Sunday, 21 December 2014

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

Ubisoft have responded to the accusations of releasing the same game every year in a different package by releasing two of them this year.  The first one is Assassin’s Creed: Unity on the PS4 and Xbox One. The second one is Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Out now on Xbox 360 and PS3, Rogue is basically Black Flag in disguise. With the slight twist on a theme, you play as an assassin turned Templar with all the majestic moral mind melting that you’d expect. I found myself sneaking up on Templars as the game started being ushered in the direction that my fate decreed by a very unpleasant, controlling and difficult to please mentor/leader.  

My character is Irish and is called Shay Patrick Cormac (spelt in the English fashion and not the Irish, I noted) and doesn’t like rules and regulations. He upsets his colleagues for being uninterested and lazy, which is fair enough accusations of a man who doesn’t know how to spell his own name. He doesn’t like the assassin’s and the way they do things, constant attempts to reclaim the bits of Eden mean that the world is suffering some massive earthquakes. Pause. Check facts. Oh they actually happened that’s awesome. The Piece’s of Eden are important for those who wish to wield tremendous power, but seemingly cause the earth to eat cities when rubbed, a bit like a grumpier version of Aladdin’s Lamp.

Shay’s storyline is based in the midst of the French and Indian war, this amongst various other things means Shay is very rarely in a position to feel safe as he is at war with practically everyone. After a mission goes somewhat wrong, Shay ends up running away and jumping into the sea to his death! Except obviously not to his death. He wakes up from a coma in the house of some people ho give him clothes and food. Some men come round to put the shake down on those ol’ folks, but Shay ain’t having none of it and gives them a dose of his assassin skills.

The game, as I’ve mentioned is basically a skinned version of Black Flag, but there are some new elements that make it interesting. The puckle gun means you can have puckle fun by shooting ships weak points with ease. There is poison gas, and the further addition of a dart gun which you can use to induce narcolepsy or ADHD.  There’s a third dart that causes the enemies to completely lose their shit, meaning that they slice ,shoot and rage at anyone or anything nearby. For those fans of 2 Kings Chapter 2 verses 23 - 24 from the bible you can also cause bears to slaughter entire villages if you shoot them with this dart. So if anyone laughs at you and calls you bald, you can do the good Christian thing and have them killed by bears.  That’s what god would do. Because he’s a megalomaniac.

So now the stories within the memories are very indicative that the Templars are the good guys, the story in Abstergo seem to imply that the Templars are complete fuckers like you always thought they were. There are little nods to various characters from the other games, as the time gap is closing.  Eventually it’ll be possible to play all of history through the Assassin’s Creed games. You could probably even run around in present day, walk into your own room and assassinate yourself. The downside of Rogue, as with all Assassin’s Creed games, and apparently Far Cry games, is that the story line takes less time to play than it did to write and the side quests are usually nothing more than:

Quest: Climb that wall, then stab that man, then follow that man then stab him too. Touch that girls bum. Do something charming. Stab that man. Stab girl. Follow man. Open treasure chest. Open man chest. Feel girls chest. Stab man.

If you like Assassin’s Creed games you will enjoy this, if you do not like them you will hate this.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue is exactly everything you expect it to be 3/5.


Dave Roberts

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