Posted on June 16, 2013 AT 09:46am
Many people, including myself, had thought that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was Ubisoft’s attempt at cashing in on the current pirate fad. My thoughts on that quickly vanished as we were shown off a demo of how big, vast, and eye-popping the worlds and people of the latest game in the franchise was.
During our demo the developers showed off a few missions. The first was an assassination job involving twin brothers. Walking Edward Kenway through the lively town you come across your targets. You sneak past the first brother and order a drink non-chalantly. With the right timing you strike, stabbing the brother to death and sending the other running for protection. Here the developer let the brother jump onto his ship and set sail. It’s when you jump on your ship and start chasing after him where things get real interesting.
You and your crew first need to reach your target’s ship, which can be done using some nicely-timed cannon attacks. As you fire at the enemy you’ll need to be careful not to sink the ship, as you’ll want to plunder it for later. Once you get close enough you can swing over to the other ship, attack the enemy crew and kill your target. Once he is dead you are then given a few choices as to what you can do with the ship.
Once this mission was over we were shown what happens if you check some of the small islands in the area. Jumping into the ocean your character comes to an isle that has a man who appeared to have died from alcohol poisoning. On his person is a treasure map, whose location can be found on your map. As we were sailing towards the treasure we noticed a battle going on in the background between a British and Spanish ship, so we needed to be careful not to get close to it so as to not be drawn into the fight.
Once we reached the island we then had to find the location via matching the picture on the map with the right spot. As we walked toward it we noticed that some British enemies were also there looking for the treasure, so we had the choice to either go stealth or kill everyone in sight. The developer chose the former, which let him show off the smooth climbing and tree-hopping abilities you had in this game. (It’s very similar to Connor’s maneuvers from Assassin’s Creed III.)
Near the treasure spot two men were being held captive by two British soldiers. With the proper aiming and maneuvering we were able to kill both soldiers with a double stab attack to their heads. Once you let the captive men go they thank you by joining your crew. Digging with your hands you find the treasure, which is filled with gold and items needed to progress through the game.
The attention to detail in Assassin’s Creed IV is simply breathtaking, from the uniqueness in each character you come across to even the wildlife that runs past your feet and ship. It’s not secret that this may be the biggest game in the franchise yet, as evident by the largeness of the map we’ve seen. What’s also cool is that you’ll be able to download an app for your smartphones and tablet that let’s you keep progress of your game, use as a GPS to find your way to the next mission, and keep track of the items you’ve acquired during your travels.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will hit Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC this October, with PS4 and Xbox One releases sometime before the year’s end. Talking parrots and eyepatches will be sold separately.
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