The Road to Valhalla: A Retrograde Look at Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry

A quick look at Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry.

Coming in as a standalone expansion to the brilliant pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Freedom Cry gave us a bite-sized experience through the eyes of supporting character, Adéwalé.

Born a slave, Adéwalé turned pirate alongside Edward Kenway and was also accepted into the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

This story takes place after the events of Black Flag and followed Adéwalé as he sought to liberate the slaves of Port-au-Prince where the slave trade was as brutal as it was deadly.

Breaking Chains

Again, I take my hat off to Ubisoft for not shying away from the horrors of history.

Freedom Cry was a hard pill to swallow. Seeing men lined up, chained and sold like livestock made my blood boil. Seeing women get beaten or abused made my skin crawl.

AC Freedom Cry screen

The game held nothing back and I really felt like I had stepped into the shoes of Adéwalé as he went on his revenge/liberation rampage across these small islands.

I don’t think developers go into this much ugly detail in newer games. Or, at least I haven’t seen it quite like this.

Yes, there are captives and slaves in Assassin’s Creed Origins, but it isn’t depicted as gruelling as this. Freedom Cry really hit the nail with depicting how cruel this era was.

Freedom

While Freedom Cry was short, I quite enjoyed what it offered. The story was a lot more cloak and dagger than Black Flag and, for some reason, I didn’t even notice the quick pace.

The game was a good send off to Black Flag, which has cemented itself as one of the best Assassin’s Creed titles. It felt like the final chapter in the Americas storyline… or at least I thought it was…

In our next instalment, I take a look at another game in the series that I played for the first time during this adventure through the Assassin’s Creed titles. A game that turned everything upside down…