What’s it like playing the “bad guys” for a change?
Well, follow your own creed with Assassin’s Creed Rogue and find out!
(I know I do weird intros, so bear with me. :D)
I might be in the minority, but this is my favorite Assassin’s Creed game pre-Origins. Everything about it is so cool to me. From playing as the bad guys, to an Irish protagonist! (Cool fucking accent). Even though it’s basically the same formula as the previous AC games, I really, really loved this one.
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is an open-world action adventure game, released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2014 in the United States, November 13 internationally, and March 10, 2015 for the PC. Rogue follows the story of the Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormac between 1752 and 1760, during the Seven Years’ War, and is the closing chapter in the Kenway(gonna explain this in a future post :p) saga. The remastered version of the game was released globally for Xbox One and PS4 on 20 March 20, 2018.
Like most AC games, they depict a fictional history of real world events pertaining to the Assassin vs. Templar war. In this specific game, it is set during the mid-18th century during the Seven Years’ War. You play as Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned Templar after being betrayed by his Assassin comrades, pushing him to join the Templar Order to hunt down his former allies.
Along the way he’ll be meeting a cast of characters, most are based on their real life counterparts that are of key importance during the Seven Years’ War.
Like most Assassin’s Creed games before the reboot with Origins (highly recommended), gameplay is from a third person perspective. Gameplay focuses on stealth, parkour, exploration, and assassination, with the occasional swordfighting, if you prefer that kind of thing.
You also have a lot of access to different tools that will help you perform those sweet assassination kills, from an air rifle that can shoot different darts and grenades, to rope darts that help you “fish” for your target, you have endless possibilities in which you can go about your assassinations.
There’s also ship-based naval exploration, in which you control a badass ship named the Morrigan. You can explore 2 distinct zones by water, each with small settlements and places you can explore. You can also engage in ship battles across the sea, with different weapons such as cannon balls, mortars, puckle guns, and a freaking battering ram. Feel like a captain!
You can also hunt different animals for their skins, to use as upgrades for your equipment. Some animals are only found in a specific region, like polar bears in the icy parts, and deer in the lush parts of the map.
There’s also a campaign called the Naval Campaign. Basically you will command your fleet of ships to a certain place on the map to perform certain missions for you. Gameplay here is relatively simple. Just choose a ship, choose its destination, and that’s it. Completing a mission earns you money and resources. Failing a mission destroys the ship. Ships are added to your fleet by attacking and capturing a ship, which I will explain below.
The Eagle Vision, which is a staple of the AC games, obviously returns as Shay’s ability ,which is taught to all Assassins.
Also, like most AC games, the protagonist is customizable. Shay can wear different armors that would suit your playstyle and/or fashion sense.
Coolest Templar Ever!
Now let’s talk about the handsome protagonist you’ll be playing as.
This is Shay Patrick Cormac. We first play him as part of the Assassins based in America at the time. Then he gets betrayed by his allies after he objected to the Assassins’ hunt for the Piece of Eden (recurring AC artifact). In the game’s world, the Assassins inadvertendly caused the Lisbon Earthquake! (real thing that happened).
Anyway, he gets betrayed by the Assassins and was left for dead. Until he was rescued by, you guessed it, a Templar named George Monro (again, real guy that existed), and was left at the care of a New York family. And Shay’s story as an Assassin Hunter for the Templars begins here (of course no spoilers!).
Personally, Shay’s adventures and story are some of the most interesting ones I’ve ever played in an Assassin’s Creed game. His journey from revenge to following his own Creed regardless of his allegiance says a lot about him. Really one of the best characters in the series. He’s very underrated.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the game takes place in three distinct locations. Here’s the short description.
New York City
So this is the city of New York, It looks like what it could’ve looked like during the 18th century, with mostly wooden builds for houses. This is where Shay begins his quest after he got betrayed. It is split into different regions, each with their own difficulty. Shay must upgrade his equipment in order to tackle the more harder regions of the city. Not much to say about it really, just your standard Assassin’s Creed city to serve as your playground when you want to jump around and stuff.
