Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has been one of the highlights of 2013 on both last gen consoles and the newly released generation. With a lot of the kinks worked out from the bold attempt Ubisoft made to redefine the franchise in Assassin’s Creed 3 and a bigger and more engaging story the series has never looked stronger.
December 17th saw the release of Freedom Cry, a new DLC which extends and expands on the Black Flag story to give players a fresh narrative, a new assassin and new challenges to overcome.
Set 15 years after the events of Black Flag, the story follows Edwards second-in-command Adewale, now a fully trained assassin, having been shipwrecked in a fishing village in the Caribbean. Left with no weapons or crew he must make new allies and face new enemies in order to get the resources he needs to return to the sea.
Feeedom Cry’s story is a great addition to the Black Flag legacy, using a mixture of Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag to come up with a story that sees you working to free slaves and overthrow the corrupt white regime.
Although the game-play isn’t really mind-blowingly different from Black Flag’s main protagonist storyline, the mission structure and objectives have been adapted in such a way that seems fresh.
The theme of the DLC centres around freeing slaves and the mission objectives play on this well. Where in Edward’s story you may be asked to take on a cargo ship for supplies, Freedom Cry’s hero hits the high seas on a mission to take on slave ships and free those in servitude. Rather than attacking warehouses and stealing their contents, Adewale will pursue plantation owners and liberate the slaves that work the fields. This theme works well with the surroundings and with the addition of some nice new weapons for our hero to master it does sometimes feel like you’re playing a new game in the franchise.
With a £7.99 price tag on the UK version and similar prices around the world (without the season pass that is) what exactly do you get for your money?
The answer is simple, a lot. The storyline consists of nine, sometimes quite elaborate, missions, each with their own optional objectives and all building up to the final assassination. The free-roam is extensive, with no less than 14 locations to explore on multiple islands and there is treasure a plenty throughout. Finally, for those of you who love to collect those ever popular trophies/achievements there are six new ones for you to add to your collection, all reasonably easy to obtain.
The one downside I have found with Freesom Cry is that it lacked any real challenge when compared to Black Flag’s main storyline. Where I was forced to replay some of Edward’s missions in order to meet 100% of the optional objectives, I breezed through this story in one play-through with very little hassle. That in itself might disappoint a few players out there but the majority of Creed fans will be happy.
Whether you’re playing for the story or the action, Freedom Cry is a welcomed addition to the Black Flag family. The story adds a number of hours of game-play and the free-roam will keep the explorers out there busy for days.
Considering the individual price of the DLC though, I would recommend the £15.99 (UK price) for the season pass, at double the price of this one new story it will become worth the extra over time as those lovely people over at Ubisoft start releasing more content. [tabgroup][tab title=”The Good“]Same great game-play from Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Refreshing look at established mission types
A host of new treasures, new locations and hours of fun
[/tab][tab title=”The Bad“]Not much of a challenge
Won’t bring in any new fans to the franchise