“Assassin’s Creed Rogue” was released this past week,alongside “Assasin’s Creed Unity.” Here is what the critics are saying.
The Independant said, “There’s still a suspicion that perhaps the seafaring sections could have formed the basis for a separate game away from the core franchise – a feeling compounded by news of the total abandonment of the open seas for Unity, the first purpose-built next generation Assassin’s Creed title.
As with Black Flag, it often feels slightly dispiriting to clamber back onto dry land and partake in the usual trailing, climbing and stabbing with ageing animations and a strong sense of déjà vu, when there’s an ocean out there waiting to be explored.
However, it’s undoubtedly a thrill to scale a snow-capped shipwreck with the Northern Lights glowing pleasantly behind Shay as you synchronise another viewpoint, and these special moments mean that for fans of the series, Rogue will still be an essential purchase.
Those who aren’t keen history students or be-hooded Assassin’s Creed devotees may wish to skip straight to the French Revolution instead.” Joystiq (2.5/5) said, ” It’s curious that the assassination missions – something fairly pivotal to a game called “Assassin’s Creed” – and co-op missions – a new feature introduced in Unity – stand head and shoulders above the rest of the game’s content.
They feel cared for and well-constructed, whereas the rest feels as though it were yanked out of the oven far too soon.
It accomplishes what it sets out to do, but a smattering of ugliness surrounds that accomplishment.” Eurogamer (7/10 ) said, ” As the seventh major instalment in the series, though, not to mention the first designed for new console hardware, Assassin’s Creed Unity feels like a missed opportunity.
Going back to basics at this point may have resulted in a less substantial game than recent years have led us to expect, but it might have delivered a more satisfying one.” The New York Times said, ” Rogue’s solution to this problem is novel.
It takes what used to feel good for Assassin’s Creed players and puts it in the computer-controlled hands of our newfound Assassin enemies.
They can perform the signature moves we ourselves used in earlier Assassin’s Creed games.
Now it is you, as Cormac, who must worry about Assassins jumping down from the rooftops to stab you or leaping out of a cart of hay to suffocate you.
The creators of Assassin’s Creed Rogue send a clear signal to players: You did that kind of thing before to someone like the character you’re controlling now and felt good about it.
You feel righteous now.
Maybe you weren’t the good guys before, after all.” Michael Hampden, the lead designer of “Rogue” recently did an interview with Develop and said, ” Well, we were in Singapore, and we needed to figure out what the scope of the game was going to be and what the features were going to be.
I managed to get an opportunity to try some new stuff with an awesome team.
So we’ve got all these new ingredients like icebergs and ice sheets – stuff to make the naval gameplay more interesting.
Our studio was the one which created the naval experience in Assassin’s Creed III , and so having the naval stuff being such a big part of Rogue allowed us to push a lot of boundaries and really see where we could take it to make it more dynamic.
We have a lot of really cool systemic elements in the open world.
The game is set sduring the Seven Years War, with the French and British fighting for global dominance.
As a result (in the naval battles especially) you can see British and French ships fighting in the world – you can jump in and help the British fighting in their battles (since they’re your allies), or you could be fighting against a French ship by yourself, and see this British brig come crashing over the waves and slam into the guy you’re fighting.
We’ve got so many new features, and one of the best things about it is that we’ve got a huge open world (more playable land mass than even Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ), so if you love the open world in Black Flag you’re going to love this.
We felt that our fans (especially those fans that are going to be playing Rogue on PS3 and 360) would appreciate it if we gave them the tools they were used to from Black Flag .
If you played Black Flag , the controls are very similar.
Well, the cool thing about the franchise is that it’s got such a long history.
There are so many mechanics and cool things we’ve got in the game.
You already know what it’s like to play as an Assassin.
You know about air assassinations, you know about taking apidgeon and finding an assassination contract off of that.
So in Rogue we kind of flipped it, and decided to make you a templar for the first time.
You’re now fighting assassins.
You’ve got assassins that can actually assassinate you.
They can air assassinate you – they can jump out of a hay stack and try and stab you.
We’ve got cool things like you can actually capture a pidgeon and actually find the contract and intercept them before they kill the guy, so we flip it and you get to see what it’s like from the other perspective, which is pretty cool.” The most recent news from the game is that it will be released on PC as well as consoles.
Ubisoft has announced that “Assasin’s Creed Unity” has been delayed and will share a release date with “Rogue.” A new list of achievements has been leaked and you can read them here .
There is also a 20 minute gameplay video which you can watch below.
Ubisoft senior communications manager Gary Steinman explained on the Ubisoft blog that the developer needed more time to fine-tune and polish “little things” before the game is ready.
“A tiny gesture that Arno makes as he’s racing across the Parisian rooftops.
A barely noticeable reaction from a solitary NPC in a crowd 3,000 deep.
The subtle swaying motion of an opulent chandelier in a lavish ballroom,” he said.
“It’s these little things, multiplied by the thousands, that a development team focuses on during the final push to ship a game.
And with a massive open-world title like Assassin’s Creed Unity, all those little things add up fast.
Toss in the fact that Unity has been built from the ground up as a new-gen Assassin’s Creed–and that final straight-line sprint to the finish suddenly feels like an obstacle course laden with curves, hurdles, and pitfalls.” Senior producer Vincent Pontbriand said “This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning,” he said.
“It’s always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved.
So as we get close to the finish we often realize we’re near the target but we’re not quite there yet.” Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will continue the Kenway saga, Shacknews recently had a chance to talk to Ubisoft’s Karl Luhe about this latest side-story in the AC series, while also getting an opportunity to see some more gameplay.
“Assassin’s Creed Rogue fits between Assassin’s Creed 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3,” Luhe explained to Shacknews.
“It’s the cornerstone of the Kenway saga, the story of Assassins versus Templars in the mid-18th century in North America.” This time, however, you will play an assasin turned Templar.
Hints that some characters like Haytham Kenway will return have also been dropped.
“Rogue “will add never-before-used weaponry and resources that the Assassin side simply doesn’t have.
Ships will have more firepower, and there will be an air rifle with a grenade launcher attachment on the ground, that said you’re opponents will be assassin’s so they may wait for you in haystacks and jump on you from a roof.
“Rogue” is set during the Seven Years’ War and will take place in various North American locations, including the frozen North Atlantic, the Appalachian River Valley, and New York.
The main templar character is called Shay Patrick Cormac.
PC Gamer Reports, “This is something we’ve thought about all the way since AC1.
What would it be like to play as a Templar?” Associate Producer Karl Von Der Luhe said in a Uplay interview.
“We think it’s really powerful, both in gameplay and storyline [and] premise.
Shay Patrick Cormac will go through a very emotional journey from being an Assassin to being a fully-fledged Templar, and we want the player to go through a similar journey.” Rogue may also be the first “Assasin’s Creed Game Released on PC, “The game is being developed for 360 and PS3,” Von Der Luhe continued.
“We’ve heard a lot of response requesting a PC version, so we’ll be looking into that very soon.” “Assasin’s Creed Rogue” release date will be November 11.
Check back for more information as we get closer to the release date.