Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Insert pirate pun here

I am going to contradict most everything I said yesterday. You have been warned.

There is nothing decidedly 'next-gen' about Assassin's Creed IV. It looks slightly better and that is about it. No swanky voice controls are utilized. The SmartGlass integration may or may not be any good, I can never be bothered to have my phone near when I am playing because that means someone could call me. It is the third game, slightly streamlined set in a more interesting time period. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Assassin's Creed games have become an annual event. They certainly vary in quality but I have yet to play what could be considered a 'bad' one. The modern day segments annoyed me less than most, they never got in the way of sneaking around and stabbing dudes in the back. Black Flag minimizes this a little too much. You are no longer Desmond Miles, just nameless QA guy working for Abstergo Entertainment. You are making a game by playing a game, get it, nudge nudge? Honestly, I miss my overwrought plot lines and John de Lancie as my bitter, bitter father.

The standard Assassin's Creed pattern of opening an area and doing all of the possible sub-quests before advancing doesn't really work, either. I tried this in the first section and it let me do things that just didn't make sense, like recruiting pirates when I didn't have a ship and performing assassination missions when I was not an assassin. They are there because they always have been, not because they make sense in the new game. Black Flag is hesitant to take than final step, to not be just another Assassin's Creed game.

There still isn't much to complain about. It is a definite upswing for the franchise and you get to play as a god damn pirate, doing piratey things in piratey places. I have yet to tell YARR at my Kintect but I cannot promise that it will not happen eventually.

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