A Review of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed is one of the best franchise out there. The mere idea of living as one of your ancestor in a different era is not only intriguing but also a very clever idea. Assassin’s Creed is essentially a war between two ancient groups, The Assassins and The Templar’s. The Assassins are the good guys (pretty obvious) who are fighting for the freedom of mankind from the Templars, who are hell bent on enslaving them so that the Templars can lead humans to a better future. The Templars want to achieve this by obtaining artifacts belonging to the predecessors of Humans. Simply called the Ones Who Came Before.

Assassins Creed has seen 7 major releases on multiple platforms and few mobile releases also. The First 4 games puts us in the shoes of Desmond Miles in the current century, who visits his ancestors to know the location of the artefacts so that he can keep them away from the hands of the Templars. But he ends up sacrificing himself to save humanity from a huge catastrophic event.

In the latest iteration of the series, i.e. Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag. We play as an unnamed employee of Abstergo Entertainment (a front for Templar activities). We are told to live the life of Edward Kenway, an ancestor of Desmond Miles. Edward Kenway is the father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton , often known by the adopted name of Connor. Something that can potentially fill or make a plot hole. But it is to be noted that this particular game is good enough to hold its own place, even though it does not contribute much to the mythos or lore of the Assassin’s Creed universe.

Edward Kenway whaling.

Edward Kenway is a pirate living and sailing the Seven Seas with legendary pirates Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Rackham, Chris Vane, etc. While Assassins Creed 3 was an enigmatic unresolved puzzle that left some or maybe most of us with a sour taste in our mouths in the end, Black Flag, does not take long to do what it does best, Pirating. After a few missions, you will be out on the sea on your own ship, named the Jackdaw and ready to take off on your voyage to greatness. Black Flag improves almost on all factors that let down the previous installment. Though the missions sometimes get a little repetitive, it makes up by delivering the stellar naval combat that has been taken from Assassin’s Creed 3, improved on greatly. It transitions smoothly without even a sign of a loading screen and is easily one of the best parts of the game. As we play as a pirate, the game is set in the Caribbean with 3 major cities namely Havana, Kingston and Nassau. In addition, we also get to upgrade and maintain our very own cove late game. The land combat is as good as the previous game if not better. The arsenal has been improved and you can now wield dual swords and up to 4 pistols. The stealth mechanics are pretty much the same, thankfully and the game manages to maintain the perfect balance of stealth and face-to-face combat as Edward climbs to the top of the food chain as a Pirate and an Assassin. The characters are, for the most part, well made. Though Edward is not anywhere near as jolly as Ezio, he is not the stoic grumpy guy Connor was either. Like him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. Also there is a lot of side missions and upgrades you can collect for Edward or the Jackdaw.Ubisoft went ahead and added  Whaling too with the skinning of animals and that makes one amazing side missions for a person to play. Whaling differs from Humpback whales to Great White sharks.Add a little underwater diving and you get a almost perfect pirate environment. There sure is AAA quality and a lot of price-value even though a lot of it seems recycled. Will you get the full value of the money you paid? That is up to you. Ubisoft is still one of the better producers out there and there is tons of content with something for everyone in this game.

The story is… a bit haphazard. People coming in new to the franchise, will find themselves sort of confused and disoriented when they hear about things like the Animus or Desmond Miles but a small wiki search should solve most things like that. There are a few smaller faults but they are so few that they are far outweighed by the good stuff. So if you like the 3’rd person stealth/parkour style gameplay, naval combat, exploring and pirates, this is a must get. Even if you don’t, this is a must try.

“NOTHING IS TRUE. EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED”

Assassins Creed Motto

Special Credits to CXREMUS for editing the text.

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