As the title shows, i was really surprised last night after playing the game for 3-4 hours, with the negative reviews the game was getting.
I think its fantastic. This is to do with the fact that Ive never played a pirate game and I love it. Fighting at sea and sailing around listening to shantys and looting ships, is something that i can do for hours without even touching the main missions. Congratulations game makers
Perhaps because i didnt play 3 and i played 2 a long time ago, but it seems quite fresh for me. Of the missions ive done, they have been balanced and some of them quite challenging. The only gripe i have is on the ps4 its difficult to access thescreen to see the challenges. I hold down the touch screen but it goes to the map. This means that i assassinated the spanish templar from below when the challenge said above.
I think the missions have variety and you can tackle them with quite a lot of freedom. The game has a beautiful open world and the viewpoint syncing is another work of art.
If you are unsure about getting this game i think its the best single player game ive had since far cry 4. Actually its better.
If you like
Searching for treasure chests
Fighting outside of taverns sinking huge naval vessels for gold
Upgrading your ship and equipment
Syncing viewpoints while looking at lush carribbean islands
...then this is the game for you! I'd give it a 10.