This was super hard to decide on a rating. To start off, at first, this seems like a complete Black Flag clone. And in a lot of ways it is. A lot of the basic gameplay is EXACTLY the same as Black Flag. As you progress later into the game, it becomes clear that those are the only similarities. A ton of new ideas and features were added, all of them being really interesting or useful. It's nice to see a bit of the payoff for playing Liberation too. Story-wise, as usual, is amazing. I love how this tied all of the other Kenway saga games together and explained a lot of holes in the story. Ultimately, what caused the "Recommended" rating, and not the "Exceptional" rating, is the side-quests. The side quests are one of the most unique and exciting parts in the game..... until you realize that the many hours of work only result in a cosmetic item. A massive letdown. In Black Flag, or really any Assassin's Creed to date, you would get a useful piece of armor, or a sword, or something to that effect. This was a huge step backwards in my opinion, there haven't been "pointless" collectibles since the original game. Overall, a great game, with tons of memorable moments, and I would still recommend this to a lot of gamers.
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