So, I’m a geek, plain and simple.
However you want to shape it, I am – and always have been – into science fiction, fantasy, video games, comic books, history, mythology, etc.
Believe it or not, I’ve actually read the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I have copies of BOTH the Star Trek and the Starfleet Technical Manuals on my bookshelves. I still remember getting excited in anticipation of the next episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the X-Files. I’ve also seen Ghostbusters about a thousand times… To this day, I make no apologies for loving these things, for that identity has shaped the man I’ve become and, strangely enough, I’m proud of who, and what, I am (Sometimes).
When I was young, however, it wasn’t cool to be into such things. Hot girls were NOT impressed by one’s knowledge of Spider-Man’s origins, or the cool new “Easter egg” that you discovered in your favourite game. Geek culture had yet to leech into the mainstream, as it has so effectively in the last few years. But I was never alone in my passion for all things geek. I had my buddy Ash.
Ashraf Ismail, for those of you who don’t know him, is the Game Director for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at Ubisoft. He’s worked in the video gaming industry for more than ten years, and he’s about to launch one of the coolest games that I’ve ever seen on October 29th, 2013 in North America. Before he was any of these things, however, Ash was my best friend. He and I shared a passion for science fiction, video games, and comic books. We’ve been friends since the fifth grade, and I can think of no better human being on this planet (a statement I stand by, and refuse to qualify).
So, in honour of my best friend’s marvellous upcoming achievement, I’ve decided to share this incredible game with you. It’s the fourth installment in the Assassin’s Creed series of games, and it centres around pirate culture in the Caribbean at the dawn of the 18th Century (Awesome, I know!).
For those of you who’ve yet to hear anything of the game, check out this trailer to whet your appetite…
The open world that they’ve created in the game is so expansive and beautiful, that any description I might offer would pale in comparison to the actual experience, so here’s a quick walkthrough, narrated by none other than Ash himself…
I hope that you will consider picking up this amazing game. It will be available on PS3/PS4, PC, Wii U, and Xbox 360/Xbox One as early as October 29, 2013 in North America.
From one geek to another, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
NEW!!!!!!!!! Check out this great review of the game from IGN (written by Marty Sliva)…
IGN Review: AC4: Black Flag
Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not associated with Ubisoft, or this game, professionally in any way. Any endorsement is based solely upon my own opinions.