Black Flag is arguably the peak of pre-Origins Assassin’s Creed. Edward Kenway may not be the most interesting protagonist but to me, he’s the most charismatic (yes, even more than Ezio). Sailing is the absolute star of the game, giving you the freedom to explore the gorgeous Caribbean environments while blasting the Royal Navy to smithereens with your cannon shot. I admit the story could be better, as the emotional peak is about halfway into the game and it never really tops that, but the characters are fun enough to carry it across the finish line. It’s a rollicking time.