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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Xbox 360 review and giveaway [gaming]
Posted by on Dec 4th, 2013

Grab some rum and a sword because you won’t come much closer to feeling like a genuine pirate once you’ve loaded up Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. My apologies for taking so long to post the review, but i cannot explain the shear size of the world you will get to explore in the fourth installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It is massive. And it is beautiful. Rarely will the freedom to explore cities, tropical islands and the open ocean give you so much joy. From the bustling seaside town of Havana to dense jungles, to Mayan ruins, to underwater shipwrecks…you’ll get to effortless run across rooftops, up temple walls and through the treetops. Assassin duties aside, the scenery, lighting and fluid movements of your character is enough to justify you getting this game.

I’m gonna assume you’ve played one of the previous Assassin’s Creed games already so i’m not gonna go into explaining how your character gets to go back in time to explore his ancestoral memories. Basically there is a long standing rivalry between assassins and templars. Your character is tasked by Abstergo industries to use a device called the Animus to relive the memories of past assassins. In AC: Black Flag you get to play the pirate Edward Kenway and explore the Caribbean.

Climbing to the top of your ships mast and swan diving into crystal clear Caribbean waters is as rad as it looks in that screenshot there. always with my reviews i’m not gonna go into too much depth because one it takes too long and secondly it’s no fun me telling you everything. The best part about playing a game is the surprises you get discovering things for yourself.

The lowdown: Welcome to the Golden Age of Piracy in 1715. You play the role of young pirate Edward Kenway and embark on a journey to conquer exotic locations around the Caribbean. You’ll be drawn into the ancient war between assassins and templars. Explore incredibly detailed island cities, run through the treetops of unihabited tropical islands and wage sea battles against enemy ships. 

But blah blah let’s take a look at the gameplay hey coz words don’t do the beauty of this game justice.

The feeling of diving off a cliff or rooftop never gets old.

Right and here’s a quick summary. Use it don’t use it.

Presentation: you’re gonna struggle to find better ingame graphics on the Xbox 360. It’s simply superb. The detail, lighting and atmosphere created by your surroundings is outstanding.

Gameplay: the fluidy of movement while running and during combat is what sets Assassins Creed apart from other similar open world games. Sprinting and turning feels real and leaping through the tree tops feels totally natural as does sailing your ship. Naval combat on the open ocean adds a new dimension to the series, but they’ve nailed it. The few gripes i had was the repetiveness of some of the side missions. You’ll be repeating many of the same tasks just in different locations and with varying difficulty. The storyline does a great job of covering your characters struggle to comes to terms with the war between assassins and templars and by the end you’ll find yourself being so sympathetic to his plight.

Lastability: the game is massive. Exploring every island and every city keep you occupied for months. It literally takes 30 mins to sail across the entire map. You’ll find it difficult to stick to the main storyline without being tempted to go exploring or complete a side quest.

Final thoughts: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is one of the games you simply have to get this year. It’s a definite contender for game of the year. The environment and story is brilliantly stitched together. Get yourself a copy. Gets a swashbuckling 9 arrrrrrrr’s out of 10.

One of you fine readers though is gonna score an Xbox 360 copy so here’s what you gotta do.

Just leave a comment below saying why you want this game and also which leading South African interactive video game distributor is responsible for bringing in Assassins Creed Black Flag ( hint HERE).

Be original, funny, desperate, witty, bribe me, whatever.

Will pick a winner on Friday.

Die Jason says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Yes please,! Took a break from the AC series after Revelations and reading mixed reviews about ACIII (still gonna get that this December and finish it though), but I’m ready to jump back in again.

Mostly love the exploration aspect of the AC series, and if you’re looking for a different spin on multiplayer, definitely try out the insane online modes. Every game I’ve played in the franchise has been epic (highlight being AC2, Brotherhood probably the best overall game though).

Aaaaaand the answer is Megarom.

Ryno Louw says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I would love to get a copy of Assassins Creed Black flag brought yo us by Megarom ingeractive.
Reason.. I just bought a house so wont be able to buy games for a long long time!
Also a Xmass pressie from Daddie would be kinda awesome!

