I'm here to give a review on Assassin's Creed Rogue. Assassin's Creed Rogue is a Ubisoft game that was released on November 11, 2014. It features Shay Patrick Cormac, the Assassin turned Templar.
First of all, I'm gonna complain on the way it plays. The combat is just as easy. I know the game is trying to appeal to the masses by making you feel like a badass after pushing two buttons when prompted, but really, people who like easy games like that can go play Call of Duty or something. Assassin's Creed started off with a good combat system, which they continuously dumbed down until they got to Assassin's Creed 3, where they could dumb it down no more without just plain removing it. I mean, one button press allows you to take down any enemy by using them as a human shield, and the most button presses it takes to kill and enemy is four. That's one to break defense, and then just mashing the attack button.
Now that I dissed the on foot combat, I'm gonna diss the naval combat. I think they made it easier too. Plus, they replaced the next to useless fire barrel with something even more useless. Hooray, I can set water on fire and do almost no damage to enemy ships. That's realistic. Plus, they added in double shots. You shoot one barrage of heavy shot, then another comes. That makes you even more overpowered. I took down three man o' wars without dipping down below 5/6 of my health. That's just sad. And this is without repairing the ship.
Next, collectibles. We have totems, only six of them, which allow you to unlock an ugly ass costume with no benefit. We have Templar artifacts, which let you unlock an awesome costume with no benefit. We have viking sword pieces that lets you unlock a pretty badass looking costume, minus the helmet. The helmet sucks. We also have these collectibles called War Letters that I can't see anybody caring about in the slightest. And over half the shanties I've chased have just flown directly into me.
Now, the AI. The AI is ridiculously stupid. Worst I've seen in ANY game. And I know the game is new, but the AI worked far better in Assassin's Creed 4 and Assassin's Creed 3, so why not just take what you need directly from there.
Let me give you an example. I was on a lookout tower, and I decided to air assassinate a guard below me. So I did. His buddy, standing right next to him (just far away enough to be out of the range of the double air assassination, but still close) who watched me kill the guard, and was looking straight at me, had to go through the whole yellow and red detection bar before he decided to attack me. And the bar went up about as slowly as they go down when you're hiding. A few seconds later, a guard with a full yellow suspicion bar ran right past me. Never engaged me. I was standing out in the open, swords out, and he just ran past me. The AI is constantly that stupid.
Now that the AI is done, let's talk about how Shay handles. Slightly less stupid. He doesn't grab things when I prompt him too, Doesn't jump to the next branch until I shake my controller around like a spastic, and on ships, barely ever responds to me, resulting in him getting his ass beat by a regular soldier.
Now here are my complaints on the actual game.
One, it's about half the size of regular Assassin's Creed games.
Two, Shay is a horrible character and so is the plot.
And three, slight spoiler, so be warned.
They killed Adéwalé. THEY KILLED ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERS. Yes, that is big enough to go on my top three complaints.
Okay, so about Shay. The only thing we ever learn about his character is that he has a moral compass. He has no personality whatsoever. In fact, I'd say his lack of personality is far more lethal than any of his weapons. Even Connor was a better character.
I think the idea with the story was to stop with the whole "Assassins are good and Templars are evil" black and white thing, but really, it just re-enforces that, but switches roles. The assassins are cunts, and the Templars have consciousnesses. Again, Assassin's Creed 3 was better than this, and that game sucked badly.
Also, the whole fact that Shay is supposed to feel sad about killing Assassins that was kinda scratched were his friends? Yeah no. We never got to care about them, so the emotional aspect is gone. they're flat character that we don't give half a shit about killing. Again, something AC3 did better.
The fact that such a shit character as Shay managed to kill Adéwalé, one of my favorite assassins, really does piss me off a bit.
So okay. I think my some 831 words of complaining convey the message, so now I'm gonna say what I liked about the game.
And really, when the game is done, and when you're just wandering around, that's really when the game shines.
The game has tons of locations, and most have their own little interesting parkour puzzle. Even unnamed islands you go to to get an animus fragnment have a little puzzle on how to get that, you don't just walk up and grab it (well, most the time) and I love that. I love that they added so many new environments to play around on. I've wanted that since they added the new parkour system in Assassin's Creed 3.
Another thing I really enjoyed was how killing changed when you became a Templar. When you were an Assassin, and you killed civilians, you got that "This ancestor did not kill civilians and domestic animals" thing, but when you become a Templar, that's gone. For the hell of it, I found a clothesline in New York and used rope darts to hand five civilians in a row. I also used berzerk darts to turn an entire street into an all out civilian brawl.
On my last positive point, assassins and reverse assassin contracts. At random points, you can hear whispering, which means an assassin is near. They can jump off building and ambush you in the grass. They have a much shorter reaction time (which is still enough, those guys aren't really hard) but they do make the game a little more interesting.
And I'm sure you all know about Assassin contracts. Well in this game, you find the target... and protect them. you kill all the Assassins in the area, and I liked that idea.
But overall, this is my least favorite Assassin's Creed game. I hate saying it, but Assassin's Creed 3 did better. Overall, Assassin's Creed 3 would get a 4.3/10.
Assassin's Creed Rogue gets a 3.1/10.
Would not recommend.
Reviewed by Silvekéir