Reviews for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gold Edition (NA)

85

Great successor to the AC Series

Vordar | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Vordar's reviews »

At first I was a little worried about Black Flag since Desmond was dead and the AC series story wrapped up, so I could not see where would they pick up. The story is quite good, the graphics are just incredible, the setting amazing. This game is a must for everyone fan or new to the series. The combat has the same feeling as in other AC games, which is good cause it let you jump in to the action right away, free mode being really fun, and the battles at sea compelling and very well designed making it a great game. The Gold Edition includes the season pass with new missions which add to the playtime and some upgrades and cosmetic items.

80

Poorly optimized but still the best one so far...

phoenix1120 | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all phoenix1120's reviews »

I pre-ordered AC4 a while back so you can guess that I was pretty excited to dive in and try it out. I loved AC3 and was able to get it to run fairly well on my gaming rig. Now, almost immediately after starting into the game I noticed some odd behavior. It would normally hover around 50-60 fps but on occasion it would drop to 30 and appeared capped there...no in-between. What I found was that if I turned off vsync, I could raise most of the other settings and maintain a fairly steady framerate of 45-60, although I started seeing some screen tearing. Keep in mind that this was before I updated my nvidia driver. Once I updated it the game seemed a little smoother, but not by a very noticeable amount. With all that being said, I have to say that the game still managed to awe me with it's amazing environments and still fun gameplay. I noticed some improvements to the stealth which make it more fun, like being able to whistle from haystacks and bushes, and it seemed easier to elude enemies that spotted you and were hunting you. they will still look, but it didn't seem like they were spotting you through buildings, and other guards don't automatically join the search right away until they notice you're being chased. So all in all I think they have made a vastly improved game here, with some nice nods to earlier installments in the series. The major problem is the need for more optimization. You can always turn down the graphics settings, but the game will be far less attractive then. Here's hoping they keep optimizing it, and let's look on the bright side...at least this version isn't capped at 30fps like the console versions.

95

Black Flag with all the goodies

michalmichal | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all michalmichal's reviews »

While Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a good product in itself (oh, it's very good, even excellent I would say), the Gold edition makes it even better because it includes the Season Pass with all the extra goodies you might want for the game. The pass includes all the DLCs available for the game (except for the special preorder addons). So what you get is some extra weapons, additional relics, new costumes, but these are only minor additions in comparison to the additional missions added in Sacrificed Secrets Pack, Hidden Mystery Pack, and the Black Island Pack. Then there's the Aveline pack with additional gameplay, like an hour of it. So if you expect to like Assassin's Creed IV, I would recommend getting this Gold edition to save yourself the trouble of purchasing the DLCs separately.