Fortunately, Ubisoft has seen fit to iron out some of the minor PS3 bugs with the PS4 release. I didn’t notice any floating objects or issues where Kenway would get stuck on the scenery, although visual clipping was present here and there. However, these issues are inconsequential in the long run and do not detract from the overall experience of the game. Elsewhere, the DualShock 4's unique mechanisms come into play, with the touchpad being used to bring up and navigate the map screen. At first, it doesn’t feel natural and I had to get used to the sensitivity of scrolling my finger across the pad, but once this was done, I found myself easily sweeping the map and pressing the touchpad inwards to mark my desired target/object to my mini-map. It’s a nice touch, and a seamless and efficient way to get about.
In terms of core gameplay, the Black Flag experience is just as compelling as it was on PS3. The main quest will most probably seem like an after-thought as you cruise the high seas, plundering booty from islands and ruins after boarding ships to acquire various loot and riches in order to fund your Jackdaw upgrades. If that was’t enough, the sheer amount of collectibles--from shanties, treasure maps, and animus fragments to letters--will ensure you remain hooked on the Golden Age of Piracy for weeks on end. Throw in Naval and Assassin contracts, and you have easily the most expansive Creed yet--one that is oozing with atmosphere, mystique, and exploration. Sadly, I wasn't able to fully test-drive Remote Play as my connection kept drying up after only about 30 seconds -- no doubt due to my poor Wi-Fi or set-up rather than the game itself.
Overall, if you are wanting the complete Black Flag experience, then you can’t fault the PS4 version. It has all the visual and performance advantages of its next-gen counterpart on Xbox One, plus the added bonus of including the Aveline missions, which are exclusive to Sony platforms. In short, this is the definitive edition of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and one game you cannot afford to miss out on this holiday season, yer lazy sea slug!
-The Final Word-
Black Flag on PS4 adds some impressive spit and polish to an already-stunning adventure game.