Geplaatst: 27 februari
An ocean of tears
Assassin's creed is a series i hold near and dear to my heart so this review will be a little biased, fair warning.
The true mark of being streamlined is having several features taken out that at one point seemed as simple as buttering toast, this game suffered a great bit of that but still came out as an amazing game. Several parts from previous games were polished to a shine and the story is the best i've seen in a game in a long time.
Combat mostly focuses on the sea and fighting other ships, the times you fight sword to swod is often simplified to shooting as many people as possible then countering the rest until all your enemies are dead, with a very limited selection of weapons it's pointless to use anything other than your hidden blades and a few smoke bombs. The naval combat is fun but very easy once you have any sort of upgrades, it's not impossible to defeat a man 'o' war with no upgrades but is very very difficult.
The game has a very strained crafting system that cannot really be avoided so expect several stops at different islands to skin animals for that new gun holster or expect to attack every ship in sight to get wood for that new hull upgrade. The game would be so much better without this system but if you don't want to waste time you can pay for a "dlc" that gives you just about everything.
On the subject of pointless systems the game has a sort of "trade route" system where you sent stolen ships to get money or items from different locations, it's very time consuming and pointless, avoid it at all costs if you can. The game's shining grace is the well crafted story that tosses you in the shoes of a low life with no future and ends with a tear jerking song and credit screen that leaves you rethinking everything that was done and everything that was said.
Overall this game was a bit of a dissapointment and was a far shot from what the franchise was known for, the secondary "real world" story was a bit of a let down but was still done well, i'd give black flag a 7/10, worth it for the story but the rest is just meh.