A Look at Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

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The true gamer can find entertainment just about anywhere in today’s world, with new and improved options popping up just about everywhere we look. Here are just a few examples that make this point quite clear:

  • PC gamers can now go beyond simple arcade sites and access a massive variety of sophisticated games. Not only are there updated versions of the MMORPG games that have been popular for roughly a decade, but there are also fully adapted versions of console gaming experiences for PC.
  • Those who do prefer simple arcade and puzzle games now have limitless options with the arrival of “app gaming.” From apps we can download on Facebook, to those that flood our mobile devices, there are thousands and thousands of simple but addictive games to enjoy.
  • Even gamers who like to put a bit of cash on the line now have multiple options all over the Internet and in apps. Not only are online poker sites and casinos popular all over the world, but some even go well beyond basic cards and slots. For example, at Betfair online (or on one of the site’s apps), gamers can enjoy all kinds of gaming options, from poker and blackjack, to arcade games based on sports, pop culture, and original creations. And real money can be gambled at each game!

However, while these options are great for certain gamers, they don’t quite carry the excitement or the diverse set of entertainment offered by a full-fledged, brand new console game, such as those set to come out for Xbox One and Playstation 4. And among these games, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is arguably one of the very most intriguing.

Oddly enough, the reason for the intrigue is that the most recent game in the franchise – Assassin’s Creed 3 – was largely received as a disappointment. There were positives, of course – the world, created in the image of colonial America during the Revolution, was absolutely beautiful, and enormous and engaging to explore. The problem was that the game lulled too often, and the action was inconsistent, repetitive, and ultimately less than captivating.

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“Black Flag” will of course attempt to right the ship, combining the same massive world and unrivaled gaming beauty with a more engaging campaign and more enjoyable gameplay. In this game – centered on the age of piracy in the Caribbean – players will control Edward Kenway, a rising force in a turbulent ocean community of pirate republics. The game boasts Assassin’s Creed’s largest open world design yet, and will reportedly pack a campaign mode that takes a solid 20 hours (if played directly through, of course).

Only time will tell whether or not this latest Ubisoft project will succeed. Truth be told, trailers for Assassin’s Creed 3 looked absolutely fantastic before the game let many fans down. Black Flag does, however, look a bit more action-packed, and with the implementation of 50 explorable Caribbean locations, legendary pirates like Blackbeard, and the general swashbuckling adventure one would expect, it’s hard to imagine this game not being incredibly entertaining.

The game is set for release in the United States on October 29 on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U (with eventual versions available on Xbox One and PS4), and in Europe on November 1. You can view

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