Content of the article: "Assassin’s Creed: Rogue – Haven’t I played this game before?"
At this point, I’ve got to say I’m somewhat perplexed by Ubisoft’s business strategy.
I haven’t played an Assassin’s Creed game since AC3, which was a long slog through an uninteresting story. After playing Revelations, which felt like a step down from Brotherhood, I didn’t have the motivation to continue into Black Flag. That, and the ship combat in AC3 was my least favorite part of the game, so I wasn’t enticed by a game that promised many, many more hours more of it. However, the AC: Rebel Collection was $20 for the Switch, so I figured now might be the time to pick Assassin’s Creed back up.
I’m only a few hours into the game so far, but I’ve noticed a couple unsavory decisions. The training grounds in the first 20 minutes of the game look incredibly familiar, as if they had been ripped right out of AC3. The “real world” parts of the game control really weird (also, why would the animus simulation be in 3D person if the game is in first? How are you getting the back of someone’s head from their own memories? How does that even make sense?). The real world parts are also decorated with images of Black Flag cover art, so when I play that I’ll see if the office had been ripped from AC IV.
I mean, certain parts of the game are fine, and I’m not going to turn it off and put it away or anything. For example, I beat The Witcher a couple weeks ago, and I really appreciate how much easier the world is to traverse in Assassin’s Creed. I can sprint across rooftops basically in a line to my target, whereas Geralt dies if he falls from more than 5 feet up. The new weapon introduced about 1.5 hours into Rogue is also pretty fun to use, albeit somewhat “immersion breaking” — I’m really not sure that they had tranquilizer guns in the 1700’s.
I really liked Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood back on the PS3, and I think the series would be so much better had it not become an annual cash grab like this game clumsily tries to hide.
Maybe the game gets better as you go on, but I suppose I’m just a little disappointed that a series I really enjoyed has turned in an NBA 2K-esque repainted entry. It’s still a game worth playing if you’re into this kind of game, and the price is pretty good, but if you’ve played one of the two games before it, you’ve basically played the first half of this game, too.
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