The Assassin’s Creed series has told a lot of great stories in many different settings, but the best story is told on the high seas in Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is just one in a series of great games, but it may have the best story. Prior to Black Flag, the settings for the Assassin’s Creed games had been mainly contained within the walls of different European cities. The previous games had fairly linear and restraining stories, but that changed when the series took to the seas. Becoming a pirate in the Caribbean did not seem like a likely plot point within the series with the previous stories, but after the tales of Desmond Miles and Ezio were ended, Black Flag introduced a new chapter in the best way possible.
Assassin’s Creed III introduced a more open way to play the series. No longer was the game simply about running around medieval and renaissance era cities. For the first time, the outdoors were opened to exploration. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag took this mechanic and expanded upon it by making the entire outside world a part of the game and story. Most of the game’s plot revolves around exploring an open world of plentiful islands at the helm of a sturdy ship, but pirating and sailing is only part of what makes the story so engaging.
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Black Flag starts off in a unique way, as the main character Edward is just a pirate who has nothing to do with the usual templars and assassins. He is an outsider that comes into the story in a dark way: by killing an assassin. By taking the assassin’s place, Edward starts the story with a mystery regarding his true allegiance. This captivating start was just the beginning of many twists, turns, and crossings that Edward and the user faced. Outside of the Animus, the story progresses inside of Abstrego and even finishes the game with an unexpected betrayal from a fellow employee, but the best of Assassin Creed: Black Flag‘s storytelling is told on the seas.
Black Flag Proves Assassin’s Creed Is Best Played On The Seas
Sailing the Caribbean as a pirate has been a dream for many since Jack Sparrow captivated audiences in Pirates of The Caribbean. This is perhaps best evidenced with the recent success of Sea of Thieves‘ Pirates of the Caribbean crossover. So, going through missions centered around traveling through a diverse cluster of islands adds a lot to the story in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The narrative progresses with Edward slowly building up a pirating empire thanks to missions like robbing island plantations and plundering enemy ships. The classic playstyle and fighting mechanics of Assassin’s Creed flows effortlessly aboard some of the dangerous Caribbean armadas.
The Assassin’s Creed series has a diverse category of games with different settings and gameplay. Each new game is different from its predecessors, especially since the latest few AC games have turned more into action-RPGs rather than the stealth games they used to be. The upcoming Assassin’s Creed Infinity will be an interesting experiment for the series as it seems it will be the host of many different stories and settings. Whatever Ubisoft tries to do in the future, it will always have a tough time outdoing the series’ best, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
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