Golden Joysticks Award:
"The Golden Age of Piracy." - IGN.com
"Black Flag is best regarded as a collage of the games and technologies Ubisoft have cultivated over the past decade." - PCGamer.com
The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic where corruption, greediness and cruelty are commonplace.
Among these outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built.
Welcome to the Golden Age of Piracy.
A brash rebel Assassin:
Become Edward Kenway, a charismatic yet brutal pirate captain, trained by Assassins. Edward can effortlessly switch between the Hidden Blade of the Assassin’s Order and all new weaponry including four flintlock pistols and dual cutlass swords.
Explore an open world filled with opportunities:
Discover the largest and most diverse Assassin’s Creed world ever created. From Kingston to Nassau, explore 50 unique locations where you can live the life of a pirate including:
Loot underwater shipwrecks
Assassinate Templars in blossoming cities
Hunt for rare animals in untamed jungles
Search for treasure in lost ruins
Escape to hidden coves
Become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean:
Command your ship, the Jackdaw, and strike fear in all who see her. Plunder and pillage to upgrade the Jackdaw with ammunition and equipment needed to fight off enemy ships. The ship's improvements are critical to Edward's progression through the game. Attack and seamlessly board massive galleons, recruit sailors to join your crew and embark on an epic and infamous adventure.
Experience the gritty reality behind the pirate fantasy:
Stand amongst legendary names such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Benjamin Hornigold, as you establish a lawless Republic in the Bahamas and relive the truly explosive events that defined the Golden Age of Piracy.
Fight against or cooperate with your friends in the ruthless and acclaimed multiplayer experience. Choose from an eclectic cast of characters and fight to the death in exotic themed maps.
Supported video cards at the time of release:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or better, GT400, GT500, GT600, GT700 series or AMD Radeon HD4870 or better, HD5000, HD6000, HD7000 series
Black Flag is my favorite game in the series for numerous reasons: incredible gameplay, a gorgeous open world, a compelling storyline, and an incredible protagonist. The final cutscene had me actually tear up, something that has never happened in any other game. However, this is one of those games that are better played on a console, rather than PC. Then you won't have to deal with uplay. Furthermore, a controller is a must when playing Black Flag, or any Assassin's Creed game for that matter. Another problem is the lack of replayability. When you collect all collectibles, play through the story, explore all locations there is no point in playing it again, unless you want to reexperience the game again. Overall, it is not a game that you will pour hundreds of hours into, but a must play nevertheless.
After just experiencing Assassin's Creed III i wasn't in any hurry to play the next. In my opinion i thought Ubisoft had taken the series back a step and it wasn't quite as good as i'd hoped. A disappointing antagonist, dull and boring storyline, lack of anything exciting to do once the story was over. I thought Assassin's Creed IV Black flag would just follow suit, and nail the coffin even tighter on the AC series coffin. Fortunately i was so wrong ! Assassin's Creed IV is great. Vastly improving on Assassin's Creed III in every possible way i can think of, it is definitely one of the better games of the year. You play as Edward Kenway, father to Haytham and grandfather to the miserable Conner from ACIII. Edward is very likeable from the get go, and immediately you feel a lot more interaction with him than you ever did with Conner. He is a lot like Ezio in ways, hes cocky, arrogant and has a somehow likeability factor to him. While the story is anything from spectacular, it's not that which makes it great. It's everything you can do outside of the story that really makes this game shine. A lot of the time i found myself wanting to go exploring the massive open sea for different locations to explore and treasure to plunder. Pretty much everything from previous AC games is back, and there is hours and hours of fun to be had here. Though at times when playing the game you do sit and think, how does this have anything to do with the assassin's, the game does tie it all in with the pirate setting unbelievably well. The gameplay is great, combat is just as exciting as ACIII and naval combat has been improved also, making it a lot more engaging. Stealth mechanics feel a lot more polished too, fair enough tailing somebody or eavesdropping a conversation still feels like a bit of a bore, but it doesn't feel quite as clumbsy as before. Presentation of this game iv'e got to say is superb, the open sea looks beautiful, and definitely contends with one of the best looking games of this generation. Iv'e yet to find a glitch in this game, which i know was a big problem with ACIII. Sound hits top marks also, the voice acting is great and appealing. It feels great to be sailing the open sea and your crew start singing sea shantys, really draws you into this world of pirates. Multiplayer is back and not much can be said really, it's the same as before. From comparing it to ACIII's online, i really couldn't tell the difference apart from a few nice customization tweaks and new abilities sets nothing has changed. Which isn't a bad thing, i like Assassin's Creed's online component. Overall this game is pretty damn good, a major improvement on Assassins Creed III. The game is engaging and at times very hard to put down as it gives you so much stuff to do, a lot of bang for your buck. If you miss how AC used to be then get this game ! If you liked ACIII and the others, then get this game ! Enough said !
This is the best pirate simulator ever, but in my opinion it's poor Assassins game. You can upgrade your ship, recruit the crew, sail around the seas, plunder ships, destroy the forts. You can feel like Jack Sparrow from Pirates of Carribean. Everything is great in this game, except of storyline. Plot about Assassins and Templars does not fit to Carribean outfit of this game. Throughout the game you get the feeling that the plot is out of mind. However poor storyline isn't spoiling the fun of this game. I checked every island on the map and I had great fun - it happen very seldom to me. If you want to be a pirate, buy this game!
This is by far the best game in the entire franchise. It reimagines it as well as incorporates addictive and incredible new systems to truly make the ultimate assassin experience. It's the first open world game in the series. It's absolutely beautiful with the best water I've seen in any game. The pirate battles are addictive and never get old. My only criticism is the combat is slightly worse than AC III and the story lags a bit in the middle. Otherwise, this game is a masterpiece.
With superb graphics and thrilling gameplay this is my favorite assassins creed. It has a interesting storyline too, and whats better that you gotta be pirates and destroy ships and forts. Graphics- 10/10 Story-8/10 gameplay- 9/10
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