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Video GameAssassin's Creed IV Black Flag Review
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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @EamonGaudio, @boersc and Jo Robertson.


Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward Kenway.

This Assassin's Creed game added ships and seafaring combat for the first time. You could still explore cities and regions, but this provided resources and crew to acquire, upgrade and pilot ever bigger ships. Through the game you explore the West Indies and in particular the cities of Havana, Nassau, and Kingston, along with numerous islands, sunken ships, and forts.

The focus on a huge open world is strong with fewer barriers to exploration. You can take on the game at your own pace and direct the narrative as you see fit -- although the main through-line remains linear.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/10/2013

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Ubisoft MTL (@UbisoftMTL)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 90 hours to complete. Longer play time is for players who seek out all the side missions and treasures.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game. The game originally had multiplayer mode, although this is not supported any longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18+ for frequent strong violence and strong bad language. The game contains realistic bloody violence throughout and it is also possible to kill civilian characters. The game also contains the use of the word '*!@?*'.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.


Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag usually costs £15.99 to £33.99.

Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
Steam Store PC £33.99
Switch Store Wii U £19.99

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Standard Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. You can purchase items and season passes to access new missions, resources and expansions:
  • Assassin’s Creed Season Pass - exclusive Kraken Ship pack, a new story.
  • Time saver: Resources Pack
  • Time saver: Technology Pack
  • Time saver: Activities Pack
  • Time saver: Collectibles Pack
  • Death Vessel Pack
  • Illustrious Pirates Pack
  • Crusader & Florentine Pack
  • Freedom Cry

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