Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Review Roundup

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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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:

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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
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Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under former UbiBlog editor Gary Steinman. Now she's a lone wolf, prowling around her corner of the office and slowly descending into madness. 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