The Assassin Creed series has been one of our all-time favourite franchises, so after finding out the latest adventure takes place in the world of pirates, we couldn’t have been more excited. This was a much-needed move by the developers to change the game’s ethos. Set in the 17th and 18th century, protagonist Edward Kenway sets off to the Caribbean in search of hidden treasure and discovers new lands. Before knowing what is actually happening, he gets in the middle of a war between the Templars and the Assassins.
The new Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is about more than just killing Templars, as now you will also be involved in naval battles and be expected to steer your crew to safety. This fourth installment of the series is a lot more involving than the ones before and you don’t get lost in translation with a long narrative progression like in Assassin’s Creed 3, so you are in the thick of things from the start and the game is a lot more pacier. This is good for both first timers and seasoned players. You will not have any complaints about the settings either, as the detailed graphics of ports like Havana and Kingston literally transport you to those places. Though the sights aren’t breathtaking like in previous games where grand sights like the Renaissance age in Italy or the Holy Land were showcased, it’s underwater layout takes you to tropical islands. Though Assassin’s Creed 3 had some naval fight scenes, Black Flag lets you live on the seven seas, which is a breakaway from the usual jumping and climbing on buildings. Another added element is that your vessel needs to be upgraded regularly, so that it can weather storms and take on adversary fleets and complete missions. Another highlight is one on one ship attacks as you get to engage in fights and then mount the vessel with your crew. The multiplayer mode is quite competitive as well and comes with loads of customisation items and new abilities. The game takes things to a new level as players can use decoys and fool rivals. There are six different adventures laid out across eight maps, which keeps you interested. Assassin Creed Black Flag takes pole position in this series as it brings in more variations to the game play which revitalises the series and has high quality graphics at the same time.
Verdict The latest instalment of Assassin Creed excels in open world play . Another aspect worth mention is the variety of side missions which are engaging. As long as you’re online gamers can rate missions which will go directly to the developers. The story is no doubt weak but the naval battles out on vast open seas surely keep fans entertained for a long time. - Arup Das