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I was very skeptical as this game was announced not too long ago, after just experiencing Assassin's Creed III i wasn't in a hurry to learn of the next game. In my opinion i believed Ubisoft had taken the series back one step and it wasn't quite as good as i'd hoped. A disapointing antagonist, dull and boring storyline, insufficient of anything exciting to accomplish once the story plot was over. I thought Assassin's Creed IV Black flag definitely follow suit, and nail the coffin even tighter for the AC series coffin. Fortunately i was wrong. Assassin's Creed IV is extremely good. Vastly improving Assassin's Creed III in most possible way i could think of, it's one of the better games of year.
You play as Edward Kenway, father to Haytham and grandfather towards the miserable Conner from ACIII. Edward is extremely likeable on the get go, and immediately you are feeling a lot more interaction with him than you ever did with Conner. He is as being similar to Ezio in manners, hes cocky, arrogant and it has a somehow likeability step to him. While the tale is anything from spectacular, it is not that which causes it to be great. It's anything you can do outside of the tale that really makes it shine. A lot of the time i ran across myself attempting to go checking out the massive open sea many different locations to educate yourself regarding and treasure to plunder. Pretty much everything from previous AC games is back, as there are hours and hours of fun on offer here. Though if playing the overall game you do sit and think, what makes this have anything to accomplish with the assassin's, the sport does tie everthing in with the pirate setting unbelievably well. The gameplay is extremely good, combat is equally as exciting as ACIII and naval combat has become improved also, making it far more engaging. Stealth mechanics feel much more polished too, fair enough tailing somebody or eavesdropping a conversation still is like a bit of a bore, but it really doesn't feel quite as clumsy as before. Presentation of the game iv'e got a chance to say is superb, outdoors sea looks beautiful, and certainly contends with one of the most effective looking games in this generation. Iv'e yet to discover a glitch in the game, i know would have been a big problem with ACIII. Sound hits top marks also, the voice acting is fantastic and appealing. It feels great to become sailing outdoors sea plus your crew start singing sea shantys, really draws you into our planet of pirates.
Overall the game wasnt for me. I felt that the graphics were on par with todays standards, but there were many areas lacking.
As a big fan of the Assassins creed franchise since the first one I can say that after the big glitches at launch were ironed out this game is now very good. A good compelling story line coupled with the parkour style game play leads to some fun gaming. After completing the game I enjoyed going back and completing the "challenges" that each level requires to get that infamous 100% completion. The game is not easy and takes a long time to complete. Gladly they've unlocked the content that previously you had to play the " companion app" to unlock which was awful. Some bad points though, the game is frustrating when your character doesn't do what I intend him to do. Sometimes he just hangs there while I frustratingly try to get him to climb or drop. This is the result of Ubisoft releasing an unfinished game to begin with, they've gotten the worst glitches out which were laughable but the game will never be perfect.
If you want a game in which you can get as greedy as you want then this is the game for you.
The sheer size and amount to do is really something to behold, the game almost seems endless in it''s game play possibilities. If you just sailed around without using the map or following the story you could probably keep yourself busy with random findings for over 20 hours quite easily.
Between hunting on land and sea, searching cave and towns, battling other ships for cargo and participating in assassinations, or just having an explore of the islands and looking at the scenery can be a welcome break.This game definitely keeps you busy.
But through all the things to do it''s the graphics that steel the show. Some of the landscapes are breathtaking, the colour and richness is something even after 40 hours of playing still catches your eye as you are sailing around the med. Considering the game was originally made for the PS3 the graphics are equal to and better than other PS4 games currently on the market.
The characters have had a lot of effort put into them as well, both the image and graphics of each character and the personalities are all unique and they all have there own individual quirks and traits. Taking the lead is taken by Edward Kenway who is funny, witty and all around likable, probably one of the best protagonists in game I have come across in a long while. Along with him are many other likable and unlikable character that are all very believable.
The only down side to this adventure is the story, while it''s admittedly not bad they could have put more thought into it, it does seem quite mundane with no real big ending to talk about, and there is meant to be quite a big twist about halfway through the story with one of the characters but I saw it coming a mile off which was a disappointment but still quite interesting.
But aside from this small problem (I know it seems strange saying the story being rubbish is a small problem but if you play the game you will understand) this is a fantastic accomplishment in gaming which I had a great deal of pleasure playing.
I''ve given it 4 stars but if I could I would have given it 4.5 stars, losing half a star for the story line. In conclusion I would recommend that everyone play this game, I mean with 60 hours plus of pure side quests you can''t really go wrong with this one .
