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Edited By fetchfox

@strife777: I suffer from the same as you. I'm very intrigued by Black Flag.

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Edited By Bourbon_Warrior

Should of been a new IP, I just want a game set in the old times without "new email" and all the other HUD elements popping up, I always turn that off in the AC games.

Looks very pretty though, will pick it up on the next gen Xbox if out in time.

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Posted By InCertainSights

This looks good location-wise and story-wise for it´s own. But I hate what they do with the AC-francise. They should progress in the original storyline.

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Posted By devise22

What in the fuck...? Since when did the general consensus become that Assassin's Creed is a bad game series or has bad stories? From everyone I've encountered they were only disappointed when they thought the series was done. When I framed the ending as another cliffhanger ala AC2 everyone I've talked to was like "oh shit... that could be real cool!" People are becoming really jaded... all these comments about how if this wasn't called Assassin's Creed,it would somehow be better, baffles me. A good game has the potential to be a good game regardless of its name...

The issue is a narrative one. So it really all depends on what they do it with it from that stand point. Games aren't what they used to be. Not just because of what we expect as gamers but also because of what we are delivered. Far Cry 3 was super fun to play but even the Giant Bomb crew harped on the fact that the narrative could of been so much more. Assassins Creed has become a series like that. I loved AC 2 and Brotherhood, the gameplay was solid and precise the side quests and colletibles added both narrative and creative game elements to the world that enriched my experience. But when Revelations came out I started to notice a trend, one that was continued in AC 3.

The trend became a check box of things needed to continue this game series with very little room left for creativity or innovation. Collectibles became less a thing to enrich the game world and experience and more excuses to continue doing things in your game. Ala hunting in AC 3. The game got added weapons and things to do, but all of it became meaningless. Again added only as filler to try and make the game feel more meaty. It is things like this why indy games get heralded by so many of the community. The big games like this have become so targeted at wider audiences they refuse to force the gamer to do anything. Make the side quests and collectibles so appealing and enjoyable that I want to get distracted from the main game to do them. Make the game get harder as I go to the point that I NEED to get your upgrades. You shouldn't be able to run though the main game with the tomohawk and not worry about a single thing. Sadly in AC 3, you can.

This is where narrative becomes super important. The core concept of AC are beaten to the ground. I've killed a million dudes, I've done x amount of stealth missions and killed various targets. I've run, I've jumped, I've climbed. Is it still fun? Sure, but these games are coming out once a year. I've felt like I've had my fix of the game play of that series filled up. If your going to pump this out once a year I need to feel like what I"m playing has purpose. They chose to try to fill some type of narrative element when they had big hopes and aspirations with it in AC 1 2 and Brotherhood. 3 left a sour taste in my mouth and almost everyones with how it wrapped up the outside perspective from a narrative stand point.

If Black Flag ends up being just an excuse to use the animus, I"ll groan and likely play it but then your sequel to a franchise that feels overplayed and overused that has been battered down loses a key element to help the game feel less repetitive mechanically speaking. At which point what I think this games success and how well it plays is all going to come down to structure, execution and creativity with what you actually do. AC 3 was awful at this. Some of the missions the game had you do were downright...bad. Who wants to run on horseback and try to avoid being spotted for a fail state to run and knock on a bunch of doors from side village to side village for 20 minutes? Yay? The developers need to get more creative and actually take a vested interest in spicing up what leads you to killing and running and jumping and all that jazz. Thankfully the boat sequences from AC 3 were pretty unique and this looks to build on that by allowing you to go all over the place. I have hopes that this can pan out to be a great game, but given the state of the franchise I'll be cautiously optimistic.

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Edited By LiquidPrince

What in the fuck...? Since when did the general consensus become that Assassin's Creed is a bad game series or has bad stories? From everyone I've encountered they were only disappointed when they thought the series was done. When I framed the ending as another cliffhanger ala AC2 everyone I've talked to was like "oh shit... that could be real cool!" People are becoming really jaded... all these comments about how if this wasn't called Assassin's Creed,it would somehow be better, baffles me. A good game has the potential to be a good game regardless of its name...

