Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. It might seem strange to some that I didn’t finish my first game until I was 20, but is that really a bad thing?
Well, if I’ve been missing out on games like this one, maybe. This game was, how do you say, to sum it up, in a word, awesome. It played like a movie. Like a movie! I think that’s pretty incredible. I’ve never been a gamer, so for some reason I had the assumption that most games were one-dimensional, where there was no story telling involved. How wrong I was! I found myself growing attached to the characters in the game (I’m a little ashamed to admit how upset I got over the deaths of some characters) and entranced in the fictional world. I can see the appeal of games – in a game like this, it’s a great place to escape reality for a bit. I’ve loved doing the same for years with books; this is the exact same thing.
Being a casual gamer (perhaps even less than that), I don’t think I’m quite fit to give a review on the game. I don’t really know what to critique, to be honest. The graphics were stunning. The gameplay was fun. There was a lot to do. I could be wholly wrong on all these counts, but being my first game, this is my opinion. Maybe it will change after I play a few more games.
One thing I thought was great was the attention to details the developers put into the game when creating it. Apparently this is the norm with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but I thought it was really cool how a lot of the main characters were based off of real people, and not just pure myth. I guess I know more about pirates in the 18th century now than I did before I played the game, so there’s another takeaway from it.
The one thing I didn’t particularly enjoy about the game was how difficult it was at some times. It might just be because I’m very bad at it (for example, I didn’t know of the existence of the map until I played 30 hours), but I thought some sequences were very challenging. Also, I wish the multiplayer section of the game wasn’t so dead, but I supposed that can’t really be helped, given that this game is now 5 years old.
I paid around $8.50 for this game on the Steam sale. Given that I got 45 hours of gameplay out of the story line (which is only 60% complete right now), I’d say it was very worth it. I don’t know if I’d pay the regular $40 for it for only 45 hours, however (and likely less if you aren’t as bad at it as I am). However, I sure got my money’s worth out of it, so I couldn’t be happier.
It feels like a game that is very re-playable, and I know I’ll take it up again sometime down the road. For now, I think I might start Batman – Arkham City, but I’m actually kind of getting into CS:GO, despite my efforts to dislike it. But with school coming up in roughly a month, I’ll likely take a break from gaming for a while.
All in all, my first experience in gaming was very fun, and I really am looking forward into playing more games. I might share my thoughts on those in the future, we’ll see. I think it’ll be interesting for me to read this post after I’ve played some more games, and see if I still feel the same way about the game. Until then, if you’re looking for a casual game to get into, I would definitely check this one out!