Brief Game Reviews: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

This game has great graphics. It’s been a long time since I’ve played an Assassin’s Creed game (maybe AC2 was the last one). The game is a good mix of stealth, parkour, and open world adventuring. The stealth isn’t half as good as Metal Gear Solid, but that’s a high bar to compare against. The parkour is what makes Assassin’s Creed unique. You can scale walls and ledges just by running up to them. The open worldiness is a little overwhelming. There is a lot of optional content that you can easily skip.

The missions are pretty cut and dry. Go to a point on the map, assassinate person, stalk people, etc. Some are really fun… one in which you use sleep darts on guards and free prisoners comes to mind. Unfortunately, you have to replay missions a lot to get it right, and you can’t adjust the difficulty level. That’s actually my biggest gripe… how frequently you have to replay missions. Again, the game looks great visually, but easier missions would have made for a better experience.
4/5

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