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Another installment of stalking, pick pocketing, beating, and ultimately stabbing people to death with well timed hidden knives, or flashy sword work. It is Assassin’s Creed…with pirates!
Will it answer the age old question of who’s better, Assassins or Pirates? I think so…wait what do you mean that’s not the question? Assassins, Ninjas, same thing right? Don’t shoot me.
From the outset the game plays much like all of it’s previous incarnations, which is good because well..I like the previous incarnations. With an expanded look at Naval combat, and some quick killing of Spanish sailors, we begin our wonderful adventure into the life of an infamous pirate feared by Blackbeard himself. And if that isn’t impressive, then I don’t know what is. Seriously people, you need to lower your expectations if that doesn’t get your heart pumping a little.
We are introduced to a new (as of yet unnamed) Abstergo Entertainment employee, which as someone who didn’t play Liberation came as a bit of a surprise, though I suppose I should have seen something coming considering that Desmond kicked the bucket in the last game. I know, I know, where is the spoiler warning, right? Wrong. You’re reading the first look at a several month old game, which is the fourth in a series. Spoilers are going to happen, sorry.
Anyway, moving on to the gameplay. The controls have remained relatively unchanged and anyone familiar with the Assassin’s Creed universe will quickly re-acclimate to the combat, and the running around the map. Sure, the first thing you do in the game is sail a ship, which was only a minor feature of the last game, but the controls are pretty intuitive and uncomplicated, which is nice because well, I’m terrible at console games and I don’t look like a complete lark while playing this one. Thank you Assassin’s Creed for not making me look like a complete lark.
That being said, this game does once again fall into the same pitfall of all the others before it. Repetition. Oh God the repetition. Yes, you will tail people and inevitably fail a million times and scream at your T.V. Oh…is that just me? Alright so Assassin’s Creed “does” make me look like a lark, wonderful. Anyway, if the hours upon hours of stalking different looking targets across different landscapes, but being essentially identical in every other respect hasn’t turned you away from these games yet, this one won’t either.
From what I have seen so far, this game doesn’t add all that much mechanics-wise to what has already been established, but then this is a first look and I’m not very far in. Why a first look for a game that’s been out for a few months you ask? Because. Besides you should be happy this game isn’t twelve years old!
Regardless, Black Flag looks to be another excellent addition to the Assassin’s Creed universe, who’s monotony I will gladly plow through for the sake of the compelling story and wonderful historical Easter eggs.
So, pick up your bootstraps, strap on your swords and grab your eye patches, there be pirates in these waters.