Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the sixth installment of the popular historical action adventure game from Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revolutions were released in between Assassin’s Creed II and III.
As a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I was excited about the release of Black Flag, and was not disappointed by it. The game is set during the golden age of piracy in 1750, you get to sail the open seas, and get in fights with other ships you can actually sink with cannons, explore islands and even raid some tombs if that is something you are in to.
The graphics are stunning and realistic, and there is so much to do that you will sometimes find yourself ignoring your primary mission just to go have your own fun.
The story is different from the other Assassin’s Creed game where always play as an assassin trying to foil the plans of the Templars. You play as Edward Kenway, a money loving rogue who leaves his girlfriend to sail the West Indies in search of fortune.
The game starts with Kenway stealing an assassin’s hood and falls in with a crowd of Templars by mistake. The Templars are searching for an ancient device called the Observatory which enables its user to find anyone in the world at anytime. The Templars want to use it for coups, and the Assassin’s want to stop them. Kenway just wants it because it is an extremely valuable object. The Observatory is the long term objective; the journey to getting it is what makes Assassin’s Creed IV great.
Before you start looking for the Observatory, the story shifts focus on building the island of Nassau, a lawless pirate haven where criminals go to avoid the law. You get to hang out with other pirates and go on missions to loot islands, rob other ships, and fight the British. If you want to take a break, you can go fishing and try harpooning whales and other sea creatures.
You also get to captain a ship called the Jackdaw, which can be upgraded during the game with cannons, fire barrels, and mortar; you can also upgrade its armor which allows it to take more damage. The ship is easily accessible whenever you need it.
The multi player mode is also a lot of fun; you can blend in with your surrounding environment and pretend to be one of the computer characters, setting up your opponents for an ambush.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a welcome change of pace from the normal Assassin's Creed story line, it is very entertaining, and will keep players occupied longer than any of the other Assassin's Creed games.