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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered

Posted by GG Goblin On April - 6 - 2018

Who needs the Brotherhood?

 
Assassin’s Creed Rogue has a strange launch. The game originally came out in 2014 alongside Assassin’s Creed Unity. The problem was that Ubisoft seemed to be saying “Behold, our glorious Assassin’s Creed Unity for all of you lucky gamers that have got their hands on one of the new consoles. Oh, and for everyone still playing last gen, here’s Rogue”. It was almost like a consolation prize for those gamers who just didn’t have the funds to upgrade their console. But things got more awkward when it turned out that Unity had rather a lot of problems, while Rogue turned out to be a stellar game that took much inspiration from the excellent Black Flag. Yeah, I really don’t think that the launch turned out quite how Ubisoft imagined.

 
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But now, some years later, Assassin’s Creed Rogue has been remastered and released for PS4 and Xbox One, with further enhancements for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. The world of Shay Patrick Cormac is now fuller and better looking. There are more people on the streets, the textures are far improved, and the way the light glistens on the water is a sight to behold. No one’s suggesting that Rogue Remastered could rival the more recent Origins for sheer beauty and visual prowess, but it certainly doesn’t look out of place on the current generation of consoles.

 
Assassin’s Creed Rogue is already up there as one of my favorite games in the series, in large part due to the similarities with the excellent Black Flag. However, Rogue also tells a slightly different story from the other games, in that players will get to see the age old conflict between the Assassins and the Templars from another point of view. Or at least, they will do eventually.

 
The game follows the exploits of fresh faced assassin Shay Patrick Cormac as he tries to find his place in the Brotherhood. There is a healthy chunk of the game with Shay learning the ways of the Assassin, all the while complaining about being told what to do. Things don’t stay that simple, mind you. After a while, and some revelations, Shay makes the change to join the Templars, giving players a glimpse of life from the Templars side of the fence. Being a Templar may not be that different from being an Assassin, but being given that insight is one of the highlights of Rogue.

 
As a Templar, there will be a fair amount of hunting down other Assassins. The player will also be responsible for preventing assassinations, all the while keeping an eye out for attempts on their own life. It turns out that being a Templar is quite a tense affair. As always in an Assassin’s creed game, the map is littered with little icons that represent various missions that the player can take on, and as always, it feels a little overwhelming. The game world for Rogue is not as packed full of locations as many of the games, with only New York offering any form of city life.

 
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But there is always the sea. In Rogue, the tropical waters from Black Flag are replaced with the much more icy waters of the Atlantic. Aside from obstacles such as icebergs and a glorious icy sheen added to all of the visuals, this means that Shay cannot spend much time in the water without freezing to death. But why would anyone want to spend time in the water, when they have access to the Morrigan, Shay’s very own ship and access to the excellent naval shenanigans. Another highlight of Rogue, the naval battles are simply excellent. They may be almost identical to those in Black Flag, but more of something good is no bad thing, which is proven by Ubisoft’s plans to release Skull & Bones, a game based around the naval aspects of Black Flag and Rogue.

 
When players get back onto land, the gameplay is pretty much classic Assassin’s Creed, by which I mean a little dated. Many players will prefer the older style combat and free running, but for those who are relatively new to the series, it may take a little adjustment. There are  a couple of fun new toys to play with, such as the air rifle for silent take downs, and even a primitive grenade launcher, which is all sorts of fun. Even the Morrigan gets something new in the form of Puckle guns that can give the Morrigan an advantage in any naval conflict.

 
Due to the mess at launch, Assassin’s Creed Rogue was likely overlooked by many gamers, but fans of the series would do well to pick the game up, even more so now it has been remastered. Rogue fits into the overall storyline across the series, and features both locations and characters from other games, paying great fan service and even filling in gaps in the timeline. That being said, the Assassin’s Creed series’ overall story has become more than a little messy, so it is also handy that Rogue works perfectly as a stand alone without any previous Assassin’s Creed knowledge required.

 
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Assassin’s Creed Rogue may have been cast aside as a consolation prize when it originally launched, but there is so much to like about the game that its lesser status always seemed such a shame. Now, with Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered, AC fans can enjoy the adventure of Assassin turned Templar Shay Patrick Cormac with a shiny new coat of paint. Quite simply, it is one of the best Assassin’s Creed games. Whether you are an Assassin or a Templar, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is worth picking up.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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