It’s here! Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is finally here! Set sail as Captain Edward Kenway and explore the Golden Age of Piracy. This brash, swaggering man starts out seeking personal fortune, until circumstances drop him into the middle of a centuries-old war between the Templars and the Assassins. But we’re not the only people who adore Black Flag. Critics all over the world are falling in love with the charismatic and charming Kenway. See what they have to say in the roundup below.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Review Roundup

Critics’ Reviews

The Escapist5/5
“Embodying Edward Kenway and living through his adventures on the seas, while also experiencing his struggle with Assassins and Templars alike, is pure escapist delight.”

EGM9.5/10
“This is probably the best pirate simulation in gaming history that successfully lays the groundwork for what’s to come in the series.”

GameTrailers9.2/10
“It’s not only the best Assassin’s Creed game to date, but also one of the best games for pirate fans to embark on as well.”

Official Xbox Magazine9/10
“It’s dependably fun, endlessly engrossing, and filled with tons of ready distractions everywhere you look, all while bringing to life a fascinating period of history with an engaging story and memorable characters. And if that isn’t enough, it’s the best game about pirates we’ve ever played.”

GameSpot9/10
“If there was ever any question that Assassin’s Creed needed something ambitious to get the series back on track, Black Flag is that game and then some.”

Edge9/10
“Stealth games are only as good as the flexibility of their encounters, and in that regard Black Flag is the most generous Assassin’s Creed game to date.”

PlayStation Lifestyle9/10
“The series is in its prime with Black Flag — and in it there is much treasure of hours of stellar gameplay to be found.”

GamesRadar4.5/5
“Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is an incredible pirate adventure. No other game in memory – the mighty Sid Meier’s Pirates included – slides you so snugly into the boots of a brash buccaneer and demands that you collect booty with as much stylish aggression.”

Game Revolution4.5/5
“Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, Black Flag joins the pantheon of incredible pirate video games, along with Skies of Arcadia and Sid Meier’s Pirates, and swiftly pulls this niche genre into the modern era. With the help of a ninja pirate, of course.”

Nintendo World Report9/10
“Black Flag is a must have for fans of Assassin’s Creed, and newcomers with a love for pirates will surely find something to love.”

IGN8.5/10
“Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is a gorgeous, fantastic sequel that gives you the freedom to make your own fun.”

Before you set sail, get up to speed with these Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag posts:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Season Pass DLC

How the Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Companion App Is Your First Mate

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – The Arsenal of a Pirate Assassin

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Historical Accuracy vs. Gameplay

Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag

Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag

Release date — October 29, 2013
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
the author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

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  1. Chris on October 29, 2013
    Great job on Assassin's creed 4 black flag:) I loved the setting you guys choosed and the soundtrack too:) Great job:)I get use to the controls eventually, Since they are different from the first one. So the characters are very well easy to follow and connect easy. they all have great personalities and such. So a wonderful game to enjoy,has a great story to it oo.So A Plus & 100%.Looking forward to future installments of Assassin's creed 5-10 if there is going to be that many?so great job:)
  2. Tyler on October 29, 2013
    When will the companion app be out?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on October 29, 2013
      Today! You can grab it right now.
      • Robin on October 29, 2013
        Will there be a Windows 8 app as well?
  3. Edward Kenway on October 29, 2013
    Yar me hearties. Seems like it's a Pirate's life for yer all too. - Enjoy playing out my story. It be a grand one.
  4. Kal on October 29, 2013
    This is starting to look like the best installment since AC2. I can't wait to get my hands on it when it gets released on PC!
  5. Rev on October 29, 2013
    The most fun I had playing any game in a good while! It looks amazing on my PS3 and I can't wait to see it running on my PS4! Companion app is great as well. Thanks Ubisoft.
  6. eric on October 29, 2013
    the game graphics are awsome............. the backround music too........ can't wait to get hands on it....
  7. Russell Crase on October 29, 2013
    Absolutely amazing! A must play for those who love adventure and piracy. Can't get enough of this game, truly epic!
  8. Jared on October 29, 2013
    This game is looking promising, AC3 was a bit of a disappointment so by the looks of these reviews it seems as though the latest edition in the AC franchise is a good one.
  9. Caz on October 30, 2013
    Hi, I'm enjoying the game so far and have only just completed the first sequence of Edwards memory, however I'm having a slight issue on ps3. It tends to lag when I get Edward to run or sync. Is there anyway to fix this? Or is it a known problem. Would appreciate a reply as I'm really enjoying the game but annoyed with the lag. Thanks
  10. Sam on October 30, 2013
    This game is AMAZING, I ended up buying the buccaneer edition... loving the modern day stuff... so detailed... I do have one problem though, when I go to redeem the code for the bonus content, not the Aveline one... it says that I have entered it wrong or its already been used, and I did do it exactly how it says. Any help would be appreciated
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on October 30, 2013
      Oh, that is weird. I suggest reaching out to Ubisoft support. Here is the support website: https://support.ubi.com/en-US/
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on October 30, 2013
      Let me know if that works. If it doesn't I'll figure out who the best person to contact would be.
      • Sam on October 30, 2013
        Thanks, but for some reason when I entered it again... it magically works now.. haha, thanks for the help though
  11. Zander on October 30, 2013
    I feel most reviews of this game are fair however i feel non of them question how far the game has strayed from its roots...Before the game released the makers had said "Edward is a pirate first and trained by the assassins."I think the next game should be a new assassin largely based around Altair who was by far the most grounded within the assassins.Ezio was trained by his uncle not assassin father - Connor was trained by a master assassin but for revenge so kinda void... Does anyone understand my view?I just see how Altair was born and grew up in an assassin comunity and the others didnt but recieved training anyway and i think thats what bothers me personally, Maybe if the next game went to the present day alittle more.- Desmonds modern gameplay was Awesome but not fully used -And finally to allow people to understand my point, The recruits werent from the order either but instead brought in, What if they grew up with the main character and they had more chemistry and just worked more as a team i.e. Benefits to gameplay and storyline...
  12. Randall on November 6, 2013
    Too bad it freezes on the PS3 every 15 minutes and it takes 30 minutes of removing/inserting the disc to get it to work again. It's also too bad I haven't heard from anyone from Ubisoft asking about this. $60 pretty much wasted. STEER CLEAR of this game.

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