The Caribbean, in the turbulent 17th Century. The mighty kingdoms of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands fight over the colonies. And there you are, a young sea captain whose only goal is to become the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve that goal, you may choose one of the two available campaigns: will you become an Adventurer or a Trader?
If you chose the way of the Adventurer, lead an unforgiving campaign for the conquest of the seas: invasion, piracy, bounty hunting, raiding; do whatever it takes to build your own empire in the Caribbean. And of course, trade will have a less important role to play in your rise.
The way of the Trader is mostly about developing your riches and your economic power. To be the most powerful Trader of the New World, you have to create trade routes, build industries and develop the economy of the colonies. In Free Play mode, you can mix both of those in any way you want, letting you create your own unique and exciting story.
For the first time in the acclaimed Port Royale series, you are not alone in the beautiful and seemingly so peaceful seas of the Caribbean. The Multiplayer mode allows up to 4 players to play through LAN or over the Internet. Develop a successful trading company, lead your ships in beautiful 3D naval battles and force your opponents to their knees!
Two different single player campaigns: Adventurer and Trader
Naval battles, raids, plundering and invasions await the Adventurer, while the Trader will develop trade routes and the economy to earn glory, fortune and power
16 different ship types, such as powerful Galleons or versatile Frigates
Organize trade with 60 different cities such as Port-au-Prince or Tortuga
A competitive Multiplayer mode for up to 4 players
A comprehensive trade system, with supply and demand dynamically setting the price of goods and wares, like in the real world
This is one of the best economic strategies I have ever played, and the settings of the game is in the Caribbean! We have a choice of two campaigns, the first two are typical tutorials that introduce the player into the mechanisms of economics and introducing simple solutions to common problems. The rest of the campaign is based on an acquired skills. Alongside the campaign, we have the option of a free-play sandbox scenario, where we choose our own development strategies.
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.
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.
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.
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