Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Reviews

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#2 Edited by Areez (6278 posts) -

Beat me to the punch! Was about to post this! Looks like another solid installment in the series. My dilemma is this, do I pick up the game today or wait for the next version!?

#3 Edited by _Judas_ (720 posts) -

@Areez: If you live in America, you'll just have to wait 2 weeks(?) for PS4. We that live in Europe will have to wait 2 additional weeks.

#4 Edited by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

It's hinted that the game might go to these places in AC 5,

#5 Edited by FamilyGuyFan507 (2429 posts) -

Interesting. I hopped out of this series at Assassins Creed Brotherhood, and even that I did not finish. I do enjoy where they are taking these games though.

#6 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Interesting. I hopped out of this series at Assassins Creed Brotherhood, and even that I did not finish. I do enjoy where they are taking these games though.

You should at least finish that and Revelations. Those have such good stories

#7 Edited by FamilyGuyFan507 (2429 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: The problem with me, actually, was the storyline, or at least the flow from gameplay to story. Often times, at least for the sake of being different, the story felt extremely out there. Black Flag being critically successful in its early stages bodes well for me attempting to retry out the franchise.

#8 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: The problem with me, actually, was the storyline, or at least the flow from gameplay to story. Often times, at least for the sake of being different, the story felt extremely out there. Black Flag being critically successful in its early stages bodes well for me attempting to retry out the franchise.

I liked doing all the assassinations and recruiting assassins. But i don't know if it just me. But only doing the story isn't the way it is meant to play

#9 Edited by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

I only played Assassin's Creed II and I thought it was a great game. But then Ubisoft began whoring out the series with yearly installments and I was done. I just don't want annual installments of any game. I didn't give a shit about Brotherhood, Revelations or Assassin's Creed III. But I am interested in Black Flag. I suppose enough time has gone by to make me want another Assassin's Creed game and this one really seems to be very different. So yeah, I'm probably getting Black Flag. And I pretty much decided that just now. Pretty surprising.

#10 Posted by Jacanuk (4235 posts) -
#11 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

i haven't played an AC game since the first one, but reading the GS review of black flag makes me realize how lost i am in the series now. there was a lot about sailing, looting, and generally just being a pirate, but seemingly no mention of, you know, assassinating. did i miss something or is assassinating no longer a thing in assassin's creed? :P

#12 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

The pirate bits look great and I may pick up AC for just that part sooner rather than later, but storywise I have the sense that AC is like X-Files (or to use a videogame example, Legacy of Kain) in that the developers don't seem to have an endgame, they are just stretching everything out up until the series becomes unprofitable, at which point they will struggle to weave together all of the strands in one or two games.

#13 Edited by Jacanuk (4235 posts) -

@LoG-Sacrament said:

i haven't played an AC game since the first one, but reading the GS review of black flag makes me realize how lost i am in the series now. there was a lot about sailing, looting, and generally just being a pirate, but seemingly no mention of, you know, assassinating. did i miss something or is assassinating no longer a thing in assassin's creed? :P

Yep, as in ACIII they have moved away from the whole Assassin vs Abstergo/Iluminati concept and now just use the animus to jump into someone elses life. Because it has to be there or they would be able to use the Assassin Creed name and ripoff the fans.

#14 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

I only played Assassin's Creed II and I thought it was a great game. But then Ubisoft began whoring out the series with yearly installments and I was done. I just don't want annual installments of any game. I didn't give a shit about Brotherhood, Revelations or Assassin's Creed III. But I am interested in Black Flag. I suppose enough time has gone by to make me want another Assassin's Creed game and this one really seems to be very different. So yeah, I'm probably getting Black Flag. And I pretty much decided that just now. Pretty surprising.

I agree not supporting annual releases. It showed in AC III but the Ezio trilogy is excellent

#15 Edited by Areez (6278 posts) -

@_Judas_: This is true, I do only have to wait two more weeks....that settles it....I m waiting:-)

#16 Posted by Randolph (10478 posts) -

Turns out I have like 200,000 Gamestop rewards points attached to my Gamestop card, and I can use those point to get stuff, similar to Club Nintendo. One of the things I can get is a fifty dollar off coupon, which would make the cost of any of these multiplat next gen games a whopping ten bucks for me. So I'm now keeping tabs on this one, a commercial that played on the TV at Gamestop when I was there the other day suddenly made me actually take notice of Black Flag, so I'm encouraged that it's being so well received pretty much everywhere.

#17 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2461 posts) -

Bunch of hypocrites.They trashed batman for being "too much of the same" while praising AC,a franchise that's being sucked dry with annual releases.

#18 Edited by ristactionjakso (5713 posts) -

I feel the series is to whored out. May look into it when it drops a few $$

#19 Posted by Jacanuk (4235 posts) -

Bunch of hypocrites.They trashed batman for being "too much of the same" while praising AC,a franchise that's being sucked dry with annual releases.

