Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag - Freedom Cry

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag GOTY Edition announced

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag GOTY Edition announced

Contains all Season Pass content.

Ubisoft has just confirmed its annual Game of the Year Edition for Assassin's Creed - this year, it's the Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition.

Available exclusively through Amazon in the UK from 28th March and only for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Jackdaw Edition will contain the main game plus all Season Pass content.

Notably this includes Freedom Cry, the enjoyable story add-on starring first mate Adewale.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag - Freedom Cry review

Remember those "very special" episodes of a TV series where everything becomes serious for a show? Freedom Cry feels a little like one of those - a familiar franchise tackling a particularly difficult topic. That's not to say the approach is jarring - the change befits Freedom Cry's slavery storyline - it's just surprising to find such a markedly different tone in the coda of Black Flag's swashbuckling adventure. But while Freedom Cry differs from the main game's story and themes, it remains technically reliant on the Assassin's Creed 4 mothership for everything else, and this is where its gameplay flaws remain.

Freedom Cry begins several years after Assassin's Creed 4's finale and stars Adéwalé, the old first mate of Black Flag's hero Edward Kenway. (Kenway himself is back in London fathering a grumpy Templar son). Adé is now a fully-fledged Assassin with his own ship and mission, but events soon lead him into murkier waters - combating the slave trade of which he was once a victim.

While the main game spent the majority of its time on the shiny new ocean, Freedom Cry offers most of its missions on land - where the series already feels most familiar. At least there's a fresh town to explore, Port-au-Prince, and a new base of operations where many of your missions begin. It's here, amongst the wooden shacks and narrow muddy streets, that you'll spend much of your time. It's also here that the game best manages to present the omnipresent horror of slavery: in the auction pens of humans being bartered for gold, around the local stocks where the screaming runaways are whipped, and in the murderous gaze of the jailers. On the lookout for escapees, these enemies will chase and shoot you on sight due to the colour of your skin.

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