By Sharad Hirjee - November 6th, 2013
From time to time it’s nice to get a fresh perspective on a franchise. I tend to review Assassin’s Creed games, as it is one of my favourite franchises. Call this a bias, if you want; but in the end, if I don’t like something about a series, you’ll definitely never hear the end of it. So we made the decision to let Sharad review this, as it took him out of his comfort zone and let him play in a space that he doesn’t normally play it. Kudos to him for pushing his own envelope! – ed.
I am going to start this with full disclosure: I have never played any of the preceding games in the Assassins Creed franchise. I have always been more of a fan of the first-person shooter genre of games; so why would an FPS guy put his hand up and ask for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag you ask? Well, my journey began with an interesting statement from my wife. You see, we were watching The Blacklist together, and during a commercial break an advertisement for Assassin’s Creed IV popped up, and she turned to me and stated “now that is the kind of game that I could get into”. That certainly got my attention, as my wife is not a gamer and I saw this as an opportunity to share some of my passion for gaming (and maybe even start her on the way to developing a bit of her own love for one of my favourite activities). I think that this is the brass ring for most adult gamers, am I right?
So, I gave the team a call to see if the PS3 review copy of AC4 was available for review – or if one of the other Thumbers was already on the job – and I lucked out! This one takes me a bit out of my comfort zone, as I have a very small (read: minimal) amount of experience in the role playing/action adventure genre of gaming; I am mostly a sports/FPS kind of guy. But? The team gave the Thumbs up, and I did a fair bit of research – so now it’s time to share my journey.
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