A few months ago I wrote about getting the first Assassin’s Creed Chronicles game, China, and although I was quite enjoying the start, I got a bit sidetracked at the time and forgot to get back to it. This past weekend I finally remembered to get back to it, and found myself playing through the entire thing in two sessions. In fact, I had such a great time with it that I didn’t want to stop, and so picked up the set that includes the two sequels, India and Russia, and so far India is just as fun and engrossing as China (although I did prefer the calligraphy-inspired art in the latter). I’m just so in love with the 2D stealth gameplay – this for me is way more fun than the regular Assassin’s Creed games – and it makes me wish they’d just keep making these with even more country settings. Yes, Mark of the Ninja did this kind of thing first, and although that is a really great game, I prefer the country-flavor and setting of these Chronicles game.
I did want to play this game when it originally came out – especially considering how much I enjoy the games by Klei – but for some reason I didn’t get around to it back then. When I got to playing Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, that I quite liked, a friend of mind reminded me that I really did need to play Mark of the Ninja. I was then surprised to find it in my Steam library (surely something I got as part of bundle). The stumbling block was still to get a controller to play it on my MacBook Air (and now MacBook Pro) – I no longer have my 360, and the PS4 controller is not supported by most Steam games, because it doesn’t do xinput, and same goes for the Nimbus controller I got for my Apple TV). So I finally got the nifty 8Bitdo NES30 Pro controller, and have been enjoying this game immensely. If you like those Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games – a 2D stealth take on the series – then you will absolutely love Mark of the Ninja. There’s just no stopping Klei in making great games.