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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

 

 
Overview
 

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Release Date: November 19, 2013
 
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
 
Publisher: Ubisoft
 
Author Rating
8.9
8.9/10


User Rating
2 total ratings

 

Positives


  • Open world
  • Pirates

Negatives


  • Somewhat repetitive gameplay


Bottom Line

Assassin’s Creed IV sings of an immersive pirating experience. Improving upon mistakes made by its predecessor; you are thrust immediately into a truly open world with over fifty unique locations to explore. Adventures await any decision you make with rich story quests dangling a path for you to follow.

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Posted November 27, 2013 by

 
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Assassin’s Creed IV – The Review

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

Assassin’s Creed IV sings of an immersive pirating experience. Improving upon mistakes made by its predecessor; you are thrust immediately into a truly open world with over fifty unique locations to explore. Adventures await any decision you make with rich story quests dangling a path for you to follow.

In your adventure as a pirate, you man your own upgradeable ship in both appearance and functionality. From increasing your cannon power to unlocking new songs your crew will sing as you weather the seas. Storms can strike at any moment; sending a violent tidal wave crashing upon your ship or water spouts spiral down from the skies threatening to tear your ship apart. You are free to attack any of the large variety of vessels. Upon weakening the ship enough you may then board it and battle with your crew, laying claim to their ship. After victory you gain its cargo, and you may draft the ship into your armada to send on trade routes.

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

The game looks brilliant in detail. The water physics astonish, with waves carrying your ship naturally, and reflect the beauty of the dynamic world around you. The islands are lush with a tropical landscape, ripe with trunks to climb and run across in typical Assassin’s Creed platforming style.

Animals also fill the world quite densely. You can hunt on land and at sea, spear-fishing a variety of sharks and whales to hunting aggressive jaguars on land. Skins may be used to craft ammo pouches, clothing, and pistol belts ala Ubisoft’s Farcry 3 system. While you will spend quite a bit of the time on the seas, there’s also plenty of pirate towns that embrace that Assassin’s Creed roof top platforming that you’ve come to expect. Nothing dramatically new on this front. There’s always a lot to do and items to collect in each town.

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

Some things to discover are underwater shipwrecks, treasure maps pointing to buried riches, animus pieces, merchant ships carrying valueables, and hours of side quests that entertain.

The combat system remains the same and feels good. Stealth combat through an area of patrolling guards remains solid. The pathing of your enemies could use a bit more variety and randomness. Also the world could use a more throwaway dialogue as you walk by people to liven it up.

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

(Credits: Ubisoft Montreal)

In conclusion, Assassin’s Creed IV course adjusts the series back on target with an interesting fleshed out pirate era to explore, excellent ship combat, and an open world to conquer at your own pace.

Have you enjoyed Assassin’s Creed IV? Let us know your thoughts.


Jason Benedict

 
I'm a fanatical PC gamer and tech enthusiast from S Florida.


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  • shahidul alam

    Would love to find out more about how the effects were made. Very realistic.

  • Kevin Morrice

    This sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to play it (it’s already on my son’s wish list for Christmas).

    • http://toptendeals.hubpages.com Jason Benedict

      I’m sure he wont be disappointed!

  • taha hussain

    The review sounds awesome, eager to play this masterpiece