Reviews for Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants

78

Realistic economy and pirate battles - everyone wins

draculrosu12 | March 3, 2013 | See all draculrosu12's reviews »

Imagine Farmville, but instead of lamely set in a single farmstead, this is set on the high seas and there's NO annoying of friends to play and send gifts. If you like buying/selling goods and building your own company, you can play in Merchant mode, but if you like more action, you can jump into Adventurer mode and play more pirate-hunting and exploration type missions.

I like the fact that this has support for Xbox 360-type controllers, which makes it a lot more playable over having to remember all the keyboard commands. You might prefer the keyboard - to each his/her own.

89

Good game, but not a big step forwards

Cooberstooge | Sept. 13, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »

I like all the Port Royale titles, and have been playing the series since back when it came out. The games have always looked good, but they cater to the series economic and trading simulation fans out there, more than anything. Despite the fact that this newest addition to the series is very good, there's not a lot in the way of new things to be found here, despite the hints and promises that had been dropped since early on in development.

This newest game looks absolutely fantastic, with freakishly realistic water, well-detailed ports, and great naval battles. Even the static windows used during the management and trading aspect of the game are quite nice to look at, as they evoke the style of old maps and documents. The game sounds good, with lots of suitable adventurous seafaring ambience playing in the background. Controls are well-placed, and are re-configurable should you so have the desire to do so.

Multiplayer is in, and is quite fun. The community around Port Royale 3 is unfortunately rather small, though, so there will be times when you cannot find folks to play with or against. When you can get into a game, it's always nice and stable, and you'll rarely have major issues with lag.

I definitely recommend this one to all fans of the series, even though there's not a lot of innovation this time around, and to newcomers - Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants is a great starting point.

74

Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants

maciej2601 | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all maciej2601's reviews »

The third game in the popular series of economic policies. The action takes place in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century, the time when the influence of the region fought monarchies of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands. As a young captain trying to make a fortune and build a reputation. This objective can be achieved by taking a dangerous expeditions, as well as through trade.