Every year, Ubisoft gives away a game or two through its uPlay service. The downside of that is having to use uPlay, but that’s a minor inconvenience for free games.
And the free game you can grab right now is one of Ubisoft’s very best games. After Assassin’s Creed 3 and its focus on the Americas, many fans were turned off the series. That arc’s protagonist, the stoic Connor, was irredeemably boring. Coming after a hero as charming and charismatic as Ezio, he landed with a wet thud. What the series needed was somebody with more personality – and that’s exactly what we got in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Absolutely free on uPlay from today until December 18, Black Flag wasn’t just a great Assassin’s Creed game, but one of the best pirate games we’ve had. In fact, barring the modern day waffle in the game, it could be played as a pirate life simulator – without much of the Assassin’s Creed stuff getting in the way. Even if you have no investment in the series, it’s worth playing.
Here’s what critics had to say about the game when it launched in 2013:
- Eurogamer: 9/10 – “Edward doesn’t have the impish wit of fan favourite Ezio Auditore, against whom all Assassin’s Creed protagonists are destined to be measured, but in the end he felt more rounded to me. The revelation, though, is the treasure of a game he stars in.”
- Gamespot: 9/10 – “If there was ever any question that Assassin’s Creed needed something ambitious to get the series back on track, Black Flag is that game and then some.”
- GamesRadar: 4.5/5 – “Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is an imperfect game, for sure, but I found the overall experience immensely enjoyable. Accept that it’s really a game about pirates, not assassins, and you’ll love filling the boots of Edward Kenway for 30-40 hours.”
- IGN: 8.5/10 – “The amazing world of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has kept me gladly occupied for longer than any other game in the series, even though its story isn’t the strongest.”
- Nowgamer: 8/10 – “By now we all know what to expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, and in that sense there won’t be any surprises here.Yet somehow – thanks to the focus on piracy – Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag manages to feel simultaneously new and old.”
- OPM: 8/10 – “Black Flag’s cocktail of Caribbean capers is so large that the effect is like dropping a shot of tequila into a fishbowl of Sea Breeze. You know it’s there, and you’d rather it wasn’t, but you’ll still enjoy the journey regardless.”
- OXM: 9/10 – “Where Assassin’s Creed 3 kept players at arm’s length for hours, refusing to let you make your own way, Assassin’s Creed 4 spreads those arms wide. We don’t miss Connor, so much, but somebody should get this new guy a trilogy.”
Last Updated: December 12, 2017