'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Freedom Cry'
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 3.5 stars
It goes without saying that the latest "Assassin's Creed" game is the best one so far. Anyone interested in extending their stealthy assassination/seafaring activities can do so by acquiring the first expansion pack titled "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Freedom Cry." This content requires the original "ACIV: Black Flag" game to play, and it offers a new twist on the pirate adventure.
Promising cyber assassins assume the role of Adewale several years after his first mate role on the pirate ship, the Jackdaw, ends. Adelwale is now both a deadly assassin and captain of his own ship. Although he was freed from slavery years earlier, Adelwale feels compelled to free his own brethren from the evil clutches of the slave trade!
Adewale's adventure mostly takes place in the French town of Port-au-Prince, where slavery is rampant and people are treated like cattle. It's not uncommon to witness sickening sequences such as slaves being auctioned off for gold, whipped for "misbehaving" and shot for trying to escape. Unlike the original game, Adewale is usually chased on sight because of the color of his skin.
I like how freeing slaves is the ticket to acquiring upgrades for Adewale's equipment and his ship. It's always a good idea to free them whenever possible, whether it's a group being escorted through town or they're working a plantation. Speaking of which, stealth plays an important role on plantations because slavers will start killing slaves when players are detected.
Even though Adewale is an assassin, his style is more heavy-handed than his predecessors. For example, he wields a deadly machete instead of dual swords, and he can take out multiple enemies with his gigantic blunderbuss! It's up to the player to decide whether to use stealth or brute force.
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Freedom Cry" isn't necessarily innovative, but it's filled with action and adventure!