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Abstergo Industries - modern-day front for the organization of the Templars - has opened an entertainment subsidiary in Montreal, Quebec, using advanced technology that allows reliving fragments from the lives of people from the past. The unnamed protagonist is hired by the company to connect to the life of Edward Kenway, a Welsh privateer living in the eighteenth century. Through a series of events Edward assumes the identity of a rogue member of the Assassins reporting to Laureano Torres, the Governor of Cuba and also the Grand Master of the Templars. Initially motivated by greed, Edward finds himself at odds with both the Templars and the Assassins, who are both pursuing a mysterious man known as the Sage in order to gain access to the secret technology of the First Civilization.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is the sixth major installment in the series. While it introduces a new historical protagonist, its modern-day story continues the overarching plot, particularly the arc that started in Assassin's Creed III. Most of the familiar elements from the previous installments return, including free-form movement, the possibility to climb on buildings, a mission-based system with main and secondary quests, weapon management, collecting, etc. Besides a few tweaks, combat system largely remains unchanged as well.

The game's world is larger than in any of the previous games, and is available for exploration in a seamless fashion, without transitions or loading between ship navigation, swimming, and exploring the land. Much of the Caribbean Sea can be physically explored, including three full-fledged cities (Havana, Kingston, and Nassau) as well as smaller settlements and uninhabited islands. The protagonist can now hunt animals, fish, and uncover treasure maps. Early in the game Edward gains access to the Jackdaw, a ship that can be outfitted, upgraded, and used in naval battles. It is also possible to recruit crew members for the ship.


Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Windows Sea battle in a storm
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Windows Smugglers' cove
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Windows "And on the fourth morning, he roped himself a couple of sea turtles..."
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Windows Battle against a legendary ship

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Screenshot
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games xtreme Xbox One Nov 30, 2013 9.3 out of 10 93
Gamers' Temple, The Xbox One Dec 14, 2013 92 out of 100 92
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov 19, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Games Finder Windows Sep 02, 2014 9 out of 10 90
games xtreme Xbox 360 Nov 07, 2013 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 19, 2013 87 out of 100 87 Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2013 8 out of 10 80 Windows Nov 21, 2013 16 out of 20 80 Xbox 360 Oct 29, 2013 79 out of 100 79
Games Arena Windows Dec 23, 2013 7.25 out of 10 72


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