Thursday, May 15, 2014

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Review.



I haven’t been a regular fan of the Assassin’s Creed series since the first game was released on the PS3 back in 2007. It was a fun game, but i relegated it to the pile of games I labeled, “not my style of game.” I play all genres, but some titles that get shuffled into that pile.


Then, I began to see ads for a new Assassin’s Creed game with the sub-title Black Flag. In this installment, you could captain your own sailing ship and play portions of the game at sea. Now this really intrigued me. I had tried some games that gave you a chance to play using ships and they didn’t muster up to what I expected for a seafaring game……(Age of Booty notwithstanding). Considering this, I rented it to see if it could hold my interest and draw me into the world of Assassin’s Creed again.

The Black Flag sequel takes place during the Golden Age of Piracy, sailing around the gorgeous expanse of the Caribbean Ocean. It has immersed me in the pirates life for far longer than most other of the AC games (and i am diehard RPG/JRPG fan). I have so far, sunk (pun intended) 20+ hours into playing this title. AC: Black Flag is available for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.



AC: BF is an open world/ open sea adventure, in which sailing from place to place as your primary means of transportation. In this latest incarnation, you are brash captain, Edward Kenway. The setting is in the Caribbean Sea, in and around Cuba and the neighboring islands. The game mechanics are not to drastically changed from previous entries in the series, but the world and story are far more immersive and fun. When you are landlocked, you have a ton of missions or quests that can be undertaken depending on which island you happen to anchored. The story missions advance the knowledge of piracy and push the storyline deeper concerning Captain Kenway and his interaction with some of the most infamous pirates during the time period. The are also loads of non-mission quest which aid to advance or ‘level up’ your character’s equipment enabling you to do more in successive quests.

Once at Sea, the world opens up to include ship to ship battles, plundering and hunting, yes hunting. The game now includes whaling and finding other native creatures of the deep from a longboat. Survival at sea also takes on a whole new meaning in this Black Flag. It has to be played to be seen and enjoyed.



Ubisoft has also added online and device add-ons. AC initiates (acinitiates.com)  is an website that allows you to login search the timeline for events related to Black Flag or quests, then complete these items whether in-game or thru the site to earn experience points and level up your character. This is all visible thru an in-game home menu before starting the game. Mobile devices such as your iphone, Ipad or android device can act as a second screen or tracking device when you are playing Black Flag. They have added alot of depth thru these additions.

After not being a fan of the series since the first one, I would gladly own Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and being pulled back into the immersive world laid out in this title. If that wasn’t enough to cap the series. Ubisoft has just recently announced the upcoming title Assassin’s Creed: Unity for later this year.
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