Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is an incredible pirate adventure. No other game in memory--the mighty Sid Meier’s Pirates included--slides you so snugly into the boots of a brash buccaneer and demands that you collect booty with as much stylish aggression. As I steer salty protagonist Edward Kenway through rum-soaked debauchery, hunting for treasure, and brawling with drunken sailors at bars, I gently hum “What will we do with the drunken sailor” to myself, and feel a keen urge to refer to my colleagues as ‘wench’ or ‘matey’. That’s the strength of Black Flag’s incredible world. Ironically, it’s the actual ‘Assassin’s Creed’ elements--series legacy moments--that prove rough sailing in an otherwise enjoyable voyage.