Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the sixth main installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. It contains the fourth main title in the series also. Black Flag is also renowned as the game took the series into another level with various gameplay enhancements and changes. The game itself released for many gaming platforms such as PC (Microsoft Windows), Console (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and, Xbox One) in 2013. Using ‘AnvilNext’ Engine, Ubisoft has done an amazing job in this game which makes this is one of the best games that you must play as a gamer. So let’s find about why this game is so much interesting.
Intro to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
You know most of the Assassin’s Creed games are open-world action-adventure based games. (I said most of because there are some games which don’t fall under these criteria). The main plot focused on the historical era known as ‘The Golden Age of Piracy’ (18th century). The game is basically following the events of a pirate Edward Kenway who is the father of Haythem Kenway (who we met in Assassin’s Creed III), and grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton (aka Connor Kenway).
Basic Gameplay Mechanisms
Like I mentioned earlier, this game is an action-adventure third-person perspective game. The player is able to explore the vast Caribbean sea with numerous amount of uncharted islands full of adventure. We saw many amazing old cities throughout the entire Assassin’s Creed series, aren’t we? Well, you’ll have the privilege of experiencing three main cities in 18th-century Carribians. All Havana (with Spanish Influence), Kingston (with British Influence) and, Nassau (The Pirate Republic) have their own great qualities with various diverse wildlife and other conditions.
Naval Combat System
The game’s iconic feature is that it’s the naval combat system. (What else you need in a pirate-based game ?) The player can control the famous ‘Jackdaw’ the brig as the infamous pirate captain ‘Edward Kenway’. From this brig, captain Kenway can destroy any hostile ships and plunder their resources for your own. (Obviously, you need to upgrade the ship to enhance its strengths). So the player is able to begin his journey by battling against minor gunboats and schooners and later brigs, frigates and, huge man-of-war ships. Also, the player needs to face severe weather conditions in the midst of the sea such as rogue waves and hurricanes.
There are plenty of things to do in this game. You can explore (It’s said that the game contains 60% of Land Explore and 40% Sea), hunt animals including sea creatures, solve Mayan Puzzles, rob resources from hostile plantations, capture huge Naval Forts, explore underwater treasures, and many other things. The game opens up far earlier than previous Assassin’s Creed III so the player can explore many areas earlier.
The combat system is pretty much similar to the previous Assassin’s Creed III. Two Swords, Four Pistols, Rope Darts, Sleep, and Berserk Darts alongside with twin hidden blades make this pirate a deadly assassin like many other ones in the series.
Base Plot of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
This game is also having two-story fronts. The present-day story comes after the death of Desmond Miles. After the death of Subject 17 (Desmond Miles), Abstergo (A Modern-day templar organization) collects DNA from Desmond and uses them to convert many secrets of his ancestor’s line. The player is an unnamed employee of Abstergo industries who is used to investigate Edward Kenway’s memories in the 18th century.
Edward Kenway is a Welsh privateer turned pirate who seeks his fortune in the Caribbean Sea. He eventually encounters Duncan Walpole, a rouge member of the Caribbean Assassin’s Brotherhood. After killing Duncan, Edward impersonates as him and helps the templar order without knowing the conflict between them. The story’s major focus is about a man called ‘Sage’ (Only person who can open the way to a place called ‘Observatory’ (a First civilization device which can use to monitor anyone in the world.)
Edward didn’t satisfy with the price given by the templars to him for selling much valuable info of the brotherhood. So he decides to go against templars. He was captured and sent to Spain for punishments. However, Edward manages to escape from the Spanish prison ship. And joins with ‘Adewale’ (who eventually became the first mate of the abducted ship ‘Jackdaw’ from the Spanish fleet.)
The Pirate Republic and Assassin-Templar Conflicts
Edward reunites with his pirate friends in Nassau which include Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Thatch, Benjamin Hornigold, Mary Read (aka James Kidd) and, Charles Vane. (Note – all these people are inspired by real-life pirates in that era). After several events, Edward encounters the Assassin Brotherhood and it’s mentor Ah Tabai and decides to go on that path. He kills many members in the Templar Order in order to find the ‘observatory’. Finally chasing down the Sage ‘Bartholomew Roberts’ and seals the observatory for the good.
In the present day, the player is called by a man called John (another employee inside Abstergo). This John guy uses the player to several tasks (To help the undercover assassins inside Abstergo industries). And finally, reveals himself as a Sage and tries to murder the player to resurrect Juno from the first civilization. Ultimately his attempt fails and the player is contacted by the undercover assassins. They instruct the player to continue helping the assassins from inside Abstergo.
The game has many positive aspects. Sounds are really awesome, Combat is cool and new, Exploration is even better. The game basically has got great reviews from the gaming communities. Metacritic has given 83% to 88% of the rating for this game. There is no doubt that this game is definitely a candidate for the best game in the series. It’s a great game that every gamer must play.