Prettier than before, but tedious trailing and stealth mission design kill the mood.
Right from the surprisingly colorful opening storyboards, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India promises to be different than last year’s China chapter – and it is, but not always in the right ways. Graphically, it has more soul than its visually limp predecessor, but ACC: India stumbles terribly in places that game doesn't. As a stealth game, its reliance on cheap gotcha tactics and flimsy instant-fail mission objectives feels like a step backwards for a spinoff series that seemed to be headed in the right direction, at least gameplay-wise.

It's too bad, because things start out fairly promising. Arbaaz, the star of the show, has as much of Disney’s Aladdin in him as he does Ezio, and his voice actor does a decent enough job of laying on the charm, despite the less-than-impressive script he's reading off of. The story never turns into anything more than following bad people to wherever they plan to do bad things and stopping them, but it least it doesn't get in the way.
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