Trilogy debut loses steam

"Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China" (Ubisoft, Xbox One) — the first in a planned downloadable trilogy — is the franchise's best spinoff so far. The 2.5-D stealth title blends signature "Assassin's Creed" elements and influence from 2012's "Mark of the Ninja." Most of the gameplay consists of entering a large area patrolled by increasing amounts and varieties of guards. A little over halfway through the campaign, the gameplay starts to lose steam. This isn't helped by the underwhelming story about assassinating one villainous Templar after another. The end doesn't spice things up.

BRYAN VORE, Game Informer