So this is one of the two regions in which you play the ship exploration part. River Valley is part of the state of New York, and it is the location of New York’s capital, Albany. This region is mostly water, so ship exploration is your primary mode of transportation. There are small settlements here (third picture is one of them) that you can go to and explore, and partake in missions if there is one. Aside from settlements, there are caves, forests, and rocky outcrops that you can explore as well for, uh, exploration purposes.
The other part of the game in which you can explore via ship, the Atlantic Ocean is basically, that. The ocean itself. Well you can explore a small part of it, mainly the icy outcrops, shipwrecks, and the occasional settlements placed here. The area is mostly ice and snow, with icebergs and ice sheets blocking your way.
The ocean itself is home to large whales, which you can hunt for skins, which you can also use as crafting materials for upgrades. You can hunt killer whales, narwhals, and humpback whales!
All main story missions would be on these three regions, so you have assassination missions, to ship battle missions. I found the ship missions to be the most fun. I really enjoyed just sailing on the sea while my pirate crew sing Irish shanties.Then occasionally blow up a small boat. Fun.
Oh no, stalkers!
This deserves a section of its own, as I personally really, really liked this game feature. Really cool.
Okay, so the stalkers. Basically they are Assassins who are tasked to hunt you down. Unlike your normal “oohh a special unit better just make it stronger” enemies, these guys are different. They employ Assassin tactics, such as waiting on a ledge for their target, hiding in bushes or hiding spots, and blending in crowds. These are tactics that YOU would normally use if you’re playing as an Assassin. If you’ve played the previous AC games, you will know what it feels like to be the one being hunted by an Assassin.
I got the jitters when I first found this out. I’m a sucker for these types of games where you now play as the enemy and have to face what you would usually do as the player character.
Although Shay, a former Assassin, can just counter them with his Eagle Vision or by just looking around for potential stalkers. Nevertheless, this was a really cool feature and I just HAD to talk about it.
The naval battles are one of my favorite things in this game. In the River Valley and Atlantic Ocean regions, while you’re just sailing around, you WILL come across enemy ships that you can battle. Enemy ships range from small brigs that can be destroyed with one flurry of cannon balls, to a Man O’War that would be more of a challenge.
You will meet even the high level ships early on in the game, so don’t engage them until you have upgraded your ship.
Once you sufficiently destroy a ship, you have the option to dock it.
Basically you will park close to the destroyed but not yet sunk ship, and you and your crew will board it. All you have to do now is to kill enemy crew members. This objective gets harder the bigger the ship you board.
Once you successfully completed the objective, you then have a choice to either make the ship part of your own fleet to use for the Naval Campaign, use its resources to repair your ship (this will destroy the ship you took over), or salvage the ship for money and resources (will also destroy ship).
This. Game. Rocks. Now I may be a little antsy about it, but I really loved this game. It is my favorite among the AC games. The main story was gripping, the protagonist was fleshed out. You can see Shay’s transformation from a stubborn, reckless Assassin, to a steadfast, charismatic Templar. There’s also lots of things to do once you finish the game. Lots of side quests to do, collectibles to collect, places to explore, and enemies to kill.
Also the ship exploration, damn that was good. One of my favorite parts of the game. You can just sail along and sing with your crew, explore the different areas within that region, or engage in battles across the sea with different ships, from small frigates to battle-ready Man O’ Wars, you won’t get bored with this game long after you finish it.
All in all, I highly, highly, highly. highly, highly recommend this game if you haven’t played it yet. Especially if you’re a fan of the franchise. You will see a different side of the Assassin-Templar war. Just goes to show you, there are always two sides to the story.
Let me experience Shay please!
Sure! You can get them on:
G2A: (they sell it via keys. Just copy the keys and done!)
– via UPlay
CDKeys: (same as G2A)
– Xbox One
Amazon: (if you prefer physical copies!)
What do you think of this game? Is it a “wooh!”? Or is it a “meh”? Sound them off in the comments below! Thanks for reading!