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5 Piracy Games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Fire at Will
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5 Piracy Games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Fire at Will

James-Brindley-authorPirate games like ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ are a rare bunch. Despite this, if you know where to look, you’ll be sure to find a couple you love, no matter when they came out. If you’re looking for adventure on the high seas, I recommend ‘Risen 2: Dark Waters’, ‘Blackwake’, and ‘Naval Action’. ~ James Brindley

Blood and Plunder!

When looking for a game like ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’, I focused on the best part of the experience: the pirates. This particular ‘Assassin’s Creed’ serves more as a piracy simulator wrapped in a thin veneer of its parent series. However, that’s what makes the game so good. This is why I found some games (both new and old) that echo the epic naval combat.

Though the pirate genre is in my opinion criminally neglected, I think that there’s still hope on the horizon. Because it’s so rare to see a game situated on the high seas, the few that appear are beautiful and well worth your money and time.


Games Similar to ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’…

‘Risen 2: Dark Waters’ (Piranha Bytes, 2012)

Before ‘Assassin’s Creed’ decided to set sail, there was ‘Risen 2’. A game that plays as a more fantasy-oriented version of its serial killer cousin, ‘Risen 2’ is a brilliant experience that answers the question: “What if there were more monsters in ‘Assassin’s Creed’?”

I have to warn you: pure piracy experiences don’t involve a great deal of stealth. You won’t be tracking targets to secluded locations or poisoning people’s drinks. However, what you will be doing is braving all the perils and pain that a fantasy themed pirate game can throw at you. Sounds fun, right?

Similarity Match: 85%
‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ doesn’t have the magic or monsters that ‘Risen 2’ contains, but ‘Risen 2’ has the swashbuckling pirate escapades you need to bridge the gap.

‘Blackwake’ (Mastfire Studios, 2016)

If you wanted to entirely throw out land combat and petty chatting and simply focus on the glorious brutality of ship-to-ship warfare, then ‘Blackwake’ is your game.

The game has discovered widespread recognition after being played by a handful of dedicated Twitch streamers and YouTubers, all of whom have loved the crazy, chaotic gameplay experience of fighting crew vs crew.

Similarity Match: 75%
‘Blackwake’ does away with any land combat, story or such, but in doing so it focuses on the detailed and immersive ship combat.

‘Naval Action’ (Game-Labs, 2016)

Another game that focuses entirely upon the crashing timbers and gunpowder smoke of sea battles is ‘Naval Action’. Serving as a sort of mix between ‘Total War’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’, this beautiful game serves as pretty much the only sandbox naval battle simulator out there.

The game is so well built that it has an incredibly bright future ahead of it. It is an excellent game that’s easy to learn but hard to master. The epic scale of ‘Naval Action’ will blow you away.

Similarity Match: 75%
Gorgeous graphics and awesome fleet battles will steal your heart.

‘Sid Meier’s Pirates’ (MicroProse, 1987)

This is the oldest game that you’ll find on this list. Despite its age, the game has all the aspects of a modern pirate experience: from ship combat to sword fighting. Hell, there’s even some dancing competitions if you’re into that thing.

Though this game is naturally showing its age by now, a port has been made for IOS and Android. You’ll never be without a pirate gaming experience when you need one.

Similarity Match: 70%
This one is fairly elderly, and as such the graphics and details aren’t up to par with ‘Black Flag’, but you have a wide variety of pirating activities to do to make up for the age.


If You Like ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’, You Will Like…

Maybe you love the naval action of ‘Black Flag’, but you want a more modern canvas for your violence. If that sounds like fun, you’ll have to contend with all the advances of modern(ish) warfare. That means watching both up to the sky and below the waves.

‘Battlestations: Midway’ (Eidos Interactive, 2007)

I played a lot of this game back in the day. Though the multiplayer is where the action truly lies, the single player campaign is also an amazing experience. Set in the tumultuous theatre of World War II in the Pacific, in these battles you’ll be dealing with planes, submarines and all the explosives your enemies can throw at you.

Despite being old for a simulator, this game has held its water remarkably well- a perfect experience for those that don’t have a machine capable of running a government.

You won’t be facing sword-wielding bandits, but the extra fighting aspects of the game will entertain you to no end.


Prepare for Boarding Parties

It’s difficult to find a pirate game in this market, but at least one of these titles should give you the hilariously chaotic experience you need.

Can you think of another game like ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ that I’ve missed?

Be sure to tell me in the comments below!

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