Ehhhhmmmmm one thing you can't criticize AC for is being more of the same. So i don't get this comment.

But Gamespot´s reviews is all over the place and there doesn't seem to be any connection between the reviews.

#20 Edited by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

The pirate bits look great and I may pick up AC for just that part sooner rather than later, but storywise I have the sense that AC is like X-Files (or to use a videogame example, Legacy of Kain) in that the developers don't seem to have an endgame, they are just stretching everything out up until the series becomes unprofitable, at which point they will struggle to weave together all of the strands in one or two games.

I hated the overarching story concept since it was first revealed. They should've went the Grand Theft Auto route, each game having a completely self-contained world and story. Instead, every Assassin's Creed game has the same stupid crutch.

#21 Edited by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

Bunch of hypocrites.They trashed batman for being "too much of the same" while praising AC,a franchise that's being sucked dry with annual releases.

You would've had a point if you said this about any of the prior games, but Black Flag looks completely different.

#22 Posted by Jacanuk (4235 posts) -

@CarnageHeart said:

The pirate bits look great and I may pick up AC for just that part sooner rather than later, but storywise I have the sense that AC is like X-Files (or to use a videogame example, Legacy of Kain) in that the developers don't seem to have an endgame, they are just stretching everything out up until the series becomes unprofitable, at which point they will struggle to weave together all of the strands in one or two games.

I hated the overarching story concept since it was first revealed. They should've went the Grand Theft Auto route, each game having a completely self-contained world and story. Instead, every Assassin's Creed game has the same stupid crutch.

I almost agree if it wasn't because Assassin Creed was never supposed to be a yearly release franchise. I still remember the two org. developers and their plans for AC and if i recall i think they said it was never going to be anything but a trilogy. It´s sad that they are not working on these games anymore and their orginal plans was destroyed by a greed Ubisoft who have gone from AAA to EA.

#23 Posted by bob_toeback (11267 posts) -

This one looks really cool. I might try it

#24 Posted by BranKetra (48255 posts) -

Wow. GameSpot gave it a nine. That is assuring.

#25 Posted by contracts420 (1956 posts) -

I cannot complain, the game cost me 54.99 and it came with a free copy of AC Revelations. So I got two games for less than the price of a single new one. Neither are used by the way, it was a deal they had and a pretty sweet one if you ask me.

Here are my impressions so far...

The game kicks off interestingly enough with a naval battle in the middle of a storm, what happens next is actually a pretty cool setup for the events following this battle. You aren't stuck playing through 5 hours of tedium in order to open up the world and don the Assassin's robes, this happens within the first hour of playtime. You'll find the world is brimming with stuff to do right off the bat. Edward Kenway is an instantly likeable character and if you took issue with Conner and were worried, don't be.

Naval battles are handled really well, swinging the camera to the side of the ship will allow you to use the cannons, looking straight ahead will allow you to use the chain shot and looking behind will allow you to drop barrels which you can then shoot with your swivel guns when enemy ships get near. This system is incredibly intuitive and creates a seamless experience that is certainly an improvement over AC3. Boarding ships is also seamless. I thought this would be done in a cutscene of some sort but it's not, it all takes place in real time as you play. You can use the swivel gun once boarding has been initiated or swing from ship to ship and take them out up close and personal.

On foot you can now ready your weapon and free aim with L1/LB and fire with R1/RB, this is a huge improvement over the clunky aiming mechanics found in AC3. You can now whistle while sneaking in tall grass to get a nearby guards attention. You can use the D-pad to cycle through your entire inventory now rather than pausing the game and having to assign a new weapon or tool to one of four slots on the D-pad every time. Viewpoints are now used as fast travel points.

When roaming the rooftops you won't find nearly as many guards as AC3 so it's now useful to use them again. They don't throw 150 enemies at you in the cities any more when you're wanted and hide spots are actually marked on your map again as well.

Money plays a big part and you have a ton of stuff to purchase from gameplay upgrades for Edward or the Jackdaw or visual upgrades like new sails and dye for your outfit.

Missions do a good job of utilizing the naval open world and the goals for reaching 100% sync in missions so far are actually fairly easy and fun, never taking way from your experience. Stealth has been a pretty big element in most of the missions I have played and that is a good thing. When things get a bit more physical I find it more difficult than AC3, I have come close to death in combat a few times already.

Visually the game looks great on current generation consoles but the frame rate dips slightly when sprinting through the crowded streets of Havana. A few other visual glitches have appeared but is still a noticeable improvement over AC3.

There are a ton of small islands to loot a little bit of gold or cash or even materials from but don't expect much. It's more just a diversion to get your off the ship most of the time but for the little effort it takes to grab these things you may as well. The cities are filled with chests to loot as well and plenty of side activities abound.

Based off everything I have played thus far I can say I am happy with my purchase. It was this or Batman and I believe I made the right choice. Now back to playing.

#26 Edited by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Nice, it looks really good