A Closer Look At How Three Assassin's Creed Games Have Handled Slavery

Slavery in the Transatlantic of the 1700s was a complex, interconnected network of financial systems, social engineering and psychological repercussions. The Assassin's Creed video games that have dealt with it head-on made good use of that subject matter but also stumbled in particularly clumsy ways. "Collecting… » 3/31/14 12:40pm 3/31/14 12:40pm

​Soon You Can Play Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Without AC IV

Starting this month, PS3 and PS4 owners won't need to own the full version of Assassin's Creed IV to play its excellent Freedom Cry DLC. Ubisoft's just announced that they're releasing the Adéwalé-focused add-on as its own standalone release on February 18th. Make fun of the Black History Month timing all you want,… » 2/05/14 12:00pm 2/05/14 12:00pm

Middle School Flag Team Twirls it to Assassin's Creed Liberation

Video games often have epic music. The Encounter music from Metal Gear Solid will always be burned into my mind as something that instills urgency. Music from the Assassin's Creed series is the same, so no wonder that students from Taipei's Dongshi Middle School used the music for their flag-twirling performance. » 2/05/14 6:40am 2/05/14 6:40am

The Not-To-Be-Missed Assassin's Creed Story You Might've Missed Out On

The original version of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation was one of those Little Games That Could. It debuted as an exclusive for Sony's PlayStation Vita, a risky gamble to diversify the cast of leading characters in Ubisoft's historical action franchise. However, it wound up being a surprising success on the Vita,… » 1/15/14 10:00am 1/15/14 10:00am

A Game That Showed Me My Own Black History

The newest chapter of the Assassin's Creed series gives me some of the things I've always wanted in a video game: a heroic fantasy that lets me control a warrior fighting against slavery. Part of it happens in Haiti, where my parents were born. Characters talk in Antillean Kreyol, the mosaic tongue made of French… » 12/19/13 3:00pm 12/19/13 3:00pm

Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Add-On Is the Good Kind of DLC

People like to rag on downloadable content. It's a boondoggle, detractors say. A crass way to get extra cash for a chunk of a game that should've just been included on the disk. That's true in many cases. But Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry is the better brand of add-on, one where developers' experimentation with the… » 12/17/13 6:00pm 12/17/13 6:00pm

Assassin’s Creed IV’s DLC Offers a Very Different Kind of Rebellion

All those islands in the Caribbean that are plush vacation spots now? They used to be colonies, outposts for imperial powers that were replete with inhumane slave labor. Some of these places exploded—sometimes into self-rule—with violent uprisings and rebellions. The new add-on—out tomorrow—for Assassin's Creed IV:… » 12/16/13 12:44pm 12/16/13 12:44pm

You're An Escaped Slave In Assassin’s Creed IV’s Freedom's Cry DLC

A while back, Ubisoft said that Assassin’s Creed IV would have an add-on campaign focused on Adewale, the former slave who serves as first mate on Edward Kenway’s the Jackdaw. The trailer above offers the first glimpse at the Freedom’s Cry expansion and, as you can see, it’s going to be markedly different than the… » 10/08/13 12:00pm 10/08/13 12:00pm

The Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Soundtrack Is A Stealthy Success

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation , the new portable entry in Ubisoft's popular historical adventure series, offers up a few genuine surprises. It's impressive how well Ubisoft managed to cram a fully-packed Assassin's world onto the handheld PSVita, and players might be surprised at the myriad ways that historical… » 11/15/12 8:30pm 11/15/12 8:30pm