posted by the_hartzinator (PITTSBURGH, PA) Jun 8, 2014
Member since Apr 2013
I have always been impressed by the Assassin's Creed franchise, but WOW! Black Flag has truly done it again. The stunning visuals, intuitive free-running mechanics, and killer assassinations are what originally got me addicted to the franchise, but the new and improved sailing mode is a whole new game in and of itself, and it's a darn good one too. Boarding and sinking enemy ships, taking over cliffside forts, and hunting for treasure and killer whales are given the fitting backdrop of your piratey crew singing old nautical tunes to pass the time. I have found my self white-knuckling my controller several times. It also makes for a more natural-feeling, huge open world that can be traveled in more than one way.
Only negatives are that the XBox Live features still need a lot of work, and the little Kenway's Fleet mini-game is just downright lame. But those aren't enough to bring this down any lower than a 9.
TL;DR - This is a great game with a HUGE world that can be explored through an addictive and fun sailing mechanic. Might be keeping this one for the library.