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Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (2013) is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward Kenway.

This Assassin's Creed game added ships and seafaring combat for the first time. You could still explore cities and regions, but this provided resources and crew to acquire, upgrade and pilot ever bigger ships. Through the game, you explore the West Indies and in particular the cities of Havana, Nassau, and Kingston, along with numerous islands, sunken ships, and forts.

The focus on a huge open world is strong with fewer barriers to exploration. You can take on the game at your own pace and direct the narrative as you see fit -- although the main through-line remains linear.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Collecting, Narrative, Simulation, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game. The game originally had multiplayer mode, although this is not supported any longer.


Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 90 hours to complete. Longer play time is for players who seek out all the side missions and treasures.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18+ for frequent strong violence and strong bad language. The game contains realistic bloody violence throughout and it is also possible to kill civilian characters. The game also contains the use of the word '*!@?*'.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to have patience and forward thinking for the assassinations. You also need to navigate the large map and work to collect the items you need. Resilience also helps when things don't go to play.


Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag usually costs £15.99 to £33.99.

Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
Steam Store PC £33.99
Switch Store Wii U £19.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Switch Store Switch -

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Standard Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
You can purchase items and season passes to access new missions, resources and expansions:
  • Assassin’s Creed Season Pass - exclusive Kraken Ship pack, a new story.
  • Time saver: Resources Pack
  • Time saver: Technology Pack
  • Time saver: Activities Pack
  • Time saver: Collectibles Pack
  • Death Vessel Pack
  • Illustrious Pirates Pack
  • Crusader & Florentine Pack
  • Freedom Cry 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/10/2013

Out Now: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Collecting, Narrative, Simulation, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Ubisoft MTL (@UbisoftMTL)

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