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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia Trophy Guide Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:12:25 -0500 Nick Harshman

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia is the third and final installment in the series of AC spinoff games. If you're anything like me, then you aren't ever one hundred percent done with a game until you have gathered every trophy that the game has to offer. This guide will provide a roadmap towards unlocking every one of the trophies of this game. Perhaps later, I will also go back and write up other trophy guides for Assassin's Creed: China and India as well.

First things first, the basics. There are a total of 17 trophies, and while the trophy list doesn't seem bad at first glance, this game is actually the hardest of the three so the trophies may take a bit of time. Since the game is a spinoff and not actually a full Assassin's Creed game, there is no platinum trophy to worry about. 

The Easy Ones

The first five trophies are easy, since they're story related, and should come naturally. They are:

  1.  One Last time - Complete Memory Sequence 1
  2.  The Girl Lives - Complete Memory Sequence 3
  3.  On Her Own - Complete Memory Sequence 6
  4.  The Choice - Complete Memory Sequence 8
  5.  Different Paths - Complete Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

Like I said, all straight forward and simple enough. Just complete the listed sequences and you'll pop the trophy at the end of said sequence.

The Grind-y Ones

The following trophies require some type of grind to acquire. 

  1.  Like a Shadow - Achieve a Shadow Gold rating 30 times
  2.  Like an Assassin - Achieve an Assassin Gold rating 30 times.
  3.  Like a Silencer - Achieve a Silencer Gold rating 30 times.

    In Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia, the game utilizes a ranking system. As you complete checkpoints during the sequences, you are given a rank of Assassin, Shadow, or Silencer followed by a bronze, silver, or gold ranking. 

    During each sequence (except 7 and 10) there are around 10 checkpoints that you can earn these medals. This gives you about 80 to 90 chances to get gold medals. 

    To obtain a Gold Assassin ranking, you have to have at least one kill, but a total of zero 'times seen,' 'alerts,' and 'takedowns.' 

    To obtain the Gold Silencer ranking, you have to only use non-lethal takedowns as well as refrain from killing or being seen at all.

    To obtain the Gold Shadow ranking, you can't be seen, have any kills, or takedowns. Basically, 'times seen,' 'alerts,' 'kills,' or 'takedowns' has to be at zero at the next checkpoint.

    Considering you need 30 of each medal, it is more than likely you will have to run through the campaign a second time to gather any remaining medals you're missing. Another option would be to replay Sequence 9 over and over, as it offers quite a few sections that can be done without killing or takedowns.

  4.  Between the Eyes - Headshot 100 times
  5.  Shocking - Electrocute 25 enemies
  6.  Gone in a Flash - Use Helix Blade on 25 enemies

For  Between the Eyes, the best option would be to reload Sequence 7 over and over again, since it offers the best and most abundant sniping opportunities.

For  Shocking, this should most likely come naturally as you unlock the other trophies. You are first introduced to electrocution at the start of Sequence 8, and there are two ways you can do it. The first is to use one of your devices on a socket, which will then send a shock to the second socket. The other method would be using the same device on puddles of water while enemies are standing in them.

Lastly, for  Gone in a Flash, the Helix Blade will be unlocked in Sequence 6 for Anastasia, though Orlov won't have it unlocked until you begin a second playthrough. What you have to do is sneak up on an enemy from behind and kill him with Square and then immediately press Triangle. You'll know you're successful when the enemy disappears in a cloud of smoke. 

The Really Specific Ones

The following trophies require you to complete certain tasks or certain sequences in a specific way.

  1.  Mercy Shooter - Don't kill any enemies in the Orlov Sniping sections in Memory Sequence 7
  2.  My Brothers - Complete Memory Sequences 8 and 9 without killing anyone
  3.  Resourceful - Electrocute 3 enemies at the same time
  4.  Combo Master - Complete any Memory Sequence other than Memory Sequence 1 without losing your Score Combo once 

    Starting with  Mercy Shooter, this trophy might seem little odd. the whole point of Sequence 7 is to kill enemies to proceed. The catch here is that if you hit the enemy below the waistline, it doesn't count as a kill. As long as you stick to shooting the legs or feet of enemies you should get this one no problem.

