Game Review - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on PC

Written by MrGavin on May 06, 2019 @ 12:45 am

Assassin's Creed IV is probably the second best Assassin's Creed game to date, only surpassed by the second installment of the franchise (I have yet to play Origins and Odyssey), and my favorite pirate-themed game of all time.

I remember the first time I went into this game, I had ZERO expectations about it since I never had a huge love for the franchise (before this game I had only truly liked Assassin's Creed II. Brotherhood was fine but nothing that was worth remembering, I dropped Revelations because of how boring it was for me, and 3 was plain mediocre, and that's being generous). Yes, I know given those circumstances it wouldn't make sense that I would pick this game, but the pirate theme was very interesting for me, and considering I borrowed it from a cousin of mine, I thought "well, why not?".

I was surprised of how the game ended up captivating me.

The story of the game has many arcs, each focusing on different characters and themes. Overall the story is just okay, nothing worth mentioning, but the characters are all so well written and memorable: Captain James Kidd, Blackbeard, Adewele... and of course our lovely protagonist Edward Kenway, whose charisma and growth through out the game ranks him as my #1 Assassin's Creed protagonist ever (yes, I like him more than Ezio).

Gameplay wise there's a lot to talk about. First of all the combat. Assassin's Creed was never a game with a complicated combat system, it's always been more focused in delivering a combat that looks espectacular. This game doesn't fail in that regard, but it's still worth mentioning that the depth and difficulty of the combat is minimal. With just 3 buttons (attacking, counterattacking and break defense) the combat system in this game is very easy and simple to control, especially compared to the combat in AC2 (which, although easy too, it still has a bit more depth to it). However, all that is compensated with the amazing combat system aboard ships. What was a minigame in Assassin's Creed 3 has turned into an essential mechanic in AC4, and it absolutely delivers.

The game is filled with a lot of content. Some of it is the typical fetching that's never missing in any Ubisoft game, but a lot of it is also fun doing, special mention to the Jackdaw's upgrades, capturing fortresses, collecting shanties, etc.

Visually the game is very attractive. I wasn't the most powerful and best looking game of its time compared to things like Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light, let alone Crysis 3, but it was still visually stunning and beautiful. Watching the water of the sea at sunset cannot be simply described.

In the sound department the game absolutely delivers. The sound effects are excellent, with the water of the sea, the storms and the cannons giving you the feeling that you're truly a pirate navigating the sea assaulting other ships. The soundtrack is simply beautiful and amazing, with epic themes for the battles, and relaxing and beautiful songs during exploration. And of course, how could I not mention the shanties? One of the things that are worth collecting in this game.

In conclusion, if you're trying to get into the Assassin's Creed series, Black Flag is a game you definitely shouldn't miss. This game restored by faith in the franchise, and it was one of my favorite games of 2013.

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 7
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 10
Sound Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 9

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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher(s)
Ubisoft
Genre(s)
Action, Adventure
NA Release Date
November 19, 2013
JP Release Date
November 28, 2013
EUR Release Date
November 22, 2013
AUS Release Date
November 21, 2013
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18+
CERO Rating
Z
ACB Rating
MA 15+
MVGL User Score
7.9
Composer
Brian Tyler
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