Andrew Day of Capsule Computers wrote:
Bigger, Bolder, Better. Those three words definitely define Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as it takes the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s first major steps off the mainland, and sails out to the seven seas. Combining elements of traditional Assassin’s Creed stealth gameplay with the loud and aggressive pirate lifestyle was no easy feat, but Ubisoft have managed to pull it off. The game offers players the freedom to play how they want and to make their own fun through the variety of side-missions, collectibles and other goals to accomplish. This gameplay freedom, combined with an unrivaled visual beauty and audio that really captures the pirate lifestyle results in Black Flag being the best game in the franchise by far.