Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

58%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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4.5 / 5.0
Jan 6, 2014

Despite its issues, both technical and philosophical, I'm giving Freedom Cry a "must play" rating. I think it's an important start in tackling such a difficult and tragic topic via the medium of interactive entertainment. Few companies are brave enough to even bring up topics like slavery and genocide in a real-world setting. You should play it, and you should feel uncomfortable, angry, and sad while playing it. Adéwalé may not have been a real person, but this is our history, and the reality of slavery was even more brutal than the game depicts. Freedom Cry may stumble, but it opens up some important discussions that we should be having as gamers and human beings.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2013

If you wanted more Assassin's Creed IV, Freedom Cry will do just nicely. Although it doesn't offer as compelling a narrative or even close to as open of a world, it manages to capture the spirit of Black Flag in most of the right places. This is a much better effort than AC III's pointlessly episodic Tyranny of King George DLC, and a great model for Assassin's Creed add-ons going forward.

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Feb 19, 2014

It's easy to imagine a big-budget game tackling slavery with the subtlety of a hammer, but Freedom Cry is an emotional triumph...with some ethical issues.

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Jan 12, 2014

Adéwalé has his moments, but the real draw here is in the expansion of free-form gameplay both on land and at sea, meaning Freedom Cry succeeds at what it set out to do.

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Dec 18, 2013

In the end, Ubisoft used an established combat and traversal system to tell a story set in an explosive and ugly period in history. And by letting the gameplay do the talking, it largely succeeds.

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Dec 19, 2013

If you have ten dollars to spend, you cannot go wrong with the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry DLC. Presenting four hours' worth of quality gameplay, it's well worth the investment, so long as you haven't become bored of the series' repetitive gameplay mechanics.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2013

I recommend Freedom Cry to anyone who has ever hoped for a better story within the Assassin's Creed franchise. There are still plenty of technical hiccups and basically all the exploratory freedoms of Black Flag are now gone (which was Black Flag's best quality), but the story more than makes up for it.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2013

Adéwalé is a compelling hero, and one of the few black protagonists in games that isn't simply a gangsta with a heart of gold trying to protect his hood.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 17, 2013

There's a lot to love about Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Freedom Cry. Its darker theme and moments of genuine sadness make for a captivating adventure, while the "new" lead character and his evil-thwarting machete serve the most satisfying form of justice.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2014

In bringing the challenging subject of slavery to the forefront of such a blockbuster franchise, Ubisoft has shown that games are the perfect vehicle to reopen discussion and confront darker moments of history. Freedom Cry may not be particularly long or radically different from Black Flag but as a companion piece it feels important, imbuing its protagonist with a desire for retribution and justice that bleeds through the screen and inhabits your own persona. For that reason alone it deserves your attention.

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