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Assassin's Creed: Rogue Review

With all of the fanfare for the first proper Assassin's Creed game on the newest generation of consoles Assassin's Creed: Rogue had been pretty much overlooked, especially with all of the troubles many gamers have experienced with Unity. But for those that have not adopted the newest generation of consoles or wanted to wait for these issues to be resolved and are still craving some parkour assassin skills then you really cannot go wrong with Assassins Creed: Rogue on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Even though arriving at the end of the generation this game still has an awful lot to offer and whilst not offering anything particularly ground breaking in terms of new technology and playability it does throw in a new element to the world of Assassins Creed, adding more to the already rich and at times confusing lore with Abstergo still delving into the memories of past assassins, this time focusing on Shay Patrick Cormac, an assassin and Captain of a ship the Morrigan situated in the North Atlantic area around 1752. Shay was previously thought of as nothing more than a drone assassin, carrying out duties for the higher ranked members however the powers at Abstergo believe he was in fact one of the more influential assassins of that era. The game starts like many other Assassins Creed games, letting you get to grips with the huge amount of weapons and skills on offer, the fluid free movement system as satisfying as ever, vaulting and climbing with ease as you stalk various prey. The initially overwhelming repertoire of weapons soon becomes second nature, deftly switching from the classic blades, swords and cutlasses to pistols, ropes and an air-rifle that fires various darts like fireworks and berserker darts; each one vital to master if you want to perfect your assassination skills. 

Once you have a few missions under your belt the story then really changes, following an exceptional level in Portugal with Shay locating a Precursor Artifact that that tears the city of Lisbon apart he turns his back on his brothers, deciding that the Guilds way is not the right path, he then becomes hunter and hunted, assassins lying in wait in every street corner as he attempts to stop them.

Being on the other side is a great experience and even though the majority of the game is as before when it comes to Assassin's Creed games, the fact you are constantly on the lookout for your own would be assassinators is a fresh change of pace and storytelling, making what could have been a game to fill in an empty release schedule a lot more enjoyable.

As with Black Flag, Rogue is a game of two halves, the first being the usual climbing and running around, be it sticking to the story or wandering around the three different locations in search of treasures, sea shanties and other mysteries and then you have the sea faring side, piloting the Morrigan on the harsh Atlantic seas, dealing with strong winds, icebergs and generally being a nuisance to all ships that cross your bow, supplementing your crew and pockets by boarding enemy vessels and ransacking them. 

With the main story coming up a little short there are plenty of other areas to focus on like the crafting and land ownership systems, allowing you to hunt numerous animals to craft new items for your person, reclaiming cargo from the sea to improve the Morrigan and also taking over gang headquarters and forts which in turn open up the game world and also earn you a steady income; overall Assassins Creed Rogue has loads to offer.

In the end it is such a shame that Unity took all of the headlines and attention away from Assassins Creed Rogue as it offers a very strong finish to what is likely to be the last Creed title for the old generation.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)


+ A strong story and loads of side missions and other distractions.
+ Return to the seas to captain a ship.


- Terrible Irish accent of Shay.
- The story is a little short.

Edited On 17 Nov, 2014

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Turniplord 2 years ago
I hate his voice (reason I wont play it) I just don't like the accent. Seen a few people play it on youtube - if I ever get this it will be the 'HD' release on PC/PS4 and i'll have the audio down and subtitles on. Gameplay wise its pretty much a Black flag expansion
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Neil 2 years ago
Con. Story too short? Damn, just completed ACU, is Rogue shorter??
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listerdaleo 2 years ago
Yes its shorter. kinda feels like all ya done in black flag reversing/undoing it haaa
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superniceguy 2 years ago
I was really looking forward to this, and had it preordered with Zavvi, as it was a lot lot cheaper, and with so many games released this month, went with the cheapest online retailers. Zavvi are prone with delays, and expected that, even weeks, but I did not expect a no show, which happened. It is so frustrating as I was looking at ShopTo stock all day debating whether to get it from ShopTo, reading "last Few" then "1 unit left" and then "all gone, sorry" on Nov 13th. After this experience I am not touching Zavvi with a barge pole from now on, especially with preorders, they are officially completely and utterly the biggest joke of a retailer on this planet. AC is one the big releases of the year, and unable to provide it for people who preorder? Here is the email from them "We're sorry to inform you that some or all of your order has now been cancelled as Assasssins Creed Rogue Collector Edition is no longer available. We have tried to source further stock but we have been unsuccessful, sorry to disappoint you. Please note you have not been charged for this item and no payment will be taken."
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superniceguy 2 years ago
I hope the 2 extra missions will be available as DLC, as until they are, this will be the first AC game I have not bought. The only DLC they are selling are Timesaver packs which steal more gameplay. Why bother buying a game and then spending more money on DLC to take away some of that gameplay? Pointless DLC, and they do not provide DLC that adds more gameplay.

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