I gave this game a six/ten. All six are solely from the scenery, smoothness, the size of the world, the sailing, everything the game has to offer, except the combat. The combat is so terrible in this game, that it lost out on four points from me.
The combat begins as an enjoyable experience. You attack and the enemy usually parries your attacks and sometimes becomes hit, but it quickly becomes unfulfilling, ridiculously easy, and boring. There are a few combat options: Attack, throw off balance, and counter. You can simply attack any unaware enemies and kill them in an instant, or if they see you coming and parry, wait for them to counter, but you realize how easy the combat is upon using this counter. Hit "O" (or whatever symbol it is for you) followed by the attack, and your character immediately kills the enemy. This is where the flaw comes in. I never feel like there's a true need to run away and hide. I understand that this is a large part of the gameplay, and I would thoroughly enjoy that if I actually felt a need to run.
I pick pocket a quest based person and a large number of guards quickly come in. You have smoke bombs to help get away, but honestly, why? Let the guards come in and they will dumbly one by one attack you followed by the obvious counter symbol above their heads. Counter and kill, counter and kill. That is the extent of the combat in this current/next gen action adventure game. When there is a larger enemy you can not counter, there is another option: Throw them off balance, but this becomes your counter. Throw off balance and kill, throw off balance and kill. It's simple and boring.
The fact that the weapons have a damage value feels absolutely pointless, as you can simply kill enemies in an instant with your beginning weapons by countering and/or throwing off balance.
What has so much potential to be a great game, falters under the weight of its terrible combat system.
After a few dull entries in the AC series, Black Flag definitely pulled me in and left me wanting more, even after about twenty five hours or so of playing. I was skeptical about the pirate theme, but it ended up being my favorite aspect of it. I have yet to play Black Flag on a next gen console, but this game is beautiful on PS3. This was definitely a step up for the franchise, highly recommended.
posted by DirtTrash (LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA) Jan 23, 2014
Member since Oct 2011
Had no idea this was an open world style game. Some of my favorite games are. I've been waiting for a console game where I can be a Pirate and float around causing devastation and collecting booty in an open world, do what I want, instance. Only reason for 9 and not 10. Graphics are better on my PC with insane FPS than that of my console.