posted by JusticeBy50cal (NEWPORT, OR) Dec 12, 2013
Member since Jun 2013
But not a mind-blowing addition to the Assassin's Creed story line.
Without spoiling it too much for those new to the series, if you want to experience the real Creed story line then this is definitely not the game to play first. Black Flag is more of Ubisoft's reward to fans by offering a game that focuses less on the eternal Assassin/Templar struggle and more on just plain killing people with style and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily a bad thing.
For this chapter you play as Edward Kenway. Grandfather of Conner Kenway from AC3 and confident sailor in search of his fortune on the high seas so that he may make a life with his beloved. I recall a movie with a similar opening though not once during the game was I told to have fun storming the castle, and there was much storming. Anyway, Edward is shipwrecked after a naval battle with a traitor assassin and ends up assuming his role smelling great fortune in the ploy. Though not an official assassin he takes a liking to the band of killers and finds their cause aligns with his in his quest to secure freedom from the king for his pirate buddies.
The story is alright though some minor missed details took away from the sense of realism. For example, one piece of "secret" information you find says that ancestral memories end once a child is conceived, however there are several scenes of you playing Edward with children in their early teens. Also I never understood how Edward had the natural ability to do all sorts of assassin moves without proper training. I guess pirates were very deadly back then.
Black Flag takes some of the burdon off being an assassin as you can straight up fight your way through most of the game. This is both refreshing and fun since Ubisoft never thought being able to crouch was a base assassin skill. The naval battles are still challenging in some areas no matter how many upgrades you have, though I was dissapointed in what you couldn't upgrade, like number of sails. Overall well w
As soon as I started playing this game, my first initial thought was "wow the graphics haven't improved at all since the last game". The edging is not smooth at all and is hard on the eyes. Getting past that, I started to really enjoy the game, especially the ship battles which are 10x better then AC 3. All in all I'm glad I played it, even though the ending seemed to be cut short. I recommend this to all players that are looking for a solid and intriguing game experience.