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Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Avast ye Assassins! Let's Play Assassin's Creed IV







Pirates and Assassins?

That's what they're going with this time. Following up on the, let's say, mixed reaction to 2012's Assassin's Creed III, Ubisoft decided to spin off the one gameplay mechanic a lot of people liked from III, the naval combat, into a fully-fledged game, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, starring Edward Kenway, grandfather to III's main character, Connor. Well, the gameplay is more of a mix between traditional Assassin's Creed fare and naval combat / exploration, allowing players the freedom to ravage the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy at the helm of their own ship. The title was much more well-received than its immediate predecessor and in particular had a very well-liked main character, seen by most as a considerable improvement over Connor.

The overall background of the game's setting itself is we find ourselves in the West Indies at the dawn of the 18th century, the first time the Assassin's Creed series has gone backwards in time (III, of course, being set in the latter half of the 18th century). The British, based in Jamaica, and the Spanish, based in Cuba, compete with the Nassau-based pirates to become masters of the lucrative region. Of course, beneath the surface, the Assassins and Templars continue fighting their war, a war in which Kenway stumbles into. The modern day stuff, a staple of the series, is a little different in tone than the previous five games in the series, but it's something alright.

An LP, it is. What can I expect?

Well, if you watched my Revelations thread, probably something akin to that thread. I'll 100% the game, including Freedom Cry, the major DLC add-on to this game, as well as Aveline's missions. I may or may not do any multiplayer stuff, given it's basically just Revelation's multiplayer with a fresh coat of paint, but we'll see how I feel. I'll bring in guests to help me get through the videos, and anything interesting that I miss / get incorrect, feel free to point out to me.

Spoiler Policy

At the time of the recording of the first video (back in September), this game was the newest in the series, and although two new games (Rogue and Unity) have come out since, we're not going to concern ourselves with anything past Black Flag for this thread (especially since I haven't even played Rogue or Unity, and would really rather them not spoiled myself). For the thread, I'm going to declare anything before Black Flag fair game (we even make some relevant end-game spoilers for Assassin's Creed III in the first video), but anything after, is not. Should be fairly simple.



Updates:

Part I - A Dangerous Game
Part II - Templars of the Caribbean
Part III - Highs and Lows
Part IV - Out to Sea
Part V - Every Man a King
Part VI - Raise the Black Flag
Part VII - A Pirate's Life
Part VIII - Sharp as a Musket Ball
Part IX - Home on the Water
Part X - The Assassins...

Part XI - Forsaken
Part XII - Business As Usual
Part XIII - Traveling Man
Part XIV - Hostile Takeover
Part XV - The Price of People
Part XVI - Men Overboard
Part XVII - Edward Kenway Around the World
Part XVIII - Blackbeard's Wrath
Part XIX - Moonless Night
Part XX - Deal With The Devil

Part XXI - Breaking the Line
Part XXII - Into the Night
Part XXIII - Jungle Man
Part XXIV - Boarding Parties
Part XXV - Mysteries of the West Indies
Part XXVI - The Melancholy of Charles Vane
Part XXVII - A Friend in Need
Part XXVIII - Havana Days
Part XXIX - The Most Wanted Man
Part XXX - The Ambition of Black Bart

Part XXXI - A Snake's End
Part XXXII - The Observatory
Part XXXIII - Creed
Part XXXIV - One Loose End
Part XXXV - Edward the Legend
Part XXXVI - Captain Kenway's Folly
Part XXXVII - Corporate Espionage
Part XXXVIII - The Parting Glass



EX Update 1 - Freedom Cry
EX Update 2 - Aveline

Sylphid fucked around with this message at 23:50 on Dec 13, 2016

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Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Part I: A Dangerous Game



Click picture or link for video
No commentary over cutscenes


Whereupon our swashbuckling hero finds himself aground in Cuba after an altercation on the high seas and a surprise encounter on land. With the dashing rogue ayn rand hand job.

