Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is releasing this week, but before you rush out to pillage the nearest game store and lay your plundering hands on Ubisoft’s latest face-stabbing-swashbuckling adventure, take some time to check out the reviews for the game.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is currently balancing its peg-leg on Metascores of 88 and 87 for PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively, with the PC and next-gen version only arriving in late November.
It’s looking ship-shape so far, so what are the critics actually saying?
“While some core mechanics could still be improved, Black Flag’s story, world, and systems come together to form a markedly better and more cohesive game than Assassin’s Creed III. It’s not only the best Assassin’s Creed game to date, but also one of the best games for pirate fans to embark on as well.”
“After weathering the somewhat diminishing returns of Revelations and ACIII, Black Flag is exactly the shot in the arm Assassin’s Creed needed. It’s dependably fun, endlessly engrossing, and filled with tons of ready distractions everywhere you look, all while bringing to life a fascinating period of history with an engaging story and memorable characters.”
“If there was ever any question that Assassin’s Creed needed something ambitious to get the series back on track, Black Flag is that game and then some.”
“The amazing world of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has kept me gladly occupied for longer than any other game in the series, even though its story isn’t the strongest.”
The Escapist: 10/10
“While Black Flag feels very much like an Assassin’s Creed game, its gameplay reminds me more of Sid Meier’s Pirates! wrought in glorious 3D. As in that classic game, you are free to sail wherever your heart desires, and be as dastardly or as benign as you like. Embodying Edward Kenway and living through his adventures on the seas, while also experiencing his struggle with Assassins and Templars alike, is pure escapist delight.”
“The developers have worked around the series’ foibles brilliantly.”
“Much like Assassin’s Creed 2 took the unpolished ideas of the original AC, Black Flag builds upon the flawed AC3 experience. Ubisoft’s latest adventure takes the best ideas of last year’s game, refines them, and adds surprising new experiences in the form of underwater missions and a genuinely fun modern-day narrative.”
For a full explanation of the differences across the platforms, check out Assassin’s Creed 4: current and next-gen differences.
The current-gen release dates are 1 November for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, and the Wii U version is coming on 22 November 2013.
Ubisoft has confirmed that the fourth primary instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Black Flag, will launch on PC on 22 November, Xbox One on 22 November, and PS4 on 29 November.
The game has been in development for nearly two years, and is spearheaded by Ubisoft Montreal, the veteran AC studio. Ubisoft has pulled out all the stops and has support from other Ubisoft studios in 6 locations across the world.