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As the sixth game in the Assassin's Creed series, and the first one available for next generation consoles, it makes a certain amount of sense that people have had voiced some concern about the potential quality of Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag in the months leading up to its release. While recent entries in the Assassin's Creed franchise have managed to maintain the series' grandiose spirit and high entertainment value, there's always the fear that the next one, given how quickly they're putting them out, could, like so many bandits off the plank, flop.

Based on critical reception so far, however, it doesn't look like Assassin's Creed IV is in any way a disappointment. With an engaging, swashbuckling story and a new gameplay mechanic that will have players taking to the high seas, Ubisoft Montreal has managed to craft yet another high quality gaming experience.

Check out the critical response below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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"While Black Flag feels very much like an Assassin's Creed game, its gameplay reminds me more of Sid Meier's Pirates! wrought in glorious 3D. As in that classic game, you are free to sail wherever your heart desires, and be as dastardly or as benign as you like. 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."



"In the wrong hands, this could have been a lame duck year for Assassin's Creed at the end of a console generation: floating around on old mechanics, a game and story caught in limbo. I even felt that a little in places - this is another vast game, after all, taking me around 30 hours to finish the story with a 60% completion rating, so there were naturally a few slumps - and that occasional sense of ennui would usually creep up on me when I spent any time on land, picking my way through familiar surroundings.

But the developers have worked around the series' foibles brilliantly."



"Black Flag presents a world full of adventure and opportunity, where treasures scavenged in a remote jungle can be used to turn the tide in a massive naval battle against mighty Spanish warships. It's a game where you can sail the seas for hours at a time, either hunting great white sharks or simply listening to your crew sing one infectious sea shanty after the next. There's an incredible scope to what you can do in Black Flag, with a level of harmony between its component parts that encourages you to try it all, and a story that keeps you invested throughout the whole thing. 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."



"The amazing world of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has kept me gladly occupied for longer than any other game in the series, even though its story isn’t the strongest. At no point in my dozens of hours was I ever at a loss for something to do. Simply sailing wherever the wind takes me and seeing what sort of trouble I can get into is a complete joy. Beyond the underwhelming main campaign, Black Flag delivers a world brimming with gorgeous places to go, amazing secrets to discover, and nefarious pirates to stab."

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