JackNapier
Jun 20, 2014


I have to say, I've been waiting for someone to LP this game, I loved this game to pieces, and pre-ordered it the day it was announced, The soundtrack is amazing, and I have the Collectors Edition Soundtrack, it is truly amazing and the best thing to listen to on long drives

Yagyumi
Aug 26, 2013

Right! It's bonkin' time! I loves a bit of bonkin'!


I really considered getting this game, but by the third iteration I was done with the general AC gameplay, and - despite much praise the sailing mechanics received - I simply couldn't bring myself to play it.

The fact that Ubisoft abandoned the unique gameplay style in their next game (and probably all future games for the foreseeable future) doesn't give me hope.

Lustful Man Hugs
Jul 18, 2010



I love the fact that the company in this game is basically Ubisoft.

Skyfinder
Dec 28, 2012


I've said in another thread that for me, Assassin's Creed is a big offender in the modern video game industry bug-bear of 'sequels, remakes and 'remasterings' that end up just shuffling their feet in place rather than offering anything new.

I also noted that Black Flag was probably the best game in the entire series, and I stand by that. This game does a lot of stuff right and is really what I think of when I think of good, proper sequels. It improves on previous design elements, it gives us an interesting plot that is actually somewhat different from other plots (a main character who actually spends a surprising amount of the plot having nothing much at all to do with the Assassin's) and new gameplay elements! Not to mention, this game begins the delightful process of loving putting the future bullshit to the backburner! Black Flag and, somehow, even Unity manage to pull off what I had been wanting: for the future plot poo poo to be either tossed out or, at the very least, put to the side.

Plus, Edward Kenway is probably the best Assassin player character yet made by the series, and was leagues better than III's.

So yeah, looking forward to this LP.

JackNapier
Jun 20, 2014


One reason I loved Black Flag so much is that I'm a huge history buff, and my favorite period of time in history has always been the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, so there were a lot of familiar names, Stede Bonnet being one of them, there's a cast of characters in this game that made we squeal at some points, and I say that with no shame, I was overjoyed at some of the people that show up in this game, and I look forward to seeing your input on them

ZenVulgarity
Oct 9, 2012

I made the hat by transforming my zen



Why is the Capitalization in the Subtitles so loving Weird?

wargames
Mar 16, 2008

official yospos cat censor


The edited video has your partner muted.

Yagyumi
Aug 26, 2013

Right! It's bonkin' time! I loves a bit of bonkin'!


JackNapier posted:

One reason I loved Black Flag so much is that I'm a huge history buff, and my favorite period of time in history has always been the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean

As for many people, it was the historical detail that kept people wanting to play AC games (certainly for me). Even for me, who hasn't played the game, I'm glad Black Flag details Carribbean piracy without the whole thing turning into Captain Pugwash (at least, from what I've seen so far).

wiegieman
Apr 22, 2010

Royalty is a continuous cutting motion




ZenVulgarity posted:

Why is the Capitalization in the Subtitles so loving Weird?

That's how people wrote then. Washington's Farewell Adress, for example.

Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Yagyumi posted:

I really considered getting this game, but by the third iteration I was done with the general AC gameplay, and - despite much praise the sailing mechanics received - I simply couldn't bring myself to play it.

The fact that Ubisoft abandoned the unique gameplay style in their next game (and probably all future games for the foreseeable future) doesn't give me hope.
Actually, gameplay wise, Rogue is basically Black Flag 2.0, despite being treated as a cash in/poh poh prize for those who haven't updated their system to the Xbone and PS4, Rogue has probably the most polished gameplay since they went with the Animus 3.0 system. Story wise it also ties up a few missing strings between this game and 3.

5 probably has the best core gameplay but worst mission design of the America's games. You'll see as time goes on, but basically all the missions have the same basic structure of tailing somebody and then killing them.

Artelier
Jan 23, 2015




Both my favourite game and main character in this series. Kenway is just that drat good at everything.

Samovar
Jun 4, 2011

I'm not a hero...





You might want to lower the game voice volume, it was kinda hard to make out what you were saying.

