Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag: Arrrrrrrrr!

What are you up to on these weekends? Going somewhere? Maybe, watching some TV-shows or playing outside? Sure, you can and, probably, should do all that and even more unless you want to dive into a glorious story. Still not interested? Then how about a crazy pirate story, a story that you’ve been waiting for so long, a story, that will cost you around 60$ but will stay in your heart for months, whispering rum songs and cannon fires? I do hope that you are ready to open your heart for the glorious and the most expected game of the year – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. So, are we ready to sail?

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Let’s be honest – we all saw it coming. I mean the game, of course. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is a pirate related story and for me it already rises the game on almost the highest possible level. Try to add the Assassin’s Creed idea (I mean – jumping and parkouring) and stealth like missions where you are supposed to take down targets quietly. And who can forget the amazing leap of faith that the whole Assassin’s Creed franchise is famous for? Ye-ye, I know, at certain moments it does not seem right and realistic. After all, jumping off a cliff, flying for a few seconds down and then landing in a haystack is far from being true, though – who cares when this looks breathtaking and even a bit shocking?

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The new Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag takes the gameplay to the whole new level. If you remember, the “water part” of Assassin’s Creed III was pretty short, though – lots of gamers enjoyed it the most. Ubisoft heard them well and now Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is considered to be one of the most interesting and exciting games about pirates and seas. All you can imagine is here: cannon wars, crazy and charismatic pirates, realistic ships and, of course, a pirate assassin himself. Speaking of which: now he is all by himself. Well, not 100% but in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag you won’t find the well known Desmond that used to rule in every previous Assassin’s Creed game. Well, you will still have to deal with the Abstergo Entertainment but you will control a totally different person with totally different intentions.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Heroes

This time you will be playing as Mr. Edward James Kenway, an Englishman, coming from a poor family. He is not like Altair, Ezio or Connor from the previous Assassin’s Creed games and he is definitely not a person whose ideas and principals you need to follow (unless you are a pirate). Edward Kenway is a heavy drinker, he is always in a search for an easy life and, of course, easy money. Being lead by those ideas he decided to join the British Royal Navy and in the year of 1712 becomes a corsair. He is pretty sure that the easy way of life is only about to start and that rather sooner than later his pockets will be filled with gold and chest – with medals. Though, it never goes as you plan and less than a year after Treaty of Utrecht is signed and ruins all Edward’s plans. So, what should you do next: sit tight and drink rum in the nearby tavern or should you bring justice and make those trade ships pay for their convenient and happy life. Well, this is where the real Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag story starts.

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Edward, as well as lots of other sailors, change his vision of life and joins the pirate community. St. George is substituted by the Jolly Roger and empty pockets get filled with gold and other goods. Edward moves to New Providence where the young pirate community starts making its first steps. Here, in the local taverns, you are going to meet lots of great and famous personalities like Edward Teach, Ben Hornigolda, Calico Jack, Bart Roberts and, of course, a few pirate ladies who preferred to dress up like men – Anne Bonny and, of course, Mary Read. It really looks like Ubisoft did their homework well on creating heroes for the new Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Abstergo

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But why the pirates and who is now responsible for Edward’s actions? After all – Desmond is not in business anymore and Assassin’s Creed III happened to have pretty obvious and unquestionable ending. Don’t worry – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag creators have got that covered and as you progress through the game, you will find lots of answers on most of your questions. From time to time you will be forced to travel back to the present in the office of Abstergo and scavenge the long corridors. Though, the Abstergo company is a bit different now and instead of travels to the past they develop computer games (well – they makes us think so). Of course, the one who helps them in making games great is Ubisoft. Ye, what a twist, right? After all, Ubisoft is responsible for making the real game and promoting themselves in this kind of way is also a nice move. And if you think about it, you start realizing that in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag they managed to kill two birds with one stone. The first bird is a genetic code they use to travel into the past. From this code they harvest all the interesting information and transform it into games. By the way – a perfect coverage for any evil idea one might generate. The other bird is the search for Templar information, the one we were supposed to look for in the previous Assassin’s Creed games. So, when you put those two together, they do make sense and whenever you try to find a trick – there won’t be one.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gameplay

While some of the Abstergo Entertainment aspects might be boring and you, being a serious pirate in your heart, won’t enjoy walking the corridors of the present, you should just accept them as they are. After all, if you look at this part of the game (which is rather an addition to the main plot either than something serious), you will see that it kind of helps you to enjoy the Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag more. Between the pirate stories you do have time to stuff your head with something else and think about the last exciting episodes over and over again. It’s like getting back home from a concert and both feeling sad about its end but feeling excited about the attendance. I hope you get what I mean.

