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.
Right..as 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.