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Newest “Assassin’s Creed” lives up to hype

By Shaun Burns

A scene from the newest version of “Assassin’s Creed”
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“The year is 1715. In the Caribbeans, legendary pirates rule the land and sea, plundering fortunes and bringing empires to their knees. Among these outlaws is Edward Kenway, a fearless young captain who earns the respect of the pirates, but his thirst for glory and gold may destroy everything he has built.” This description on the back of the game cover of “Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag” lays out the plot of the newest in the Assassin’s Creed series by Ubisoft for xbox 360.

The promotional materials for “Assassin’s Creed 4” are full of enthusiastic descriptions, inviting players into its “rich open game world,” “award winning multiplayer” function, and “enhanced naval gameplay.”

The game lives up to the hype. This is a must have for any fan of the franchise or anyone who enjoys open world games where they can immerse themselves and feel like a true pirate.

“Assassin’s Creed 4” has got some major improvements to its open world and gameplay over “Assassin’s Creed 3.” In the new version, the player can explore the largest Assassin’s Creed world Ubisoft has ever created. “Assassin’s Creed 4” has some major technical improvements as well, like loading screens. The Assassin’s Creed series have always been plagued by loading screens which can take you out of the feel and immersion the game really succeeds in making, though in Black Flag, the loading screens are minimal.

The player can travel the Caribbean Sea and get off their ship anytime, anywhere, with no loading or stuttering in sight. It is a very big step up in technology from its predecessors.

Black Flag does have some flaws. It doesn’t really expand on its combat or stealth gameplay from previous versions. It keeps a lot of the same gameplay mechanics from “Assassin’s Creed 3,” which improved on the combat and stealth gameplay. Still, graphically Black Flag is very impressive, with its new and improved graphics, more realistic rain, lightning and thunderstorms, and its plant life, sea life, and attention to small detail like foliage and the interaction between Edward and his crew.

Black Flag expands on its award – winning multiplayer function, which is very fun and unique. The multiplayer has a bunch of new maps, characters and gadgets. It adds a new “Game Lab” mode which lets the player create his own modes and matches. Other players can play the games that people make and can rate and “favorite” them, so they can play them whenever they want to. It is a welcome addition and certainly adds longevity to the game.

“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” is great addition to the series. It has a huge, rich and immersive open world, bigger than any in the series. It does a great job of explaining the plot of the Assassin’s Creed series with the swashbuckling action of the pirate legacy. It expands on its already fun and outstanding multiplayer by including a new features which allows the Assassin’s Creed community to get more involved with each other.

Black Flag is well worth its weight in gold. It is an outstanding game and really improves on its predecessors. It is definitely worth the title of the Assassin’s Creed series, and a game any fan should own.


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