Now more than ever I wish Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flagwere simply a standalone pirate game, because seriously, take a look at this walkthrough -- it's the kind of seafaring freedom I've longed to see embraced. If such a gameplay premise needs to be subsidized by a familiar brand, so be it.
While naval combat doesn't come across as particularly deep here, it seems to strike a balance by giving you access to ships that the average person could conceivably command and have fun with. And fun boarding other ships I shall have.
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