IMO: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (and the first trailer)

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the sequel to 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III, which marked an end to long-time series protagonist, Desmond Miles’ storyline. Assassin’s Creed IV is to be set before III, in 1715, in the Carribeans, where your character, who is confirmed to be Edward Kenway, grandfather of III’s Connor; will be able to explore the islands of the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Cuba. It will use a modified version of III’s ship mechanic as a much more central part of the game

Not much is known about the game beyond that, and the fact that it’s being released on next-gen consoles, as well as the PS3 and Xbox 360.; and that it has a release date set for October 29, 2013.

The fact that it is being released directly a year after III, which was riddled with bugs, is a bad sign. How long had they been working on this game. Apparently, they started development on III immediately after II was released, and it still ended up a glitchy mess, albeit a fun one. I really wish they’d give the series a while to cool down, focus more on Watch Dogs, or release a sequel to Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. I just pray that they don’t glitch this one up, and change their minds about releasing it so soon (of course, this is Ubisoft we’re talking about)

One really good thing about this game is that it doesn’t include Desmond, which would spell an end to the present-day storyline, which would mean that players new to the AC series wouldn’t have to play everyone before it, in order to understand the story of this game; effectively spelling an end to continuity lock-out for the series (at least for now). I had a lot of trouble trying to get to III, since I had to play II-Revelations before I could even touch III. I still haven’t played III, because I’m still playing through Revelations. Even if I hadn’t played all prior to it, I would still be able to jump into this one without having to have played any others. Of course, they could shoehorn in some kind of continuation to Desmond’s present story, of course, if they’re gonna add in some present-story for the sake of doing so, I’d rather it be a brand new story.

Don’t, for the love of god, bring back Desmond. He’s a bland, underused, underdeveloped, shoehorned in character; even with the voice of Nolan North. See, Desmond could have been a great character, if they had used him more properly, but the way he was used by Ubisoft, I can see why some people wish that he (or the present-day) was part of the series. This is to Ubisoft: if you’re gonna use the present-day, give us a character we car about, and let us bond with him more, instead of forcing us to play as some under-developed character every 6 sequences, and taking away from our fun of jumping around, killing people in the past. Also, when you force us to play as the present-day character, give us some breathtaking, amazing, set-pieces and fun gameplay, rather than having us flip switches.

I love Assassin’s Creed, glitchy and all, but I don’t wanna see them drive the series into the ground. Hopefully IV can fix some of the series’ problems, such as imprecise/inconsistent (albeit amazing) platforming, boring side-missions, boring collect-a-thons, underdeveloped characters, and inconsistent (albeit gorgeous) combat.

Those were my thoughts on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. I still have hope that they will fix AC. I bet this’ll be the one! Please enjoy this trailer for the game below. This is rigbybot127, signing off.

James Flaherty

Video Game Reviewer/Critic at Leet Gamers Asia
Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia.

My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

James Flaherty

Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia. My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

2 thoughts on “IMO: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (and the first trailer)

  • March 4, 2013 at 3:31 AM
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    Another Assassins Creed, I’m am a little burned out from playing the series honestly.

  • March 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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    Personally, I’m looking forward to this new entry to the series. Assassin’s Creed has become one of my favorite franchises to play, perhaps in a large part due to my interest in history. The naval combat sections in AC III were a lot of fun, and hopefully they can be tweaked even more to make them better. As far as glitches, my copy of AC III wasn’t that bad, but with any open world game some glitches are bound to get through. I’m hoping this will be the open world pirate game we thought we would have had if Disney hadn’t cancelled Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned. I’ll find out come October.

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