Every scrap of duck on the wind!,
This review is from: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Limited Edition - PlayStation 4 (Video Game)
I'm 50 hours into AC4, and the game is STILL fun. I've completed the campaign, explored every location, collected all Mayan artifacts, chests, bottled messages, animus fragments, manuscripts, etc. I've also completed all Assassin contracts, naval contracts, naval fort challenges, crafting challenges, etc. But there's STILL more to do, and most importantly - I'm still having a blast! This is, quite simply, the greatest open world I've ever seen in a game, and it's a joy to behold and explore. I typically don't enjoy open world type games too much, but this one is just about perfect, enhanced with intelligent "fast travel" options (not just for major locations, but for locations within other locations!), clearly marked objectives, and a beautifl ship that is magnificent to pilot across the open waters.
Though the combat (both on foot and aboard the Jackdaw) is fun and intuitive, my favorite parts of this game is the exploration. It's such a joy to sail across the Carribean, diving through sunken ships, searching for loot while attempting to avoid the notice of the circling Great White sharks... or slinking through a smuggler's cove, attempting to relieve the pirates of their stolen goods... or finding a new island with hidden secrets and interesting wildlife.
There is so much detail AND content packed into AC4, it's astonishing... it's clearly a labor of love, and one of the few games where you can actually see why it required hundreds of developers, programmers, and artists. It's so much fun, and such a beauty to behold, I still look forward to my trips into the animus, and I'm hoping for my content, in addition to the Freedom Cry DLC (I have not tried the multiplayer yet). When I'm playing AC4, I can almost feel the sea breeze against my face, the salt on my lips, and the spray of water against my skin... it's one of the best games I've ever experienced.