History YMMV / AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag

21st Sep '16 6:00:19 PM DrakeClawfang
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** Slavery has been, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped justifiably]], discredited to such an extent that the game's many sympathetic moments given to a character like Woodes Rogers feels hollow, since he sees nothing wrong in operating slave ships. What makes Rogers worse is that as a Templar, he's supposedly enlightened and free from the prejudices of the time (like Torres seems to be) which you can make a case is true for Laurens Prins, a career criminal who's certainly not making a claim to be the man who'll solve all of humanity's problems. But he still goes ahead with it. His dismissal of Edward Kenway for breaking down everything that "made our civilization is great" is especially galling, since even Edward, a cut-throat LowerClassLout who even the Assassins find hard to put up with, knows that slavery is a horrible crime against humanity and he would never earn money from it, even if its more profitable than piracy. And not only did fellow Templar Julien du Casse actually become a sell-sword (hence how he ended up with the Templars) in the first place because he quit the slave trade, but Rogers is still in it despite their own Templar Grand Master specifically telling him "''to divest yourself of that sick institution''"... though Rogers turns it around by asking him the difference between enslaving ''some'' men as per the slave trade, and enslaving ''all'' men as per the Templar goal.
** The fact that most of the navy ships you sink are essentially serving to enable safe passage for the Atlantic Slave Trade, which was still active and legal at the time, makes shooting them down a lot less guilt-free than it would have been, with most of those soldiers JustFollowingOrders and lacking the guts of the Pirates to build something of their own, even if it was a doomed experiment in democracy.
22nd Aug '16 3:58:57 AM DrakeClawfang
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* DesignatedHero: Even for the AntiHero standards of this series, Edward ''really'' pushes the limits of how far he can go while still being the hero. As a pirate, he routinely attacks and destroys innocent militia ships and kills sailors just doing their jobs, he actively undermines authority and law, cares nothing about the Assassins and their goals or ideals (at first), and does this all because he's OnlyInItForTheMoney. He even implies he would be willing to work for the Templar if they paid him well, and indeed he cuts a deal with them during the game to hand the Sage over to them for a spot of coin.
23rd Jul '16 1:00:38 PM DrakeClawfang
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** The Charge attack, gsined by beating all four legendary ships. A bit unwieldy to use sometimes, but on a successful ram, the enemy vessel will instantly be crippled to boarding status. Even a ''man-o-war'' will be brought down in one hit from a charge.
22nd Jul '16 2:53:20 PM DrakeClawfang
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* ThatOneBoss: ''El Impoluto'' is by far the toughest Legendary Ship of the five. It's just as tough as the other four, but whereas their gimmicks were fairly simple to deal with, the ''El Impoluto'' features a massive ram that can do massive damage to your ship, taking off a full health bar if you don't brace against it. It's also terrifically fast, so much so it can easily catch up to you even if you full speed away from it, and it can turn on a time at a moment's notice. Finally, it has powerful broadside cannons. All in all it's a LightningBruiser of a ship that can take massive punishment, evade poorly-aimed fire (especially mortars), and use its ram and cannons take you out with only a few shots. Even with elite upgrades, it's a challenge to sink.

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* ThatOneBoss: ''El Impoluto'' is by far the toughest Legendary Ship of the five. It's just as tough as the other four, but whereas their gimmicks were fairly simple to deal with, the ''El Impoluto'' features a massive ram that can do massive heavy damage to your ship, taking off a full health bar if you don't brace against it. It's also terrifically fast, so much so it can easily catch up to you even if you full speed away from it, and it can turn on a time dime at a moment's notice. Finally, it has powerful broadside cannons. All in all it's a LightningBruiser of a ship that can take massive lots of punishment, evade poorly-aimed fire (especially mortars), and use its ram and cannons take you out with only a few shots. Even with elite upgrades, it's a challenge to sink.
22nd Jul '16 2:52:13 PM DrakeClawfang
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* ThatOneBoss: ''El Impoluto''. It's as tough as any of the other Legendary Ships, but it's also ridiculously fast, so much so that the ''Jackdaw'''s mortars and fire barrels are all but useless. That just leaves getting in close for broadside volleys...which leaves you exposed to ''its'' broadsides...or, worse, its turbo-charged ram.

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* ThatOneBoss: ''El Impoluto''. Impoluto'' is by far the toughest Legendary Ship of the five. It's just as tough as any of the other Legendary Ships, four, but it's whereas their gimmicks were fairly simple to deal with, the ''El Impoluto'' features a massive ram that can do massive damage to your ship, taking off a full health bar if you don't brace against it. It's also ridiculously terrifically fast, so much so that the ''Jackdaw'''s mortars it can easily catch up to you even if you full speed away from it, and fire barrels are all but useless. That just leaves getting in close for it can turn on a time at a moment's notice. Finally, it has powerful broadside volleys...which leaves cannons. All in all it's a LightningBruiser of a ship that can take massive punishment, evade poorly-aimed fire (especially mortars), and use its ram and cannons take you exposed out with only a few shots. Even with elite upgrades, it's a challenge to ''its'' broadsides...or, worse, its turbo-charged ram.sink.
7th Jul '16 5:29:04 AM Morgenthaler
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** Blackbeard unsurprisingly, though whether he's a darkhorse when he's an obvious crowdpleaser is up for debate. Still the LighterAndSofter, TheMentor / TheObiWan who is AFatherToHisMen approach to this legendary bad guy made him incredibly endearing and cool while making him no less awesome.

