Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed is a famous game known to supply a sense of secrecy and the satisfaction of taking out enemies without them even knowing what happened.
In this game, you play as Edward Kenway. He is a privateer who left his wife, Caroline, to travel to the New World to make money and sail a ship. He soon becomes the Captain of the Jackdaw and a fierce pirate who is purely after personal gain. In Assassin’s Creed IV, the player uses stealth and courage to overthrow enemies and political targets.
There is a lot to do in this new installment of Assassin’s Creed. First I will break down the Campaign then the Multiplayer Mode. Also, I will describe the Second Screen use and how it is useful to players.
Once you enter the game you are sailing on a ship which gets attacked and destroyed. Landing on shore, you immediately notice the beautiful environment. The grass looks bright and green and healthy, as well as the water blue and clean. Different textures really bring the best out in the environment. The fighting is pretty straight forward and easy to understand. There is a counter, shoot, Jump/Climb/Break Defense, and Attack button. Your first fight against Duncan Walpole is a challenging fight for those who have never played Assassin’s Creed before and are still learning the layout. Edward can Counter Attack and Break Defense if needed and is quite effective. The free running is kind of awkward sometimes when in chase scenes and Edward randomly climbs something when you didn’t meant to. It takes some getting used to, but it is very cool. Edward can assassinate any enemy when not detected. He uses Hidden Blades to stab enemies in the back. He can also Double Assassinate and Air Assassinate. When you get detected, you can run, hide in Stalking Zones, or kill them with efficiency. Edward’s ship, the Jackdraw, is a Brig and can take out any ship even a Man O’ War if fully upgraded. The money system is in Reales the currency of this time. Reales are earned for looting bodies, stealing, looting chests, completing Assassin Contracts, selling cargo or trading with Kenway’s Fleet. Overall, the campaign is extensive and takes about 30 game hours to complete, depending on how much time you spend getting collectibles. If you collect all Mayan Stones you can unlock the Mayan Outfit, a sick outfit that deflects metal damage. You can also unlock the Templar Outfit by killing all Templars and collecting their keys.
Second Screen (Kenway’s Fleet)
Using the Second Screen App, you can manage your fleet from anywhere. You can send ships on trading missions all over the world for Reales. In Campaign you can Board ships and then send them to Kenway’s Fleet. The more ships, the more trade missions you can complete at one time and the more reales you make.
The Multiplayer is pretty cool; you are either the hunter or the hunted. You must use your stealth and target acquisition skills to pick out a target in a crowd and assassinate them. You also need to be able to blend in with other people and trick your pursuer into killing a civilian.
Overall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was very impressive, with new game mechanics and the ability to travel wherever you wanted was great. I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I highly suggest this game to anyone who enjoys the Assassin’s Creed Series or similar games.