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I have put not applicable for multi-player as I never played it
This review was written with my fiance and is also on my ciao account under the user name shellyjaneo
Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag (AC4) is the fourth installment in Ubisoft's famous and hit series Assassins Creed. AC4 is one of the release titles for the Playstation 4 (PS4), however it is also available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and the PC. Within this installment you play as the infamous pirate Edward Kenningway, a relation to one of the previous characters within the Assassins Creed series.
Gameplay: AC4's genre is an Action-adventure Stealth game. The stealth mechanic within the game is largely untouched from the previous titles however there are some subtle changes like when walking into tall grass or crops Edward seamlessly blends into incognito making the stealth aspect of the game a lot easier and even more enjoyable giving you another option to tackle the sneaking.
The fighting mechanic within the game is also untouched really, the block counter technique is still the main way of fighting and defending yourself, the new game adds a load of new killing and death animations for all the weapon types which is always a bonus. This time in the series the amount of weapons is a lot smaller in comparison to the older games only giving you dual swords, 4 pistols, hidden blades and Edwards fists. Many people considered this to be a hindrance to the game however I found it to make the fighting less complicated and overall the fighting was a more enjoyable experience You have other items to use in other situations like smoke grenades to escape guards, the rope darts make a reappearance, you also get a new piece of equipment in the form of a dart gun with two types of darts the sleeping darts and berserker darts.
The missions haven't changed since the previous games only there are a lot more naval missions within the game. There are quite a few collectible within the game all giving significant rewards to make it worth and to be honest exploring the area for the collectibles was a nice break from the constant fighting within the game.
The main change to the is the fact that Edward is a pirate and a pirate with his own ship the 'Jackdaw' the actual mechanics haven't changed that much from the last however the way the ship is implemented was, the ship is used through at least 50% of the game play which is a nice break from the some old Assassins Creed and quiet frankly I loved it.
Graphics: The graphics of the game are absolutely fantastic, the textures and the models are stupidly realistic it is truly a impressive piece of gaming architecture. The most impressive piece within the game is the detail of the water, Ubisoft have perfected there water. My only gripe with the game is that in comparison to the PC it still isnt quite up to there standard however I would put that down to optimization issues.
Sound: The sound within the game is decent enough, it is exactly what you would expect of a triple A game, nothing much else to say really apart from the sea shanties your crew sing of the Jackdaw are an actual piece of true art they are amusing and just perfect.
Story: The Story is based around an Abstergo employee playing Desmond Miles memories, and you play Edward Kenningway a welsh born (think it was Swansea) who goes off to the Caribbean to make a living and eventually he becomes a pirate running his own ship. His journey brings him to meet Templar's, Assassins and many famous pirates including Blackbeard. Edwards entire story had me hooked for the beginning you genuinely felt for Edwards unlike his grandson Connor, and you want him to succeed. In the present day you play as an Abstergo employee, the story here is the weak point during these sessions all I wanted to do was jump back into the animus.
Online Features: The single player has a feature called Edward's fleet which is when Edawrd captures an enemy ship he can add it to 'his' fleet which he then sends out into the world to do missions or tasks, I don't really understand why this is a feature that needs online however it does. AC4 also comes with the standard assassins creed multiplayer nothing has really changed except models and animations however that isn't a problem just if it isn't broken no need to fix it.
Overall the game is a fantastic game, it rivals the second game in all integrity. It also makes up for the poor excuse that was Assassins Creed 3. If you are a fan of the series or have just bought a PS4 I would recommend.
For all Playstation and Assassin's Creed Fans
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is one the best out of the Assassins creed saga as you go further back in time to the time of Edward Kenway (Father of Haytham Kenway) - (Grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton) - (otherwise known as Connor)
During playing this game you will not only notice how immensely realistic everything is but fans will also notice how much different things are compared to Assassins Creed III.
The ability to use the touch pad to bring up the map to pinpoint objectives.
Combat has been simplified.
HUNTING - Shark's, Whale's, Monkey's, Iguana's & other creatures to upgrade a preserve arsenal.
Diving under water - You can do this to get treasure (only when you have a Diving Bell)
Attack other ships with the JackDaw - Gain Loot
Recruit Crew for your ship and upgrade ship.
The game never seizes to amaze me, it's not like anything I've ever seen before. Also much better improvements with the mechanics like combat, running, climbing, and everyone's most likely favorite sailing across the Carribean seas. There is so many islands and cities and places to explore it's why I'm taking time to review it now. I haven't stopped playing it.
Multiplayer is great too.
If you haven't got it yet, you should get it.