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Now – let’s get back to Edward and his sea stories. By all means, playing as a pirate is a lot more intensive and exciting. After all, you have the opportunity to walk the corridors in a real life as well but you don’t have the opportunity to shoot cannons and kill a bunch of 1713 year soldier on your way back home (which I do not recommend, by the way). But except the common and pretty familiar parkour land adventures, that every single Assassin’s Creed game is famous for, you will also open a totally different side of the game. Do you remember me saying at the beginning that Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is the best game about pirates at the moment and I’ll be damned if it isn’t! All you can imagine, including sea battles, is here. And these are not just regular sail and shoot adventures, these are incredible and unpredicted sea stories, one can only play and enjoy.

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Just imagine this: you keep your course on Kingston, trying to reach Havana. You have a mission there and all your want right now is to reach the shores as fast as possible. Though, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is not built this way and as you navigate through the rocks and high waves, you see a big white shark on your left. Well, you can surely let her go and keep on sailing but can you call yourself a pirate if you take no action? After all, killing this shark will give you some bonus reagents, so important for further armor and weapon upgrades.

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Anyway, you deal with the shark and start moving forward, feeling proud for yourself and your crew. But not that fast, young assassin, not that fast. When you look up – you see a ship approaching. From the scarlet sails you can tell that these are the pirate hunters. Of course, your hot blood is always ready to face any danger but your broken ship tells a totally different story. A few days ago you happened to have a battle with three Spanish ships. Sure, the whole trio, as well as their crews, are all lying on the sea bottom now, though – you were so excited about the battle that left the repair for later. Unfortunately, if you face those pirate hunters, there will be no tomorrow, not for you nor for your team. But solution for this uneasy task comes pretty unexpected. In the far North you see a storm coming and you decide to hide in the fog and dark clouds that seem to be kissing the ocean.

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You rush into the storm and in a few minutes your sails are torn with the winds and heavy rain, though, you manage to control your ship and get out with only a few men over board but your chaser is far from being that lucky and gets right into the center of the approaching tornado. His ship flies into the sky and then crashes down on the water and falls apart with none staying alive. You mange to reach an island and stop there to repair you ship. Accidently you find a map in your pocket telling you that there is a treasure hidden somewhere on this island and you need to find it. In 20 minutes, for some reason, you see yourself solving the puzzles of Maia tribes and doing some crazy magic. Now I have a definition for the word “unexpected” and it is “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag”.

The game itself always finds a way to distract you with side missions and stuff that does not seem to be appropriate and relevant. But, I have to admit that this makes you feel special and creates the feeling of uncertainty in what’s going to happen next. I do not know how about you but I like those kinds of things.

The Battles System in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

Well, in general Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is no different in it battle system than any other Assassin’s Creed. You still have to look for targets, kill them silently, if you want, or try to show your battle skills and kill the whole army of soldiers and other armed people. Your enemies won’t be hard to deal with as far as in most cases they will act pretty dumb. Some of them will lose interest in you even sooner than you hide around the corner and others will act like they haven’t seen you at all. It is not crucial, I guess, but it is a bit disturbing and sometimes setting the game on the highest possible difficulty is not an option.

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On the other hand, there are a few things in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag that you will definitely enjoy. Your arsenal will be upgraded with a decent number of pistols and sabers but there will be one little thing that will make the difference and it’s called a blowgun. You will be able to use two types of darts with the blowgun and they both are really and really helpful. For instance, the first one allows you to send your enemy to sleep. Sometimes it is a lot easier to take someone down from the distance and enter the building without waking up the whole garrison. The other dart will turn any target in a real berserker who will attack his teammates or compadres. If you do not want to get your hand dirty – this is exactly what you need to do.

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Atmospheric Conclusions

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag has a few downfalls that sometimes make you feel bored but they are so minor that you should just forget about them and continue enjoying the game because there are lots of moments to enjoy and even more to remember. What I really like about the game is the graphics. It is so beautiful that even English vocabulary is not capable of describing it the proper way. On the top of that, when you witness weather changes while being a captain of your own ship, you want to come back to those moments more and more often.

At this very moment Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is the best pirate game and it feels like it will be one for quite some time. It is worth playing even with the $60 price tag. Sure, if you want to, you can wait a bit and get the game on sale during the Black Friday or Christmas sales. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is great and every hour spent together will never be regretted, I promise.

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