I am only 25% through the ‘main storyline’ of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, but I have put nearly 20 hours into the game. This was my most anticipated title for the fall, and it has not disappointed me yet.
Leading up to its release on October 29th, I’m playing on PS3, I consumed everything IGN and other online media sources made available. Though AC3 was not as well received as its predecessors, I got the sense that the creative team behind this most recent installment had their hearts and heads in the right place.
I was thoroughly impressed at Ashraf Ismail’s mention that he scoured gamer forums for reactions to AC3 in an effort to not repeat its mistakes. He also stated that they were setting out to not only create the quintessential Assassin’s Creed, but an exemplary pirate game as well.
To those that know me, it is no secret that I am a huge fan of the pirate genre. Anything with roguish anti-heros and a fair amount of swashbuckling is right up my alley. It was with this in mind that I loaded AC4 into my PS3 with high hopes. Even if it wasn’t the Assassin’s Creed the community needs, if it was at least the Pirate game we deserve, I was going to be happy.
So far, it is both. The storyline is a fresh departure from what we’ve come to know as the tangled web of the Assassin’s Creed narrative. I truly feel like I am gaining a new perspective on this fictional universe through Edward’s eyes.
In addition to this, AC4 is a fantastic open world pirate game. This is why I have been able to pour 20+ hours into it thus far without breaching 25% of the main storyline. Even when trying to simply explore the vast map, despite being a condensed version of the Caribbean, I find myself drifting off my path to engage ships in combat, hunt sharks or whales, and other side activities.
I will, of course, have more to say as I continue to progress through the game and the veil of spoilers begins to raise, but for now I give AC4 a huge 5/5.