"Yo ho ho a pirate's life for me"
The Introduction: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is the fourth numbered entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise and it follows the story of Edward Kenway, a pirate, as he stumbles his way into the conflict between the Assassin's and Templars. Edward is not your typical protagonist in the franchise, and cares little for the ways of the assassins and rather looks for a way to make a quick buck. The version of the game I've played is the PS4 version.
The Fabulous: This game makes you feel like a movie pirate, it sets the atmosphere and tone of the game so well that it becomes easy to just want to keep exploring it's world. It certainly helps that the game is pretty, like really seriously pretty. Another welcome addition is that the free running feels refined from what it has been in the past, it's much less often that I find Edward running up a wall I didn't intend him to run up. This was always one of my biggest pet peeves with the series and it's good to see it tightened up in this entry. The strong focus on naval combat is the most fabulous thing in this game. It's a joy to say that no matter how many times I play a naval battle it never ceases to be fun. Cutting the rope on a lift and running from the mast of one ship to another jumping down and stabbing a british officer through the neck never gets old.
Stealth. Wait wait wait, did he just say stealth? In Assassin's Creed? Seriously? Yes I did, ACIV makes it much much easier to play stealth missions and to actually be something that resembles an assassin. It makes the stealth elements that we are often forced to play in the series more of an enjoyable experience than a chore. Finally, the story is entertaining, Kenway can be a bit of an ass at times, but James the Kid, Blackbeard and Adewale are all excellent characters that keep the story moving at an enjoyable pace. So all in all ACIV does a lot of fabulous things.