‘AC4’ a stunning, luscious vacation of a video game
Since when did being a sword-wielding, cliff-jumping, 18th-century pirate/assassin become so awe-inspiring? Oh, that’s right: since always. And that’s only the beginning of the epic adventure that is “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” (As if being able to slay your enemies with dual swords while jumping like a parkour maniac isn’t enough.)
Draped in lush, vivid tropics reminiscent of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “AC4” introduces us to an exotic world likely to take up a work-week’s worth of time. (Just to do the narrative — never mind the copious side missions — we’re looking at 30 hours or so.) In this brightly colored world, we command our early 18th-century pirate Edward Kenway as he travels through period-exact Jamaica, the Bahamas and Mexico, with plenty of stops on islands along the way.