Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag
Action Stealth
PS3, PC, Wii U, PS4, Xbone, Xbox 360
ACB: MA15+
Another year, another bloody Assassin's Creed! I know, I know, it's starting to wear thin... or is it? Has Assassin's Creed IV managed to rejuvenate our love of stabbing people? Or has it made us wish it'd hibernate for a couple years?

The story is set in the golden age of piracy... not the early 2000's but the early 18th century. We delve into the life of Edward Kenway, another one of Desmond Miles ancestors but here's the thing... Desmond's dead! In the present you play... a silent worker for the game developer... Abstergo Entertainment! You're just a drone playing in Desmond's salvaged DNA to find content in Edward Kenway's life that'd make an awesome game. As for Edward's story, he becomes a pirate to make money for a better life with his wife, kills an assassin & gets entangled in the centuries long war of the Assassins & Templar's.

With the story based in the age of pirates, you'll get to meet a few of the famous pirates of the time throughout the game like James Kidd, Black Beard & Black Bart to name a few. This also means that the navel combat introduced in Assassin's Creed III returns along with sailing... & that's the main premise of this entry. Sailing EVERYWHERE!

For those coming back, Assassin's Creed IV plays exactly like the last one, but this time... we have a likable character. You'll be stabbing your way through the regular ensemble of missions but with more that take you aboard Edward's ship, the Jackdaw... I don't like that name to be honest.

The Jackdaw is used to traverse this vast largest world in the Assassin's Creed series to date. The ship can & will need to be upgraded as you progress through the game by sinking & capturing other vessels for materials. This can be a fun time waster between missions. I probably sunk(Humour!) at least 12 hours into just sinking & capturing ships alone in this game!

Hunting also comes back in this game & is less important then ever! Why? You can buy all the skins & bones from the general store to avoid hunting all together. Sure you can hunt the animals for the items, but it's easier to just buy it & save time. The harvested materials are used to upgrade your armor & ammo capacity, so it has it's use... just doesn't justify killing whales.

To break up the fun part of the game, you play as silent Bob in the office. All you do here is hack some computers & listen to conversations. Hacking does yield some awesome info that expands the Assassin's Creed universe, but the office portions are just so... BORING!

The game has some online functionality for stupid things. The same online multiplayer mode we've played before is back but with a co op mode that's not very different. If you love the old multiplayer but want new skins, then this multiplayer is for you. The other online feature is in the single player because deh herp de derp! An extra feature called Kenway's Fleet requires the internet to do exactly what you did in the previous games with assassin recruits. In short, the online features are pointless!

If you bought the PS3 version(like I did) you'll get an Aveline DLC exclusive mission. She's from that game only a few of us played that would corrupt it's save data if you were a completionist. It's short, it's linear, it's ok. You'll breeze through it rather quickly so who cares right? It add nothing to the game or Assassin's Creed Liberation either.

Pretty much, if you played Assassin's Creed... it's more Assassin's Creed. Unlike Assassin's Creed III, the story & protagonist are almost Assassin's Creed II quality, but not quite there. It's the best Assassin's Creed game since Brotherhood & it's fun. I recommend it highly but if you don't already own it, maybe get it on PS4 or Xbox One... that or buy on a currently owned console you know works. I personally would like another game with Edward to be honest. I like him & feel more games would be good with him. Also why not make a game with Haytham Kenway?

Score 4/5

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