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: Black Flag puts you in the middle of one of these stories.

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The Freedom Cry DLC stars Adewale, previously seen as the first mate to Edward Kenway in the game's main campaign. A former slave himself, Adewale's side story looks like it's going to parallel the history of places like Haiti. It's tough to say if the combat seems more violent but the context certainly gives it a different weight.

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I swore I wouldn't buy another Assassin's Creed game after III, and I was all for sticking to it until a copy of Assassin's Creed IV came with my PS4 (it was the only bundle I could get). And amazingly, after a series which to my reckoning has managed only one pretty good game, and a host of disappointing or frankly woeful ones, Black Flag has pretty much won me over.

The overarching story is still incredibly silly, and the games would probably be better if they just got rid of the modern day element entirely, but I did quite enjoy the meta story in IV, and all the swashbuckling and plundering in Black Flag was wholly enjoyable. The only downside is the laughable stealth system and the over-reliance on tailing missions.