Assassin's Creed Chronicles:India - AGE Review

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is the second instalment of the Chronicles trilogy that is developed by Climax Games and published by Ubisoft. It is also the second piece of DLC for the AC: Unity season pass holders.

The game follows Arbaaz Mir in Amritsar 1841, in the midst of a war between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company, two years after the events of the graphic novel Assassin's Creed: Brahman. Arbaaz must recover the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond, a powerful Piece of Eden that used to belong to the Assassin Brotherhood from a newly arrived Master Templar. While doing so, he must also protect his Mentor, Hamid, and his lover, Princess Pyara Kaur.

"Until you have found a cause worth fighting for, you cannot know what you will sacrifice for it."―Arbaaz Mir

It is with some regret that I have to conclude that this is really nothing but a copy and paste job from Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, that being said I could almost be justified in copying and pasting my original Chronicles review. It would probably benefit you to read that review (link below) as it will paint these games in a better picture. I can't help but feel sorry for the AC: Unity season pass holders, not only did Unity basically not work, this second instalment released nine months after the original China release. You would consider a wait of such length would at the very least yield something worth noting but unfortunately it is the best part of a carbon copy to its predecessor.

The graphics use the same art style but that is not a knock, it is for all intensive purposes a very attractive game with good use of colours and effects. The controls remain the same, also another good point due to the fact it is a trilogy but that is about all that you want to remain the same as China. Unfortunately combat, level design, gadgets and equipment has not changed. You even upgrade the very same abilities at the same intervals. This tends to lead to a Deja vu experience. I can appreciate that only so much is possible with a 2.5D layout but in my opinion it literally felt the same and does not justify or explain where the nine month gap in release comes from. Just to further emphasise my point, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia is due next month alongside a trilogy pack.

If Russia is going to be the same again it would want to be a very decent price for it to be of any value. In a nutshell it would be like having individual releases for Minecraft with different texture packs. While touching on the possibility of Russia being the same again, it will be another flop from Ubisoft where paid DLC in the form of a season pass has failed. Watchdogs offered very little in the aspect of content and quality and it brings me no pleasure whatsoever to report the same for AC: Unity in the form of this trilogy.

Sadly the positives in no way come close to covering for the let downs that were delivered. True die-hard Assassin's Creed fans will most likely tend to disagree with me here and I completely support their devotion but in my opinion it has been found wanting. I understand it may sound like I am being highly critical of this title but it really had nothing worthy of a raving review, the story was weak and recycled from all previous AC lore.

The game still gives the player the decision on how to approach each situation and gives a grade after each successful section and gives an overall scoring at the end of each level. AC: India attempts to give you incentive to partake in multiple playthroughs. Once again, die-hard fans are among the most likely to achieve this level of success.

It is with no pleasure at all I bring you this negative look at this title but I must be honest with you as well as myself. I guess the reason it does hit home, is the fact I used to be a die-hard fan of the series but of late with the exception of AC: Syndicate, there really is not a whole lot of boasting to be doing about the quality of games. China was headed in the right direction for a new look at an existing series but I feel that is where the platformer quality peaked. I am more than willing to converse on this further and take your comments either at the bottom here or across at our Facebook page. Hopefully with the recent news of Ubisoft taking a year off between their AAA Assassin's Creed release it will gives us something to look forward to as well as giving the developers sufficient amount of time to attempt to revitalize this series.

Cheers Red

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