A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Despite some noble intent, the main objective of the game is assassination.
Positive Role Models
Although main character is sympathetic, she's a trained killer driven by revenge.
Ease of Play
Basic movement; controls relatively easy, though more advanced moves, combat have a steeper learning curve.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of blood, violence, though watercolor style of visuals cuts back on impact slightly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some vague sexual references in dialogue, presentation of non-player characters.
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Products & Purchases
First of a new trilogy, spun off from Ubisoft's popular Assassin's Creed franchise, which includes toys, books, and films.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is the first game in a new trilogy of downloadable action games based off Ubisoft's popular Assassin's Creed franchise. The hero, a female Assassin, uses her environment to stealthily kill enemies, usually in bloody ways. She then hides the bodies and uses the crowds to avoid detection from guards. There's a large amount of violence, but the watercolor visuals limit the impact of the violence. There are some vague sexual references in dialogue and in the presentation of some non-player characters.
Is It Any Good?
Considering that the Assassin's Creed franchise is best known for letting players roam free in a big, open world, it's strange to try to recreate that action as a side-scrolling platformer. That being said, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China actually does a pretty good job of bringing the same feel of the original games to the more confined 2.5-D environment. The watercolor visuals, smooth animations, and haunting soundtrack give the game a unique style that's almost more fun to watch than it is to play.
Controls, for the most part, are done well enough, though more advanced assassination techniques are more difficult to pull off with any regularity. There also were a few times when certain specific actions, such as hiding a body, felt more clunky than stealthy. That's particular rough in a game where stealth is more important than ever. Fighting your way out of a confrontation if spotted is a lot more difficult when you have fewer places to run and reinforcements come charging in. Despite this, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is still a fun game and a strong start to a new Assassin's Creed branch.
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