Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India review round up

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It was just last week that I reminded you that Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India was out this week, coupling that information with a trailer, and a bit of waffle about how I really hoped it was good. It takes is cues, mostly, from Klei Entertainment’s excellent Mark of the Ninja. Unfortunately, it seems that game is still vastly superior. Reviews are an, and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India has garnered middling scores.

Here’s what reviewers have to say:

Game Informer – 5/10

ACIndia1

“Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India is a disappointment. Outside of the gorgeous, painted art style, it has few redeeming features. The frenzied pacing of levels turned away the stealth enthusiast in me, and the unreliable controls left me miserable during the time trials. One title remains in this trilogy (set in Russia), but the fact that this spin-off series has floundered so quickly is discouraging. I hope Ubisoft and Climax Studios can return to what made China enjoyable. “

 Digitally Downloaded – 4.5/5

ACIndia2

“I really enjoyed Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, but I think this one takes a giant leap forward. While the core mechanics remain functionally the same, that (even more) exotic setting and (lesser known) time period, brilliant environment design and brief, but effective, narrative all combine to make something that offers just that little bit more. I’m greatly looking forward to the concluding chapter in this trilogy, as I know next to nothing about the period of Russian history that it’s set, so I’ll be going in fully prepared for a schooling.”

 We Got This Covered – 4/5

ACIndia3

“For better or for worse Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India feels like a re-skin of its predecessor. While there is a pretty new coat of paint on the game, it still plays virtually identical. Thankfully, that means the stealth gameplay is solid, and the platforming is still a ton of fun to watch unfurl. Even if there are no surprises, there’s still a decent amount of enjoyment to be had in Assassin’s Creed‘s excursion to India.”

 God is a Geek – 7.5/10

ACIndia4

“The speed run-friendly nature of the levels, and the scoring system (gold, silver, and bronze) will entice many people back after the relatively short campaign ends, making it well worth checking out for fans of the last game. As a spin-off series, Chronicles still has legs. Despite a less-interesting protagonist, India is an improvement on China in several ways – the new gadgets make a difference and the minor advancements in navigation techniques open up the levels – which makes me very hopeful for the finale of the trilogy, set in Russia.”

 Push Square  – 5/10

ACIndia6

“Aside from the setting, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India doesn’t make much of an effort to distance itself from its side-scrolling predecessor. While its stealth system works well and its combat feels good, it’s just more of the same. The dialogue is dull, the art style doesn’t look good at all, and the game just doesn’t have much appeal. It’s certainly not bad, it’s just so bang average that you’ll have seen it all before.”

 Gamesradar+  – 2.5/5

ACIndia6

“Ultimately a simple platformer with some good ideas and lovely art style, Chronicles India stumbles because its different pieces don’t work together cohesively. It’s worth a play if you absolutely must partake of every Assassin’s Creed game, or if you’re a determined stealth aficionado willing to overlook its flaws. Otherwise, just stick to Chronicles China – you’ll be happier in the end.”

 The Sixth Axis – 6/10

“Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India is a decent game though I think China was the better outing, mainly due to the story. India’s plot just seems to limp along without a truly satisfying ending, whereas China’s had a lot more emotional investment within, though it was still quite shallow too. Either way, ACC: India manages to keep the stealth gameplay fun, while the open combat still leaves room for improvement. If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed then it will suit you, though perhaps you’d be better off waiting for the collection. ACC: India can be completed within a day or two, so if you’re looking for something to fill the time there are worse things.”

Last Updated: January 12, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

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