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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag  



Reviewed: 8.5/10: Great
( Xbox One version reviewed )





5:45 PM on 06.02.2014

Hey, you got your Assassin's Creed in my Watch Dogs!

Wait, you mean Watch Dogs isn't simply an extension of Assassin's Creed? I kid, I kid. It appears that Olivier Garneau, CEO of Abstergo Entertainment (as seen in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag) is actually in Watch Dogs in t...

Brittany Vincent




3:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Michael Fassbender rejoins director Justin Kurzel for Assassin's Creed film

Assassin's Creed is getting a movie. I almost forgot about it, because I was hoping it wouldn't actually happen. But it is, and now the film it has a director attached to it: Justin Kurzel (MacBeth). In addition, David-8 hott...

Brittany Vincent




3:00 AM on 03.11.2014

It's the inevitable Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag collection

You knew this would happen, come on, it's always inevitable. So here it is, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition. Yet interestingly this has only been revealed for the UK, and as just an Amazon exclusive too. So th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




11:15 AM on 12.19.2013

Assassin's Creed IV just got a PhysX patch on the PC

If you were thinking that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag needed more smoke, then you are in luck. An update just came out on the PC that adds PhysX support, so the particle effects can be more complex. In Black Flag this me...

Joshua Derocher




2:30 PM on 12.17.2013

Review: Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry

Assassin's Creed IV was quite the ride. Bringing new meaning to the phrase "a pirate's life for me," it was such a step up from the third entry that many fans are now clamoring for a full-on pirate spinoff series. Honest...

Chris Carter




3:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Assassin's Creed IV multiplayer DLC sets sail tomorrow

Ubisoft's adding a bit of clout to the Assassin's Creed IV multiplayer roster tomorrow. Blackbeard, arguably the most influential and notorious of pirates, will be made available for download as a playable multiplayer fi...

Brett Makedonski




6:00 AM on 12.04.2013

Assassin's Creed IV's story DLC is dropping this month

Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry DLC, which deals with first mate Adewale's mission to free as many slaves as he can, will drop on December 17th. Taking place a few years after the core story, Freedom Cry is a mini...

Chris Carter




2:30 PM on 11.26.2013

Impressions: Assassin's Creed IV (Xbox One and PS4)

Assassin's Creed IV, point blank, may be the best game in the series outside of AC II. It offers the least amount of real-world trappings for those fans who dislike the sci-fi overarching plot and it features the only true op...

Chris Carter




11:45 AM on 11.25.2013

This Assassin's Creed IV glitch is totally next-gen

Before you watch this video, know that you're more or less obligated to enjoy it. A lot of good men died for this glitch. If you can't squeeze a paltry morsel of pleasure out of it, then they died in vain, and you're a monster. A monster that deserves to be banished to the depths of wherever the hell the Jackdaw just came from.

Brett Makedonski




6:30 PM on 11.19.2013

You can now play Assassin's Creed IV in 1080p on PS4

Ubisoft has given out notice that the promised Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag update for 1080p and better anti-aliasing is now available for download on PlayStation 4. It's still something of a shock to my system that such functionality has to come in the form of a title update, but when RAM requirements are being lowered through patches, anything's possible! Assassin's Creed [Twitter]

Jordan Devore




11:00 AM on 11.19.2013

Assassin's Creed series could have a shared open-world

Gamereactor interviewed Jean-Sebestien Decant, the lead game designer on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and they talked about the possible future of the Assassin's Creed series. Decant explained that Black Flag wasn't truly...

Joshua Derocher




2:30 PM on 11.15.2013

Assassin's Creed IV PS4 needs a patch for 1080p

Here I was, thinking that Infinity Ward's day-one Call of Duty: Ghosts PlayStation 4 patch for native 1080p output was a fluke. Ubisoft will have a similar update coming "shortly after release" for the PS4 version of Assassin...

Jordan Devore




11:30 AM on 11.01.2013

Review: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Another year, another Assassin's Creed. Ubisoft hasn't shown any signs of slowing down on annual releases for the series, despite handily finishing its main story arc. Correctly identifying the best innovation of Assassin's Creed III as its naval combat, this latest title incorporates it as the defining feature and centers the narrative around pirate adventure in the early 18th century.

Conrad Zimmerman




3:00 AM on 10.30.2013

Assassin's Creed IV DLC is exclusive to PlayStation

A PlayStation 4 video from a few days ago suggested Assassin's Creed IV's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4-exclusive DLC would be timed, exclusive for only six months. This is not the case. Ubisoft confirmed to Eurogamer that ...

Steven Hansen




7:00 AM on 10.29.2013

Less is more: Assassin's Creed IV and the modern world

[Editor's Note: Our copy of Assassin's Creed IV came in late and, as a result, the review by Conrad Zimmerman will be tardy as well. We hope this piece by Chris will help tide you over.] It turns out Ubisoft made good on its ...

