Excerpt: It seems like ages ago, but I reviewed the first Assassin's Creed game when it came out on Xbox 360. I remember really liking the game, but the "memories stored in DNA" metaplot that Ubisoft expected us to swallow was easily the most outrageous and flat-out stupid idea I'd seen in any video game up to that point.
Conclusion: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag puts the franchise back on track with a gorgeous huge open world that's ripe for exploration. The innovative iPad or Android tablet companion app is a fun and informative extension to game play.
Pros: Beautiful graphics. An expansive open world. Dozens of hours of gameplay on land and at sea.
Cons: Difficult to control player character at times. Unrealistic NPC movements and interactions. Boat controls are unrealistic and difficult to master.
Excerpt: Open world games often give you a sense of discovery, and reward you for exploration, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gives you plenty of this. Taking the naval sections of Assassin’s Creed III, and giving you the ocean to explore are some of Black Flag’s greatest strengths. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has strong ties to Assassin’s Creed III and stars Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Connor Kenway, and father of Haytham Kenway.
Conclusion: While it has its flaws, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a huge improvement over AC III. It’s more enjoyable, the ship battles are well done and exploring the Caribbean is a wonder to see. Being a pirate has never been more fun, I can’t wait to see what Ubisoft do with the franchise from here but it’ll take a lot to top this…
Plunder, Pillage & Pirates | Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review
11 November 2013
Conclusion: Overall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is an excellent game despite the major changes to the franchise. Sure the story has changed but this game does a good job at making you feel like you are a pirate. The new open world feel to the game works great and this game is just fun to play. From the naval battles to the more traditional assassin gameplay, this game has it all.
Excerpt: What an interesting position I'm in as I once again sit down to play the latest entry in the Assassin's Creed series; it's the same position I was in upon playing Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on the Vita last year, because both games suffer and excel in similar ways for similar reasons.