Did either this game or the last address slavery the same way Liberation did?

Gothsheep
Apr 22, 2010


Oh man, this game. I love this game. I'm surprised to see someone jump right into Black Flag, though. I figured we'd have to see an LP of 3, which would probably require someone to go though Brotherhood and Revelations, because of how tightly knit the storyline is. A lot of what's going on in the 'modern' timeline doesn't make much sense without the AC3 context.

mauman
Jul 30, 2014

Whoever's got the biggest whiskers does the talking.


Oh boy, my favorite AC.

Granted that's a VERY low bar to reach, but the game went and jumped so high above that bar that it's actually one of my favorite games of all time.

Then came along Unity sky diving past that old bar of shame

mauman fucked around with this message at 22:27 on Feb 21, 2015

biosterous
Feb 23, 2013






Only one of you is audible in the edited version. Might want to fix that!

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Part II - Templars of the Caribbean



Click picture or link for video
No commentary over cutscenes

Whereupon our avaricious protagonist meets a dashing band of troublemakers up to no good and with ambitious plans. With me a familiar swashbuckler.

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Also, unfortunately the first edited video will have to remain. I accidentally deleted all of the original audio files a while back, so I can't fix it.

Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



I've been LPing the first game, and it's amazing to see how much the series has progressed across six main games. Whereas the first was more of a proof of concept, an excuse to put players in a fairly detailed historical context and little else, the later games actually felt like real games, with incentives to do more than just watch the story unfold.

JackNapier
Jun 20, 2014


I'll say that Rogue, is amazing, it truly is Black Flag 2.0 and I would have been so glad if that had been the game released instead of Unity, I've heard nothing but bad things about Unity

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Part III: Highs and Lows



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No commentary over cutscenes

Whereupon the insatiable Edward Kenway experiences the dangers and opportunities of his impromptu association with the Templars. With me today is a matey indulging in Captain Morgan.

Sylphid fucked around with this message at 16:57 on Mar 3, 2015

RareAcumen
Dec 28, 2012






Oh poo poo you're doing the fourth one too? Hot drat, I actually have a reason to see how the series goes!

SirPhoebos
Dec 10, 2007

Horned Rat-Sempai Noticed Me!


ACIV was an incredible game. Unfortunately I was at the peak of my alcoholism when I was playing it. As appropriate as that might be, I'd sometimes return to my save file and have no clue as to what was going on. While the tooltips are friendly enough to let me continue, it was still disconcerting and after milking the free-roaming for as much fun as I could I put the game down without finishing it.

I actually abandoned the series after Brotherhood because I got the sense that the series was in decline. I only got Black Flag after hearing that Desmond Miles died at the end of III. I wish Ubisoft dropped the whole Animus framing device. While there are moments from the Abstergo office in this game that are interesting(especially when you take it as a peek inside game development) ultimately it just distracts from the far more interesting main story.

Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Not to give to much away, but they basically drop it for Unity, and it's played MUCH better for Rogue than ACIV.

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Part IV: Out to Sea



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No commentary over cutscenes

Whereupon our rogue captain acquires himself a vessel to plunder the West Indies, and makes landfall in the pirate republic. Captain Morgan sails the seas with me again.

Gothsheep
Apr 22, 2010


A friend of mine pointed out when he played though the game, that Edward and Adewale have this conversation about properly stowing their powder on their ship, and then throughout the game, you're using your swivel gun to shoot the enemy's exposed powder magazines, but you never have the enemies doing that to you, because of that. I thought it was a neat touch.

ally_1986
Apr 3, 2011

Wait...I had something for this...


requesting bonus video of sea songs at some point! That one sounded quite catchy from what I heard.


Of course spotify has it!


spotify:user:1261362018:playlist:5MCujgPo312EUNSfHz3aKh

ally_1986 fucked around with this message at 11:58 on Mar 13, 2015

Gothsheep
Apr 22, 2010


ally_1986 posted:

requesting bonus video of sea songs at some point! That one sounded quite catchy from what I heard.