     My Brothers can be a tad difficult, but should still be fairly simple to accomplish. As long as you stick to non-lethal takedowns (square from behind an enemy) then you'll be ok. Electrocution is also a legitimate strategy as well since it counts as a non-lethal takedown as well. If you're having trouble, I recommend these two videos as guides, courtesy of PurrPleeHaze:

     Resourceful is a fairly simple trophy to unlock. In fact, when the game introduces the electrocution gameplay, it will provide a tutorial where three guards are standing in a puddle. Simply electrocute the water and obtain this simple trophy.

     Combo Master is another simple trophy, as you need to get gold medals throughout one whole sequence (except for Sequences 7 and 10). As long as you end each checkpoint with a gold medal, you'll unlock this at the end of the sequence.

  5.  Ghost Train - Complete Memory Sequence 4 without alerting the enemies
  6.  A True Assassin - Complete Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia in Plus Hard mode without alerting any enemy.

The last two trophies basically go hand-in-hand as you cannot get  A True Assassin without getting  Ghost Train. Ghost Train requires you to complete Sequence 4 without alerting any enemies, while A True Assassin makes you beat the whole game without alerting any enemies (on Plus Hard mode though).

Here are some tips for completing the game without alerting any enemies on Plus Hard mode:

  • This may seem redundant, but try not to be seen at all. Most of the time you have a window of opportunity to escape a guard's cone of vision, but some guards instantly alert as soon as they see you. 
  • During the game, there are sections where commanders will call guards on a telephone. If they don't answer, they will raise the alarm. Watch out, and try to leave guards alone in these areas.
  • Hide bodies. Always. Guards who find dead bodies are instantly alerted.
  • Sequences 2, 3, and 7 have unavoidable alerts. Watch out for these, and don't worry if they happen, just keep going.

If you're having trouble with a particular sequence (Including 4 for Ghost Train) take a jaunt over to PurrPleeHaze's profile since he has some awesome videos on how to get through each sequence.

Well, those are the last two trophies. Hopefully, this guide provided some sort of help in getting you 100% of the trophies. Good luck, and happy trophy hunting!

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia Guide: Synchronization points and collectibles Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:14:46 -0500 Serhii Patskan

The final chapter in the Chronicles saga - Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia was released on February 9, 2016. The events of the game take place in a post-revolution period of Russia, after the murder of Tsar by the Bolsheviks in 1918. You play as an assassin Nikolai Orelov who tries to retrieve an ancient artifact and save Princess Anastasia on his way to freedom.

This guide will give you tips on how to find all the synchronization points and collectibles, such as chests, abilities and magnetic keys in the game. Actually, there are only two sync points in the entire campaign, while some sequences include neither sync points nor collectibles – they are sequences 4, 7 and 10 – these are simply speedrun levels.

Synchronization points

Sync point 1

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sync point 1

  • The sync point in Sequence 1 can be found after the tram ride. You will find a militia sergeant on the roof, and then you need to go on top of the next building. There you will see your first synchronization point in the game.
Sync point 2

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sync point 2

  • The sync point in Sequence 5 can be found after the series of wooden ledges (where the first chest can be located). You need to follow the path on the top of the wooden construction and you will end up at the synchronization point.


Sequence 1

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 1 chest

  • You will find the first chest in the game right after the first sync point. The chest is located under the bridge at the ladder.
  • You can collect a Magnetic Key from the dead guard at the end of Sequence 1. You will approach a mansion with guards whom you have to snipe. Then go down to the ground floor and go left, there you will find the guard’s body lying by the wall.
Sequence 2

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 2 magnetic key

  • The first chest in Sequence 2 can be found right at the very start of the mission. As soon as you enter the house look right underneath the first platform. But be careful, as there is a guard watching after it.
  • The second chest is located in the area behind the broken truck. After you reach the corner of the east wing, you need to hop on top of the fence to your right, and you will see the truck underneath.
  • You can collect the first Magnetic Key from one of the guards at the garden before you enter the house. There are three of them - the one in the middle has the key.
  • The second key can be obtained from the guard at the East Wing of the Ipatiev’s House. When you reach the second room of the second floor, wait before two guards enter the room – kill both of them and collect the key.
Sequence 3

