Pros: Long-lasting game with a lot of different options
Cons: Would be nice if voice-overs had real words and not mumbles
The Bottom Line: This is a fantastic game for guys and girls alike
Ahoy, mates! Do ye think ye have what it takes to sail the high seas and become a swordfighting swashbuckler? Live the life of a pirate in Sid Meiers Pirates!.
Pirates! gives gamers so many choices that each game played can be completely different from the next. When beginning your journey, choose one of five levels of difficulty. Once the level is chosen, name your pirate, choose the era you wish to sail, and sign up with a country: Spain, England, France or The Netherlands.
Regardless of the level and country chosen, the object remains the same. Your family was kidnapped by the evil Marquis Montalban. You got away and swore vengeance, promising to reunite your family. You join a crew on a ship, which mutinies and elects you captain. Now youve got your ship, your crew and your mission. All you have to do is reunite your family.
But, what would a rowdy band of pirates be without plundering and pillaging settlements, attacking ships, swordfighting, searching for buried treasure and sweeping governors daughters off their feet? You have the entire Caribbean to explore. Meet with merchants, shipwrights, tavern dwellers and more to learn your familys whereabouts.
While on your main quest, you will learn of many mini-quests, such as searching for a lost city, apprehending a wanted criminal, and even defeating other notorious pirates. Gain the trust of countries by attacking enemy ships and doing favors for them, such as protecting a new governor as he is transported from one settlement to another. Learn valuable secrets by courting governors daughters. Attack and board enemy ships, but be prepared for a swordfight if they havent flown the white flag of surrender before you and your crew board.
One of the most difficult goals you can set for yourself is to sack a settlement. You and your crew will go up against the soldiers of the town you choose to attack. Win and the riches are plentiful. Lose and your crew will be sparse. To make things a little more challenging, a good captain must ensure that his crew is happy. Be careful, because they can mutiny and steal a ship from your fleet, or just leave you while you are in port. Earn as much money and fame as you can by stealing, searching for buried treasure, plundering a ship, and earning rewards for capturing criminals. Eventually, youll be too old to continue, so be sure to get your family back together before you retire.
Pirates! is a fun and challenging game for any age. Unfortunately, the main character is always a man, but that is just historically accurate. It doesnt matter, though - Girls will have as much fun as guys with this game.
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Now its time for Sid Meier and Firaxis Games to bring this exquisitely rich, action-adventure game into the 21st century. An entirely new game engine will deliver updated gameplay, stunning new features, spectacular 3D graphics and enhanced surround sound, so players can fully experience the intrigue, adventure and danger of life as a pirate on the Spanish Main. In Pirates! you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize your rightful place as one of the most revered pirates in history. Test your skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3D world. Overtake the enemy and seize valuable booty. Exchange plank-shattering broadsides in fierce naval battles, and engage in duels with worthy opposing captains. Theres a whole cast of interesting and dangerous characters to meet, mysteries to solve, exotic island destinations to discover, and powerful alliances to forge!