Parents' Guide to

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Rich, epic, historical action game with very mature themes.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 59 parent reviews

age 13+

So much fun. Lots to do, easy to improve, just a blast

I agree with the review that thought it was OK for a 13-year-old. This is a fascinating game with plenty of violence and gore, but as you've read, you can turn the blood off. There are several moral judgments, which are interesting, but mostly, you sail around and attack ships and look for stuff on the islands. I'm not great at video games, and leveling up is pretty easy with AC4. My son has had it for years and I'm only sorry I didn't try it out sooner! And this does not glorify being a pirate, IMHO. It just gives a glimpse into pirate's life and challenges you to figure out a variety of puzzle situations. Really, really enjoying it.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 13+

My son loved this game!

I watched my son play this game. He really enjoyed playing it. While I watched I noticed there was some language and things. There was not much so it should be fine for kids above 12. The game follows stuff that happened in real life, so it's pretty educational. My son really liked the game mechanics and the storyline. Just don't keep younger kids in the room while you let your older kids play it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (59):
Kids say (124):

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag stands apart from its predecessors in plenty of ways, but none more evident than its focus on sea-based exploration. Building on the terrific sea ship mechanics of Assassin's Creed III, nearly half the game is spent sailing around the Caribbean, exploring small islands, and getting into spectacular cannon battles with other boats. It's an exciting, visually sumptuous, and undeniably fresh way to approach both sandbox play and water-based combat. There's little else like it in the world of games.

Beyond the piratical element, the primary draw remains the series' rich storytelling and immersive, historically accurate world. Players get to explore virtual versions of cities including Havana, Kingston, and Nassau -- recreated using maps, images, and artifacts from the era -- and interact with historical figures such as Blackbeard and Anne Bonny, all while working through a complex and engaging story that seamlessly jumps between modern and historical eras and is filled with unexpected twists and turns. If you're a mature player with an interest in history, few games are likely to satisfy as much as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

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