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Buggy but beautiful

  • May 1, 2005
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A very fun and wonderful updated version of the old PIRATES & PIRATES GOLD games that we all know and love from the 80's and 90's.

It isn't easy to improve on one of the greatest games ever made but it is done from the addition of Missions and Pirates havens, to the quest for revenge to the various types of shot and upgrades to the ships.

The Land combat is MUCH better as is the use of landmarks for treasure maps.

The fly in the ointment and it is a BIG one are the bugs. This game made my 6 month old system crash and crash again. There seems to be an issue with some Intel graphic chips that I was able to resolve after about a week. It is the reason why this game gets the 3 star rating. People want this stuff working out of the box. If a computer tech like myself has to spend days chasing down a fix (which was NOT provided by the publisher) then most users will not even want to try.

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Originally released in 1987,Pirates!received unprecedented critical acclaim for crossing multiple game genres to offer unique, unrivaled gameplay options.Pirates!set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.

Now it's time for Sid Meier and Firaxis Games to bring this pioneering action-adventure game into the 21st century. An entirely new game engine will deliver updated gameplay, stunning new features, spectacular 3D graphics and enhanced sound effects, 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 (and feared!) 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.

The new Pirates! carries on with the great gameplay and design simplicity tradition of the award-winning original, while adding more challenging and exciting battle options. It offers a deeper and more varied role-playing experience that includes multiple paths to a wealthy retirement. This and many other features and additions make this ...

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