Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag has an intriguing story that focuses on the golden era of piracy in the 18th century. The game features role-play on two different levels. The initial role-play level makes the player an analyst researching history for Abstergo Entertainment. The second level of role-play puts the player, as the analyst, in a session to explore the history of Edward James Kenway.
The location backdrop in the Caribbean compliments the storyline, including Havana, Nassau, and Kingston. The graphic realism of the locations adds even more depth to the game playing experience.
The graphics in Black Flag are more advanced than those of its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed III. The quality is shown greatly in the detail of the water, and in the scaling distance of the in game world.
In July 2013, the creative director for Assassin’s Creed IV, Jean Guesdon, told gamingbolt.com, “Graphics, obviously, will be improved to give you a more immersive feeling: leaves and plants move with the wind, waves feel even more lifelike, sails billow in the wind, etc…”
A positive for first timers, is that Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag gives simple tutorials in the sequence, while still allowing the game to flow through the storyline. It also allows players more than one way to complete an objective, in stealth or full fledged combat.
Gamers also have the free roam option, and can exit out of the storyline at any time to enjoy the free roaming opportunities. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed saga will not be disappointed, and new comers to the series will be pleasantly surprised.
Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on October 29th. It is available on systems Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii U, and PC. It will be available on November 22nd for Xbox One and Playstation 4. In March 2014, expect a release of DLC.