Assassin's Creed IV: Jackdaw Edition on the Xbox One is basically the original Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag video game which consists of about 3-4 hours of additional content where the player is taken through nine extra missions. These nine new missions are placed under the umbrella known as Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag: Freedom Cry. If you decide to play the original Black Flag which comes with the Jackdaw Edition then in total the gameplay will be about 45 hours.
- March 28, 2014
- 2-4 (Xbox Live)
- 2-8 (Xbox Live)
- Assassin's Creed
Required Disc Space:
- 40GB Minimum
Supported Video Output:
- Blu-ray Disc
Average Playing Time:
- 45 Hours
Assassin's Creed IV: Jackdaw Edition is a historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The Jackdaw edition contains the original Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as well as the Freedom Cry DLC, and also seven additional packs which are part of the Jackdaw Edition. This latest release is available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and is only obtainable from Amazon.
So, in essence, the Jackdaw Edition is basically the original Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag video game which consists of about 3-4 hours of additional content where the player is taken through nine extra missions. These nine new missions are placed under the umbrella known as Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag: Freedom Cry. If you decide to play the original Black Flag which comes with the Jackdaw Edition then in total the gameplay will be about 45 hours.
The game is set in the year 1715 and pirates are running lawlessly around a stunning Caribbean island causing mayhem in their wake, death and maiming is common place here, a young captain by the name of Edward Kenway who happens to be in the middle of this. Meanwhile, 15 years later, Adewale has become a trained Assassin who is shipwrecked in Saint-Domingue without weapons or a crew to set sail. He meets the locals in an effort to assemble a crew and finally steal a ship. The more he helps during this encounter, the more he seems to be drawn into the Maroon slave community which was unintended. Adewale decides to free the slaves and bring death to their captors who have enslaved them.
The Freedom Cry features nine new missions based in the city of Port-Au-Prince in Haiti and follows Adewale in his mission as an Assassin. Some of the nine missions in question will take place on both land and water. An example of a mission, in mission 4 your main objective is to intercept a Slave ship and take control , these ships often carry up to 100 slaves and are often accompanied by several Guard ships. To make it even more difficult, "the Man O' War!" makes an appearance. You effectively have to battle several ships, once you have annihilated these ships (avoiding conflict with the slave ship) you will obtain more maroon members and also enable you to proceed with your next mission.
Jackdaw Edition (7 Additional Packs)
I did write at the start of the review that this Jackdaw Edition contains seven additional packs and these packs offer the player various upgrades and unlockables including characters, new moves, items and skins, amongst other upgrades. The seven additional packs include:
Blackbeard’s Wrath Pack extends the multiplayer experience online with three new fearsome characters, including the Orchid, Blackbeard and the Jaguar, all these players are playable.
The Guild of Rogues Pack comes with three additional playable characters including the Stowaway, the Shaman and the Siren. This pack also has customizable options, and also includes new moves to aid the assassin.
Illustrious Pirates Pack adds three new islands to explore which hold hidden treasure chests, new outfits, weapons, ship items and more all ready to be discovered and used. You can also customize your multiplayer with new skins and the items found.
Death Vessel Pack show your enemies that you are ready to bring death upon them with the Death Vessel sails, figurehead and wheel whilst sailing the high seas.
Kraken Ship Pack includes a sail, wheel, and figurehead like before only this is inspired by the legendary sea monster known for swallowing ships, men and whales.
Crusader & Florentine Pack offers new cosmetic sets, sail with Altar or Ezio’s colors with four customization items for your ship and two new weapons for Edward.
So is it worth it?
If you own the original Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag then probably not, you could always trade the game should you own the original and then purchase this upgraded series, for those who own the original title I doubt whether an added 3 hours of gameplay even with the additional packs will be enough to warrant the price tag. I would however recommended this purchase only if you do not own the original game.