After checking out the new story trailer for Assassin’s Creed Rogue, I’m thinking Assassin’s Creed Unity is the way to go this winter. Rogue, developed by Ubisoft Sofia, is another revenge story: a noob Assassin (Shay Patrick Cormac) gets screwed by the Assassins and so he joins the Templars and hunts the Assassins who made him do bad things (e.g. mass murder). Kind of like Rourke in CoD Ghosts or even Anakin Skywalker. Of course, Shay’s revenge factor is more justifiably ethical, I suppose. Fans wanted to be a Templar and what fans want, fans get. The masses are ignorant, but powerful…like in the French Revolution. Assassin’s Creed Unity, which takes place in late 18th century France, features another noob, Arno Dorian. Arno is more like previous leads of the AC series like Ezio Auditore – he gets in the Brotherhood and has to prove himself. Nice, straight-forward, less cliché-ish.
Rogue is a sequel of sorts to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag with ties to both Assassin’s Creed III and Unity. It’s got Adewale among others. Like Black Flag, it’s got naval battles, which I thought was gimmicky going back to the weak Leonardo DaVinci naval mission of Brotherhood.
Rogue’s also got an air rifle. An air rifle?!! Come on, man! Like a BB gun? An Assassin with a BB gun? After all these years, I know they have to keep coming up with new stuff, but think I can come up with a better weapon than a BB gun.
Most of all, the revenge story could be more interesting and original. Sometimes, it doesn’t have to be so ethical and justifiable. Remember the movie, Old Boy? The Korean one, not the Spike Lee garbage. Now, that is a revenge story. And it ain’t some grand noble purpose. It doesn’t have to be clean, either. Like Gods will be Watching, there could be some dirt. Let’s play with that. Let’s be new once in a while.