Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Shines at PAX Prime

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From massive sharks, epic ship battles, and rich environments, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is proving to be the game that can revitalize the whole AC series… and then some.

I will be the first to admit that I was apprehensive when I sat down to play the demo for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at this year’s PAX Prime. As a long time fan of the series I had a slight sense of nepotism going into Assassin’s Creed III, a game that, in the end, left me with much to be desired. ACIII promised to be different; it paraded its distinctive theme set in the Revolutionary War, a profound historical event not often explored in the world of gaming. While traversing the open world of 18th century America was indeed a novelty in the series, the overall gameplay was not as fresh, featuring much of the same combat and tactics found within its four predecessors. Repetition was becoming a reoccurring problem within the series. At this point it was not a narrative makeover Assassin’s Creed needed to revitalize itself… it was gameplay.