Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

1The latest in the Assassin’s Creed series has given the line a refresh with an amazing combat system, new stealth engine, and an overall improvement on the game’s engines for fighting, moving and generally being stylish.

Perhaps best of all, it added in naval combat to the island-filled world and gives you a chance to make your mark on a planet of your own design.

The series is full of diehard fans and this update has given them improvements that they have demanded while making the action even more fluid and powerful. Visit new lands, meet famous people, attend fabulous parties, and leave a trail of bodies in your wake. The new ocean scenes allow the world to be much larger and create a fantastic feeling of being an actual pirate.

A great successor to the line that puts you right in the action and lets you sail a ship within a few minutes – a great break from the massively hated introduction in Assassin’s Creed III. It’s kept the future-hoping, which some fans will like and others will work furiously to get past to return to the pirate goodness.

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You’ll want to play this game and live in its pirate world, but you may not always like its future world – get your free unlock code. Either way, you’ll be immersed and that’s always a plus for a genre game.

Best Fit: Pirates, and fans of pirates; fans of stealth and fighting games that want more vehicles and less mini-guns. If you’ve ever thought of putting on an eye patch, swinging from a mast and calling people scurvy dogs. It’s also a good fit for those that want an expansive game with a strong central quest that you can’t stray too far from for long.

Bad Fit: If you get frustrated with games that don’t control well, stay away. The series has one of the worst records for combat and movement control in a popular title and this edition is an improvement, but it is far behind most other titles on the market. If you’re looking for a fast game, the loading screens alone (they take forever) may be a good reason to look elsewhere.

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