Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Features for Xbox One

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Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief - Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Xbox One

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In case you don't know, I hate the Assassin's Creed series. Ever since the original entry was released and slapped me in the face with its lies, I've left the franchise behind, telling anyone who would listen it wasn't for me. After plenty of 'oh, but it's changed now' from people in the know, though, I decided to dip my toe in for only the second time.

Unsurprisingly, I still think it's rubbish. Aside from how long everything takes to get going, the entire thing just feels like a horrible slog. Drowning in fetch quests, 'follow this dude' missions, and 'don't let that guy die, otherwise we'll stop the game' follies, I just got the overwhelming sensation that nothing had changed since 2007.

Before you all find where I live and lynch me, I do understand why Desmond and all his friends have become so popular. Ubisoft's tech behind Assassin's Creed is very impressive, and there's an incredible amount of game here all things considered. I just don't like the way it plays, especially the nonsensical climbing that's the equivalent of fighting with a controller.

Combat sucks, too. And any game that forces me to visit what seems like its developer's offices at random intersections is always going to rub me up the wrong way in some fashion.


Tom Orry, Editorial Director - FIFA 14, PS4

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This is pretty much all I've been playing for the last week, hopping on for 30 minutes or so when I get the chance in the evening. It's really rather good, and for me a nice step-up over the PS3/Xbox 360 version that came before it.

The flow of the football is smoother, the new camera angle makes the whole thing look great, and the load times are much improved. I'm hoping EA doesn't rest on its laurels for an entire console generation, though, and makes big improvements to the game engine in the next two years. I certainly think PS4 FIFA can be a lot more impressive than it currently is.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor – FIFA 14, Xbox One

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Last weekend my wonderful lady friend discovered how hilarious it would be to use the power of Kinect to swear at the ref, chucking out obscenities in an attempt to get me into trouble. Oh, how amusing it was to see me getting a ticking off on the pitch and to see those disapproving emails roll into my inbox. “Unprofessional outbursts”, the message read, are deemed unacceptable at a “family-friendly venue”, threatening me with dismissal if I were to continue shouting bollocks at my TV.

But what started as a bit of fun and games soon descended into something far more sinister. When I returned to the game later in the week (and despite the joke thankfully having worn thin after receiving my second warning), I was met with a letter informing me of my contract's termination. Six hours into my career as the manager of Manchester United, 'my' unprofessional conduct (despite having been on best behaviour in the most recent matches) had gotten me the sack. And I wasn't even the one to blame.

I discovered later that FIFA's Kinect support can be turned off, but that surely isn't the point. In this instance Kinect functionality worsened the experience, and despite the supposed ability for it to tell different people apart, chose to register cuss words from others in the room. And in a sports game like FIFA where there's naturally going to be a few cries of frustration and jeers between players, it feels like a mechanic built for technology's sake than for any real benefit. Just like Kinect as a whole, then.

Brett Phipps, Staff Writer at - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, PS4

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Working in the games industry, it's safe to assume that I am just a giant child. So every time a new LEGO game rolls around, I'm right on board and more excited to play it than most people.

The game is probably the best in the LEGO series, too. Brilliant script writing, fun gameplay made even better in local multiplayer and fulfils that obsessive need to collect every single in-game item. Fans of the Marvel comics will be pleased to know there are even some of the more obscure characters present, including Howard the Duck and Wizard.

What might surprise you is the game is a challenge. I'm not ashamed to admit I've consulted a YouTube video or two to get me through some sticky situations. Though I don't know how much longer this will be a viable option with all the copyright hoopla.

If you have kids, or like me, are a big kid, I'd recommend grabbing a copy to play this Christmas.

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DragonGuard666@ KamSage

Fair point. I would fully welcome Ubi making a pirate franchise without the assassin elements.
Posted 23:24 on 15 December 2013


On that note, i've been playing AC4 this week. Got the last few Trophies left in single player I care for. Been sticking with The multiplayer, which is where i'm getting most of my fun.

Also, gone back to Dragon's Dogma this week after losing a save. It's fun and tense, it really is like the Dark souls but more accessible. Which is good for someone like me, who wants a challenging game to explore, but doesn't have the time or patience or the masochistic nature to be beaten to rage quit.
Posted 23:24 on 15 December 2013

KamSage@ WhatISayGoes

That's because ever since Patrice was 'let go' after Brotherhood, his vision was pushed in a different direction, away from what he wanted. Ubisoft have tried to recover, but they definitely haven't.
And unlike other people, I liked Connor more than Edward, who was not an assassin, just a pirate with a really bland reasoning for all his actions. I mean at one point he asks what has happened to a Dutch captain that was captured by another pirate and is disgusted when he realises he was murdered. and then Edward goes on to kill plenty more people without batting an eyelid.
Might be petty to say, but it wasn't an Assassin's game, it was a pirate game. i actually feel Ubi have missed a whole ne series they could've made. Stupid, really.
Posted 23:13 on 15 December 2013
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DragonGuard666@ WhatISayGoes

I dunno, I've always had a thing for Assassin's Creed games. III was boring and had a lame ending but I feel Black Flag is a big step up from that, but that might be the pirate bias talking. Although Edward is heaps better than Connor. But let's face it, no one's gonna be as good as Ezio.
Posted 15:02 on 15 December 2013
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Anyway, back to the point....

I've been playing Doom (Happy 20th birthday Doom) and the enjoyable, yet painfully addicting Hearthstone.
Posted 11:59 on 15 December 2013
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I can't believe people haven't got tired of assassins creed yet, its yearly releases are beyond a joke and the games hardly change, I was done after 3, the ending was WEAK AS FF, and I still feel like I haven't had any real answers to questions raised in the 1st and 2nd game.
I am finished with assassins creed, and may it burn in the bargain bin.
Posted 11:55 on 15 December 2013
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Simon we will with open arms welcome back dead rising 3 if you get bored of ac 4
Posted 18:47 on 14 December 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 22/11/2013
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 3,444 33
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