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Edited By Nadafinga

Still kinda baffled that this is labeled as AC4. Since it features a relative of the protagonist in AC3, it would make sense to leave it as a side game, a la AC brotherhood or Revelations. They should have saved the 4 for the next big installment. They're diluting the brand IMO. Either way, it looks promising, and I'll likely get it because I'll need games to play on my ps4. :)

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Edited By BoOzak

Fuck this. Give me an AC game with Ninjas dammit!

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Posted By white

Preorder to get the Black Island, Black Ship, and a Black Eye!

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Edited By DG991

It just bums me out that it has anything to do with the shitty story that is Assassins Creed.

Does this story have to do with lame sci-fi alien shit? Cause if so I am far less interested. I'll take the regular pirate ass pirate game thank you very much.

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Posted By towolie

This game looks cool, but do they have to be trying to sell preorders already? Preordering a game is dumb, preordering a game based off of one trailer is borderline mentally handicapped.

i as a mentally handicapped person am offended that you'd think where all that stupid... okey fine i'm not mad :P and i get your point!

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Edited By onyxghost

<p>The pirateiness was pretty staggering but, in a good way. I wish this game wasn't saddled with the Assassins Creed fiction and was just pirates being pirates. But, I suppose, I take my sea dogs weres I can.</p>

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Posted By development

featuring a soundtrack and opening music video by Henry Rollins

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Posted By Roger778

I saw the trailer on Gamespot, and I am officially excited for this. I don't think I have ever played a game where you are both a pirate and an assassin. I own every Assassins Creed game in the series, and Part 3 was the only game I was disappointed in. I hope this will be better than the last game.

I plan to pre-order Assassins Creed 4 next month.

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Posted By MeatSim

This needs to be more like Sid Meier's Pirates and less like Assassins Creed.

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Posted By MrChlorophyll

If this is even a fraction of the way to resembling Sea Dogs, I will suddenly care about AC again. Oh man Sea Dogs was so good.

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Edited By divergence

this looks pretty rad in terms of setting, etc. I'm still working my way through ACIII but I feel like the combat is getting pretty clunky- maybe its because I'm playing the WiiU version and its the gamepad to blame. I don't know. In any event I'd like to see them revamp the combat system a bit and maybe add more "adventurey" type quests that don't just involve transporting people or picking fights or eluding gaurds.

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Edited By Magicnerd

I was actually interested in this when I read about it, but now when I see the trailer that pretty much went down the drain. I see again the same design, animations, combat and I fear it's just gonna be more of the same gameplay with a carribean setting. Except I think it's gonna be more assassins creed than pirate game.

That's absolutely not what I was hoping when I read the first news about this. Shouldn't have had my hopes up I guess, at the rate at which they shit out these games you can't expect much changes and improvements.

I wish they actually HAD went down the wooden legs and parrots route, with a classic pirate visual style. Now they seem to be already proud of not straying too much from the cookie cutter AC style, so that's not a good sign.

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Posted By ectoplasma

Looks like a really ambitious project. I remain skeptical.

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Posted By jakeh

My boat is ready

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Edited By Kevin_Cogneto

Can't wait to buckle a swash.

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Edited By andrew2696

I'm disappointed Peter Serafinowiczisn't narrating this after learning he lent his voice for Assassin's Creed III marketing.

Also those piranhas were silly in the best possible way.

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Edited By Tesla

Not enough good underwater exploration in games. Some of that looked really cool.

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Posted By Landon

Don't fuck this up Ubisoft.

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Posted By reelife

Seems like I'll be getting this for my PS4. Funny thing is the first game I got for PS3 was AC1... will this be a new console tradition? I DONT KNOW, lets find out when Orbis 2 comes out in 2139

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Edited By SnowyPliskin

This should have been its own IP yet set in the Assassins Creed universe, which I understand this will probably be. Just dont call it assassins creed. Pirates and Assassins are two completely contradictory career paths.

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Edited By Mikemcn

I will absolutely wait for reviews of this.

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Edited By TinyGrasshopper

We're gonna go between the ports of Havana and Kingston? Do they know that Cuba and Jamaica are right next to each other in the Caribbean?

I'm just bitter that yet another game could have had my home country of Trinidad and Tobago in it, and they messed up yet again.

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Posted By chose

I predict a trilogy, where you play as Haytham Kenway in the final chapter.

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Edited By onarum

oh wow, If you can like explore the seas at will with your ship, upgrade ships, hire crew etc I'm sold, actually why is this a assassins creed game anyway?

