If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

The best Assassin's Creed game is free this week

Pirate McPirateface

I like the boat-centric Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag so much that I just went and added it to Uplay even though I already own it Steam. That's right: an Asscreed I dig enough to voluntarily load up Uplay. Last week, Ubisoft were giving away the tragically de-Steamed RTS World in Conflict, and, as we promised then, here's your nudge about this week's Festivus freebie.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is also known as 'the one with pirates', aka 'the first one without bloody Desmond', aka 'the one were they set the series right after getting it wrong with AC3', aka 'why haven't they made another one about seafaring yet?' (The latter question, I speculate, is probably something to do with boats being somewhat off-brand. A boat can't sneak or climb up a chimney, see).

The open ocean, involving ships to battle, board and kidnap, forts to raze and all manner of treasure to seek, had more than a little Sid Meier's Pirates! to it, albeit through a third-person action prism, and it was a real - aha! - sea-change from the routine roof-running and conspiracyballs of its predecessor games. Hell, even protagonist Edward Kenway, a good ole' Welsh lad, seems to enjoy himself significantly more than does most any other AssCreed protagonist.

There's a lot of nonsense too. It is an Assassin's Creed game, after all. Conspiracies and Skinner boxes and Ubimaps - but even that latter makes a lot more sense when it's a seachart rather than a small amount of land littered with magic icons.

All free from now until December 18, anyway. Get it from here. It's a Uplay code rather than a Steam code, so you will need a Uplay account and installation, however - though the days of Uplay being quite such a gigantic pain in the bottom are long past. It's more of a minor irritant now.

About the Author

Alec Meer avatar

Alec Meer

Contributor

Ancient co-founder of RPS. Long gone. Now mostly writes for rather than about videogames.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch