Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Review

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
An Amazing Next-Gen Experience

Set sail for the high seas in Ubisoft’s newest entry in the Assassin’s Creed series. This game puts you in the role of Edward Kenway, a pirate seeking fame and fortune. In Assassin’s Creed 4, you spend a good deal of your time out at sea exploring the vast open ocean and listening to the shanties sung by your crew as you go. You encounter many other ships that carry cargo, and you can pillage as you please. Kenway and his men can engage in naval battles with these ships, and plunder all the loot along with lowering notoriety or including the ship in your fleet. In my experience, I had the best time just sailing the ocean and being a pirate.

Black Flag is most definitely a cut above Ubisoft’s last entry, Assassin’s Creed III. I felt very limited in Assassin’s Creed III, and felt like I never really left the game’s tutorials. I felt more of a sense of freedom in Assassin’s Creed 4, and never felt restricted as I ran the rooftops in Havana and explored the Caribbean sea. Also, the game looks amazing on my next-gen console. Everything runs smoothly and makes me feel even more like my $60 was well spent.

Blackbeard (pictured left) and Edward Kenway (right)

Assassin’s Creed 4 also features both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one I’ve tried so far. My personal favorite has to be the Wolfpack gamemode, in which you and 3 other players work together against AI targets. The multiplayer is a great experience, but I was more sold on the game’s campaign.

Screenshot from the Wolfpack gamemode, in which the players have to

defend the chests from the enemies trying to open them

The NERDict

In my opinion, Assassin’s Creed 4 is probably the best launch game for the Xbox One. It is an absolute must have for anyone who purchased a next-gen console. I’ve climbed many viewpoints, fought many battles, and sunk many ships and hours into Ubisoft’s best game in the franchise since Assassin’s Creed II. Black Flag does great things for the story, and I cannot wait to see where Ubisoft takes the franchise next.

+ Vast Open World

+ Intense Naval Combat

+ Amazing Multiplayer

– Irritating Tailing and Eavesdropping Missions

Rating: 9.5


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