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

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age 12+

Based on 63 parent reviews

age 13+

A good game but a bit violence and swearing.

I bought this game for my 13 year old for Christmas and decide to play it myself to double check if it would be ok, it was really good and the worst bits are just a bit of killing and swear words, their is barely any blood. I got the game on switch with the bundle which was reduced to 35 pound, and the only one that should be a higher rating is revolutions which I advice to only let a 15 year old play.
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (63 ):
Kids say (126 ):

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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