A few of them are pretty good. Most of them just fill the space, though.

Is there any reason you're showing all the random running around grabbing collectables? Because it hasn't really gotten any more interesting than it was in Havana, and it's not really going to be any more interesting in the eleven billion other locations in the game.

HR12345
Nov 19, 2012


A little off-topic, Sylphid, but will you be eventually doing an LP of Atelier Shallie?

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


HR12345 posted:

A little off-topic, Sylphid, but will you be eventually doing an LP of Atelier Shallie?

Of course. I only just got the game, though, so it won't be for a few more months. June at the earliest.

DMorbid
Jan 6, 2011

Hello! I see you.




This thread made me start Black Flag again, and it's just as fun as it was the last time. This is my my favorite AC and one of my favorite games in general, even though the mission design is a bit questionable on occasion.

Somewhat related screenshot:



I love AC ragdoll physics. This game is also really atmospheric at times:

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Part V: Every Man a King




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No commentary over cutscenes

Whereupon our vicious captain gathers together a crew of his own and gets ready to fight for the pirate republic. With me a swashbuckling duo of Subponticate Poster and that scurvy dog.

Mr. Fortitude
Jul 9, 2010

The biggest dumbass


Neat. I finished up a replay of Black Flag and Freedom Cry myself a few days ago. Will you show off how you can capture other ships by swimming over to them and eliminating all of the crew by yourself?

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Part VI: Raise the Black Flag




Click picture or link for video
No commentary over cutscenes

Whereupon our captain takes to the Jackdaw and takes the first steps toward a life of plunder and piracy. This time I sail the seas with SubponticatePoster and my own helmsman.

Gothsheep
Apr 22, 2010


Fire barrels aren't too useless, you just need to use them right. You can sweep in really close to an enemy, rake them with your cannons, then then turn away and throw a pack of fire barrels right into their hull for a huge amount of fast damage if you get a good angle. Mostly though, they're useful to control the AI's behavior. Since the AI will always steer away from them, they can be used to force a ship to turn in a particular direction, which can be really handy when you're punching above your weight class and want to keep from drifting into an enemy's broadsides.

Also fun if you have some time to waste: A Schooner requires 5 kills to take over. If you have a lot of extra pirates, try not boarding a ship or using your swivel gun at all, and just waiting and seeing how long it takes your pirates to do it themselves, and how many of them you lose before they do. Spoiler: Your pirates are useless.

When you are on the swivel gun, a handy trick I use a lot is to turn on Eagle Vision. This will make the enemies glow bright red, and is really useful when the target deck is obscured by smoke, since the eagle vision will cut right though that and light up your targets really nicely for you.

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Yeah, the Eagle Vision trick is a big help when you're boarding ships and targeting with the Swivel Gun. That's one of the tricks I picked up on really fast my first time through the game. It's especially nice if you're attacking a ship at night, and on my TV, it's a near-necessity to have on sometimes, because the picture on my TV can be really dark sometimes.

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


You know, it says a lot about how much stuff this game has in it that in terms of videos that have been put together and are ready to use as soon as I can get around to commentate on them, that I'm already up to 16 videos, and I've got enough material for at least 10 or so more videos that need to be edited. By comparison, Revelations had 21 parts total, and I'm only about 75% of the way through Black Flag as of the last time I played.

Yagyumi
Aug 26, 2013

Right! It's bonkin' time! I loves a bit of bonkin'!


So Black Flag is a better Assassin's game overall than The Adventures of Ezio: Part III is what you're saying?

Cool, I still haven't gone round to playing an Assassin's game since AC3, so I really should give Black Flag a try.

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Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Yagyumi posted:

So Black Flag is a better Assassin's game overall than The Adventures of Ezio: Part III is what you're saying?

Cool, I still haven't gone round to playing an Assassin's game since AC3, so I really should give Black Flag a try.

Black Flag and Rogue are the best games produced since AC2. Rogue is just AC4 with significantly more polish.

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