Please note that this is not a full review for the game, only an update on the Next-Gen version of it that has been released on PS4. For the excellent full review of this game, please see http://www.fortressofsolitude.co.za/Game-detail/assassins-creed-black-flag-review/
I’ve never been much of a fan of “upgraded re-releases” or “enhanced ports,” but with the PS4 version of the fantastic AC4, we can really see in close perspective how the old-gen and Next-Gen differ. As you may remember, those of us here at Fortress of Solitude liked this game a lot, and when I popped it into my shiny new PS4 to do it all again, I didn’t feel like it was too much of a chore at all. I played it all the way through, and when I was done I popped in my PS3 version again because I wanted to check something on my save file there. And when I did, my initial reaction was, “Wow, how did I ever play games like this before?” The game that I thought only three months before was one of the most gorgeous I had ever seen had been replaced by flat water, dull environments and stuttering gameplay.
But of course, AC4 on any system is a beautiful piece of software. What had changed was the fact that the absolutely stunning physics and environments and set pieces were just upgraded to be that much better on PS4. Every sway of a bush, and flow of a tide is rendered brilliantly, and gives me a lot of hope for the console into the future.
Aside from the graphics, the bigger addition is the ability to play AC4 via PS Vita on the go, linked to the PS4, and while this is a nice touch, and the game plays well on the handheld, it’s more of an optional extra than an essential.
Basically, if you for some reason have not picked up AC4 for any console, then you absolutely must get it for PS4 if the option is available to you, it’s just that impressive.