Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry
 BLOG ABOUT THIS

Review: Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry

2:30 PM on 12.17.2013 // Chris Carter
  @DtoidChris

Adéwalé Unchained

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.

Honestly? I wouldn't mind that one bit, so long as it was every other year -- Black Flag was that good. Until that day comes however you can enjoy an additional campaign compliments of Edward's former Quartermaster.

Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: December 17, 2013
MSRP: $9.99 (part of the $19.99 Season Pass)

Freedom Cry jumps right back into the action 15 years after the events of Black Flag, as Adéwalé -- Edward Kenway's former right-hand man and confidant. Adéwalé has become an assassin, and as a result, he's a little wiser, and a little more hungry for the facilitation of change -- specifically, the freedom of all slaves. The DLC campaign is separate from Black Flag's story (although you need the core game to play it), and wastes absolutely no time as you're controlling your ship in seconds. Adéwalé is quartermaster no more, and now, he's a fully-fledged captain. He also gets to have his cake and eat it too, as he's both an assassin and a pirate. As one of his crewmates says early on, "everything is permitted after all, captain!" Indeed.

Much like Edward though, he gets shipwrecked immediately, and after witnessing an attempted attack of a slave, you get to see what Freedom Cry's namesake is really about. From there you'll engage in two storylines -- the core assassin and templar conflict, and the freedom of every slave you can locate. There are hundreds of slaves to rescue, and a lot of different ways to recruit them to your cause.

You can free runaway or tortured slaves directly from their masters in random dynamic events happen in key locations. You can sail the high seas and liberate slave ships, pickpocket keys and unlock pens, sabotage slave auctions, and even raid entire plantations. Freeing everyone you can helps contribute to your ship's crew, as well as the overall influence rating of your cause, which allows you to buy better gear for you and your ship -- so in other words, almost everything directly affects the game. Plantation raids are perhaps the most intriguing addition, since you have to use caution, lest you scare the guards into quelling a potential revolution. All in all it's a bit more noble of a cause than random looting, and more in line with a traditional Assassin's Creed experience.

The plot is pretty straightforward as it still deals with the eternal struggle of assassins and templars, but it's compelling enough in its own right to feel the need to see it through. The supporting cast isn't particularly memorable, but Adéwalé really gets a chance to shine here in a new light, and spread his wings a bit. For those who want an extra cherry on top of meta-narrative, you won't find it here -- this is utterly and completely Adéwalé's tale, with no substantial Abstergo link in sight. Unlike Assassin's Creed III's DLC, you'll get Freedom Cry all at once -- no gimmicky episodic downloads.

Most of the action takes place in the town of Port-Au-Prince, but you'll also get a smaller taste of the West-Indies Sea, with three large land masses and a few islands and activities. It's small, but intimate at the same time, and even with a condensed portion of the map, the seas still feel rather vast. You'll quickly acquire a blunderbuss shotgun and firecrackers to attract guards, which are pretty underwhelming additions. Adéwalé more or less operates in the exact same manner as Edward unfortunately, and I would have preferred that he had a tad more differentiation with his kit and movements.

Interestingly, Freedom Cry goes out of its way to make sure that you're aware of Edward's privilege, and how Adéwalé isn't as welcome pretty much anywhere he goes. Jailers are constantly on the lookout for runaway slaves, and will signal guards upon sight. Overseers will push you and mock you as well, which gives a different overall feel to the DLC. There's one particular gut-wrenching scene in particular that drives that point home near the end, which I won't spoil here -- but suffice to say, it was heartbreaking.



There's around four hours of story here, but Freedom Cry is significantly longer if you go for any group of optional objectives or set of collectibles. In addition to new achievements, there's a decent amount of sea to sail, locations to find, sidequests to engage in, and of course, you can just roam around Grand Theft Auto style and free as many slave ships and plantations as you can muster.

If you wanted more Assassin's Creed IV, Freedom Cry will do just nicely. Although it doesn't offer as compelling a narrative or even close to as open of a world, it manages to capture the spirit of Black Flag in most of the right places. This is a much better effort than AC III's pointlessly episodic Tyranny of King George DLC, and a great model for Assassin's Creed add-ons going forward.



