I picked up my copy of Assassin’s Creed Rogue on release day but have just recently finished everything I wanted to do in the game. I am happy to say this is my first platinum trophy of 2015! Overall, I enjoyed the game even though the gameplay felt almost identical to Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. I am a huge fan of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series and at the time of this blog have played through every title except Unity. Being on the Templar side of the fight gave me a new perspective on the never ending battle between them and the Assassins. Before playing through this game I always felt that the Templars were unquestionably the “bad” guys. After getting to know Shay and his new friends both sides seem to be in a grey area on the good vs evil scale.
How Far I Got
I have 100% synced the game and have earned all the trophies. Call me crazy, but I actually found it relaxing sailing from area to area collecting everything and taking in the scenery. There are a few Abstergo Challenges I haven’t done that are related to the Naval Campaign mini game. Not a fan of the whole “send things to do stuff and then wait” mechanic that is cropping up a lot in games recently.
As a huge Assassin’s Creed fan I had no issues with the overall gameplay essentially being a hybrid of Black Flag and AC:III. Most of the game was behind the wheel of Shay’s ship, the Morrigan, sailing from point A to point B while blowing up other ships up for resources. The New York area felt like a “classic” Assassin’s Creed game area. I would have liked to see Shay have more Templar related abilities though. Off ship Shay still sneaks around with hidden blades and I need to press circle to dodge when I see the red thing over the bad guy’s head. I feel that the developers have wasted an opportunity to change the combat and ability system up a bit. Oh and of course add a bit of modern day sequences with puzzles to hack computers and another mobile freemium style mini game. I’ll admit I am getting a little tired of those…
Beautiful water effects, environments, and character designs. Add some stunning Northern light effects and snow tornadoes for good measure. I did run into some occasional environment clipping and freezing during sea battles with lots of enemy ships. The latter can probably be blamed on my poor aging “fat” PS3.
The theme song on the title screen was very moving to me. Nothing else about the soundtrack really jumped out at me. The crew still sings most of the same classic sea shanties they did in Black Flag but they have added a few new ones. My crew did seem to hate me though since they often sang the same one. At least I am fairly confident that I now know what to do with a drunken sailor. I would have also liked to have heard more variety in the songs sang by the entertainers found in the game’s many pubs.
My Overall Biased Opinion
I love the story of Assassin’s Creed and watching Shay join the dark side added some interesting plot elements. I also enjoyed getting a little more information about the back story of Assassin’s Creed III. I wasn’t expecting any radical gameplay changes so I wasn’t disappointed when there weren’t any. For now I’m happy with the AC formula but I will grow tired of it. Ubisoft will need to spice the formula up a bit to prevent Assassin’s Creed from becoming just another boring yearly rehash to me.
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! You have been warned.
Favourite Story Moment
It was fun teaming up with Haytham Kenway (Poor Adewale though…) and a part of me felt sad picking off each one of Shay’s former colleagues. It was an interesting twist that Shay didn’t actually have to kill Liam himself. I also learned why Achilles had a cane in AC:III. My favourite story moment would have to be the ending which really paved the way for Assassin’s Creed Unity. I’m wondering if Mr. Cormac will be making an appearance in Unity…
Berserk Grenades! I found it quite entertaining to fire one of these bad boys into a crowd of guards and watch the ensuing chaos from the safety of a nearby bush. Even better there was actually a trophy for that.
I never thought I would ever see my city featured in a video game. Imagine how happy I was when I found Halifax, Nova Scotia. The game portrays it as a little village area and I’ve never seen any huge mountain ranges around on my way to work. They did add a bar though. They definitely got that part right!
Shay Cormac himself. At the begining of the game you get a sense that he never really believed in the overall mission of the Brotherhood. That set the stage nicely for his transition over to the Templars. After seeing what the artifacts were capable of doing Shay didn’t hesitate to do whatever was necessary to protect innocent lives.
Worst Glitch Encountered
I was happily exploring a northern area and jumping across a river. While jumping over to the other side Shay got himself stuck in a rock and froze to death in the water. Not exactly game breaking but it annoyed me.
Most Tedious Gameplay Moment
Gathering all the materials to fully upgrade the Morrigan.