Released back in 2014; the original Assassin’s Creed Rogue was a game that was the victim of very bad timing. It was a good game that offered a unique perspective but its legacy was overshadowed by the failure of Assassin’s Creed Unity (since both games were released at the same time).
Remastered is less of an attempt to bring the game to the Eighth generation consoles but instead to give it a second chance. The timing is now perfect for a redemption given the successful launch of Origin back in late 2017 and Far Cry 5 in March 2018. Rogue was released at a bad time for Ubisoft but Remastered is out at a time when they are on top of the world.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue was a special entry into the series that had players examine the morals and actions of both factions in a critical manner. Players take on the role of Shay Cormac as he begins his service with the Assassins and works his way through the ranks. However he begins to question their methods and ideology as the story progresses. The breaking point comes when he activates the Piece of Eden and causes the the Great Lisbon earthquake. Having lost is faith it the Assassins, he joins the Templar’s and soon goes after his former Brothers.
In terms of gameplay; Rogue borrowed the best elements of Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag and combines them into one. While Unity was suppose to be this ground breaking title, Rogue had its limitations but worked around it to give the best experience possible without making any serious compromises.
Having played both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions, there are some slight improvements. Remastered fixed many of the glitches of the original while also having much smoother control functions. However the visuals are not that impressive, especially since the original was released back in 2014.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is a second chance for a good game whose legacy was trapped in the shadows of Unity‘s failure. Ubisoft is now on top of the world and now Rogue could finally have the chance to shine along side other major hits.
Final Score: 8/10
Disclaimer: Ubisoft provided the game used in this review.
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