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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China | Done

A while back, during a Humble Store sale, I got Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (as well as India and Russia). I had downloaded the China version of the Chronicles when I first got the game, but it had quickly gone into disuse since I was focusing mostly on Star Trek Online and on Bully on the xbox. While I was on vacation, with little access to good wifi, I ended up going to the only game I had on my computer for some entertainment.

While I was on vacation I actually finished the game! The reason I had put the game away (at the time) was the control scheme. The control scheme, using the keyboard and the mouse, was a little too clunky for my taste. However, on the tablet, with a trackpad instead of a mouse, the control were (amazingly) easier. I think that the distance between keyboard controls and mouse make all the difference in this game, and playing on the laptop was amazingly more pleasing than on desktop mode. The game itself reminds me a lot of the Prince of Persia heritage of the Assassin’s creed line of games. The game is mostly a 2D side-scroller, however there are moments where you can go backward into the background or forward on the foreground which gives the game a feeling that the word is much more three dimensional than it actually is.

The plot of the game (edited and augmented from Wikipedia) is: that the story takes place after the film Assassin's Creed: Embers (which I need to see again…). The game takes place in 1526 China and focuses on a female assassin called Shao Jun. After being trained by legendary Italian assassin Ezio Auditore (the connection to Assassin’s Creed II), Shao Jun returns to her homeland to exact vengeance against the Templar group Eight Tigers, who wiped out the Chinese brotherhood. Her quest takes her through Macau, Nan'an, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, as she kills the Tigers one by one and finally assassinates the final target, Zhang Yong. Years later, Shao Jun, who becomes an Assassin Mentor and has rebuilt the brotherhood, plots the assassination of Jiajing Emperor by sending him an elixir of life. The story ends with Shao Jun telling us the lesson she learns through this entire adventure: Those who seek revenge better dig two graves, one for their target and one for themselves.

In this game I liked the story, I liked the 2D side-scrolling nature of the game, and I loved the art! The art of the game really reminded me of eastern ink drawings, and the way the cinematics were done underlined the ink painting nature of the visuals. The thing that I didn’t like, in the end, were the controls. While I (stubbornly) made my way through the game to completion, I feel like I was battling the controls most of the time. I am currently playing Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, and the controls on the desktop are a pain still. I might just get the type-cover back out and put it on my Surface so I can continue the game.

Overall, I liked this game because of the visuals and the story. I’d give this game a 7.5/10

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