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GF Rating
8.6

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Assassin's Creed IV Black flag

posted by Moopface (PHILOMATH, OR) Dec 26, 2013

Member since Dec 2013

I have Yet to play this game, but in all Honesty i have read everything about it, never really been into the Assassin's Creed Games but this one seem Really Awesome because of the whole Pirate aspect, i rented it, and a day later i got an Xbox one, so i shiped it back so that i could get the Xbox one Version.

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GF Rating
7

Good

I'm on a boat.

posted by imfreepoints (PLANO, TX) Dec 15, 2013

Member since Nov 2012

Black Flag has a fresh feeling for an Assassins Creed installment. Most of the previous AC games would add new side activities(hunting, crating, etc.) but the main game play would be mostly the same. Taking the side activity from AC3 and making it the main story point in Black Flag made me excited to play it.

Sailing really never got dull in my opinion. There was enough to do with storms, enemy ships, and floating loot(so much floating loot) that it never felt like I was just sailing from A to B. The sea warfare controls were frustrating at times, when trying to select which weapon(cannon) to use, but for the most part it was enjoyable. Upgrading your ship to be able to take on bigger ships was probably my favorite part. Early in the game I wouldn't go near a brig but as upgrades went on, my ship far outgrew the brig and was on to the the Man O' Wars and legendary ships.

The main story line had many likable and dis likable characters to keep it interesting and fun. The cut scenes were visually well done and you could also pause during them(sounds little but a big deal to me because I like to pause). Progressing through the main story also unlocked new weapons to use on your enemies to give variation on how to dispose of them.

The main downside to the game is with the missions going into repeat mode. Most of the missions consisted of going to X and killing/sinking Y so it did get a little stale. My other Con is the same I have for most of the other AC games and that is the outside of the Animus game play. I don't really want to walk around an office hacking into computers when I could be devastating Spanish ships in the Caribbean.

Overall I would recommend this game to anyone who has or has not played an Assassins Creed game.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A Great 18th Century Naval Combat Sim

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

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