Chris Carter




2:00 PM on 10.19.2013

Blackbeard comes to life in this Assassin's Creed IV film

The Internet loves making live-action shorts based on Assassin's Creed, and this new one from Corridor Digital is pretty damn amazing. This one sees the "heroes" of Assassin's Creed IV take on a greedy merchant.

Hamza CTZ Aziz




12:00 PM on 10.15.2013

AC:IV release dates altered for synchronous global launch

Ubisoft has decided that Europeans shouldn't have to wait any longer than the people in North America to play its upcoming swashbuckling adventure game, so the European release date for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag o...

Brett Makedonski




10:15 AM on 10.10.2013

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag DLC not coming to Wii U

If you're a DLC loving person, you might want to get Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for another platform, as Ubisoft has confirmed that the DLC won't be coming to the Wii U. According to what they told GamesBeat, the Wii U w...

Dale North




3:00 PM on 10.08.2013

The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again

I recently got to play a solid few hours of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and was able to do whatever I wanted, outside of the select core missions Ubisoft wanted to specifically show off. There was a lot to do, but I wante...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




1:30 PM on 10.08.2013

AC IV is getting a season pass because of course it is

Safe to file under "news that's sure to shock absolutely nobody," Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will receive a season pass. The season pass, which will go for $20, covers a range of content,...

Brett Makedonski




7:00 PM on 10.03.2013

You'll need a 64-bit OS to play Watch Dogs on PC

[Update: Watch Dogs graphics technical director Sebastien Viard has stated on Twitter that the system specs that went out on the Uplay site and made the rounds today are not correct. The real ones, which are supposed to be lo...

Jordan Devore




3:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Assassin's Creed IV's Lethal Pirate Edition detailed

Not interested in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Limited Edition? Well how does the Lethal Pirate Edition fancy you? It's available exclusively through Amazon, and here's what you get for $69.99: Assassin's Creed IV Blac...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




10:00 AM on 10.01.2013

Create & share custom matches in AC IV's multiplayer

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will of course bring back the ever growing multiplayer versus mode, and like always, we can expect plenty of new content. New maps and characters are a given, but the biggest surprise with thi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




2:00 PM on 09.30.2013

Assassin's Creed IV will take at least 50 hours to 100%

Assassin's Creed IV it truly an open world experience. There's so much to do, a ton of things to explore, and it's all happening in a near seamless sandbox. I had to know just how long it would take a player to 100% the game,...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




11:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Leave the Animus whenever you want in Assassin's Creed IV

The Assassin's Creed series has gone from exploring the Third Crusade, hanging out in 15th Century Florence, fighting in the American Revolution, to now sailing the Caribbeans as a pirate. All this is thanks to the Animus, a ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




7:00 AM on 09.27.2013

Get acquainted with Assassin's Creed IV's infamous cast

We've had a fair bit of introduction to Edward Kenway, the protagonist of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, but there's a lot of pirating to get done, and he won't be able to do it all alone. Ubisoft's newest trailer familiar...

Brett Makedonski




7:00 AM on 09.13.2013

Look at all these shiny next-gen balls

Hey look! Another trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Mmmmm, can you taste that? Saturation! Actually this trailer is cool in that it shows all the next-gen tech behind the game. The ocean technology is shown off, a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




8:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Watch ships blow up things in Assassin's Creed IV

Our latest look at Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag shows off some of the naval fort gameplay. Here you have to use your ship to take out other ships, and more importantly, take out the naval forts. Once you weaken the defens...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




1:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Stick to the shadows in this Assassin's Creed IV trailer

Edward Kenway is a pirate, but that doesn't mean that he needs to turn everything into an ostentatious affair. No, sometimes it's more efficient to move like a cat stalking its prey, waiting for the perfect opportunity to st...

Brett Makedonski




4:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Hands-on with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has seen some pretty bizarre events occur. From off the wall historical conspiracies, conducting time travel by way of DNA, and ancient precursors looking to destroy humanity; it's amazing...

Alessandro Fillari




1:36 PM on 08.20.2013

Assassin's Creed IV on PlayStation Vita via remote play

During today's press conference Sony once again demonstrated the PlayStation Vita's remote play functionality by streaming Ubisoft's highly-anticipated pirate-fest Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag running on PlaySta...

Tim Sheehy




3:40 PM on 08.11.2013

Ubisoft's Southeast Asian outpost, Ubisoft Singapore

The sweltering, tropical city-state of Singapore is home to one of Ubisoft's branch studios, Ubisoft Singapore. This is the studio behind the naval combat segments of Assassin's Creed III, and those went over so well that the...

Dale North




4:15 PM on 08.09.2013

Exploring the depths of the ocean in Assassin's Creed IV

Water is usually a background element in action/adventure games. Or at best, water gets a temporary spotlight in levels that let you take a break from standard play -- a quick splash and then back to land.  It's rarely e...

