Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered Meta-Review – Better Graphics, But That’s It

Assassins Creed Rogue Remastered

Release Date: March 20, 2018

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4

Developers: Ubisoft Sofia, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Pune

Engine: AnvilNext

Publisher: Ubisoft

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Better graphics, But that’s it.

As a long time fan of Assassin’s Creed series I was unexcited with the news of this remaster. Sure the original game was fun when it released 4 years ago, but it hasn’t been that long since then. Assassin’s Creed games are so similar as it is that making an old game with new graphics seems a little stale… and looking at the reviews from Metacritic, IGN, and Trusted Review, my concerns are confirmed. Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered didn’t seem to fix the clunky game-play glitches from the original and just remastered the graphics. Boo Ubisoft! BOO! Like they mention in the reviews, if you never played the original Rogue, definitely pick up the remastered version as it is still a good game.

Ubisoft Description

“The darkest chapter of the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed® Rogue has been remastered for Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system, now featuring 4K resolution on Xbox One X and PlayStation®4 Pro (1080p on Xbox One and PS4™ system), high-resolution textures, and improved shadows and lighting in addition to several other graphical enhancements.

18th century, North America. Amid the chaos and violence of the French and Indian War, Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young member of the Assassin Brotherhood, undergoes a dark transformation that will forever shape the future of the colonies. After a dangerous mission gone tragically wrong, Shay turns his back on the Assassins who, in response, attempt to end his life. Cast aside by those he once called brothers, Shay sets out on a mission to wipe out all who turned against him, to ultimately become the most feared Assassin hunter in history.

In Assassin’s Creed® Rogue Remastered, you will experience the slow transformation from Assassin to Assassin hunter. Follow your own creed and set off on an extraordinary journey through New York City, the wild river valley, and far away to the icy cold waters of the North Atlantic in pursuit of your ultimate goal to bring down the Assassins for good.” — ubisoft.com

Metacritic – Rating: 72/100

XboxtavernMark Sherwood – Rating: 7.9/10

“Assassin’s Creed is a vast and exciting franchise, that much alone has to be said. The series has come a long way since the first outing, with each new release bringing interesting (albeit minimal) changes to the fields of play. In fact, it wasn’t until Assassin’s Creed Origins that Ubisoft really made some heavy hitting adjustments to the core format. That, however, is not to say that Ubisoft never attempted to freshen things up beforehand. Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a prime example of that, and if you never got around to playing it the first time, this remastered version is certainly worth an investment, despite its few issues. Assassin’s Creed Rogue is far from the best in the series, but its solid mission structure and notable shift to the gameplay, are both nevertheless well struck.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue takes place between Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and Assassin’s Creed III. Yes, I know, the chronological order of this series is hard to keep on top of, but that’s a product of its design more than anything else. Players take on the role of Shay Patrick Cormac, an assassin that turns to the side of the templar following a key event at the beginning of the game. It’s an interesting adventure, and a much needed addition to the series, seeing as it released in the same year as the panned Assassin’s Creed Unity. Rogue never really enjoyed the acclaim or attention that it deserved upon initial release, which may well indeed change hands now that it’s being brought back. The game is set during the Seven Years’ War, and much of your time with the game will be spent preventing the procession of the ever elusive assassins.”

IGNDaniel Krupa – Rating: 6.0/10.0

“While the visuals have improved, little else has. Rogue’s mechanical and structural shortcomings are only intensified if you played Origins, which did so much to advance the series in terms of combat and movement, mission pacing and variety. Free running here feels haphazard – you’ll accidentally jump at right-angles to your intended destination or plunge into water when land is within reach. And every time I got back on my ship I accidentally kneed one of my loyal crew members in the face. It doesn’t happen all of the time but frequently enough to break the fantasy of being a skilled and stealthy killer. Similarly, fights are liable to descend into a flurry of button-tapping counters which see Shay dragged wildly across the screen.”

Trusted Reviews – Stuart Andrews – Rating: 3.5/5

“As with all the ‘American trilogy’ of Creeds, the low-level, architecturally dull cities just aren’t that much fun to race and sneak around. While the land-based missions are more varied and interesting than those in Black Flag or AC3, they’re still variations on extremely well-worn themes.

The way the map is divided into chunks with loading screens between is a real bore. Although Rogue has an interesting, experimental edge, you can see it’s a series in desperate need of the reinvention – of the type it got in Syndicate and Origins. It’s a compelling open-world adventure – most of the time – but the more you play, the more the repetition and frustration starts seeping through the timbers.

Verdict

Is the remastered Rogue worth playing? In the unlikely event that you’re a massive AC fan who’s never done so, then yes. Rogue fills in some of the gaps in the over-arching narrative and expands on characters from both ACIII and Black Flag. If you played and loved Black Flag and want a similar experience then, go on, fill your boots.

However, if you’re a more casual fan of the series then this is only the fourth-best Assassin’s Creed on current-gen hardware, and there are other, stronger open-world games around if you just want more of this kind of thing. It’s great to see Rogue return looking so good, but it seems destined to remain a side-story, not a classic chapter in the saga.”

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