Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
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A gorgeous, relentlessly entertaining open-world piracy simulator packed with interesting 18th century rogues.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a gorgeous, fantastic sequel that gives you the freedom to make your own fun.
Frustratingly shallow and hamstrung by underdeveloped gameplay mechanics, and yet somehow the fact that that an open world pirate game exists at all is enough to provide a certain amount of fun.
An ambitious start for Assassin's Creed on next-gen. The vibrant Caribbean world and bloody piracy shine brightest, while the only sour notes come from contrived series story beats and repetitive missions--both need rethinking for AC5.
Fun when you're chasing down your interests, but the enthusiasm deflates when working through the campaign missions
Assassin's Creed 4 is constantly waiting for its dare-to-be-great moment
Easily the most ambitious Assassin's Creed game in years, Black Flag is an outstanding adventure by any standard.
A fun, gorgeous-looking high seas adventure that improves on the Assassin's Creed formula while letting us live a fantasy life as a pirate.
Black Flag takes a sharp left turn from the series' traditional progression, but the ways in which it diverges are what make it one of the most purely entertaining games in the franchise.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is right up there with the best games in the series. Building a game entirely around the sea based features found in ACIII sounded gimmicky when it was announced earlier this year, but Ubisoft nailed it on all fronts