Reviews for Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey
Steel vs gunpowder.maciej2601 | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all maciej2601's reviews »
Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey is an action adventure game, developed by Akella's development studio. The player directs the actions of the pirate Captain Abraham Nightingale Grey, who is embroiled in a complicated intrigue during the Civil War. The game uses RenderWare engine, even the well-known series Grand Theft Auto.
Not a bad game.psymantis | April 4, 2011 | See all psymantis's reviews »
The idea behind this game is that during the American Civil War there was a resurgence of privateers. Galleons and Ironclads fought each other and blockaded ports. I wouldn't look too much into it instead it's an excuse to have pirate ships with more modern weaponry blasting the heck out each other.
Metacritic gives this game an average of 44 with some very low reviews from critics. While it's true this game doesn't do anything new I personally found it fun. The sword fights when boarding go on too long and the UI can be a little clunky but a good experience can be found if you play it with an open mind. It's quite a shallow game but when I played it I enjoyed it.
Graphically it looks rather nice with a hand drawn quality that is appealing. The ship battles pre-boarding play like a more arcadey version of Sid Meier's Pirates. Poetic license has been taken with history so having a missile fired at your ship is to be expected along with the different types of cannon balls.
The negatives are the game can feel repetitive with a long boarding sequence and the voice overs in the game are done in strange grunts similar to Sid Meier's Pirates which is annoying in both games. I believe this game is worth purchasing at a budget price with low expectations. It is heavily inspired by Sid Meier's Pirates but is faster paced so in my opinion is worth trying. The gameplay isn't original and the history is nonsense but as a fun shallow game it's worth giving it a go when it's on sale.