Yes of course I played Assassin’s Creed! And yes I was slightly gutted that we wouldn’t be able to play Assassin’s Creed Unity. That didn’t stop me from enjoying Assassin’s Creed Rogue though.
The game opens with a panoramic shot of the North Atlantic Ocean, slowly making its way to former Assassin – turned Templar, Shay Patrick Cormac. Beside the ferocious looking captain stood Haytham Kenway, who we all know a lot about already and that other mysterious man we’ve seen in so many trailers. As you are dropped into the game in the middle of the Ocean your instantly in the thick of it. Enemy ships draw closer and that’s when you Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag training kicks in, first a mortar then turn and shoot. It’s the classic tactic. What I instantly noticed this time was just how powerful Cormacs’ ship is. Like we’ve had explained to us in various demo walkthroughs by Ubisoft, you have Templar funding on your side and with funding comes bigger and better weapons. Weapons that you’re thankful for when facing these enemy ships.
After sinking the first lot of ships I progressed through the water past snow and ice-covered shores and even past the odd iceberg. I had the crew sing me a shanty and we we’re full sail ahead. The route had me go through some ice that was covering my path, but with the ships ice breaker, it was no issue. That’s not to say it didn’t slow me down. Don’t expect to just be able to plow through it, you feel like you’re having to break these massive sheets of ice and that it’s an actual task for your ship.
Once through the ice sheets, I was given the side mission to free prisoners of war who were on a ship just up ahead. Guarded by two large ships it was very much like the Slave ship side missions from Black Flag. Once the first shot was fired upon my enemy the two ships protecting the POW ship made their way towards me. One fired at me hitting an iceberg causing waves to form and ice to scatter, giving them a chance to make some distance towards me. The cannon fire ensued and I even managed to use the new Burning Oil on the Morrigan. Once the two ships we’re taken care of I turned my attention to the fleeing POW ship. After I managed to disable it and sailed towards it I noticed a problem. The ship had stopped on the desynchronization border of the game. You know where I mean. The go any further and your ass is done for zone! Brilliant. I risked it and held B to board, the boarding was success apart from the warning that covered the screen. I managed to take care of the Captain and free the Prisoners but it all felt very reminiscent of Black Flag. Besides some cool new moves from Shay, and fighting for the other side you could feel Edward Kenway lingering.
Back on the Morrigan and back at the helm I traveled to my objective a small area of icy land mass with its only inhabitants an old shipwreck, Penguins, and a Polar Bear. The objective was simple, reach an area to synchronize. A standard for any Assassin… sorry, he’s not an Assassin anymore. Within the shipwreck there was treasure as you can expect as well as some mysterious area that requires ‘keys’ to gain entry. A usual thing in any Assassin’s Creed title. I reached the synchronization point, did the deed and the demo was done.
Did I enjoy Rogue? Yeah I did, but like I said it had the ghost of Black Flag lingering throughout. The thought of having more answers and probably even more questions is something that any Assassin’s Creed fan enjoys. This is going to answer questions and finish off the Kenway saga of Assassin’s Creed. So we can only hope that is done so well and that the game manages to carry itself as its own title. I imagine it would. When it comes to Assassin’s Creed demos at EGX I always like to explore a city as an Assassin. To me that’s where they’re from, jumping from building to building, running across roof tops and assassinating unsuspecting enemies. That’s Assassin’s Creed to me.
I think I would have enjoyed Assassin’s Creed Rogue more if I could have just played as Cormac. I don’t doubt for one minute that I’ll enjoy the game though, I can’t wait in fact.
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