Sid Meier's Pirates!
"Pirates! is unlike any other game in the current PC catalog. Unless you hate fun, you'll love it." - IGN.com
"An amazing, wonderfully lighthearted game that boasts an intoxicating blend of strategy and action, and as such it's a dire threat to your professional and personal productivity...Quite simply one of the most enjoyable games to come out in years." - Gamespot.com
Sail the Caribbean, marauding all on the high seas or ally your ship and crew as a privateer in search of riches - the life you choose is up to you. Face dogged enemies, raid unsuspecting villages, woo fair maidens, avoid capture or dig for buried treasure. Discover what it takes to become one of the most famous pirates in history!
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.
As your reputation and skills grow, so will the size and quality of your crew, and your ability to take on larger enemy ships, raid and plunder heavily fortified ports, and locate ancient treasure. There's a whole cast of interesting and dangerous characters to meet, mysteries to solve, exotic island destinations to discover, and powerful alliances to forge.
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, and deeper and more varied role-playing experience, including multiple paths to a wealthy, happy retirement.
- Experience an all-new story built upon the most fun and compelling features of the original Pirates! game
- Live out multiple quests through a non-linear, open life timeline where every decision poses distinct challenges and possibilities
- Witness the consequences of your actions in current events throughout the Pirates! world
- Battle, overtake and command 27 different ship types, enhanced with assorted ammo, cannon and other upgrades
- Take on various foes including merchant and military captains, ferocious pirates, evil gentry and even rival suitors - each with different skills and abilities
- Confront enemies on board ships, in seedy taverns, on the ramparts and even at the Governor's mansion
- Wield weapons - or anything within your reach - as you fence against foes
- Engage in fierce naval battles fighting single enemies or multiple ships
- Sneak into towns, escape out of prisons, navigate around adversaries and surprise unsuspecting vessels
- Dispatch landing parties of buccaneers in strategic battles to take over entire cities
- Increase your riches and impress the governor's daughter with your charm, fame, heroism - even your dancing abilities
- Collect items (swords, spyglasses, armour, hats, coats, etc.) that improve skills or provide other new benefits and view them in a new inventory system
- Enhance your gameplay experience with downloadable content including flags, sail emblems, character skins and more
Great Ship Combatmamberu | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all mamberu's reviews »
Even eight years after the release of Sid Meier;s Pirates! the game still holds up when compared to any other pirate game.
The ship combat should be the biggest part to any pirate game, and this game clearly knew that. The fights are rather simple but are very fun. You need to keep track of the wind, which cannon shots you want to use, what type of ship you and your enemy have and more.
The fighting while on an enemy ship is just as simplistic, its a paper, rock, scissors type of fight. You choose one of 3 swords, either a fast but less powerful, a slow but heavy hitter, or an all rounder. The attack system in this mode is more of a reaction style gameplay, duck certain attacks, jump other, parry, some, or attack before your opponent finishes readying their attack.
Then theres also politics, a story of revenge and family, buried treasures to find, and much more to this game. I would recommend playing it if you can.
Timesinktaytothief | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all taytothief's reviews »
It's not the most modern looking, but it's still a really fun game. I've sunk so many hours into this, there's so many options and different ways to play. Great sandbox gameplay.
Extremely AddictiveCrymson84 | Aug. 20, 2013 | See all Crymson84's reviews »
Sid Meier's Pirates! is one of those rare games that will consume hours by the bucketload. Though its gameplay is relatively basic and somewhat limited, it manages to avoid feeling repetitive, and is insidiously immersive. As a sandbox title, how you proceed is up to you, and the freedom that this produces makes for a game of surprising scope and replayability.
In all, this is a title of the quality that we've all grown to expect from Firaxis Games. It is very certainly worth its price.
Pirate Sandbox done rightdarkyhbk | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »
Sid Meier's Pirates ! is the perfect pirate sandbox game. It gives you the command of a ship and the ability to do whatever your childhood pirate dreams consisted of. You'll explore the Caribbean Sea, plundering ships, cities, trading resources, hunting famous pirates and courting daughters of rich gouvernors. The ship controls are very intuitive and easy to learn, but hard to master. When in combat, you'll have to take into account matters such as ship size, mobility, number of cannons and wind direction. Quite a few things. Then, you can use special projectiles in order to rip apart the mast and slow the ship down, or you can use fire projectiles, which hurt the crew significantly. There's a loyalty system, depending on your actions for or against the factions (English, French, Spanish, Dutch), so you'll get benefits if you decide to play friendly with some and only plunder others. While not on sea, you'll be able to trade resources in cities, explore islands for treasure, or make use of a fun dancing minigame in order to court gouvernors' daughters, offer them presents and ultimately marry the girl of your choice. On the whole, this is a very enjoyable and fun take on pirating life, which will hook you in for hours and hours.
A Classic Reborn!F4T4LV0iD | July 22, 2013 | See all F4T4LV0iD's reviews »
I remember picking up Sid Meier's Pirates! back in the mid-90's for DOS after hearing a lot of buzz from friends. I fell in love with this game instantly and sunk hours after hours into this game. This remake slaps a nice fresh coat of paint on this classic without stripping away anything that made the original great.
The game is totally open-ended and you can amass your fortune how you wish, though there is a story in the game you can follow at your own leisure, but be warned, your health will fade over the years and injuries will pile up after ship battles and swordfights.
If you want to sail around the Caribbean and sink trade ships and pillage their goods to sell at nearby ports, take up missions for your country to earn some gold and fame, or search for your long lost family members, it's totally up to you. One thing is for certain though, if you've ever dreamed of being a pirate of the high seas, this is the game for you.