Ubisoft has released the latest in the Assassin’s Creed series, and this time, players will take on the role of a gold-orientated pirate. The game world is, as with all Assassin’s Creed games, absolutely immense but the selfish nature of the pirates means that it is quite difficult to align with them, or feel too much empathy for their plight. All in all, the game is of a very high standard, but it does suffer for the lack of personal attachment to the game characters.
One of the best features of all Assassin’s Creed games has been the worlds in which they play out, and Black Flag is certainly no different in this respect. Where the gameworld does differ in Black Flag, though, is the introduction of the Jackdaw. This is the pirate ship that your character commands and it serves as more than mere eye-candy and transport. Indeed, you will be plundering other seafaring vessels while taking out sea-dwelling monsters for the sport and for the loot. And, you’ll do it all from your position of command aboard the Jackdaw.
There are 11 sections to the main map, and your aim is to clear the fort in each one, so that the nearby ships will disappear and any loot and collectables are displayed on your map. As is customary for this series, there is also a second world where you will be forced to ply your gaming.
In AC IV, you take on the role of an IT technician working for Abstergo Entertainment and while some will love the departure from pirating for relatively brief periods of time, others will find that even these pared down sections of the game become tedious and annoying rather than fun and exciting.
There is a lot to do in Assassin’s Creed IV. You are introduced to the mammoth number of side missions though the main plot, but eventually you will have to head out and discover much of what is on offer for yourself. Previous games have come under fire for having introductions and tutorials that are long and dull, and AC IV does a reasonable job of cutting the annoyance down. However, if you go off finding side missions before playing enough of the main quest, everything will feel very much out of sync. You could have liberated three or four forts before the main missions instruct you on how to do it.
Despite a few problems, AC IV is an enjoyable game that will keep you busy for many dozens of hours and we love the departure to a world of swashbuckling pirates.