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 3 chest

  • You can collect the scroll from the chest at the beginning of Sequence 3, right after you kill the first guard. You will see the chest up at the top of the next section of the level.
  • The second chest can be found under the roof of the building that you need to enter after the elimination of the machine gunner.
  • You will obtain Helix Blend as soon as you get out of the sewers. You will see a Helix glitch screen that will notify you about the event. This ability will allow your character to become invisible.
  • You need to reach the guarded building after the sewers. You will be able to collect the Rope Dart underneath the first platform inside the house. This item can be assimilated with your dagger for a better effect.
  • Another ability called Helix Dash can be picked up on top of the roof right after you pick up the Rope Dart. This ability allows your character to move between guards unnoticed.
Sequence 5

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 5 chest

  • You will find the first chest at the beginning of the level, after you go past through a group of riflemen veterans. You will find yourself on a series of wooden ledges – the chest is located on the lowest ledge.
  • The second chest can be located inside one of the train wagons with a guard inside. Also, two other guards will be outside the wagon, so be sure to approach the chest from the roof.
  • The third and final chest is located at the end of the alley, after you kill Janis and his guard. This is the part where you will be given the task to prevent Janis from calling Trotsky.
  • After the train yard area, you will find yourself at the guarded building. The very first guard on your way will have the Magnetic Key.
Sequence 6

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 6 chest

  • The first of two chests in Sequence 6 can be found after you leave the station at the beginning of the level. You need to hop on a green tram and jump down when it stops. You will see the chest by the wall next to you.
  • The second chest can be obtained in the Trotsky’s mansion. You need to get on the second floor from the top of the roof and make your way to the other end of the house.
  • When you arrive on the green tram at the first guard post, the last of the guards will have the Magnetic Key. Try to skip the guards by running on the top of the tram and stealth kill the last guard.
  • The second key can be obtained from one of the guards at the building where you have to activate the lift controls. This guard can be located after you activate the first switch and be on your way to the second one.
  • The soldier that guards the door to the third switch holds another key. You can locate him one floor below the second switch.
  • Another cool ability - Helix Blade - can be collected after you use the elevator in the building that will lead you to Trotsky’s house. Helix Blade allows you to dissolve assassinated targets.
Sequence 8

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 8 chest

  • The first chest in Sequence 8 is of green color and contains ammo. It can be found after you kill the first sniper and move to the next building across the road.
  • The other white chest is placed in the sewers, which can be found after you pass the city square. It can be found in the small room on the other side of the wall.
  • The last white chest is located inside a truck behind the building where you meet Ilia. You need to finish the sewers part before you can meet him outside.
  • Immediately after you leave the safe house in Moscow, you need to get on top of the house across the road. There will be a sniper on top – he has the Magnetic Key.
  • The second key can be obtained from the guard inside the house, right after you cross the guarded square and a governmental building with red posters.
Sequence 9

Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia sequence 9 magnetic key

  • The first chest in Sequence 9 can be found on the corner of the Kremlin building on your way to the library. You will see a guard walking underneath you and the chest is right behind him.
  • The second chest is located at the maintenance area, before you open the security door in order to save Anastasia from the gas room. On your way there, look for the red doorhandle on the wall. Pull it and you will find the chest behind the wall.
  • You can collect the first magnetic key from the guard on the first floor of Kremlin, right at the beginning of the level.
  • The second key is in the possession of one of the guards on the second floor of the latter part of Kremlin. You will get there after you pass through the Library area.
  • The third and fourth keys can be collected from the guards in gas masks right after you use the elevator that will take you to the ground floor. You need to use the air hatch and make your way through the obstacles with hot steam.
  • The fifth and final Magnetic Key can be obtained from the guard in the underground lab facility. You will see him answering the phone.

Now you will be able to find them all and have a complete stash of collectibles in your game. Also, you should check out other games in the Chronicles saga, such as China and India for a complete experience.

