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More than just another AC game

tofrellera | Dec. 14, 2013 | Review of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

This is probably one of the best in the series. Adding pirates and assassins is surprisingly a really good direction for the Assassin's Creed franchise.The best thing about this game is that it goes beyond and builds on what made the series great in the first place. Having a ship that you can use and customize, the widest range of outfits in an AC game, doing side activities like hunting down templars, collecting upgrades, diving, and much more make this game definitely worth all the hours you will spend on it. Furthermore, the new protagonist, Edward Kenway, grandfather to Connor in AC III, is a much lighter, conflicted, and more likable character than his grandson. He stands out from other main assassins in the series by being motivated by money rather than some sense of honor or revenge.

The setting is visually stunning with all the beautiful beaches, the diverse wildlife, and clear blue waters, and that moment when you start sailing freely in the open seas and your crew starts singing is simply amazing. There's just so much to do in this game that you will keep postponing doing the main mission just to all the other activities. The combat is a little slower than AC III, but overall, it's still great along with the new and improved naval combat.

The story is not as great as I thought it would be though, but it's definitely better than AC III and enough to get me interested in collecting all the small details about it. In the present day missions, these are actually really really interesting and sometimes humorous as it makes a lot of references to all the past AC games. In those missions, you play as YOU in a video game company which I honestly found to be a really creative move for Ubisoft. The main issue I have with the game is that it has minor glitches and bugs and that the game gets laggy on max graphics even on strong PC's. There's also less weapons in this game since you only have your swords and hidden blades as main weapons (no main axes, daggers, or clubs), but having four pistols is pretty fun too.

I think Ubisoft really stepped it up with this one. The quality of the AC series is better this time around, and AC IV: Black Flag is definitely worth playing for a long time.