Black Flag surprised a lot of people when it set sail last year
As Shay Patrick Cormac, Rogue promises a radical overhaul of the Assassins experience in this outing. The youthful recruit finds himself learning the ropes within the Creed, but his constant questioning of their intentions and goals quickly annoys his mentors and those above him. It soon becomes clear that Shay isn’t destined to be moulded into an Assassin as once thought, turning his back on his mission and brotherhood. As once close friends become enemies, Shay finds himself left for dead before being rescued and taken to New York where he regroups with the help of local gangs and criminals. An entrusted Assassin becomes a deadly foe, more accurately, he becomes a Templar.
So with a completely new spin on the franchise, coupled with the entertaining naval aspect once more, Rogue has the potential to make a big stand on the old machines. From a technical and presentation perspective, Rogue looks very pretty despite running on dated technology. It is clearly a last gen game, with the extra layer of polish from the new machines we’ve become used to being absent, but proves there’s plenty of life in them before being completely abandoned. Sailing between destinations and leaping between trees whilst hunting down a target provide some decent viewpoints worth savouring, particularly those where it is snowing.
You soon discover that the Templars aren’t necessarily that much different from the Assassins beyond that one spends its time skulking around whilst the other openly goes about their business. In some regards that’s not Rogue’s fault, it’s a fault of the series, with seven years being long enough to gain a firm grasp of how the Templars conduct themselves. But the main missions and story aren’t that interesting and what Rogue is left to work with isn’t transformed into something that will make many be thankful they still have their PS3 or 360.
- Looks surprisingly good
- Some new tweaks to the combat
- Naval combat is still fun
- Too few side missions
- Shay isn't a great lead
- Story doesn't live up to its billing
Assassin's Creed: Rogue PlayStation 3 Review
Rogue may not live up to its billing, but it definitely isn't the worst game in the series we have seen. It is very enjoyable when you're given the impetus to explore and do as you wish. It's just a shame that the story doesn't set the stage, so exploration plays as an aside to the main campaign, instead you'll probably end up roaming rather than playing missions. But, longevity issues aside, Rogue is still a worthwhile addition to the series, particularly if you already own Unity; the way the two backstories interlink is quite interesting.
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