Dale North




10:00 AM on 08.06.2013

Harpoon sharks and explore the sea in Assassin's Creed IV

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag takes us to the age of pirates, and because of that Ubisoft's Singapore studio was tasked with creating the full on ocean simulation. I spoke with lead designer Sebastien Berton who walked me ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




2:30 PM on 08.05.2013

Assassin's Creed IV screenshots show present day setting

Though it hasn't been talked about in any official capacity, a lot of people may have already guessed that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag would have some sort of present day component. These screens would suggest the same, s...

Abel Girmay




11:00 PM on 07.31.2013

A pirate Assassin parkoured his way through SDCC

Ubisoft brought a giant pirate ship with them to San Diego Comic-Con. So I'm super glad someone thought of doing some crazy antics with the ship while dressed up as Edward Kenway, hero of Assassin's Creed IV. As fun as the video was to watch, I was more concerned for the camera guy featured in the behind the scenes video. Running through crowds and focusing a camera on someone isn't easy!

Hamza CTZ Aziz




9:00 AM on 07.30.2013

Aveline's story continues in Assassin's Creed IV

In case you missed it, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners of Assassin's Creed IV will get special bonus content featuring Aveline de Grandpré, the main hero of the PlayStation Vita exclusive, Assassin's Creed III: ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




5:00 PM on 07.23.2013

Assassin's Creed IV: Welcome to the Golden Age of Pirates

Your journey as an Assassin's Creed player has been a vast and varied one so far. Time travel has taken us through some of the most exciting times in human history. But, at first glance, the setting for the franchise's next s...

Dale North




3:00 AM on 07.17.2013

Limited edition Assassin's Creed IV bonuses detailed

Oh come on, you knew Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag would be getting a Limited Edition. So what does it include? A 18" statue featuring Edward Kenway, a 28" x 48" Assassin's Creed pirate flag, 80-page art book, steelbook ga...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




3:30 PM on 07.10.2013

Assassin's Creed IV video overviews naval combat

Now more than ever I wish Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag were 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 ...

Jordan Devore




4:30 PM on 07.02.2013

Assassin's Creed IV pirate ship to dock at SDCC

Are you going to be at San Diego Comic-con, landlubbers? Well, you should strap on your best peg leg and come aboard the Jackdaw ship. Ubisoft has brought the key ship of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag to life for next month'...

Dale North




6:30 PM on 06.20.2013

This Assassin's Creed IV footage is admittedly slick

I'm looking forward to Black Flag in spite of the franchise it belongs to. That's made all the more evident after this well-put-together demonstration out of E3, which really sells me on the idea of a big-budget pirate game ...

Jordan Devore




7:00 PM on 06.10.2013

Assassin's Creed IV's companion app is pretty rad

Did you play the Outer Ops missions in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker? It was a little meta-game thing that let you send your soldiers to take on various conflicts around the world. It was a risk/reward system, as you could g...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




10:00 AM on 06.10.2013

Multiplayer screens for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Here's a smattering of new screenshots for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, showing off the multiplayer for this year's annual release.  There are three actual gameplay images, the other pictures showing a variety of pir...

Jim Sterling




6:15 PM on 06.09.2013

Ruling the seas in Assassin's Creed IV

Assassin's Creed IV is going to feature a huge open world that you'll be able to explore seamlessly. There are only a few large locations that you'll have to load into, but everything else in the West-Indies Sea, spanning the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




11:45 AM on 05.15.2013

Assassin's Creed IV gets another gameplay trailer

A new Assassin's Creed IV gameplay trailer has surfaced from Ubisoft, and in it, you can expect tons of stabbing, leaping, and more stabbing -- wait, there's swimming in this one too. In addition to typical combat vignettes ...

Chris Carter




1:30 PM on 05.13.2013

New Assassin's Creed IV trailer ushers in a golden age

Notebooks out, kids; it's time for a history lesson. Today, Ubisoft is the substitute teacher, and it wants to talk a bit about the golden age of piracy. Yes, there's the obligatory references to plundering and mutiny. Of co...

Brett Makedonski




2:30 PM on 05.09.2013

Ubisoft covers what's new with Assassin's Creed IV on PS4

Considering Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be a cross-generation game, I don't know that any of us are expecting it to be a meaningful leap forward, visually. In this video, various developers at Ubisoft talk up the Pl...

Jordan Devore




11:00 PM on 05.04.2013

AC IV protagonist tries to not cheat on his wife too much

Man, it's gotta be tough being a pirate. There are certain expectations of you that you just have to live up to. Even if you have a little lady at home that you love more than the world, you probably still have to have s...

Brett Makedonski




1:00 AM on 04.27.2013

Assassin's Creed IV introduces a VIP program for fans

Ubisoft revealed their first VIP program dedicated to the Assassin's Creed community. The Watch, as it's called, lets members dive deeper into the Assassin's Creed universe with tailored content, and early access to news and...

Hamza CTZ Aziz








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