I’m a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It easily could have been one of those games I got so tired of with all the repetitive missions in the first game, and damn does it get a wee bit grating! But I pushed on, watched the story unfold, and realized the bigger picture: Ubisoft was in possession of a gold mine. The installments following Assassin’s Creed were improved every year. The gameplay got smoother, the environments got more interactive, your assassin was given the ability to swim, we were able to call on assassin minions to do our dirty work… I could go on.
Then Assassin’s Creed 3 came and introduced a whole new experience in combat: naval warfare. Any variation of a water level in a video game has always been a source of dread for me. What’s a worse saying other than “I suck at water levels?” Despite that little personal setback, however, I absolutely loved chasing down enemy ships and watching them get blown to smithereens. It was definitely right up there on my favorite things to do on AC3, right next to assassinating poor, unsuspecting rabbits from atop a hanging tree limb.
So imagine my glee when Ubisoft announced Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. More naval warfare, more ship stuff! Pirates! All day, everyday! It will be available in the fall on all major consoles (except whatever Nintendo is spewing out this time), that includes the Playstation 4. Though I will not partake in the next gen console wars this year, I can at least drool over the amazing graphics displayed over the internet.
Ubisoft gives us a glimpse of what the new Assassin’s Creed game will look like when with the PS4. Sure, we may not be able to get the developer’s true vision through dinky computer screens, but we can at least perceive some of what’s in store for us by the amount of detail, color, and flow of the animation in the video. Don’t know how much of this is actually gameplay, but it’s impressive, no? Be sure to use 1040p for the highest video quality.