Assassins Creed IV Black Flag PC Review

Are you ready to start exploring the Caribbean?

Are you ready to start exploring the Caribbean?

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve had Assassins Creed IV Black Flag for PC a few days now and am about 5 or 6 hours into the game so far, completing about 13% of the campaign.  I was impressed with the game right from the start, but that quickly faded away due to some graphics problems I seemed to have resolved.

Currently I am running the game on a mixture of High/Very High settings.

My rig is as follows.

i7-920 2.6ghz (stock clock)
6GB Ram
Gigabyte Windforce HD 7970 3GB
Samsung 27″ 1920×1080

The problems I was experiencing seemed to be related to the different anti-aliasing options and once I chose the (EQAA) option everything seemed to smooth right out, the artifacts stopped garbling up my screen and I could finally get immersed into and enjoy the game.  And it’s indeed a great game.  The best Assassins Creed game I’ve played so far (1 & 3 prior).

Assassins Creed 4 Graphics.

The scenery in Black Flag will have you feeling more piratey than an eye patch and parrot on your shoulder.

The initial storyline is believable, and makes sense.  I won’t give any spoilers here, but so far the story has been good.  The voice acting is well done, as with most Ubisoft games so it’s easy to get into the story.  The most impressive part for me so far has to be the enormous open gameworld.  The water and the way it blends from the emerald blue shallows to the dark blue deep looks fantastic, the rolling waves have been engineered almost to perfection and the jungles and foliage are literally unreal.  As of right now, Assassins Creed IV Black Flag is probably the most beautiful open game world I’ve experienced since playing a heavily modded Skyrim in 3D.

Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag, Jack Daw Ship.

The Jack Daw is a beautiful sight for this Pirate.

I’m now 5 or 6 hours into the game and finally got ahold of the Jack Daw.  Don’t worry, it won’t take you that long to get your ship if you don’t get distracted by the pretty Caribbean setting.  I found myself searching the first island for every chest, animus fragment and sea shanty for my crew.  Then upon reaching Havana, did the same and completed every little side mission.  Some of which didn’t make sense yet, because I didn’t have my ship (and some of the missions were crew based) so I probably should have completed a few of the main story missions to progress a little first.

Is Assassins Creed IV Black Flag Worth It?

Yes, I definitely think so.  If you like the Pirate genre and you’ve enjoyed the Assassins Creed games of the past then you’ll likely love AC4.  As stated earlier I’m now 5 or 6 hours into the game and the story is progressing nicely, the game has a good pace and I can see myself actually finishing this.

Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag Review.

I’ve never liked the Animus portions of the Assassins Creed storyline. It could do without the Sci-Fi twist.

My biggest gripe with the game thus far has been the sharp change in story line (and immersion) when you find yourself in a ridiculous Abstergo/Animus cut scene, or play section.  These usually happen right when the story is getting good too.  I’ve never enjoyed these segments in the prior AC games and never felt they needed it as part of the storyline.  The stories themselves were strong enough to stand on their own.  For me it just ruins the immersion.

I’d also really like to see them bring in 120hz for higher resolutions so I can start enjoying the Caribbean in 3D.  I think it’s going to look fantastic.

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Carl has been PC Gaming since the late 80's. He enjoys eating corn nuts and sugary cereal. When he's working it's web design. When he's not working it's gaming and spending family time. Family time can be gaming time to and he enjoys playing PC games with his kids.