If I have learned anything from playing Assassins Creed for the last three days, it’s that I suck at being a pirate.
To start with, you really lose the moral of your crew when commandeering a ship, in the process throwing yourself over the enemy ship, into the freezing sea below over and over again, all the while your crew are being massacred by the enemy.
Of course this isn’t the first flaw of my pirating crusades. I have spent a large amount of time not being a pirate at all, except out of necessity. For the most part I’ve been sailing around, listening to my crew sing shanties and all in all, it feels like I’ve gone away to camp for the weekend. Alas, these lovely times can’t last though, and as I pay less attention and watch the horizon, I suddenly realise I’m surrounded by the English and Spanish navy.
This is where the first paragraph comes into play. I fight out of necessity, and often find myself in the water, or climbing over the parts of the ship that are on fire. Some missions even require you to climb the riggings and take out snipers. Now this should be the master craft for any assassin, well it turns out, my guy gets super bad sea legs when he’s up high. Now I’m not saying I fall off the riggings to my death all the time, but I’d argue my odds are stacked towards the falling face first into the floor more often than not.
(Side note: You could have the chance of falling into the water from the riggings, this never happens for me, it’s pretty much stay on the riggings or kiss the ship; hard.)
The next part of being a pirate is obviously the booty, or treasure for those of you who aren’t into your pirate terminology. Yet again, I could probably have gained more treasure if it hadn’t been for my ill equipped ship, which for the most part was full of sugar, songs and rum. Every chance of finding treasure was met with some sort of navel battle, which I either escaped, survived by the skin of my teeth or died a horrible watery death in.
All in all, Assassins Creed Black Flag is a pretty neat game, but I think I’m much more of a land lover, even in video games. Also who knew being a pirate was so hard, at one time a giant wave crashed over my ship and killed four members of my crew. Now these guys are hardened sailors who got killed by a wave, and I can only think that somehow this was my fault because I was more focused on watching the whales jumping majestically through the air, and less concentrated on manning the ship.
Final Note: Another failing of navel battles was when I started to win, and then forgot to watch where I was going and crashed straight into a cliff.