THE VERDICT

8.5

Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry - Reviewed by Chris Carter
Charming - Not perfect, but it's easy to ignore the rough spots when faced with so many engaging design decisions and entertaining moments. A memorable game that's hard not to like and recommend to others.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Chris Carter, Reviews Director, Co-EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidChris Tips
Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! -----------... more   |   staff directory





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry


  Feb 05

Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry set for standalone release

Out for PS3 and PS4 on February 18, followed by PC release on the 25th


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


The meaning of The Witness (Part 3 of 3)

Friday Night Fights: War Never Changes Edition

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Review (Vita)

Waifu Wars: Loyalty-Tier

The Wii U's fate is not (entirely) Nintendo's fault

Musings on Firewatch (Spoilers)

My Gaming Landscape [February 9th, 2016]

The sexiest Senran Kagura character has been found!!

Room to Share: Why More People Playing Games Is a Good Thing

OVERWATCH SONG - This World Needs Heroes

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Jinx 01 avatarJinx 01
Sonic the Hedgehog movie coming in 2018... hopefully it's one of those "so bad it's good" movies at least. http://mynintendonews.com/2016/02/10/sonic-the-hedgehog-movie-confirmed-for-2018/
Shinta avatarShinta
Daniel Bloodworth from GameTrailers posted a neat retrospective of his time at the website. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=194778459&postcount=3290
Shane Botwin avatarShane Botwin
The internet is so good, gives people without any power in real life a sense of purpose. Such as the Dtoid mod arbitrarily deleting my comments because I dislike the shit they like. "This will show him who's boss here", lol, impotent nerd.
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
The new artificial Pokémon is my waifu
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Off to the new job shortly. Dunno if it's something I want long term, but I can't complain about the money. New laptop, phone, and consoles could be weeks away :D
JohnSmith123 avatarJohnSmith123
http://destructivecreations.pl/isdefense/ /Hatred devs really like the controversy I guess.
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
Is it too late to write about the waifu wars? I don't really have one but there is a female character I have in mind that I want to talk about.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
Bayo has high execution barrier and largely unsafe moveset but Witch Time is a huge saving grace. I bet people are double bitter with Corrin being in the game and being pretty reliable in terms of skillset. Definitely a safer and stronger choice than Bayo
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Streaming some Unravel then perhaps some Firewatch. Don't not come. [url]http://twitch.tv/Jed05[/url]
Agent9 avatarAgent9
Just got my Wind up Ifrit minion. I couldn't sell it, it was too adorable.
Agent9 avatarAgent9
Just got my Wind up Ifrit minion. I couldn't sell it, it was too adorable.
Parismio avatarParismio
I was playing Third Strike on PS3 with my PS4 controller and I tried using the dpad for the first and noticed that it doesnt take corner directional inputs. Is this normal for ps4 controllers on ps3?
Larxinostic avatarLarxinostic
I swear, it makes sense in context..... Kinda. Hmmm. Okay, not so much. [img]http://i.imgur.com/YhIzmYN.png[/img]
Agent9 avatarAgent9
Almost done with my Waifu wars blog. pretty happy with how it turned out.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Time to scream and shout. It's Nanako cosplaying as her big bro! <3
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump is like Gandalf the White vs. Handsome Jack.
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
Skellige is so cool! It's like the land of Valhalla Rising.
Torchman avatarTorchman
http://gonintendo.com/stories/251840-fire-emblem-fates-petting-mini-game-is-in-game-but-only-availa I THOUGHT THIS WAS GONE. MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MINDS PEOPLE
Shinta avatarShinta
God damn, Bernie Sanders is just killing it with this speech. Hitting basically every point. He even used the word "oligarchy." Probably the first time I've ever heard that word uttered on CNN. I think a lot of people in power are shitting their pants
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
In my haste to finally factory reset my tablet, I erased a blog I had worked on. Thankfully, it's fresh in my mind. It's another MGS blog, but it goes the opposite way of my last MGS blog. Pray this guy is not your husbando, for he is shit.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -