Well everyone it is time for the
next installment of the enjoyable Assassin’s Creed franchise. Time to trade in
the tomahawks and tea parties as we are on the move to another era in history
that you will be very familiar with if you have watched the Pirates of the
Black Flag however gives you a
more realistic look at how a pirate’s life would be back in the 18th
Century, where there were great struggles to try and make the Caribbean its own
When you sit down and look at the
map of AC4 for the first time you will realise that this is one of the most
ambitious entries in the series, the world is enormous. You have various
settlements, jungle islands, mysterious pirate bays and most importantly you
have that big blue expanse in between that we have all been wanting to explore
after we were given a taster in AC3.
In AC4 you take on the role of
Edward Kenway, Father to AC3’s Haytham and Grandfather to Connor. With him you
will get to experience what is commonly referred to as the Golden Age of
Piracy, this however will not be your only thing to do, oh no no…Abstergo are
once again involved and they are branching out into the games industry.
This provides us with a very
intriguing story for the modern day aspect of the game, as you will be going
around hacking into various colleagues’ computers and finding out that all at
Abstergo is not what it seems. Yes this may not sound as fun as Captaining your
own pirate ship but it provides an interesting twist to the way the story moves
Another thing that adds to the
story is that you are no longer Demond Miles entering the Animus, but yourself…yes
you reading this. The same can be said for Edward Kenway, who is a very
different style of character to his unloved grandson Connor. He has amazing
historical figures to bounce off including the legendary Edward Teach aka. Blackbeard,
who wouldn’t want Blackbeard as their pirate mentor?
The actual story will open your
eyes if your knowledge of Pirates starts and stops with a certain Mr Johnny
Depp. It is helped by the vast world mentioned earlier; this game is far from
the restricted Assassin’s Creed titles of old. One minor thing is that you
still require a loading screen to enter places such as Havana and Kingston. I
am hoping that this is something that will be different once I get to try the
Playstation 4 version of the game a bit more in depth than I did at Eurogamer
These ports when compared to
Renaissance period Italy that we all loved when playing as Ezio just do not
compare, it is the getting out into the world that is where the game really shows
off. The caves, jungles and under water environments are to die for even if
they are a tad linear.
You do eventually unlock fast
travel, which in my personal opinion is a waste. I know there will be impatient
people, who just want to get on with things, but half the fun is just hopping
on your ship and setting sail…you never know what you might find on your
There have been a number of
reviews complaining about the amount of time you have to spend on the water but
to be honest; this is a BIG part of why people enjoyed AC3! And it is a BIG
reason as to why gamers themselves have been enjoying AC4.
A welcome addition to the
Assassin’s Creed series is the crafting system almost certainly inspired by
Far-Cry 3, it allows you to use items you have got from hunting etc. to upgrade
your ammo and replenish your supplies, such as the blow darts.
The missions are what you have
come to expect from AC but they are still enjoyable bar a few bugs here and
there. The single player story will no doubt let you spend upwards of 30-40
hours being the completionist you want to be.
And after all of that you have
the multiplayer which is a bit of a mixed bag. A cool addition however is
Gamelabs, which gives you the chance to make your own rules, meaning certain
games can be balanced out and made to be more enjoyable. AC multiplayer won’t be
able to compete with the major multiplayer games of Christmas (Call of Duty and
Battlefield) but it is most definitely one of the better attempts at multiplayer
by Ubisoft in recent years.
To round up, AC4 is not in any
means perfect on the PS3, there are many things I’m looking forward to
comparing with the PS4 version more in depth. But as always it has an
interesting story, with great characters and better gameplay. Grab your
belongings and get ready to ship out I say.
Platforms available on: Xbox 360,
PS3 (Tested), PC, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4 (Upcoming)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
You can purchase your copy of AC4 HERE on the Ubi Store.