Soo...How about ACIV there duders?
I had been finding the AC games more and more boring as time went on. By the time I hit that staid, grey game that was ACIII I was ready to just power through the story. Then I realized I didn't care at all about the story and just stopped playing completely.
My experience in ACIV is completely different.
I'm running around every chance I get though I'm still super early in the game, and just exploring, finding chests and running after shanties. I find I'm much more brazen then before, more willing to jump into combat then in the past. It's great feeling free to go from stealth to balls out action and the game doesn't punish you with endless waves of guards when you start fighting.
TL, DR: Other than the fact that I'm dying to get a costume without a hood, I've never had so much fun running around and finding stuff and just climbing then I am now. What about you? Are you having more fun than Ass usual? What's the magic Black Flag sauce?
PS. Being in Travel Speed on the ship is one of the best experiences in gaming I've had in years. Just loooove sailing old ships, listening to pirate songs.