This one has so much to do. Story was interesting, but I had so much fun just exploring. Other than a few scenarios that were painfully twitchy the game was thoroughly enjoyable. If you're like me and don't have super fast reflexes there are a few spots that might frustrate you. Unfortunately they are areas that can block you from progression too. My 17 year old son was nice enough to get me through them so I could finish the main story.
If you haven't enjoyed or played the others in the series, don't let that deter you!
Picture Assassins Creed (stealthy & easy controls, beautiful scenery, assassin contracts) meets Far Cry (hunting, crafting), and TONS of ship battles, treasure hunts etc.
This time it's far less focus on you as a player roaming on foot/horse. At least half the game is played in the ship, which is AWESOME.
The sea is beautiful, and incredibly realistic. The storms are scary and intense. The ship battles are fun and deliver on the satisfaction you'd expect from crushing another ship in battle and taking their crew and cargo. A very welcome unexpected element was all the "pirate songs" you can collect and hear your crew singing. You can turn it off if you hate it, but I find myself whistling the tunes through out the day. They're pretty songs!
The only reason this doesn't get a 10 from me, is that it allows people to pay to skip ahead making it an unlevel playing field.
I have not yet played the multiplayer. I have heard it doesn't allow for ship battles and the such, but rather just a catch me if you can type of chase mode. If that is the case, it would be a huge let down, but the game stands on it's own as a single player in my opinion, as it has in the past with similar multiplayer modes.