Monday, 09 April 2018 09:28

REVIEW: Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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Assassin’s Creed Rogue was given the least amount of chance to succeed being released the very same day as Unity, worse yet it was only released on last gen consoles. How AC: Rogue fits in with the rest is that it’s a prequel to AC: III and the sequel to AC: Black Flag.

I hate to point out the elephant in the room but here goes nothing. AC: Rogue has its focus on the struggle of the assassins. Rogue takes place mid 18th century during the seven years’ war. You're an Assassin turned Templar who hunts down former members of the Brotherhood after being betrayed by them. When first originally released there was quite a commotion about the storyline being changed compared to previous games, but this is no surprise this time around.

AC: Rogue has the same style of gameplay as AC: Black Flag, where sailing around in a huge ship and battling out at seas is a big part of the game, along with playing on land as well. Like any other game in the franchise this is in a third-person view. The mechanics of how you'll play is the same as it was in 2014, and as this is a multi-platformer I won’t name specific control layouts, but they're the same as most other Assassin’s Creed games. For new time players worry not, there is a small tutorial teaching you the rules of the game, from using weapons and the many types of assassinations.

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Rogue brings a range of styles of fighting just as Black Flag did, fighting on land carries its own risks, if you get spotted your always swamped with many enemies attacking leaving you to fight or get the hell out of there. Where as on the water you're on a huge ship, but you’ll be attacked by other ships and cannonballs do copious amounts of damage to ships when hit on target. While maneuvering your ship and directing cannonballs you need to watch out not to hit other ships or worse yet, small islands and other debris in the water. When fighting on water it can be rather stressful, if you take damage you can have your ships repaired.

Upgrades are apart of AC: Rogue, not just for your character but also your ship, and you can make your ship look badass, like something ripped out of Pirates of the Caribbean. You can also hunt animals, and while cruising around in your ship, as well as on foot you’ll find loot, all this can be sold to shops, where not only can you sell items but buy new outfits, ammo, upgrades and more. Auto save occurs enough that progress is constantly being saved, and because this is an open world game it's quite big so Ubisoft included a fast travel option.

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The fact that this originally was a last gen game that came out at a very bad time, it was only released on Xbox 360 and PS3, it had to compete with AC: Unity on the Xbox One and PS4. I recall reviewing this very game on Xbox 360 and I quite enjoyed it, visually it was much like the AC games before it, but this remaster steps up those old visuals, but don’t get any ideas, it's not on the same level as AC: Origins on Xbox One X.

Playing on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X on a 4K screen will have a native 4K resolution, the only negitive, but no real surprise is this still only runs at 30fps no matter if it's base PS4, Xbox or the PS4Pro and One X. The many hours I spent on the remaster I was really enjoying the stable frame rate, as it was pretty bad on Xbox 360. The remaster didn’t shine all the time and fell short from time to time, the biggest being the water, it looked much as the original being flat and unnatural.

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As for audio, it's the same as the original though I did notice a slight lip sync issue from certain characters when talking. Whilst running around you’ll notice the clucking sounds of Shay’s weapons moving and footsteps will sound different depending on the terrain your walking over.

AC: Rogue has no multiplayer, just a single player experience. I've never played much of the online side of the AC games, it just lacks the same gameplay single player offers in my opinion.

I’ve always had a part inside of me that always wants to play an Assassin’s Creed game, but there has been some poor game choices that forced me to lose interest. Unity was my last straw for me, than the Assassin’s Creed film tipped me over, but Syndicate was killer. If any Assassin’s Creed deserved a remaster it had to be nothing but AC: Rogue for obvious reasons.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Ubisoft Sofia
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Genre: Action / Adventure