I have to apologise for the time it took to get this review up, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how long the Assassin’s Creed games are. Usually they take a few hours just to get through the prologues and into the meat of the game proper – and then they can take anything from 6-20 hours to complete depending on how fastidious you are about filling in your checklist of side quests.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is no different, although thankfully the initial prologue/tutorial section is over much quicker than in the previous game, allowing you to get into the action sooner. And what great action it is. Sailing the open seas, engaging in tense, strategic, fast-paced naval battles, boarding and plundering enemy ships, robbing plantations, diving to recover booty from sunken wrecks – I’ve been waiting my whole life for a game that allows you to play as a pirate in such an immersive and seamless fashion.