By Ubisoft

Rated: Mature

Available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC

The Assassin's Creed franchise has come a long way since it's rocky start on the PS3 and Xbox 360. It's had it's share of great characters and forgettable ones, from the proud and fallible Altair, to the boyish Ezio who we watched grow up and grow old. While the original Assassin's Creed was ambitious and conceptually cool, it lacked actual substance, with the entire game rehashing five or so mission types for you to perform. However, the entries into the series since have shown us that Ubisoft is committed to continue delivering more and more varied content. Assassin's Creed IV is the culmination of all the great things from all of the previous games, made slimmer, sleeker, prettier and more accessible than ever.

I was wary of AC IV, if only because after playing AC III, I nearly vowed to swear the series off. I had fallen absolutely in love with Ezio's saga - and I found the revolutionary era to be a major disappointment. Coupled with an uninspired main character, a buggy game experience, and the whole 'Desmond' story that completely exploded into ridiculousness, I thought Ubi had jumped ship on the series, and that the impending 'Black Flag' was doomed for failure. I am very happy to say I was very, very wrong.

Note : Very Minor Spoilers In The Pages to Follow.