Must Have Games of 2013: Assassins Creed IV (PS3, PS4, XBOX One, XBOX 360, Wii U, PC)

Do you have a pirate obsession? Are you looking for something more historically accurate? Do you yearn for more than what Hollywood has portrayed in movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean series?

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Well Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag is delivering that and more in the newest incarnation of this third-person stealth action franchise. For the hardcore Assassins Creed fans, this game will still continue with roof top running, a variety of stealth assassinations, and smooth close-quarters combat that the previous franchises implemented so well.

Like the previous A.C. games, you will be playing as someone in the present but reliving historical characters from the past. In A.C. IV, you will be playing as a research analyst for Abstergo Entertainment in the present day. You will also relive the past of Edward Kenway, an ancestor of popular Assassin’s Creed character Desmond Miles. While reliving the past, the game will take place in the islands of the Caribbeans during the early 18th century including the cities of Havana, Nassau, and Kingston.

Assassin’s Creed IV trailer

The part of the game that will really separate itself from the rest of the third person action/stealth games is the “pirate” element. A.C. IV will have more naval missions than its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed 3. The new game will spend approximately 40% of the game out on the sea.

Jackdaw is the ship in which you will use to navigate throughout the sea and engage in naval combat. Jackdaw will stay with you throughout the whole game, so it is very important that you continuously upgrade Jackdaw as the game progresses and becomes more challenging. Upgrades for Jackdaw will be obtained through taking over other ships and looting them. Once the enemy ship has been overtaken, you will have three options to choose from:

  1. gain crew members by recruiting the enemy ship’s crew
  2. repair Jackdaw’s damage with the enemy ship parts
  3. send the enemy ship to your fleet

Unlike A.C. III, storms will play a major role while you are out on the sea as they will damage your ship or even kill crew members on your ship.

If you’re more of a traditional A.C player, do not panic. About 60% of this game will be on land and will be similar to the previous A.C. games in terms of game play and story. Besides the main story, there will be a plethora of side quests to complete including treasure hunts, assassinations, whale hunting, and more. From jungles to plantations to beaches, A.C. IV provides the gamer with a wide variety of geography and detailed life-form for a more realistic experience.

Assassin’s Creed IV Gameplay video

With the addition of dual-wielding your weapons, you can now fire off four pistols in succession eliminating a group of enemies more efficiently or dual-wield swords to gain the upper hand in a sword fight. Blowpipes will be equipped with a variety of darts to be used in stealth situations such as the berserker dart that will turn enemies against one another. Free aim mode has been added to guns, allowing a more precise shot for quick take downs.

Alright pirates, your wait for the ultimate pirate experience will be over this year! Put down your rum, return your parrots back to their cages, and let the treasure hunting begin.

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