Accompanying a Welsh blonde pirate assassin are a plethora of Caribbean maritime stereotypes from scantily clad Mayan warriors to cross dressers and Anglo-Spanish rivalries. This game has it all... except giant walking robots; come looking for those and you'll be disappointed. Piratey pastimes include hunting 'Moby Dick', capturing sea forts, digging up treasure and drinking to excess at the local taverns; all while dressed like a renaissance westie if that's your thing. This game is choice. Combining Pirates and Assassins into one game is a recipe for disaster if it's done wrong and thankfully, it's created almost to perfection. Sure there are the occasional Assassin's Creed bugs that go with any Ubisoft release, but it's a much tighter execution than AC3, borrowing all the best bits and leaving the disasters behind. I'd imagine they could do some things a little better, but I can honestly say, I hope they make another Black Flag game; something I couldn't really say about any of the other Assassin's Creeds (except perhaps the first one, but that's due to my secret fantasy with the middle ages, the middle east and crusades and swords and stuff).
In summary this game has the right amount of shootiness, exploration, behind the back stabbings, puzzly things and character development to keep most people happy and excited for a long time. Well worth the money you have to throw at it, especially in the barren desert of Xbox One day one titles.