It's time to strap into the Animus once more.
This time, however, Ubisoft decided to go in a new direction following its extremely successful Assassin's Creed III, when the company released Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on Oct. 29.
Rather than continuing to progress through history like the other five major installments, the video game publisher decided to back track and allow the newest part of the Assassin's Creed saga be set more than 40 years prior to Assassin's Creed III protagonist Connor Kenway's transgressions during the revolution.
Cue Edward Kenway, a pirate sailing throughout the Caribbean looking for riches who just so happens to stumble into a conflict that holds the weight of the world in the balance.
Edward – the grandfather of Connor – is the captain of his ship, the Jackdaw, and he, along with his crew and the help of the pirate republic that rules the Caribbean at the time, attempt to hold off the Templars – the bad guys of the entire series – from destroying everything they have built.
In terms of game play, the key difference in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag compared to all the other games is its nautical base.
While AC3 did incorporate ships and naval warfare a bit, Black Flag takes that foundation and builds on it immaculately. This created a solid balance between the free-run, assassination style that made the franchise so popular and the sea-faring aspect that allows for a much more versatile gaming experience.
Pillaging, plundering and treasure hunting seem to be the norm in this assassin's adventures and will have the player living out every bit of the swashbuckling dreams he or she may have had as a child.
A new weaponry system also makes its debut in the series in the form of the ability to wield dual swords and pistols, which, when added to the patented assassin's hidden blades, can result in a lot of mayhem along the way.
When the gamer eventually falls victim to being glued to the controller and addicted to the game, Ubisoft made sure they never have to go a second without it even if they are away from their console with the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Companion app.
The app, which is available on the iPad and Android tablets, allows the player to delve into the game even deeper with the ability to control their fleet, keep treasure maps nearby, and even keep track of their progress as they complete the game.
There is no doubt Ubisoft's sixth installment of one of the best video game sagas of all time is another success and is guaranteed to have you singing "a pirate's life for me" by the time you are done.