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Xbox Games With Gold for February 2018 announced

It’s that time of the month where we find out the details of the next Xbox Games With Gold. In February 2018 Xbox One owners will be getting Shadow Warrior and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, whilst 360 gamers will get Split Second and the classic Crazy Taxi. Of course, the two 360 titles will also be playable on your Xbox One through the magic of Backwards Compatibility!

Shadow Warrior tells the offbeat tale of Zilla Enterprise’s corporate shogun Lo Wang as he is ordered to acquire a legendary blade of limitless power by his deceitful employer. Betrayed and left for dead, Lo Wang learns of the blade’s connection to ancient gods from another realm preparing to push our world to the brink of destruction. Now the reluctant hero must become legend through a masterful combination of gun, blade, magic and wit to uncover the truth behind the demonic invasion and banish evil back into the darkness.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India sees you embody Arbaaz in his quest for retribution through a colourful depiction of 19th century Colonial India in 2.5D stealth gameplay. Discover an exquisite depiction of Colonial India thanks to a palette of vibrant colours. Zip-line across the streets of Amritsar, hide in the shadows of the palace, and hunt legendary artifacts, following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. As a smart and charming Assassin, use new subterfuges to disguise and to loot. Discover all-new Assassin’s gear such as the talwar (curved sword) and chakram (circular throwing weapon) to deal great damage and interact with the environment.

 

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India now available

The next chapter in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Chronicles saga releases today for Xbox One, set during 19th-century India at the height of the British empire. Whilst tensions are rising between the East India Company and the Sikh Empire, a race between the Assassins and the Templars to secure a priceless diamond begins.

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Players find themselves in the shoes of Arbaaz Mir: master assassin. Slightly more nimble than your average assassin, Arbaaz negotiates environmental obstacles with ease and can take down adversaries in an unsurprisingly slick fashion, with moves new to Assassin’s Creed like the helix strike, and the series-classic silent takedown.

Developed by Climax Studios and Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles is a new take on the Assassin’s Creed formula, taking players into a rich, 2.5D Indian world with a hearty blend of satisfying stealth platforming gameplay. Our very own Rich Berry reviewed Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India this week, so go check out what he thinks!

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India comes after the saga’s first entry set in 16th century China, and culminates in the series finale set in early 20th century Russia, releasing in just a few weeks on February 9. At the same time, you’ll be able to grab the lot as part of the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack, releasing both digitally and in retail stores.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India review

Assassin’s Creed went in a new gameplay direction for its Chronicles series – a 2.5D platformer wrapped in Assassin’s Creed mechanics that played like a modern-day version of the original Prince of Persia. India is the setting for the latest episode in the three-part chronicle – the perfect place for a spiritual successor to the two-dimensional prince.

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You play as Arbaaz Mir, an Assassin not too dissimilar from Ezio Auditore – he is more interested in the love of the princess than he is about the Creed. Having stolen the Maharajah’s Koh-I-Noor diamond, a suspected piece of Eden, the story unfolds via beautifully painted art stills. It held my attention far more than China’s story, but was just as simple and lacked deep storytelling, but the beauty of the second game, beyond its vibrant art style, is a well-worked set of levels that offered more challenges and navigational options than the first game.

Indian patterns flow across the backgrounds with rich oranges, bright purples and lush greens filling the foreground. India is a stunning piece of artwork and a far throw from the drab palette of China, but on the face of it India is a continuation of the first game – a reskin – but for all that it takes from the first game, India builds upon the mechanics to create a game that feels more exciting than the first.

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Navigating the simple platforming puzzles to pick off enemies one by one is far more manageable (and enjoyable) than getting into a mass brawl, but should you decide to go up against a group of enemies, a new Helix ability allows you to perform an instakill until you’ve run your Helix bar dry. The Chakram, Mir’s throwable weapon of choice, can bounce off surfaces but was only really useful in a few instances – when a rope needed cutting to reveal a path, to drop a chandelier or to destroy a lantern – making the weapon somewhat underused. Combat largely remains the same as China’s, but you can now pick pockets, open locks and collect disguises, but these hardly make the game stray too far from the style that China established.

Challenge rooms are new to the game but with only three styles – collect, contract and assassination – and six rooms to tackle I was left wanting more. Each room tests your ability to make it through in the quickest time while completing certain parameters, like avoiding yellow areas or killing all guards without being detected. It’s wonderfully challenging and there’s a high replay value as you chase the top leaderboard spot and collect all four synchronization points – it’s just a shame there aren’t any achievement points for completing them.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India builds upon what made the first game fun with a more rounded package. The game challenged me far more and while there was little depth to the storytelling, I cared for the Assassin I was playing – hopefully Russia, the final part in the chronicle, can raise the bar further and finish the series off on a high.

Thanks to Xbox and Ubisoft for their support

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New trailer for Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India released

Ubisoft have released a new trailer for the upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India.

The year is 1841, and tensions between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company have been escalating. You are Arbaaz Mir, a master assassin, who must navigate this dangerous and uncertain time to save the one he loves and recover a mysterious item which was stolen from the Brotherhood.

The game is due to hit the Xbox Store on January 12.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles concludes in 2016

What ever happened to Assassin’s Creed Chronicles? The first title in the trilogy released way back in April and since then things have gone dark over the future of the 2.5D spin off series.

Today Ubisoft have announced that Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India and Russia will release next year on January 12 and February 9 respectively. You can pick up the whole trilogy as a digital bundle or physical edition from February 9.

Chronicles has a great art style, and was a novel take on the Assassin’s Creed style – I’m glad to see that the other episodes will see the light of day and make it to Xbox One. You can read my review of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China here.