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Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Rogue

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue is the fifth game in the series I ever played, after AC II, AC Brotherhood, AC Revelations, and AC III. Having been away from a game console for more than 2 years, I never got to play the acclaimed Black Flag and the highly anticipated Unity. I have also installed the first AC game in the series in my PC but never got around with keyboard control.

During the Thanksgiving holiday last month, I got this opportunity to borrow a PlayStation 3 console from my cousin. Rejoiced, I immediately ran to a local E-Mart (a Korean equivalent of Wal-Mart)  and purchased the very first Assassin’s Creed game I found in the shelf with a relatively huge amount of 59,800 Won (68.93 Canadian dollar -_-;;) compared to the Canadian price of $29.99. (Yes, electronics are more expensive in this country for a reason not yet known to me…) Anyway, I repeatedly convinced myself that any price was worth for fulfilling my longtime thirst of an AC game. (Really?? -_-;)

So, here it was. It took roughly two weeks for me to complete all the main missions. Far before actually playing the Rogue, I was intrigued by the novel and striking feature of a Templar protagonist, in opposite of all his Assassin predecessors. Yet, I was baffled to meet Shay Patrick Cormac introduced as an Assassin in the beginning. So I had to be patient to witness his dramatic transition almost in the middle of the game.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Compared to the callous one in the Third (the last AC game I played and the main frame of reference in this post), Shay was a generally likable and complex protagonist. I guess Shay is the most ambivalent protagonist in the AC history, having been both an Assassin and a Templar. I lost most of my faith in the quality of AC’s storytelling since the Revelations, but the plot of Rogue was sufficiently engaging with the sudden turn of the sides and the ensuing process of butchering Shay’s old colleagues, which was more heartbreaking than Connor butchering his daddy.

Like many previous titles, Rogue also features several plot points that just don’t make sense: the Morrigan appearing out of nowhere after Shay escapes Davenport, seeing a secret gathering of the Assassins Shay did not personally witness  (we’re reading Shay’s memories when we play Rogue…), Shay not killing Achilles in the end (Because Achilles appears in the Third for Christ’s Sake!) and so on.  Since the Revelations, I realized the story is no longer a  primary concern in the AC games, solely for the interest of gameplay. So it was fine with me. (sarcasm)

In terms of gameplay, most was fun except the ship upgrade part… I don’t remember the Third had this feature but I do remember it wasn’t this baffling. Collecting metals was the hardest part in this game… The naval battle with Adéwalé was memorably challenging. I put all the collectibles and side missions aside to come back as soon as completing all main missions, only to find there wasn’t a lot of side missions as significant as the Homestead missions or Assassin’s Tombs in the previous games.  So for the first time since AC II, I’m navigating every corner of the map to obtain all collectibles.

I’m planning to entertain my newly installed PS3 with another AC game, most likely Black Flag. Yes I know I’m far behind, since the new game of the series, AC Syndicate, is to be released today. I don’t know when I shall be holding the new-gen console… 😦

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My Holiday with an Assassin’s Creed game

For the past three years, I have enjoyed a wonderful way to spend my end-of-year holiday with the awesomeness of the Assassin’s Creed video games that have been released faithfully in each year since 2009. From the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed 2, I have been among the ones who would wait in the line to get the first copy of the new game of the series that has grown into a global franchise. But spending my holiday with the game does not make me a common video game addict like one of your brother’s friends. Let me tell you, Assassin’s Creed is the only video game I play in the entire year, and I am glad I have found the joy in something other than clinging to some kind of a careless man who never knows how to please me.

I am very much into history, so that explains a great deal about my love for the games. I just cannot resist any medium that features a faithful medievality in it. To tell you the truth, I never played the first Assassin’s Creed game, that took place in the Crusade, after a disappointing review. But I did grabbed the chance to play the second Assassin’s Creed, the first one that features Ezio Auditore de Firenze, arguably the most charismatic Assassin in the whole series. I rolled my eyes at the glittering and breathing Renaissance cities of Florence, Venice and Rome they relived in the screen. The Renaissance is always a fascinating historical period to visit, either visually or scholastically. Of course it’s vain to debate about the historical accuracy of the game but it was just amazing to run through the medieval cities the gamemakers revived with amazing details. Since then, I have seized any sequel that was available, including the Brotherhood (2010) and Revelation (2011).

With so much anticipation, Assassin’s Creed 3 was released last November. From what I heard, the new game is not as sensational as the last ones (especially the Brotherhood that is said to be the peak of the series), but it is likeliest that I will be spending my 2012 holiday just like I did in the past three years. I already bought a copy for 49.99 and am waiting for my brother to bring the console. Yes, I am totally at the mercy of my brother who claims the ownership of the console.. (poor me) Though AC is an amazing series, I have felt a few pitfalls in terms of the narrative, which is understandable for it’s just a ‘game’ not a ‘book.’ They are making a movie with Michael Fassbander, which I am looking forward to, but not expecting much from it.

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