Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hush now, I do what I want

I am well aware that playing Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is a massive self contradiction when I dismissed Mark of the Ninja after have just played the demo. What's worse is that I am playing it due to some still active affection for the Assassin's Creed name. Unity wasn't that bad, was it?

It wasn't when I finally played it, months after release.

Chronicles: China is actually a free add on for people who purchased the Unity season pass that Ubisoft has graciously decided to allow anyone to purchase. Because, you know, they like money. And I am happy that they do because Chronicles: China is, so far at least, a very nice diversion. 2D stealth is not something that I am familiar with so I am learning as I go. The game is quite insistent the sneaky way is the best way but it does allow for one to go crazy and just start killing guys.

It doesn't work, partly because the combat is one step removed from the original Prince of Persia and partly because there are a lot of dudes and they all have very good hearing. There is middle ground, one in which I shank dudes and stuff the bodies into dark corners, that has allowed me to make progress with little frustration.

Whether or not this game actually fits into the larger lore of Assassin's Creed is yet to be seen. The lore has become so convoluted and expansive that it certainly could but I would prefer it remained a stand alone adventure. Right now it is simple: the templars killed all of the assassins in China, save one, and she is back and pissed off. No save the world scenarios, no jumping back to modern days, just one woman who has had quite enough of their bull shit.

Who am I kidding, this is still Ubisoft. The whole game is probably an advertisement for another game, only unlike PT I paid for it.

Speaking of PT, I really hope that it sitting on my hard drive does not brick my PS4.

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