So having got my PS4 not that long ago I went out and bought Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag to play on it. I’ve played a couple of the previous titles in the franchise and had heard that this one was a must have. The first thing I noticed is that the main character Edward Kenway, isn’t an Assassin, he’s not a Templar either. Instead Edward is a young, self centred, money hungry wannabe. He’s willing to leave England and the woman he “loves” to go pillage and plunder in the King’s name as a Privateer, which is just another name for a state sponsored pirate.
Edward soon finds himself shipwrecked with an Assassin whom he kills and assumes the identity of as Edward believes doing so will make him a very rich man indeed. I found that Edward already seems to be able to free run and fight as easily as if he had been doing it for years, it’s implied as being something he learned due to genetic memory but is a big plot hole if you ask me but I suppose it’s a way of skipping yet more training missions
Edward gets himself a boat… I mean ship and begins to merrily plunder and pillage his weasily black guts out around the West Indies (Pirates of the Caribbean reference lol), taking on Spanish and English alike. Compared to the other Assassins Creeds games I’ve played Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag suddenly felt like a completely different game and I found that I was enjoying the change. There’s no rush to continue the more familiar feeling storyline missions. Like me you can happily spend hours practicing your naval combat skills and sink countless gun boats, schooners and Frigates, you can board most of these ships too and decide the fate of the crew. As I sailed around I was soon discovering treasure chests and floating debris to loot for things I could sell on or enhance my ship with. Like with the real thing the seas can turn stormy with huge freak waves and tornadoes to avoid, the bad weather sometimes happens a bit to quickly but when your ship is climbing a near vertical wave and the water is coming over the decks you can’t help but think “wow”.
I’m not going to go into great detail about the plot of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag as personally I like to find the plot out as I play but it contains the usual Assassins versus Templar missions. Along the way you’ll meet pirates galore including Black Beard and a few surprises will pop up too like a character from the past making an appearance when you unplug from the Animus. In closing Assassins Creed Black Flag feels like two games sewn together. But then I’ve always thought that as you keep jumping from the past to the present. You seem to have the usual Assassins Creed storyline and game play, running around and climbing stuff and then you have the Pirate game play. It’s an odd mix but somehow it works well.