posted by thenumbers1234 (LIMESTONE, TN) Feb 22, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is a very enjoyable game. The strength of this game is the open world itself. There are plenty of fun side activities to do and collectibles to find. It is easily my favorite open world in the Assassin's Creed series so far. As far as the storyline goes, I found it a nice change of pace from the norm of the series. This storyline involves a tale of pirating getting mixed up with the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. It has many lighthearted moments as well as many more serious moments, too. There are a few issues I had with the campaign, though. First, although there are many enjoyable missions, there were more of the tedious tailing missions than I would have liked. Second, since the time period of the game involved many issues of colonial exploitation, racism, etc., I though there were many missed opportunities to address these social issues. Nevertheless, the game as it is turns out to be a very fun experience. As far as the Wii-U version goes, the off-television play works very well. The map on the Gamepad is very practical, too. It even allows you to zoom the map in and out with touch screen controls. Unfortunately, I don't think the touch screen map has any way for you to set waypoints. It seems as if you still have to bring up the map on the television screen in order to do that. Overall, I would recommend playing the Wii-U version if you already own the console.
posted by SergeantBaldwin (LINCOLN, NE) Jan 27, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
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Enjoyable game. I think Black Flag was better than Assassin's Creed III, and the hideout is more fitting thematically (than in Assassin's Creed III, sorry Connor). However, the story seems to progress strangely. I can't quite pin down what I think is/was strange about it, but it progressed strangely. For whatever that thought is worth to anyone reading this review.
If I owned it, would I pick it up and play from time to time now that I've finished the game? Definitely.
posted by Grumpy_Gourmand (GULF SHORES, AL) Nov 18, 2013
Member since Nov 2013
First of all, let me say, I am a huge fan of this series playing almost every game that has been put out. Having said that, the Abstergo (Templars) vs Assassins story line is starting to get a little tiresome, and this one is no different.
I have not played it on other systems, so the issues that I have with this game and the gamepad seem like so many other flawed functionality issues that I have seen in other games for this system that have been poorly ported over. The character steering with the L control stick is a hassle especially when you are climbing because it constantly turns of the Eagle Eye feature. This is just one of the many gamepad issues that I had that could fill up a whole review on their own.
The other issue that I have is with the missions. How many following missions can a developer put in one game, at least two in every major sequence, whether on foot or in the ship. It gets really old, really fast. And Ubisoft said they would correct the issues from ACIII that stated if you got too close, or some other issue with following it, the player would not have to start all over aren't true.
While the funnest part of the game is upgrading the ship and shipping around the West Indies taking down ships and plundering island along the way is great stress relief, it does not make up for a poor storyline. Very little character development, dodgy history (Capt. Cook and Mary Reid for example, the way Blackbeard and Black Bart are portrayed). Its just a frustrating experience.