posted by Friedmak33 (SPRINGFIELD, VA) Mar 5, 2014
Member since Jun 2011
Having only played AC1, I was excited to get back to this franchise and see where they have gone with it. Wow was I disappointed. Sure, there's a ton of new things to do but none of it is fun. I thought the treasure maps were a good idea and one of the first things I tried, but then found that the map was blocked off because I wasn't far enough into the game to even find the treasure. I thought this was open world? Boating is slow and boring and I had no desire to fight on the seas. On land I was constantly inadvertently climbing walls/rocks I didn't intend to. This makes it extremely difficult when trying to chase someone. The AI of the enemy is horrific. Where are the improvements from AC1? They all walk in some inane pattern (or just stand there) which as a gamer made me feel insulted. This made the stealth aspect of the game extremely boring for me. I felt like all I was doing was waiting for the stupid AI to finish their pre-programed route before I could attack. To add to their stupidity, when they see you and then you run into a hiding spot, they just brush it off once you've hidden for a few seconds. "Yeah, I didn't just see someone run into that haystack." To add to the boredom, if you do happen to screw up and get detected or killed in one of the stealth missions, they place you so far back that you have to go through this monotonous chore again.
I was really excited to play through this game and after the first city I was pretty gung-ho on completing it, but then it just got really boring and repetitive and I had to give up.
I came into this game hoping that the Pirate setting would breath fresh air into the franchise.
I always grow bored with the Assassins Creed games, but the ship building and setting was enough to have me excited to try Black Flag.
Unfortunately, there was nothing here to keep me coming back. I played the game for around 7-8 hours and was immensely bored with it. Fetch mission after fetch mission with some sailing and annoying "collectibles", to find everywhere, got old within the first 4 hours. I believe I chased/tackled/and followed people 10 times in the first 2 hours. This was repetition at its worse...and the gameplay of the previous games that had me bored to tears.
I think it's time for me to give up on this series. I really wanted to love Black Flag. I love pirates, and the one part I did enjoy was the ships. Sailing on the ocean and inlets is pretty neat. Once on land though, it's the same shoddy..pre-programmed climbing routes and missions.
The AI is often incredibly dumb too. I finished one mission by just running right up to my objective, throwing a smoke bomb, then hanging next to where I just threw the bomb. All the AI that had approached me decided I was no longer a threat....and walked off. I now just hopped up right next to the objective and walked into my destination.
Why not have some guards guard the area?
Yes, I could have scaled a massive amount of conveniently placed walls and pillars, but I learned that I can also just barge in...hit one button to confuse everyone, then hide for 30 seconds and complete a mission.
Bleh. I don't recommend the game unless you really like Pirates and can handle the horribly repetitive gameplay/controls/missions throughout. There's nothing new here outside of the ships and the pirates.
I wish Ubisoft would try harder. Do something different with the gameplay...maybe make it more free flowing and less robotic.
2/10 - For Gameplay and Fun
7/10 - For Pirates and Ships