ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG
PS3 (also on
PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
Sailin’ through this world, TWANG-TWANG-TWAAAAAAAANG, all alone...
Well, except for sea shanty-singin’ mateys. That’d be hardcore
punk sea shanties, natch.
Nah, this latest Assassin’s
Creed is Rollins-free (bugger), and doesn’t ride a Harley. But
damn that new protagonist bloke Eddie Kenway is Jax Teller
doppelgangery. Which can be distracting.
Which isn’t ideal,
as there’s much requiring attentiveness here. So much that we doubt
we’ll cover it within our pissy word limit. Especially after wasting
so much time on inconsequential shit already.
talking the ‘golden age’ of piracy. That’s not the sort games
companies frown upon (unless they released Captain Morgane
– BOOMTISH!), rather the “ARRRRR! Mateys!” Edward
Scissorhands-channelling-Keef schtick. This is good, as it means
ships, open seas and cannonballs (though sadly no
So, welcome to the Caribbean circa 1715. Or
the modern day at a Canadian videogames company, as you kinda
Animus-flit between the two. We’ll stick to the fun first bit, which
is the gig’s meat and spuds. They probably should add oranges to
avoid scurvy though.
While the protagonist’s new, all the
stuff that AC lovers love’s pretty much here, with bonus
open seasiness. Navigate between islands and major towns, scuttle
ships, plunder them, go diving and flirt with Davy Jones’ locker
(‘Hey babe, damn you’re a sexy repository!’). Then hit land and go
all runny, jumpy, stealthy classic Assassin’s.
sticking to the main plot will keep you busy for ages, while if you
obsess over digging up (often literally) every collectible you could
We’ve recurring niggles with Ed’s uncanny ability
to adhere to most everything we don’t fucking want him to when
running, but the sheer scope of missions – mostly fun, save for too
many interminable follow sneakily and eavesdrop chores - ultimately
won us over.
You might say that we found it Charming...