are heavily incentivised over attempts at open combat and largely stealth levels are punctuated with occasional action set pieces in an attempt to emulate the main series.
Much like China, these attempts at emulating the main series are short, sparsely separated and thankfully don’t drag the rest of the experience down too much.
While Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India does raise the bar above China, it doesn’t do so by much. It’s still fundamentally the same experience players were presented with last year, with a fresh coat of paint and a new set of tools. If you’re interested in India as a setting it’s visually and tonally captured very well. If you’re after another Assassin’s Creed Chronicles game with a modified tool set but the same pacing and structure, this is the game for you.
If you were hoping this would be something completely new after China, you might be a little disappointed.