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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag review
by bgsmith3

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was one of the first games i played on the next gen console (PS4). Black Flag is sort of a prequel to Assassin's Creed 3, but chronologically the "modern day" setting (2013) takes place after the events of Assassin's Creed 3. Black Flag, Rogue, Syndicate, Origins and Odyssey have hands down the worst "modern day" stories out of the whole Assassin's Creed series. You take on the role of a nameless, genderless, formless protagonist who works at Abstergo Entertainment. The giant mega corporation has hands in all aspects of the world including entertainment. So Ubisoft tried to go full meta, and failed, by having Abstergo use Animus technology to study stored memories and create movies, comics, books, tv shows, and video games based on the stored memories. The stored memories you interact with are the memories of Desmond Miles, specifically those of his ancestor Edward Kenway (the father of Haythem and the grandfather of Connor Kenway). Edward was a pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy (1650s-1730s) and falls into the Assassins-Templar war, while also trying to maintain his own goals and desires as he tries to stand with other famous pirates and create a pirate nation. The graphics still hold up fairly well, with some minor technical issues still present. The sailing and naval mechanics from Assassin's Creed are improved and make up a sizable portion of the gameplay (it is a pirate themed game after all). The world is pretty massive and integrates some new and familiar elements of this franchise surprisingly well. The story is very good and is seemingly focused (appropriately) on Edward and his decisions, failings and struggles. I do think there is a lot of narrative fat that could be trimmed, but I will praise the focus on Edward and his relationships that evolve and shape the game. The voice acting is wonderful. The gameplay is good, but very repetitive. The time period is a nice change of pace. At the end of the day, Black Flag is another solid entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise. After this game, however, the series falls on some rather uneasy grounds.

 Rating: 4/5

Other reviews13

Black Flag is an outstanding game that works more as a pirate game rather than an Assassin’s Creed game, however there are enough elements of Assassin’s Creed that it does not feel too foreign from the franchise. The main character Edward is one of the best in the series and his journey from selfish pirate to unselfish Assassin willing to take on his role as a father is a fantastic one that also has its slow moments. Although it is unfortunate that the moments directly involved with the Assassin Brotherhood feel like the games weakest moments the game feels more about Edwards journey about accepting the role of Assassin rather than showing his journey as one. The modern day segments are a bit slow but I do not mind them as much as others. Overall, this is a game I believe everyone should give a try.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
Assassin's Creed game should have: good (= not bad) plot, challenging fights, good stealth, interesting characters. Black Flag doesn't have anything from this list. It is a funny pirate simulator but it really shouldn't be named "Assassin's Creed".
Best original formula Assassins Creed game.  Best played on WiiU, no joke.
This is pretty much the best one. Hope Ubisoft can stop raping long enough to make that Pirates game based on the ship combat from this game.
The best pirate game out there
«Sit back and relax»
«OST on repeat»
Easily the best Assassin's Creed game because it's the least Assassin's Creed game out there.
This game is among the best games I have ever played hands down. I don't even know where to begin. Well I can start by saying really the ONLY complaint I have is that the game still shows the "hood pulling up" animation when the outfit has no hood but that is extremely trivial. The amazing thing about this series, especially in the later titles, is that it somehow manages to avoid repetitive between games. Even with the whole "coming of age" story that is present in a lot of these titles, it is different enough to make it interesting. The exploration in this game is top notch. There is a large emphasis on stealth in this game multiple times, while at the same time having intense sword and ship battles (those legendary ships anyone?). The online features that used to be present hurt the experience and frankly are completely unnecessary. I wish things like the white whale weren't tied to the online experience, but there are still workarounds. Having the fleet (sending ships on missions for resources) tied to the online experience makes even less sense. And the monetary value you get from that is marginal at best. All this said aside, easily in the top 10 best games I have ever played, especially in the last 10 years for sure. A must play.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
I enjoyed this AC still and actually liked the pirate setting they chose, but this was the start of AC losing its appeal. There have been so many and I’ve played pretty much everyone before this so I was a bit fatigued even though I think they did a good job with this one.

Final Score: B+
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Compared to AC 2, the Game unfortunately can't keep up, but I find the Part better than AC 3. Still, I think the Game succeeded very well, why? Especially the Atmosphere of the Caribbean was able to inspire me a Lot, but also the Opportunity to move through the Areas as a Pirate. Basically, as always, all Possibilities are open to you in this Game, once started you can move freely, either by Ship through the Waters or To create Chaos on land. If Progress continues in the Game, you can fully upgrade your Ship to gain an Advantage over other Ships. The Naval Battles are enthusiastic, in my Opinion even the better Combat System has been applied here than with Swords, Knives and Pistols. Above all, it seems more varied and interesting. If you are not looking for battle, you can't get around, can explore countless Areas and solve various Mini games on small Islands, start trading with the AI or simply Manage the Fleet. Of Course, you can also go on a treasure Hunt and feel like the young Jim Hawkins on Treasure Island. But cautiously: In itself, the Principle is nothing New, old warmed up and packed with new Graphics and new Atmosphere. In the End everything runs up again from A to B, don't get caught here and there, remain Unrecognized, follow out inconspicuously etc. Can become Boring in the Long run, but it doesn't have to. In The end, I still found the Game very entertaining, tied myself up and I would buy it – for small Money – over and over again.
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Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag was the best Part I've played and I've got everyone through. Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag is finally based on new Ideas and comes away from this Cityonly Scenario like 1 to 2 and their Add-ons. There are many options here and Money is important and not so easy to get until the Middle of the Game. However, Assassin'S Creed® IV Black Flag is not only on the Water, but there are also several old Towns and there is also much to discover on the big Map thanks to several small Islands or Fortresses to conquer. This alone is very extensive but you can also do a lot else, e.g. upgrade your Ship, upgrade its Montage, improve its Pirate Hideout, Send your own Pirate ships on Catery from North America to South America, Africa and Europe. But That's not enough to uncover many Secrets, for example of Mayan stones or Templars, or bottle mail and Treasure Cards. Yes you have read correctly you can also find over 24 Treasures if you are not too doof of course. Graphically, Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag easily outbid the other Parts because if son storm breaks loose on the Sea you also need a Dose of Luck because of the Lightning, Tornadoes and Giant Waves. The Entry of other Ships is a lot of fun and sometimes the Crew also sings Pirate Songs. There are also Legendary Ships on the Edge of the Map, but these are Fortresses so it doesn't try until so early. Storywise, there is an Octarium. With this you can observe People at Any Time, so like sone Crystal ball, only that you always need blood drops from the one you want to observe. But The own Character you play only gradually switches to the Assasins. Conclusion: Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag is one of new successful and compared to other Brands no other CoD or so you can really make a lot the big Card is very extensive and what I've enumerated is added. But that is what you can find a Mistake in the Hair.