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Edited By Jazz_Lafayette

I guess this means the story is staying away from scurvy in favor of swashbuckling.

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Edited By AMyggen

STEALTH GAMEPLAY!

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Edited By ominousbedroom

Warning, opinions below. I like AC for the story. Yes, the story. It was friggin cool being a badass assassin, sneaking around and hidden-blading dudes, but what made me play was that I was moving the story along. I was deep in it, a harbinger of historical change and all that. Now it feels like only an action game, not that immersive experience.

Actually why is this an AC game

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Edited By Swifdemon

All that honestly interesting stuff was great, but my enthusiasm was killed when PREORDER AT GAMESTOP

Also I still can't get over how they always wear hoods despite it being terribly against fashion trends.

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Posted By BeautifulSpaceCowboy

Humans lived free...and killed everyone they came across.

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Posted By DanTheGamer32

Those are some nice looking environments. Looking forward to this game!

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Posted By Peanut

I thought they went off the rails with 2 and drove the setting into the shitter, then I was slightly into 3 with the setting change and now I'm fully fucking on board for the first time since 2. There simply aren't enough games in this setting, let alone ones worth a damn. I also loved the boat missions in 3, so I'm hyped.

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Edited By ArtisanBreads

Damn this looks so good. Fuck the haters. You saw it said Assassins Creed, if you're automatically going to say then that it sucks, save your time and effort and don't even watch the video or comment. So lame.

@ghostiet said:

God dammit, I hope you can ditch the hood in favor of a sick, beaked tricorn.

I think it's a pretty safe bet there will be a pirate ass alternate costume considering that they had some different get ups in AC III (rather than just the hood) and there indeed was already a outfit for Connor with that style of hat when he was on the boat.

@vuud said:

If this series were a race horse you'd put a bullet in its head.

Yeah, because a smart horse owner kills his horse when it's just had it's biggest success. You should race horses, you seem to get how this works.

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Posted By BeefyGrandmole

No thanks!

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Edited By Darji

i dont even care for ass creed but damn I need this game. This setting and the promise is just awesome

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Edited By Gerhabio

And so begins the wait for Assassin Astronauts

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Posted By Vuud

If this series were a race horse you'd put a bullet in its head.

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Edited By RollingZeppelin

This game looks cool, but do they have to be trying to sell preorders already? Preordering a game is dumb, preordering a game based off of one trailer is borderline mentally handicapped.

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Posted By Claude

You won't fool me again Assassin's Creed. Fuck your boring ass games.

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Posted By OriginalGman

"For a brief, shining moment in history, a select breed truly lived free. It was the Grand Age of Pirates. And one man was on the course to become the Pirate King: Monkey D. Luffy."

Gonna get some sick One Piece AMVs out of this trailer.

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Edited By Jedted

I kinda wish THIS was AC3. Would've been the next logical step in the Desmond Legacy after Ezio.

One of the reasons i had trouble getting into AC3's story was there seemed to be a whole block of interesting events that happened before the game(like how did Haytham join the Templars or why did Achilles retire as an Assassin?).

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Edited By TorMasturba

AC games have had me since the beginning, sure AC1 fell short on the gameplay side but I still thought it was okay, simply as a lifetime gamer enjoying my imagination of what would come next from what was produced back then!

AC1 for me was like J.J. Abrams' box that his dad gave him. It's contents is more interesting when you're wondering what's inside it than what actually is inside. This is every game I play. I mean even crappy games have great ideas and pearls of wisdom in them, unfortunately they get largely hidden by a big pile of shit around and on top of them.

No, I'm definitely looking forward to some more AC. I may hold off for prices to go down and some more time to pass between AC3 and this one, AC4, but I'll definitely play this!

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Edited By Ghostiet

God dammit, I hope you can ditch the hood in favor of a sick, beaked tricorn.

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Edited By civid

Shark/octopus-assassinations confirmed? If not, fuck this game

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Edited By shinluis

"Uncharted" islands, huh...? Aye aye, captain..

Also ubisoft, you just lost me with assassins creed. Literally. I'm actually lost. Where is this going. Ubisoft you know where you're going with this, right? ..Right?

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Edited By Strife777

I can't seem to ever not get excited for an Assassin's Creed game. They always get me. AC3 was disappointing in a lot of ways, but still, can't wait.

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