Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Game Review: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

It’s been a while since I've sunk some time into an Assassin’s Creed game and felt absorbed by the world I was introduced to and with Black Flag I found the introduction to feel a little long winded. The premise of being on a pirate on the high seas wasn't something that was fully available until around 45 minutes to an hour in but once I had the command of a boat and was able to take down other ships to gain their cargo and improve my own and looking for bigger ships to attempt to take down.

As with other comments about the game this feels a great deal better than what was presented Assassin’s Creed 3, from the feedback from the cannon fire the way you select weapons and the target assists then preparing to fire. It almost felt like Ubisoft could have just taken this concept outside of the AC universe and made a new game from it, could have been something grand.

The rest of the game is more of the same really, although I found I really enjoyed the overall story and James Kidd being the character being my favourite, even after the reveal that he may be more than what he claims which was an interesting twist. Although having the option to do the usual Assassin activities outside of the main story was good as to avoid them. As usual the plot of AC involves the general Templar vs Assassin’s war and the general conspiracy that follows it around with the Assassin’s some how ending up under the heel of the Templar’s once more only to have the protagonist to get them out of it.

The “modern day” component was similar to the Assassin’s Creed: Revelations DLC “The Lost Archive” that dealt with Clay Kaczmarek and has some very similar interactions. The character is unnamed and from the viewpoint taken may be representative of yourself as a new employee of Abstergo Entertainment. I found these sequences to be enjoyable and a welcome change from what we got with Desmond in the other games. Also seeing some of the other familiar faces such as Shawn and Rebecca. Then again I’m an odd one and find the jumps between time periods adds to the game more than it detracts from it.

As I have found with all Assassin’s Creed they make me a fan by the end of it, although AC3 was the hardest to get through AC4 Black Flag is a welcomed return to form which I would gladly recommend

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