Reviews and Problems with Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag
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A Swashbuckling Assassin's Adventure
1 January 2014
Excerpt: Assassin's Creed has come a long way since it's first faltering steps with Altair. Despite the original game's flawed gameplay, it was easy to see the potential of parkour and sneaking over the rooftops of ancient Jerusalem and Damascus.
Rich, epic, historical action game with very mature themes.
Common Sense Media
30 December 2013
Summary: Parents need to know Assassin's Creed IV : Black Flag is a adult-oriented historical adventure filled with pirate warfare and melee fights. Players use knives and swords in bloody and brutal close-quarters combat while firing cannons and explosives to sink enemy ships loaded with crew.
Pros: Same great gameplay as Assassin’s Creed III; expanded boat mechanics bring a large amount of variety from previous games; fairly long main campaign with lots of side stuff to occupy your time.
Cons: Some mechanics are poorly explained; tutorials never shut up yet never manage to help; collectibles are aggravating; optional objectives are either super easy or beyond aggravating; bland protagonist.
Conclusion: An ambitious start for Assassin's Creed on next-gen. The vibrant Caribbean world and bloody piracy shine brightest, while the only sour notes come from contrived series story beats and repetitive missions--both need rethinking for AC5.
Pros: Beautiful, vast open world, Edward Kenway is an excellent rogue, Top-notch side-missions
Cons: Main missions suffer from repetition, Assassin's Creed lore has devolved to nonsense, Very few actual assassinations
Excerpt: To say the internet has a big thing for pirates, it’s quite amusing that we have never had a fantastic pirate video game. Sure, we have had games that use a theme around piracy, say Skies of Arcadia ’s sky pirates or the pirate theme of The Secret of Monkey Island , but there’s never been one game...
Excerpt: As a major fan of the Assassins Creed franchise, I had already fully completed Black Flag on the 360 prior to playing the Xbox One version. Fortunately, it’s safe to say that the differences between the current-gen and next-gen versions are practically negligible.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Review | Brilliant Buccaneering
9 December 2013
Conclusion: The Short Version: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a wonderfully harmonious game. It's enormous, packed with more things to see and do than ever before, but Ubisoft have managed to make every little thing mean something in tangible, impactful terms.
Pros: Huge, enormously detailed world, Filled to the brim with things to do, see, kill, and collect, Stealth is back in a big way, Naval sandbox is fantastic, Freeform assassinations YAY!, The cohesion and progression make for a truly rewarding experience
Cons: Huge, enormously detailed world, Filled to the brim with things to do, see, kill, and collect, Stealth is back in a big way, Naval sandbox is fantastic, Freeform assassinations YAY!, The cohesion and progression make for a truly rewarding experience, Combat seems to be worse than before, Eavesdro...