Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

October 25, 2013

The now yearly Assassin’s Creed franchise is back, and this time they’re tackling the age of pirates. Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Pugwash and that one-legged pirate from your LEGO pirate ship as a kid… don’t feature. Bah!

 

Like always, we’re getting some historically accurate stuff. Well, in as much as a game where you can use some techno babble machine to travel back into the memories of your ancestors can ever be seen as Simon bloody Schama.

 

You play Edward Kenway, a high-flying British privateer-turned-pirate and eventual member of the Assassin Order. It’s the ultimate pirate experience, from ship battles to sailing the high seas to explore to 50 unique locations.

 

It feels like a huge step forward from the so-so Assassin’s Creed III. The ship gameplay, in particular – boarding ships, firing the canons and recruiting a crew – is brilliant fun. For our money, the best Assassin’s game yet!

 

STAR RATING: *****

 

Originally published in ZOO Magazine, issue 501.

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