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"Pirates! is unlike any other game in the current PC catalog. Unless you hate fun, you'll love it." - IGN.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.
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The game is a bit old and that might/can cause some problems on newer pc's due to the age of the game. However, the game is superb and deserves the praise. The game is open world Pirate simulator with many things to do. For example you can raid cities, plunder ships and cities,wage wars on countries, and even dance with the governors daughters which even can lead to marriage. The game puts great emphasis on giving the player freedom to do whatever they want in the game. You're not required to follow the story and even if you complete the story it doesn't end the game. meaning that you will have free will do play the game however you want. The gameplay mechanics can change a lot, when you play different sections of the game. (For example the controls for the ship battles will be different from the controls when you're dancing) For the most part you're using your mouse, wasd or arrow keys to control your ship around, but you can also change it to use your Numlock controls. the numlock controls are used in minigames, such as dancing and raids. those games have their entirely own gameplay aspect. As dancing is based upon quick time events, and raids are turn-based strategy battles. For an older game you're not expecting amazing graphics based upon todays standards. Some even have said that the graphics look a bit child friendly. But that's up to the player to decide. They are still decent enough for the game. If you love pirate themed game you should definitely get this game.
In this game you are very free, first you create a character, then you can do pretty much whatever you want. You can wipe out a whole nation by conquering all of their colonies, or you can follow the story and save your family from the some villain. I don't really know what it's about because i always start doing something else like marrying all the women. Or maybe conquering every ship you see. Well, the possibilities are endless. You can have lots of ships following you and have like 300 crew members or something. It's just really fun.
This may be a case of a game aging poorly, but I don't think this game is all that amazing. it's fun, the combat is ok, the humor is great, the story is pretty good and it's oozing with creativity. The navigation is terrible, the graphics have aged poorly (which I can forgive but it is worth mentioning), and it gets horribly tedious and repetitive. It's worthwhile but not amazing.
With a new look, Sid Meier's Pirates still manages to be as much fun as it was all those years ago. It's a great pirate game that let's you trade, battle, vie for governors daughters and take part siding with countries and take down other pirates to be No. 1. One of the best pirate games around and worth getting.
For anyone who had enjoyed the old DOS/Windows classic of Sid Meier's Pirates! Gold but wanted a nice fresh new colorful 3D look to it should be in for a treat with this game. It brings back all of the aspects from the original game and re-tweaks them to today's standards of modern gaming. One new feature however I am not a fan of is the "dancing" mini-game, which I found to just be completely unnecessary, yet I guess it was added as a means to "earn" the favor of courting a young lady. One feature in this game I rather enjoyed is that it is more story-driven, in that you are trying to locate your abducted family from evil pirates. It adds a nice goal to meet along with going at your own pace to amass fame and fortune. If I had any suggestion of what to add to this game and even it's predecessor it would be to be able to continue the game after you "retire", say as if you had a child with your wife in the game, when they grow up you could continue with them, but that is a minor gripe. The game surely keeps you coming back for more swashbuckling fun!
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