Let us know your thoughts on the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series in the comments section below!

No Assassin's Creed in 2016? Good. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:15:36 -0500 Nick Harshman

This past week, Kotaku posted a story claiming they heard rumors that the next main entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise will not only be set in Egypt, but will also be released in 2017 instead of 2016. In other words, Ubisoft has decided to give the series a much needed rest. I for one cannot help but feel thankful that they have chosen to let the franchise catch it's breath.

Should this rumor be true, this will be the first year since 2009 that fans will not receive a main entry in the Assassin vs. Templar franchise. Of course fans can still look forward to Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India and Russia, which are due out January 12 and February 9 respectively, but those games serve more as spinoffs than entries in the main franchise.

Don't get the wrong idea, I enjoy Assassin's Creed quite a bit. Unfortunately, I also feel that since the decision to annualize the series, its quality has taken a dive year after year. This culminated in the debacle that was the Assassin's Creed Unity release: littered with bugs, a lackluster ending to say the least, and a love story that at times felt shoehorned in. 

Fast forward to Syndicate's release in 2015 and you'll find the game feels much the same as its predecessor - minus the bugs - and arrived with a resounding thud. Much of the gameplay is similar, combat is tedious, and the recycled combat animations are disappointing. This iteration could be considered the very definition of playing it safe. Designers eliminated the bugs, nixed the multiplayer and focused on a single player experience in Victorian London, one of the most popular time periods in fiction. As they continue to pump out new sequels every year, Ubisoft can't make the drastic changes the series so desperately needs.

If Ubisoft does take 2016 off, what changes should we expect in 2017's Assassin's Creed? First and foremost, the developers face a hard decision: do they continue to incorporate the present day storyline? If so, they need to expand upon it and move the story forward - as it is now the plot has plateaued. It almost seems as if they had no plan for after Assassin's Creed III and have been winging it since then. Taking a break will allow them to flesh out the plot for future games. 

Ubisoft also needs to completely overhaul the combat system. The foundation is there for Batman Arkham style combat, but the clunkiness and poor enemy AI prevent the current system from coming into its own. Combat akin to Shadow of Mordor would be ideal for the Assassin's Creed franchise as it allows for the free flowing combat style the developers could be looking for. 

Fixing the minor problems that have been plaguing the series for years resolves some of the fans' remaining complaints. Issues such as sticky jumping and inconsistent character movement, NPC characters lacking personality, and creating a realistic environment are just a few of the possible improvements Ubisoft should focus on.

Assassin's Creed is not a bad series and I would go out of my way to recommend it to others, but it continues to test my patience. Ubisoft would be well served taking a year and getting their head on straight. Here's hoping 2017's Assassin's Creed is the redemption the series needs. Who knows, maybe we'll even get a game set in Feudal Japan.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles has a Release Date, and it's Tomorrow Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:35:02 -0400 JC Lau

We've previously discussed the upcoming Assassin's Creed trilogy, Assassin's Creed Chronicles before, and the first installment of it, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, will be available tomorrow in the Americas.

To celebrate the news, Ubisoft has also released a new trailer today offering the gameplay, updated art style and a glimpse into the story.

The new story is set in 16th-century China, where the new Jiajing Emperor has purged all he feels could endanger his throne, including the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins. Shao Jun, a young member, manages to flee West to train under Ezio Auditore (the protagonist from Assassin's Creed II and the subsequent Brotherhood and Revelations games). The story follows her journey to restore the Chinese Brotherhood.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China will introduce new locales, like the Maijishan Grottoes, Port of Macau, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China.

It's notable that the Chronicles series moves away the traditional 3D format, but the main features of Assassin's Creed--the parkour, stealth, combat and even jumping out of hiding spots to kill unsuspecting guards--have transitioned seamlessly into 2.5D.

Two further Chronicles will follow, with the next being set in India during the 19th-century Sikh Empire. The third installment of the trilogy will be set in Russia after the Red October Revolution.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China arrives tomorrow on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $9.99, but if you have the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass, you will be able to download ACC: China at no extra cost.