Jeroen says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

’tis be a absolute feeble attempt usin’ a cheap scurvy pirate tavern to win a battle distributed by megarom

Paul Wesch says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Dearest Daddy,

A couple of weeks ago I was burgled, TV, Laptop, tablet, Xbox, games, kau fela! Finally my insurance company sent me a voucher to replace everything, but the gaming collection (a travesty of justice if you ask me.) Anyway, I’m currently entertaining myself with Fifa14 and Kinect Adventures (as one does) but need something to make the long drawn out family get togethers over Xmas a bit more enjoyable 😛 Having already completed 80% of GTA V before it was stolen I am now looking for something else to keep my gaming mind busy. To be honest I’ve never played Assassins Creed before (SACRILEGE!) but this seems like the perfect opportunity to venture into that world. Will I be worthy to enter….I guess that’s up to you to decide.

Paul Wesch says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Was so caught up in my plea that I forgot to mention Megarom Interactive: Epic Fail of Note.

malcolm says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi Daddy

Love the series love the Megarom Interactive
Want the game – Please can I get a copy so I can be a killin many many pie rats

Now for a bribe -> R 1″alot”.00

OK Done


Thomas Cunningham says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Arrr mi mateys! First off, It be Megarom who be th’ leadin’ South African video game distributor responsible fer brin’in’ it over, ‘n secondly, I be needin’ to win AC4 because I lust th’ series more than pillagin’, but didn’t really see much improvement in Brotherhood nor AC3. 4 seems like th’ perfect point to jump back in, especially wit’ th’ scurvy pirate theme, which I lust ‘n th’ ship to ship combat on th’ open seven seas, as well as th’ free runnin’ gameplay ‘n fluid combat system. ‘n if i win, i’ll split th’ lovely booty wit’ ye 50/50. Which lovely booty I be shoutin’ ’bout however, be up to ye. ‘n if ye don’t pick me, ye gunna find yourself off to Davey Jones locker! That be all scallywags!

biobot says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

If you give me the game I will use it to help the starving babies in Africa.

A: Megarom

xdvd says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

My son would really love this a gift. Big Assassin’s Creed fan. Distributor – Megarom

MikeC says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Nothing like a new game for the holidays !!! Bored with my current limited selection and tired of hiring games for a day at a time so would DIG to get something new.
Megarom Interactive is invovled in bringing this game to us

Michelle says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

AC storyline,game-play and characters captivate the player and immerse them into the world of the Assassin,and not just any assassin,one that is dedicated to the ridding of evil with the use of his enhanced skills and techniques which not many can master.
I have played AC and love the the characters(fav Ezio),the detail that goes into the game is so remarkable,the historical events and the architectural structures that were replicated in the game.
It gives a sense as to how it was during that era.
I would LOVE to have AC 4 Black Flag and experience the life of a Pirate Assassin,sailing the open seas,ship cannon fights on the waters,exploring uncharted islands and all the awesome challenges that await.
Megarom is the distributor (*^_^*) I love Megarom(I’m not sucking up,I really do love them)

Nic says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I have almost finished that game and I have to agree with you, one of the best games of the year! I’m addicted!!

malcolm says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Did I WIN ???

Die Jason says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Sorry to bother sir, but was a winner chosen for this comp?

It’s my second-last day of work, still hoping to snag something to make me escape from the relatives that are visiting for the holidays (5 kids = hard work)!

Natasha-Jade says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I’m almost done with GTA5… Bring on the new Assassins Creed!
Pick meeeeee BECAUSE I stalk you on Twitter!

paul says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Megarom. Pick me. I don’t have many games.

James Oosterbaan says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Megarom Interactive.

I would love this game, been waiting to buy it and this could be why! 😉

Corrie206 says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Megalomaniac, me, pandas, penguins, sudo winning, Tiger blood…

Nicola Meyer says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

My son has been bugging me foe this game but it is too expensive at the moment.

Neil says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Need this game to stop our son worrying us with the buy me’s.

Katya says:
December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

my kid brother will give me the ‘world’s greatest sister’ title 😀
please oh please

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