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

Don’t Starve Review

Don’t Starve

An Epic Tale of Survival

Scavenging for resources, struggling to stay alive, and of course, trying to not starve are the objectives of the amazing adventure known as Don’t Starve. The game puts you into an unknown world full of mysterious creatures and savage creatures that attack during the pitch black night. You play as Wilson, a man who has dedicated his life to science. You wake up somewhere in the huge world, and that is where you start to realize that you are the only human there, and there is no civilization, unless you count the houses constructed by human-sized pigs that you will stumble upon during one of your many, many playthroughs. You begin to gather resources and chop down trees. After gathering things like berries, you set up camp and try to survive the night. Each night that you stay alive in a playthrough gives you experience, which levels you up and gives you new characters. Don’t Starve does a great job of throwing you into a world of endless discovery.
From what I have seen so far, Don’t Starve is a game with an endless amount of replay value. Every time I started a new game after dying, during that journey I would always discover something new, or something that I hadn’t noticed in the world. The game’s map comes in handy a lot when you get lost in the woods and the sun is going down, especially when you do not have a source of light or a weapon. The only thing I didn’t like about Don’t Starve was that if it was night and you weren’t in the light, you would die within a matter of seconds, unlike in games like Minecraft and Terraria where you can fight the creatures of the night if you choose.
In the end, Don’t Starve is a great game and worth the $15. It is not a game that grows stale after playing it over and over, but one that gets better and better every time. You become more experienced with the world and your surroundings, making survival much simpler every time you play. Don’t Starve is an absolute blast, and definitely my favorite survival game on the market.

The NERDict

+ Cartoon Style Graphics

+ Feeling of Constant Danger

+ Exploration is Encouraged

–  No Way to Defend Yourself at Night

Rating: 8.5

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 Release Date

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Telltale Games has announced that the next chapter in The Wolf Among Us will release today, February 4, for PC /Mac, Playstation and tomorrow, February 5, for Xbox 360. They also said announced that the iOS version would be coming some time this week. Here are some screenshots from the upcoming episode in The Wolf Among Us.

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The Official Tweet from Telltale Games: https://twitter.com/telltalegames/status/429360817415266304

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