Five reasons to get into Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Assassins-Creed-IV-Black-Flag-LogoRegular rawDLC followers will know we’re not exactly the biggest fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, however, looks like a step in the right direction. Here are five reasons why you should give it a go.

1 – Better free running mechanics

How the hell do I get down now?

How the hell do I get down now?

If I had to distil my distaste for the series down to one problem, it would definitely be the controls. Even in Assassin’s Creed III many of my most adventurous assassination attempts were thwarted due to my character getting stuck on a invisible edge or transferring to the wrong building and losing my intended target. I’m not saying Black Flag is without its flaws, but the controls are miles ahead the previous titles. Navigating the world with ease brings a new level of immersion and will have you climbing and running around better than ever before.

2 – Owning your own ship

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Travelling between cities in any previous Assassin’s Creed was a laboured and boring experience with very little to do or see., leaving whole sections of the game ignored. But what if you had a giant boat to explore with? Black Flag gives players an upgradeable, customisable vessel to charter the world with, complete with your own rag tag crew. This changes the whole travel experience and will have you exploring every nook and cranny on the map.

3 – Being a pirate

They see me rollin', they hating...

They see me rollin’, they hating…

Everyone has (or should have) wanted to be a pirate at some stage in their life. Here, you can live that fantasy out in almost every dirty and violent facet you can imagine. Rob, plunder, and sail to your heart’s content and sing sea shanties with your crew the whole time. Players will get to visit some of the famous pirate hang outs and all of the lowlifes who inhabit them. Yarrrr!

4 – Naval battles

Here comes the boom!

Here comes the boom!

Though this was a feature available in Assassin’s Creed III, Black Flag adds a whole new dimension to the experience. Taking everything which worked the first time around, players can wage serious war on several ships at a time. Boarding other vessels will have you reliving every swashbuckling film you’ve ever seen, every time you do it. The sea is your playground and you will be plundering wherever and whenever possible.

5 – Hunting Moby Dick

Thar she blows!

Thar she blows!

While I do not condone whaling in any way, shape or form, gaming is all about fantasy. The experience of hunting a whale is a truly breathtaking and intense one. Gamers should get into this at least once. It is a great side mission and comes with solid set of rewards.

 

So how are you enjoying your time with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag?

Do these points make you feel like grabbing it? Let us know in the comment field below!

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  • Chad Wheeler

    I’m pleased to hear they’ve actually done something about how it all controls. I am wondering how the (not naval) combat fares, you might remember that in AC3 it was simplified to the point of pretty much just “press the interact button to see a flashy finishing move”. I’m totally alright with the combat being not overly challenging but have they fixed it so it doesn’t get ass boring after your third combat encounter?

  • skaterguy845

    From what I’ve read/heard so far, combat is actually more difficult than past games, which is welcome

  • Bagmup

    I’m tempted to buy this because well, all the other launch games i’m getting are FPS, but i’ve been bitten by ass creed before, i found it boring and tedious…On the fence.