Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag

  • Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag
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  • Visually Impressive.
  • Engaging Naval Battles.
  • Open World Gameplay.


  • Multiplayer portion didn't evolve.
  • Story is not that strong.

Expert reviews and ratings

By EuroGamer on 70

Its strong, self-contained narrative is Freedom Cry's greatest asset, but the tale struggles under the weight of its over-familiar gameplay. Whatever comes next for Assassin's Creed - this is the first and last Black Flag campaign DLC - it's clear this is where Ubisoft needs to turn its attention next.

By eTeknix on

The Assassin's Creed series has won and lost many fans with each iteration of the series, some say the games keep getting better and better, while some argue that the games are too similar and don't innovate enough, both opinions are correct in so many...

By HardcoreGamer on 80

But with around 5 hours of content - most of which is engaging - it’s hard to pass on a chance to reenter the world of Black Flag, even if it’s a smaller, more close-set version. Freedom Cry is simply a great addition to an excellent game, offering a story worth experiencing across a setting worth exploring.

By Techgage on

Assassin's Creed is a series willing to take risks – whether it's with the story or the gameplay. Yet, as forward-thinking as it has been, it has become the epitome of why gamers dislike sequels; nothing has really changed or evolved since Assassin's...

By on

As Edward Kenway, you're a man without direction. He's someone who knows what he wants, while also not being quite sure on how to attain it. So he turns from being a privateer to being an outright pirate. Yes, there is a slight difference. A privateer...

By PCGamer on 90

I navigated a storm and looted trade ships wrecked by its water twisters. I harpooned a bull shark. I docked in a curious little cove and got into a fistfight in a bar. Forget the Assassins, the Templars and their nonsense war. Loot, pillage and steal instead. The rewards are so much greater.

By Overclockers Club on

Is it the pirate's life for you, or should Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag be allowed to sink beneath the waves? Grab you saber and prepare to set sail! I have found this game to be a lot of fun and a solid experience. It does have an odd place in the...

By SlashGear on

In Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag you’ve got a game that can be wholly enjoyed by a hardcore fan of the series just as well as a newcomer. Here you’ve got the roots of the beast in assassin’s hood and the feined interest in surprising and sneaking...

By Strategy Informer on 80

The trouble with the ibn-La'Ahad's, the Auditore's , the Kenway's, and the Miles' is that they are absolutely shit at being assassins. For self-confessed members of a shady cult of organised killers, they are rubbish at being just that. Ubisoft would...

By PCAdvisor on 80

A switch of focus to ocean thrills rather than same old, same old makes Assassin's Creed 4 the shot in the arm this increasingly risk-averse series needed. But it's a stay of execution, not a full rejuvenation.

By JustPushStart on 92

The most apparent effects that is very noticeable are the weather effects and shadows. Whenever you are out pillaging other ships, you will see that the effects of fires looks sharper and the raindrops are visually apparent as you can see every droplet.

By T3 on 80

The new content is well-implemented, fun to use and remains compelling throughout. Now, all they need to do is set the next game in Victorian London. Are you listening, Ubisoft? Are you listening?

By USGamer on 90

If you haven't already plunked down the $60 for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the PlayStation 4 version easily surpasses them. If you have purchased the PS3 version, it's worth the $10 digital upgrade. If you have the PC version, the Vita Remote Play is the only real differentiator here.

By GamesRadar on 90

The fact that it regularly departs so markedly from the core series is--bizarrely--Black Flag’s greatest strength, and it’s only when concessions are made to the origins of Assassin’s Creed that the quality drops. A brilliant pirate game, then, but not a vintage Assassin’s Creed.

By GameHunt on 96

Overall, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is no doubt Ubisoft‘s best game in the series. All the flaws and what we found missing in the previous game was fulfilled in Black Flag. The open world design in the franchise is what most fans of the series have been wishing and it was just made possible in Black Flag.

By HardcoreGamer on 90

It’s a piratical adventure unlike any before it, and one that even series naysayers will likely enjoy.

By TommieTalk on 90

In my personal opinion the Assassins Creed series and franchise is one of the best series out there that follow a compeling story, has excellent graphics, and in my opinion deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest game series out there.

By PC Advisor on 80

After last year's ponderous and risk-averse Assassin's Creed III failed to be the intended shot in the arm for the increasingly samey historical running'n'stabbing series, AC4 doesn't get to be the interim instalment its creators perhaps hoped it could...

By TheGuardian on 80

The modern-day settings are a divergence, almost feeling experimental, but nothing that rocks an otherwise seaworthy boat.

By Tom's Guide on 90

The game winds the clock back to 1715, where you'll take control of Edward Kenway, a Welsh privateer who becomes a mighty pirate captain. Instead of exploring enormous cities, Edward will lead his loyal crew across the West Indies as he amasses fame and...