By Ricci Kearney
Video Game Reviews
7:30 PM EDT, October 29, 2013
The "Assassin's Creed" series has become one of the most successful franchises in the video game industry.
A game that was initially a bloody breath of fresh air has now become an almost annual series that fans become more excited about every time. Can a game this successful continue to innovate? The series has covered many different types of protagonists with the obvious choice being the current theme of this game. What can be more badass than a pirate assassin?
"Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" is the latest in the Kenway Series. In this game, you take on the role of Edward Kenway. Kenway is a swashbuckling pirate and the father of Haytham Kenway and the grandfather of Conner Kenway, the protagonist of the previous game. The moment the game begins, you meet Edward and you take the helm of your ship, which is under attack. Once you dispatch all the enemies, you are treated to a flashback in which we meet Edward's love, Caroline. This brief scene provides motivation for Edward's actions in becoming a Assassin.
The moment the game begins, you see that Edward is different from previous protagonists. Edward is not bound by the same sense of honor as everyone else, nor is he born into the role of being an Assassin. Instead, Edward's decision to become an Assassin is fueled by selfishness and greed. Don't worry, without spoiling anything for you, you will sympathize with Edward's plight and root for him as the hero.
Starting things off with a naval battle showcases the focus of this game. In "Black Flag," you will spend a lot of time in the water. The naval skirmishes from the previous battle return in "Black Flag," but have been improved. Maneuvering the ships is easier, with tighter and more responsive controls that allow you to actually enjoy sailing. Combat is accomplished by simply aiming and firing at other ships. This may seem simple, but with the attention that is being paid to naval battles in this game, this is a welcome change from the previous system.
The world of "Black Flag" is massive.
There is a lot to do in the world of "Black Flag." Hunting makes its return, as Edward can track and skin animals just like his grandson. While hunting is fun, this is a pirate game and Edward is on the search for loot that he can use to buy weapons and ship upgrades.
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