Geplaatst: 20 maart
Arrr, ye pirates ;)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag feels slightly different, than the other AC titles. Why's that?
Well, first of all, the main components are still the same.
You're playing as Edward Kenway, a pirate which ends up being involved in the Assassins vs. Templar war.
The gameplay didn't really changed, as you're still running and parcouring around in third-person. Climbing up on lookouts, to reveal the map, collecting stuff like chests and animus fragments, doing assassination missions and following the main quest about a mysterious observatorium.
So far, everything as usual. The one big thing which changed, or was rather heavily extended, is the ship you are sailing with.
Already introduced in AC3, you're also getting your own ship this time (of course, what would a pirate be without a ship ^^), the "Jackdaw". With said ship, you're spending a lot of time travelling through the caribbean sea, hunting down whales and sharks, exploring sunken ships and underwater caverns, battling other ships and boarding them to get gold and ressources in order to upgrade the Jackdaw (eg. more cannons, reinforced hull, different looking steering wheels or sails).
In my opinion, the part where you are sailing around and enjoying the dynamic day and night cycle, checking for profitable ships to hunt down or just enjoying the waves on the sea is the best part of the game.
The Sea Shanties (your crew will sing along on the open sea) are also great for the atmosphere and pretty entertaining (i found myself singing along with them :D ).
The story itself feels a bit bland and is starting off pretty boring in my opinion.
But it gets better throughout the missions and there are quite some interesting and likable characters which improves the story after the beginning.
The graphic is pretty good, nothing groundbreaking, but very atmospheric and it can create some beautiful moments, especially with the day and night cycles.
The world itself is also quite big, with enough places to visit and roam around to fill hours and hours of gametime. If you don't like collecting stuff or repetitive missions/ship battles, then you might be bored after a while. Even though the ship battles feel quite dynamic, at some point, it's still quite the same (especially if you upgraded your ship and you're more powerful).
Overall, i found it to be a "different" Assassin's Creed title, as i had the feeling that component wasn't overly present. I had much more fun sailing around and exploring, than following the main mission. But i think that's also pretty subjective. It's still a very good game and i would recommend it to anyone liking the AC titles and/or good action-adventures, especially with a very good pirate-flair.
Now, drink up me hearties and get back aboard, treasures are waiting, arrrr :)