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** Blackbeard unsurprisingly, though whether he's a darkhorse when he's an obvious crowdpleaser is up for debate. Still the LighterAndSofter, TheMentor / TheObiWan who is AFatherToHisMen approach to this legendary bad guy made him incredibly endearing and cool while making him no less awesome.
29th Jun '16 7:13:16 PM nombretomado
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* BadassDecay: Retroactively this comes into play. [[spoiler: In the ''[[AssassinsCreedForsaken Assassin's Creed Forsaken]]'' novelization, we see Edward's final fate, dying in battle in a fight against a bunch of random mooks (one of whom is killed by ten year old Haytham) when as a captain he was a scourge of the navies and could easily tackle multiple enemies at once and he was still fairly young. There's the fact that he was attacked at the dead of night and maybe hadn't been active for years, and he did put up a fight but still, all in all, a fairly ignominious end.]]

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* BadassDecay: Retroactively this comes into play. [[spoiler: In the ''[[AssassinsCreedForsaken Assassin's Creed Forsaken]]'' ''Literature/AssassinsCreedForsaken'' novelization, we see Edward's final fate, dying in battle in a fight against a bunch of random mooks (one of whom is killed by ten year old Haytham) when as a captain he was a scourge of the navies and could easily tackle multiple enemies at once and he was still fairly young. There's the fact that he was attacked at the dead of night and maybe hadn't been active for years, and he did put up a fight but still, all in all, a fairly ignominious end.]]



** After the game came out, people liked the game but debated on whether it was a true AssassinsCreed game or just a pirate game with the main series holding on as an ArtifactTitle, with some wondering if it would not be better as a pure pirate game with all the Assassins Vs. Templars stuff taken out (Not helping was Ubisoft releasing a poll asking ''just that''.)

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** After the game came out, people liked the game but debated on whether it was a true AssassinsCreed ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' game or just a pirate game with the main series holding on as an ArtifactTitle, with some wondering if it would not be better as a pure pirate game with all the Assassins Vs. Templars stuff taken out (Not helping was Ubisoft releasing a poll asking ''just that''.)



** Readers of Literature/AssassinsCreedForsaken know that Edward did [[spoiler:live and was made a fool by Reginald Birch.]]

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** Readers of Literature/AssassinsCreedForsaken ''Literature/AssassinsCreedForsaken'' know that Edward did [[spoiler:live and was made a fool by Reginald Birch.]]
29th Jun '16 1:34:53 PM DrakeClawfang
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* DracoInLeatherPants: While not shirking from emphasizing the fact that Pirates do live off plunder, the game's perspective on the pirate's republic and the relative egalitarianism of their life over that of the Law enforces like Woodes Rogers and Julien du Casse makes many players openly root for the Pirates over the Templars and Assassins, with some lamenting [[spoiler:Edward joining the Assassins and becoming a ReformedCriminal, preferring him to remain a pirate forever instead]].

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* DracoInLeatherPants: While not shirking from emphasizing the fact that Pirates do live off plunder, the game's perspective on the pirate's republic and the relative egalitarianism of their life over that of the Law enforces enforcers like Woodes Rogers and Julien du Casse makes many players openly root for the Pirates over the Templars and Assassins, with some lamenting [[spoiler:Edward joining the Assassins and becoming a ReformedCriminal, preferring him to remain a pirate forever instead]].


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** TheReveal that [[spoiler:Kidd is actually a woman]] may come off as a CaptainObviousReveal since [[spoiler:"Kidd" is obviously voiced by a woman, and looks quite a bit more effeminate than the other male pirates.]]
1st Jun '16 9:38:25 PM 43110
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** [[spoiler: Bartholomew Roberts is especially a disappointment since he's made out to be the BiggerBad of the Caribbean and Edward's AlwaysSomeoneBetter as a pirate, and he's also a HumanoidAbomination, a reincarnation of the God of Death in many old religions. Given this buildup, you would be forgiven for expecting, at the very least a {{Magitek}} based BossFight on the order of the Altaïr-Al Mualim or Ezio-Rodrigo Borgia or even Connor's fight with King Washington in the DLC.]]

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** [[spoiler: Bartholomew Roberts is especially a disappointment since he's made out to be the BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain of the Caribbean and Edward's AlwaysSomeoneBetter as a pirate, and he's also a HumanoidAbomination, a reincarnation of the God of Death in many old religions. Given this buildup, you would be forgiven for expecting, at the very least a {{Magitek}} based BossFight on the order of the Altaïr-Al Mualim or Ezio-Rodrigo Borgia or even Connor's fight with King Washington in the DLC.]]
27th May '16 5:05:00 PM nombretomado
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: The game spoils a big plot twist from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation'' [[spoiler: (the main character's mother Madeline is really a Templar)]], which came out less than a year earlier for the PlayStationVita and was re-released in 2014.

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* LateArrivalSpoiler: The game spoils a big plot twist from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation'' [[spoiler: (the main character's mother Madeline is really a Templar)]], which came out less than a year earlier for the PlayStationVita UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita and was re-released in 2014.
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