Our hero in this case is Orelov, a Russian assassin who gets the job in the 20th century. He has the responsibility of recovering the Precursor box. If you have played the previous two Chronicles games you will recall that this is a key item. As he goes about his duties, he runs into a legendary Russian touchstones; execution of Czar Nicholas II by Bolsheviks. The execution also involves his family.
It is legendary that the youngest daughter, Anastasia, was able to flee away from the massacres. Assassins Creed pushes beyond the lines. Orelov is able to smuggle the frightened princess from the palace and also makes Anastasia to discover she has some little Assassin in her.
The game tries to add the legend of Anastasia to it but fails to capitalize on it. A damaging feature is that it adds China’s protagonist, Jun Shao, to it. Anastasia does not realize her power in a natural way. She does so through the angry ghost of Shao Jun and thus making her a simple murderer. On the other hand, Orelov is stuck in the mode “protect the princess” throughout the game. Therefore, story-wise, we can say the whole thing is a wash.
The game’s benefit comes majorly from the fact that Anastasia can fend for herself. India and China have only a single assassin protagonist while Russia shares its time with Anastasia and Orelov. Anastasia is unable to participate in hand-on-hand fights. She is able to use the previous game’s Helix Powers to vanish in thin air for a short while, making her to dash between hiding spots invisibly.
Orelov is unable to use these powers but can effectively participate in hand-on-hand fights. However, his style of fighting is quite stiff and unwieldy. In addition, he has the ability to pull obstacles down and at the same time sending a pulse to knock anything out.
Ironically, the game-play style brought in it in this modern era appears to water it down.
There are several surprises that you will find in the game. These include pistols, phones and automobiles. Other remarkable ones are the ability to run, jump and hide from vision cones. Russia seems confident that splitting the powers of one character with two will bring in a fresh feeling.
At least both China and India had captivating presentations in earlier versions of Assassin’s Creed. China had watercolors while India prided in henna art. The art style of Russia has succeeded in some small bits.