January is a month about new beginnings and the opportunity to make changes, for the better, to your life. Today, I thought I would recommend a game that fits those themes. So, join me as I explain why I recommend that you play Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Despite being the sixth mainline Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a great entry point into the Assassin’s Creed series. The Desmond Miles story arc finished with Assassin’s Creed III, so Black Flag allows newcomers to enter into the series before any new developments are made in the modern day side of the story.
As for the historical side, which is often the part that appeals to most players, in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you get to take control of Edward Kenway a pirate sailing around the Caribbean during the eighteenth century. Edward is a refreshing change as a protangonist for the Assassin’s Creed series, as is initially, he is not even part of the Assassin Order; instead he is only looking out for himsilf and to make a bit of money. Although, I haven’t played Valhalla, I can honestly say that Edward has one of the more interesting character arcs and he does change as a person because of the events in Black Flag.
The other big selling point of Black Flag is that you get to be an actual pirate. You can sail the ocean, listening to your crew singing sea shanties, whilst on the lookout for enemy ships to ambush. The world map of Black Flag is vast and filled with side activities including hunting and finding buried treasure. There aren’t that many pirate themed open world games but Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag definitely helps to fill that gap.
So, if you are looking for a way to start the Assassin’s Creed series but you didn’t want to start from the very beginning but you also wanted to experience the more traditional Assassin’s Creed gameplay, then I highly recommend you give Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag a go.