Reviews for Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ (NA)
Better than AC1 & AC3, but the Ezio trilogy still reigns suprememugaro | Aug. 11, 2014 | See all mugaro's reviews »
I spent about 40 hours playing this game. Gameplay wise, it's great. The gameplay is the same engine as AC3. Edward Kenway controls the same as Haytham & Connor Kenway. The ship traveling is the same mechanic but improved greatly. Sailing island to island, ship combat, boarding an enemy ship & plundering all their loot is a lot of fun & something I did probably over 50 times.
The gameplay is perfect, no complaints here. I wouldn't spend 40 hours if the gameplay was flawed.
The big part of every AC game is the story, and I have kind of mixed feelings about the story here. On one hand, it's a great story with great characters that takes place in the Assassin's Creed universe, but the whole assassins vs templars thing isn't necessarily the main plot going on. All of the supporting characters are interesting, but I have these complaints with it:
1) The main villain of the story is barely seen only a few times through out the entire game, we really don't get to know much about him which is a major contrast to how well we got to know previous AC villains, especially the villains in AC3 which we knew quite well, only Revelations had a villain we knew less about.
2) For that matter, pretty much all of the antagonists don't really get much screen time. While some characters become good guys & others become bad guys, very little time is devoted to developing any of the other characters that aren't one of the main 5 or so characters.
3) The motive is kind of hard to understand. It starts out simple: "I want booty, gotta get rich or die trying" and it progresses into something more complicated, but it skips a lot of steps that explain why Edward has a change of heart and develops into a more mature character.
At one point in the end of the game, one of the villains makes a comment that he's lost everyone in his life thanks to him & the other villains, but that's not true. He was already divorced/separated from his wife before the game started. A few of his friends died or betrayed him, but it wasn't necessarily due to anything the villains or Edward did. It was the villain taking credit for what wasn't his to take credit for.
At some points, Edward shows that he cares about people in his life and at other points, acts like nobody matters to him but himself. For the villain to be saying that no one is left in his life, Edward could very well have not cared and just moved on anyway.
And I'm trying to not spoil anything, but come on AC games always have plot twists and characters dying.
Having gotten these flaws out of the way, it's still a very fun game. I'm actually curious where they're going with the modern day 2013 storyline again, where as the 2012 storyline in AC3 was pretty boring. The end of AC4 has a not-so subtle nod to the beginning of AC3 that I liked. Ubisoft has said they've thought of an ending that will be final & ultimate, but I have a feeling they're going to keep milking out yearly AC titles until the cash cow runs dry, ala Call of Duty. At any rate, AC Unity looks pretty damn good, I'll be getting it probably around Christmas.
Final verdict: 8.4/10 Better than AC1 & AC3, but the Ezio trilogy still reigns supreme.
My Introduction to the SeriesRcoder97 | July 3, 2014 | See all Rcoder97's reviews »
DISCLAIMER: I had never played a single Assassin's Creed before this. Welcome to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, a game where you play as a pirate who turns into an assassin. This game is visually pleasing in every way. From the lovely towns to the vast jungles to the jaw dropping open waters. While that is a good quality of the game the game itself is not that good to me. There is lots of stealth missions other sea related activities. This gets very repetitive though. The multiplayer is fun but frustrating due to lag and just my weak grasp on how to predict other player's actions. All in all this game is gorgeous but that's not enough to make up the rest of this rather shallow game.
Loved the gamejepherz | June 18, 2014 | See all jepherz's reviews »
I actually played through the entire game, which is something I don't usually do these days. Most the time I get bored and stop playing somewhere half way, but I was hooked on this game.
The storytelling and the characters in the game are amazing and really draw you in. Everything is beautifully done, the cities are lively, the views are always so nice when you climb up the towers to sync your map. The oceans are huge, the sailors on your ship sing the entire time you are sailing(you can turn that off if you find it annoying, but I enjoyed it), sometimes there are storms and huge waves. You get to explore different islands and caves, run through jungles. There's a lot to this game, so much to explore and interesting side quests if you don't want to just rush through the story. This is a game that's definitely worth picking it, I'm glad I did!
Fantastic GameCgtitan5 | April 15, 2014 | See all Cgtitan5's reviews »
I loved Black Flag it was my second favorite after Assassin's Creed 2. The main protagonist is a pirate named Edward Kennway who I greatly enjoyed playing as. He was far better than Connor from AC3 in my opinion. Assassins's Creed Black Flag brings a vast open world which you get to discover, all from your very own ship. Black Flag also has naval combat which was vastly improved from AC3 and you even get to upgrade your ship.
The story and acting in Black Flag are just phenomenal I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the story seemed a bit short, there are plenty of side activities to keep you busy. The combat is pretty much the same as AC3. The graphics are astounding and very realistic. I definitely recommend buying this game, you won't regret it.