Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Freedom Cry - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

December 18, 2013

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Also on UK.
7.7

Summary:

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Freedom Cry on the PlayStation 4 takes to the ocean's in an epic pirate fantasy. Plunder slave trader ships across the Caribbean as Captain Adewale in a standalone adventure set after the events of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. Once Edward Kenway's second-in-command, Adewale is now a seasoned Assassin trained by pirates. Along with his hidden blades, Adewale is a master of a new set of weapons, including a booming blunderbuss and deadly machete.

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In Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, players become Edward Kenway, a charismatic yet brutal pirate captain, trained by Assassins. Edward can effortlessly switch between the Hidden Blade of the ...
by Ubisoft
Release Date: 11/12/2013

Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher(s):
    • Ubisoft
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store (DLC)
  • Release Date(s):
    • December 18, 2013
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Series:
    • Assassin's Creed
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 7.1GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • AnvilNext
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 11 Hours
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2016-04-21

Steven_Shaw

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PS4

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'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry' may be a crowning moment in DLC history for the developers at Ubisoft Montreal. 'Black Flag' was already one of the most popular games to be released under the 'Assassin's Creed' IP and it is definitely one of our favorites. The sixth entry in the series kicked off with swashbuckling gameplay, amazing graphics, and a ship sailing dynamic that kept us chanting 'Yo ho' for hours while our dog looked on in confusion. 'Freedom Cry' is an excellent expansion piece that further serviced the main game while rewarding those who stuck around, waiting for more comment. We grabbed onto our cutlass and dove right back into the Golden Age of Piracy for another taste of 'Black Flag'.

A true hidden treasure.

'Black Flag' is set in what we would call the Golden Age of Piracy for the Caribbean. Set in the 18th century we got to follow along as Edward Kenway, grandfather of the main character in 'AC III'. Kenway is a simple pirate who falls into the longstanding war between the Templars and Assassins. Things get crazy and pretty soon Kenway has a bone to pick with some pretty deadly people.

Ubisoft Montreal decided to do something pretty dangerous with 'Black Flag' when they changed the focus from open world urban gameplay to sea faring boats instead. As Kenway you sail a ship all over the open oceans. You attack island forts, flee from the Royal Navy, and fight anyone who gets in your way. The game brought a whole new meaning to the word 'epic' and included some of our favorite 'AC' experiences so far: ship to ship combat, including boarding. While the experience was a ton of fun we weren't ready to put it down when we finished the campaign. That is where 'Freedom Cry' steps in.

'Freedom Cry' puts us in the shoes of Adewale, our Quartermaster from the initial 'Black Flag' game. The game pushes us fifteen years ahead of the final events in 'Black Flag' and it allows us to dig in deeper to a character that deserves more story. The campaign follows Adewale as he becomes an Assassin and eventually ends up shipwrecked down in Saint Domingue. This is where Adewale confronts some of the worst, most brutal slavery in all of the West Indies. Seeing that Adewale is a black pirate with an array of killing techniques, this puts him at the forefront of a charge against not just bad people, but a bad world.

The rough snapshot of the story is enough to get the cinematic side of us hankering for a film adaptation. But we'll settle for going over what the DLC pack offers gamers.

After your shipwreck you wake up on the shores of Port-au-Prince. You are a stranded black man stuck in one of the most brutal slave colonies in all of the Caribbean. You need to get a crew and find yourself a ship in order to get off this cursed rock but along the way you also want to help those that you can. This is where the strength of 'Freedom Cry' is really developed. Adewale is a charismatic character that we are familiar with. He has also undergone personal change and growth and that makes him at least a hundred times more interesting.

Armed with solid writing, we aren't afraid to say that this is probably the most powerful story in all of the 'Assassin's' universe. The great war between the Templars and the Assassins is interesting and epic and sometimes even touching, but it doesn't resonate at a human level like Adewales war against slavery does. Perhaps this is exploitative, the topic definitely defaults with emotional resonance, but we don't care. It works.

Adewale's problems are apparent as soon as he steps into town. Even though he is a trained killer and probably the most powerful man on the island, he is still at a disadvantage. Almost every single person that isn't black is at least passively working toward hurting him. Everyone is an enemy. This means that he is almost always on his guard and almost always one false move away from a blood filled battle.

With the entire city against you, Adewale is forced to use everything that he learned in his training. He has to move with stealth and he has to avoid combat whenever possible. He also has to avoid notice. I've never played a game where simply walking in my characters shoes made me uncomfortably aware of how different I am. There is probably going to be a small portion of vocal people who hate this and loathe that the game dared to take racial matters into its storytelling element, but I feel like it should be applauded.

Fans of 'Black Flag' will be treated to more of the same in terms of action and gameplay is considered. While you are definitely going to be approaching situations differently as Adewale, the way you resolve them almost always ends up in the same frantic hack and slash, assassination attempts.

There are plenty of side quests to work through and they all revolve around slavery. You won't be recruiting local pirates to run your crew and instead you will be freeing slaves, taking on runaways, and liberating auction blocks. You'll be a virtual Robin Hood that cares more about people than gold.

On the whole there are nine missions to work through and the lack of open world explorations makes them the center of our attention. Working through these missions is a lot of fun and the game surprisingly offers you a deep experience, even confined to one big location. If you focus on the campaign it should take you about five hours to see it through until the end. Once there you can hit the oceans with Adewale if you like.

'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry' is the ultimate experience in terms of DLC combat. We got to see more of a little known character and we got to feel something new from a great franchise.

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