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Assassins Creed: Rogue Same old, same old

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First Impression:

While Assassins Creed Unity was the big Assassins\’ release this year, Rogue was a reminder by Ubisoft that current gens users aren\’t forgotten. However, I am not sure how long that will last. The game also offered gamers a chance to play as a Templar. So, you hunt Assassins for a change. The game is set in the mid-18th century (between 1752 and 1761) during the Seven Years\’ War. It serves as a link between Assassin\’s Creed 3 and Black Flag. Rogue also acts as a prologue to Assassins Creed Unity. With so many different angles to work with, Rogue sounds like an enticing Assassins\’ game.

 

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You set on Shay Patrick Cormac\’s journey from an Assassin to a vengeful Templar. If you have played Black Flag, that\’s the only difference you will notice between the two

games. The gameplay in Rogue is based on ship-based naval and land-based exploration we loved in Black Flag. Sailing is fun, and fighting naval battles is even more intriguing.

The combat system in Rogue is good. I have to admit, killing multiple enemies is not as easy as previous Assassins\’ titles. Tagging enemies can also be used. Similarly, hiding in a haystack and whistling to attract enemies, is my most lethal tactic. As a Templar, you have more weapons in your arsenal, and that is the best part about being a Templar. Along with the usual weapons, you also have an air rifle and a grenade launcher (available only one per mission).

assassins_creed_unity_poster-wideThe frozen North Atlantic isn\’t as beautiful as the Caribbean we saw in Black Flag. But sailing across the Atlantic is no less fun and is as engaging if not better. Naval battles require some planning. You are equipped with puckle guns, while releasing oil slicks which can be ignited is also a way to tackle enemies. Unlike Kenway\’s Jackdaw, Shay\’s Morrigan is sleeker, meaning it can easily sail through inland America. Also, the Morrigan is battle-ready from the word go, meaning you\’re ready for battle upfront. You can, of course, upgrade your ship as the game progresses. In the game, you explore the frozen North Atlantic, the Appalachian River Valley and New York. The game\’s setting and landscape, is carbon copy of Black Flag, and déjà vu hits you more often than not. However, like Black Flag, the landscape in Rogue looks good even on a PS3. New York with all the wooden houses, looks beautiful. Even though the game has an interesting concept, the flow of the storyline isn\’t smooth at all. The characters are also weak. Even Shay Cormac is dull and not as vibrant as previous assassins. The game could have been much more, but sadly, it is limited. The core story won\’t last for more than 10 hours, and that is simply because of limited naval missions.

 

Verdict:

Assassins Creed: Rogue uses an old tried and tested formula. Having said that, Rogue is still a game that you will enjoy. This will probably be the last Assassins title on current gen consoles, so if you are a fan of the Assassins\’ series, you should have Rogue on your Christmas wish-list.

 

Rating 4/5

Price ₹ 2999 for PS3 and Xbox 360

Publisher: Ubisoft

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