As a recent new owner of a PS4, choosing games to buy was a bit of a dilemma. I prefer games with a good story line and something that is set in the past.
Black Flag picks up on one of the most popular aspects of its predecessor Assassin’s Creed 3, featuring much more detailed sea battles and focusing on the exploration of the open sea as a major part of the story line.
The thing about this game is it doesn't really have much to do with the previous ones, you start of as a pirate and don't become an assassin till pretty much the end of the game.
Taking place in the West Indies, the new game will traverse through 50 different Caribbean locations and a wide array of environments from rooftops, forests, underwater shipwrecks and wild jungles. A diving mode and full naval combat will also play a part, especially as players command their very own ship, the Jackdaw.
The game attempts to stick to real world features but does feature notorious seafarers such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Charles Vane.
The cities in the game are pretty forgettable. There’s just no ‘wow’ moment. Remember playing the first Assassin’s Creed and riding to Damascus for the first time? You approached the edge of a cliff on horse-back and suddenly there was the city, sprawling out below you in all its glory. Or what about visiting Venice in ACII for the first time? The hustle and bustle, the rivers, the performers – it was all mesmerizing. Even ACIII – coming in on the ship to Boston for the first time was a brilliant moment. Assassin’s Creed IV doesn’t have one of these moments, at least, not in relation to any urban landscape
Stealth game-play is average, due to the fact that you can’t go prone, and imprecise movements, it is surprisingly hard to remain hidden – as you dash from one large bush to the other. Instead of fixing the mechanics, Ubisoft have simply tried to work around this by making enemy AI really, really stupid. A guard will helpfully forget he ever saw you as long as you break his line of sight, and he’ll simply stop chasing you. But if you look past all this though, the game is still very good and is definitely something I'd play again, it's the type of game you could play for hours on end!
- Being a pirate is always going to be fun
- Loads to do and explore
- Excellent sea combat and exploration
- Excellent visuals
- Combat and stealth mechanics need work
- Free-running system feels a little well worn