Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

Ahoy, Mateys! Jump aboard the Jackdaw and into the memories of the famous assassin, Edward Kenway. Edward Kenway is not the ordinary assassin many players have grow accustomed to. Edward Kenway is also a pirate who sails among the infamous pirates Edward Thatch (Blackbeard), Jack Rackham (Calico Jack)  and Anne Bonny.

Edward Kenway wants a better life for not only himself, but his wife Caroline. He sets out to become a privateer despite Caroline being opposed to the idea. One of the first sequences starts out with a ship battle in which the ship Edward is sailing on is sunk.  Washing up on shore, Kenway comes across an assassin, Duncan Walpole. Duncan tries to get Edward to take him to Havana in order to complete a mission. However, fearing for his life, Duncan tries to kill Edward but to no avail.

This is where the story starts to pick up. CAUTION: Some spoilers are contained over the next few paragraphs in order to explain the story better. DO NOT READ if you do not want any pieces of the game spoiled.

Duncan then flees hoping to allude Edward.  Edward is able to run him down and the two duel with Edward victorious. Being driven by money, Edward assumes the identity of Duncan.  Upon arriving at Havana and completing Duncan’s mission is where the player first learns of the Templar order of the Caribbean Era. Maintaining the identity of Duncan, Edward Kenway starts to complete missions for the Templars, including killing many assassins.

Edward Kenway starts out as a selfish, single minded pirate only driven by money and self gain.  Learning of a powerful place called the observatory, Edward will do anything to find this location in order to sell it for the right price and live as a king.

As the story progresses, the player starts to see the progression of Edward, learning through loses and friends, Edward starts to realize that the World doesn’t revolve around himself, and he sets out to make things right by completing missions for the assassins.

No more spoilers after this point

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has a great story line and character development.  Progressing through the story, seeing Edward go from a self absorbed pirate to an assassin who cares about other people. The introduction of the famous pirates also makes the game great. Getting to fight along side of some famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Benjamin Hornigold.

One of the better aspects of Black Flag is that it introduces something new to the series, ship battles. Edward Kenway’s ship is the Jackdaw.  The player not only gets to sail the Jackdaw and attack other ships when desired, but also gets to go to special locations, find treasure maps, and upgrade the ship to make it more powerful.

The ultimate goal for upgrading the Jackdaw completely is to take on the legendary ships in each corner of the Black Flag map. These ships are highly difficult and yield a great reward (a lot of money) when defeated.  With the right amount of upgrades and the correct strategies, these ships can be taken down.

You are also able to attack forts with your ship. Taking over forts will grant the player extra missions (ship missions and assassin contracts) and also reveal locations on the map in the area where the fort was taken over.

Many of the same controls make a return to Black Flag, and there really isn’t anything new from that aspect.  However, that’s not bad. The controls didn’t need to be messed with.  You still have eagle vision, hiding in dense brush, and dual assassinate with hidden blades.  Many of the weapons stayed the same as well: swords, hidden blades, pistols, and blow guns.

Positives: Edward is a very likeable character, developed extremely well who the player can connect to. New aspects with naval warfare make the game extremely exciting and playable even after the main story is completed. Type of game that you want to keep playing just to upgrade your ship or go sailing around the ocean just to attack random ships. Engrossing story line that makes the player want to know what happens next. Being out of the animus gives a lot of background story.

Negatives: Out of the animus doesn’t feel as connected. First person view out of the animus may not be for everyone.

Overall: 9.7/10

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is easily a video game that a player can get lost in with it’s engrossing story and amazing world. Edward is a character who players really want to succeed, plus he’s fun to play as. The naval aspects bring a fresh addition to the Assassin’s creed Universe.

Out of the animus can be boring at times.

This is a game I beat several times and is definitely a great part of the Assassin’s Creed universe. I highly recommend this game not only for Assassin’s Creed fans, but most video game fans in general.

Look out for a new blog coming out soon with my ratings of every Assassin’s Creed game from best to worst!

Also look out for a new blog coming out where I rank the Assassin’s the players have used from best to worst!

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