Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag was a welcome breath of fresh air in the sails of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. After the mediocre reviews and lukewarm reception Assassin’s Creed 3 received, the series was put back on track with this excellent fourth installment. Set in the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag allowed players to captain their own ship and sail the high seas in search for loot and grog.
One of the few welcome additions to the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed 3 was the hunting mechanic which was also featured in this entry. Players could hunt both marine and land animals in order to collect their pelts to either sell or upgrade their equipment. Needless to say, hunting for great white sharks at sea was excellent fun, and stalking jaguars in the jungles was equally tense but the greatest of all these hunts has to go to The White Whale.
Not only was The White Whale a nice reference to Moby Dick, but it was also the toughest and rarest hunting encounter in the game. The only way players would find the whale was by being connected to the game’s online community. From time to time a pop up would appear letting players know that the whale had been spotted in certain waters. Players would then have to set sail to that part of the ocean and look for the beast.
Once found, players could jump into a rowboat and then harpoon the creature before he got away. The White Whale was no push over and he’d fight to live another day. Unprepared hunters would find their boat smashed to pieces whilst getting a healthy respect for the legendary whale. Those who did manage to conquer the beast were rewarded with upgrades and the most valuable hunting skin in the game. Next time you’re sailing the high seas, singing sea shanties, keep an eye out for The White Whale.