APS: Assassin's Creed Rogue

By Marc Hollinshead, 4 years ago
It doesn't take a genius to know that the Assassin's Creed series has been dominating a lot of the gaming market for years now. Whether you've been romping through Renaissance Italy with Ezio or sailing the high seas with Edward, there's been an assassin for everyone. One thing they all have in common, though, is that they've been fighting for good, or at least the greater good. This year, fans of the games are being treated with two brand new titles but one sees us taking on a brand new role. In Assassin's Creed Rogue, we're not fighting for good anymore, but evil. Well, for the side that we've been hating for the past few years anyway. Does the achievement list reflect this new take on the long-running series, though? Let's find out.

AC Rogue

Rogue contains 46 achievements for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore and because it's only available on last-gen consoles, there are no challenges. Only four on the list are secret but if you decide to uncover what these achievements are, you will see that present day sequences will return again. There hasn't been much word on what these sequences will entail, but it should hopefully be a nice change of pace from the usual stabbing and assassinating we know so well.

At a glance, the whole list looks fairly standard for an Assassin's Creed game. Although we're playing a different role, we'll still find ourselves getting acquainted with similar activities once again. As the saying goes, "don't fix what isn't broken" so this shouldn't be a cause to worry. One element that will be of impact, though, is that the multiplayer segment of the series is no longer present whatsoever. Whereas Assassin's Creed Unity is replacing this for four player co-op, Rogue is entirely focused on singleplayer and so the achievements are spread across the whole campaign. With story based achievements and specific challenges taking up the majority of the list, there is still room for a few wild cards. Let's go a little deeper and take a look.

Achieve full synchronization in Assassin's Creed Rogue
Achieve 100% synchronization in all main missions

Ah, of course. The infamous full synchronization achievement. Since Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, we have been asked to complete specific objectives in every mission to be given the full completion status. Many will agree that this caused immense amounts of frustration as you felt forced to complete a mission a certain way. However, as the games have evolved, so has this achievement. There has been more lenience with checkpoints saving your synchronization progress, and Rogue is only asking us to reach full sync on the main missions. Overall, with a little bit of perseverance, any series veteran shouldn't be put off by this one.

Smashing in Assassin's Creed Rogue
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Destroy 100 Ice Bergs

Assassin's Creed III saw the introduction of naval battles and since then they have been fleshed out into much more enjoyable experiences. It looks like Shay will be able to don his pirate garb as well and sail the seas as there are a fair few ship-based achievements. Having not personally played Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I can't say too much on this, but I don't remember smashing into giant icebergs in Assassin's Creed III. Whether this is going to be a strategic part of battle, or simply trying to re-enact the Titanic, I have no idea. Although the latter sounds a little more believable. My lack of ship skills will probably have this one popping pretty quickly.

Memory collector in Assassin's Creed Rogue
Collect all Animus fragments

Collectibles certainly aren't a distant relative of the Assassin's Creed titles either *thinks back to the mind-numbing search for flags in the first game*. While a lot of these have provided barely any in-game rewards, a few have proved to be worth the hunt. Animus fragments first appeared in Assassin's Creed: Revelations and from what I can recall, they only gave small rewards. It would be a shame to search for all of these and receive nothing but a "good for you" but if collectible maps feature in Rogue like in past titles, the search shouldn't pose too much of a threat. If anything, they encourage players to hone their rooftop running skills and explore the land.

Knight of Yore in Assassin's Creed Rogue
Get the Templar Armour

If you want to become the ultimate evil badass, then this armour will probably satisfy that desire. While the standard hood and long, flowing jacket are now a staple of the series, it's a nice touch that shiny new armour is hidden away, waiting to be found. Even though it may not serve any purpose apart from being merely cosmetic, I've always had a liking for the way characters look in-game. Decent stats or not, I love to see beautifully crafted armour being worn as it does more than words could ever say in proclaiming how awesome this person is. If you fancy being a tad more native on the other hand, then Ubisoft also has that covered. Here's hoping they're worth the search!

Killing machine in Assassin's Creed Rogue
Kill 30 guards without dying while only the ENDURANCE cheat is active.

Hunt the hunted in Assassin's Creed Rogue
Sink 10 ships in North Atlantic without dying while only the HUNTED cheat is active.

Now this is probably the biggest mystery of all. There are two similar achievements just like it at the bottom of the list, but it is certainly curious as to what these cheats are going to look like in the game. Cheats are generally given negative connotations due to their sole purpose being to make games easier but with these achievements being presented to us, it does make us wonder how they will play out. They sound like an interesting challenge, so hopefully they will cause the list to be more exciting to achieve.

Overall, it seems that the achievement list of Assassin's Creed Rogue is similar to its less evil counterparts. Natural progression and exploring the off-beat path have been given equal ground by the looks of it and, with multiplayer now hacked out of the series (for now, at least), it's all about experiencing the game on your own. That may disappoint some, but it is a solid singleplayer list nonetheless. Although it doesn't look a quick and easy set of achievements, there is nothing too daunting and those who buy the title should have an enjoyable time in completing it.

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Marc Hollinshead
Written by Marc Hollinshead
To summarize Marc in two words, it would be "Christian Gamer." You will usually find him getting stuck into story heavy action-adventure games, RPG's and the odd quirky title when he isn't raving about Dark Souls and Mass Effect. Outside the world of gaming, Marc attends and helps out in his church on a regular basis and has a not-so thrilling job in a supermarket.