Argh, maties! Welcome to the the review that has had me chomping at the bit. It took me a few weeks to procure, but now I can finally tell you all about my experiences with the newest installment of the Assassins Creed series. Before I get fully into my thoughts on this title, I want to say that – in my opinion – Assassins Creed is one of the best franchises of all time, and all of the different development teams that have worked on the series at Ubisoft over the years really know how to make a great game.
The gameplay is far different from many of the other AC titles. Sure, you can go around and hack & slash bad guys all day long – it wouldn’t be an AC game if it did not feature that – but the focus on sailing and pirating is heavily emphasized in this latest installment of the franchise. In Black Flag you will be plundering ships, taking over forts and just overall f**king s#!t up on the open seas.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding this game due to its very realistic take on whaling, which is the act of hunting whales for meat and such. Many animal rights groups were protesting the game due to this fact, but my opinion is that games are getting to the point where they are becoming very realistic and I like that. The more realistic, the better experience is, in my opinion.
Let’s talk about the platforming that comes into the gameplay; the annoyance of this aspect of gameplay in AC titles has been a problem since the very first Assassins Creed. The camera angles really fuck you over at times, forcing you to make blind jumps every now and then simply because the camera angle is screwed up. However, this is only one fault of the game – which will frustrate you at times – but once you get through that part of the game, you will feel oh so satisfied.
You are once again Abstergo’s lapdog, thrust into the Animus to follow Edward Kenway, a pirate who is looking for fortune. I won’t go into detail on the game’s story so as to avoid spoilers, hopefully having the effect of making you want to play this game (and me not being the dick who spoils video games).
As I said in the gameplay section of this article, the story focuses heavily on pirating and doing other things of that nature. You will be in control of the Jackdaw during a good chunk of this game, performing upgrades to the ship as you go along. One major problem I had was not having enough tools to upgrade my ship. The result was that some of the more difficult battles at seas were long, but the pirate gods were looking out for me as I f**ked s#!t up.
The Observatory is what you are searching for in this game: a mysterious, powerful, and rather peculiar place. You will also be asked to kill many targets in the game, just as in the previous AC installments. If you are a sap like myself, you will also find your eyes leaking at just how well the story is written. Ubisoft is a very reputable company, and I look forward to every one of the titles that they release.
As I only rented this game, I could not delve deeply into the side content. However, as with all the AC titles, there is a massive amount of side quest material in this game. Not only is the main story long, but with the side content involved, this game has tons of replay value to it. Needless to say, you will get many, many hours of enjoyment out of this game.
As I said, my opinion is that the Assassins Creed series is one of the best game series of all time – if not the best, one of the best. Now, I have to be honest here and say some of the platforming stages were very, very hard and I feel some improvements could have been made. This game is leaps and bounds better than Assassins Creed III; the gameplay is just more polished. In my honest opinion, Black Flag gets a 9/10 from me, and the only reason it’s not a 10/10 is the platforming. It’s a great game and I suggest all my fellow gamers check it out as soon as possible.
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