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Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

I took the day off work, my significant other was out-of-town, everything was perfect.  All that was left was for Mr. UPS to deliver the goods, and a knock at my door at 10:00 a.m. sharp, told me all was right with the world.  My PlayStation 4 was here, and I was ready to get my game on.  This isn’t a system review, check out the previous blogpost for that, this is simply a game review.

I picked up two games with my PS4 system, Assassin’s Creed IV, and Killzone: Shadowfall.  If I told you I haven’t even put Killzone into the system yet, you get a good idea of how this review is going to go.

_-Assassins-Creed-IV-Black-Flag-PS4-_Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – PS4

I’ve been a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, since playing the first one.  I’ve reached 100% on all the games in singleplayer, and spent plenty of time in multiplayer.  So, telling you I was disappointed with Assassin’s Creed III is a big deal.  I felt the protaganist, Conner, was bland and uninteresting, the setting was a bit meh, and the game had it’s fair share of bugs and curious design choices.  I was beginning to worry that Assassin’s Creed was creeping into Call of Duty territory – an uninspired sequelfest that I’d rather use as a coaster than play.

Well, Assassin’s Creed IV instantly shattered those fears.  This was one of those games that in the first 10 minutes, you just knew was going to be good.  The pirate setting is fantastic, if not milked a little too hard.  The developers seemed intent on cramming every major historical figure of the era into the game.  The controls are tight, but still suffer from some of the series longstanding problems, your character running up unwanted surfaces, refusing to scale surfaces when to close to them, but these weren’t too distractful.

The big draw for me was the ship element.  I enjoyed these segments in Assassin’s Creed III, but they were superflous.  Whereas in IV, they are the core element of the game.  Sea battles, whale-hunting, treasure diving, these are vital elements to the game, and all require you to be at sea.  The most surprising element, and one which brought me the most joy, was my crew singing sea shanties, whilst sailing the ocean.  You can gain more shanties by chasing floating song sheets in various towns, and it’s well worth it.  It kinda works like the radio in Grand Theft Auto, but with pirates.  In fact, I enjoyed sailing the oceans so much, that I found I didn’t really want to go do your typical assassin activities on land.  If I didn’t have the urge to collect more shanties, I wouldn’t go to town at all.

The modern day element of Assassin’s Creed IV is significantly toned down.  Time spent in the modern world is reduced to fetch and carry missions, and hacking computers, all done in first-person.  Gone are the days of the parkour antics of Desmond.  To be honest, I’d be plenty happy if Ubisoft just dropped the modern element of Assassin’s Creed altogether.  But, at least IV pulls me out of my pirating ways rarely, and when it does, I’m back on my ship, shouting “Arrrrrrr” in record time.

The game is massive to boot.  I put in 60-70 hours to complete all 100% of the game.  This doesn’t include time spent in multiplayer reaching prestige level 3.  There are a few too many “follow this guy” missions, and this didn’t help to entice me to step off my ship.  Overall this is a fantastic game with plenty of replay value.  It is a return to form for the Assassin’s Creed series, and in my opinion is the best.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is rated M for Mature, and is available for PS3. PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U (although the Wii U version will not receive the planned DLC).

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