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  • Summary: The year is 1715. Pirates rule the waters of the Caribbean and have established a lawless Republic. Among these outlaws is a lethal young captain named Edward Kenway. His notorious exploits earn the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but draw him into an ancient war that may destroyThe year is 1715. Pirates rule the waters of the Caribbean and have established a lawless Republic. Among these outlaws is a lethal young captain named Edward Kenway. His notorious exploits earn the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but draw him into an ancient war that may destroy everything the pirates have built for themselves. Expand
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  1. Nov 27, 2013
    90
    There are refinements still to be made but Black Flag is a stunning return to form worthy of any gamer’s time.
  2. PC PowerPlay
    Dec 30, 2013
    90
    Makes up for the failings of AC3, delivering a fantastic, engaging open world experience. [Jan 2014, p.78]
  3. Jan 16, 2014
    90
    Fans that were bummed out by Assassin’s Creed III will most likely find Black Flag to be a welcoming return to what they love about the series, with a great story, amazingly crafted world and smart additions to the sailing that make it a refreshing part of the Assassin’s Creed formula.
  4. Dec 19, 2013
    87
    At the end of a generation, Ubisoft gives us a new and great chapter of Assassin's Creed. Black Flag, despite some congenital defects works great, focusing on the exploration and a free roaming component refreshed for the most.
  5. Nov 24, 2013
    80
    Like its winsome protagonist, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is fixated on pursuing the riches of high-seas piracy and seems reluctant to be drawn into convoluted Templar plots. The most self-aware Assassin’s Creed title to date, and one that makes the most of some aging mechanics.
  6. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    The game looks absolutely beautiful, is jam packed with things to do, and as ever, the combat is a joy to fiddle with.
  7. Mar 5, 2014
    60
    Ironically enough for a game which centers around the concept of genetic ancestry, however, it continually lets itself down by refusing to break away from its own tired and worn-out heritage,

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 485
  1. Apr 20, 2021
    10
    Black Flag is best AC game ever made.
    AC 3 was huge fail, but somehow Ubisoft managed to learn from it's mistakes and delivered timeless masterpiece.
  2. Oct 13, 2019
    10
    Great Story,gameplay & superb graphics! Great ubisoft game back in 2013! Still waiting for master piece like this.

    Nothing is
    Great Story,gameplay & superb graphics! Great ubisoft game back in 2013! Still waiting for master piece like this.


    Nothing is true,everythingis permitted
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  3. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    The Assassin Creed Franchise has had its up and downs, but ACV is absolutely an up. This game is extremely fun and I recommend it to anyoneThe Assassin Creed Franchise has had its up and downs, but ACV is absolutely an up. This game is extremely fun and I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the previous games. The ship combat has improved and the graphics are beautiful. This game is probably my favorite in the franchise so far. Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    9
    Great game, nice map and gameplay, especially the naval combat. You get most upgrades too fast though, and there could have been more, moreGreat game, nice map and gameplay, especially the naval combat. You get most upgrades too fast though, and there could have been more, more diverse upgrades. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2021
    8
    Same old Assassin's Creed with a lot of sailing and ship battles.

    - Gameplay - Combat is more or less the same as Assassin's Creed 3,
    Same old Assassin's Creed with a lot of sailing and ship battles.

    - Gameplay -
    Combat is more or less the same as Assassin's Creed 3, except this time there's A LOT of sailing and battles out in the ocean. If you like shooting cannons and mortors while steering a ship, then you'll love it. At first, I found the sea battles to be tedious, but realized my ship was under leveled. Once I upgraded the necessary parts, the battles went much more smoothly. I personally don't enjoy steering a large ship, as I find it clunky in general, but with a story about Pirates, it can't be helped.

    The parkouring the series is known for is good, but there were some parts where I would jump to my death even though my camera was pointed towards a climbable ledge. These were far and few inbetween, so it wasn't too bad. Smoke bombs and darts can allow you to go about an area in many different ways. Though I did feel it was too easy to level pouch upgrades to the max, which in turn allowed you to cruise through pretty much any situation. You need animal skin to craft things, but all of it can be suprisingly bought in shops at an average price. This took away the need to hunt, which is a negative.

    - Narrative -
    The story and characters are probably my favorite part about Black Flag. Assassin's Creed stories have never disappointed me, and this one upped the bar. Edward was a very interesting character. He starts off as this greedy and selfish pirate, but slowly matures into a much more noble character through failures and loss. I love seeing characters grow through hardships. The comrades Edward meets were also very likable. They had their own interesting back story and personalities.

    Of course, there's the main story of Assassin's Creed, Abstergo. I thought Abstergo Entertainment was a cool way to continue the story of the modern day Assassins and Templars. The building is full of bonus content that unravels more mysteries about the story. It was mysterious and interesting.

    - Visuals & Sounds -
    The game overall looks good, though some climbing animations could be better. I'm taking experience from Uncharted, so I'm a bit spoiled. You'll hear your crew singing as you're sailing the ship, there's mysterious music playing while you're uncovering secrets in Abstergo Entertainment, so the music is overall good.

    - Replay value -
    There's paid DLC. Aside from that, you can only go back to complete side missions, and collectables.

    Thanks for reading.
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  6. Jun 16, 2019
    7
    Great sailing and swashbuckling adventure. Very fun concept of upgrading the ship/mobile base. mediocre Assassin's Creed.
  7. Oct 6, 2014
    0
    It gives you sea sickness after playing... you just can`t figure out if you are throwing up because of the stupid game or because of the factIt gives you sea sickness after playing... you just can`t figure out if you are throwing up because of the stupid game or because of the fact that everything keeps moving after you close the game.

    Since AC2, all those games are getting worse! Only bought it because it was almost free in Humble Bundle. Well. If you are looking for a good game, try something else.
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