Game Review: Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Game Review: Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:58 pm

I broke down a few months back and purchased this at the local WallyWorld for something to do on Tuesdays. It's so enjoyable I figured I'd review it and post here, so without any further fluff, I give you Sid Meier's Pirates!

From out of the past it rises to return to the modern world...


For those of you who remember the old Dos version or even the Win 3.11 version, this is going to look very familiar, but don't let it fool you. It might be the same game concept, but with excellent new graphics and a few new twists to the gameplay, this is most definitely NOT the Pirates! you played back in the day.

Your family has been kidnapped, your fortune gone, nothing remains for you save a berth aboard a ship sailing to the new world, bound to haul freight for the great European powers. Your sailing master is a cruel and uncaring man, bent on maximizing profit and not worried how he'll do it. An accident, a storm, a mutiny! Suddenly you find yourself master of this new vessel by acclaim of your shipmates. A fortune awaits you on the Spanish main!

Do you: Turn Pirate hunter and take down the notorious pirates of the age? Do you search out and rescue your missing family? Do you capture and plunder the rich Spanish treasure fleet? Do you wine, dine, and dance all the Governor's daughters? It's entirely up to you.

Gameplay is VERY much like it was in the old version. Sail around the Caribbean, sink or board and capture enemy ships (or any ships), loot the booty, gain (or lose) reputation with the 4 superpower countries, and with it gain promotions, land, money, and the chance to marry that beautiful governor's daughter.

There are a few new twists in game though -
You can invade enemy towns - and now the land-based fighting is much more elaborate and challenging.

You can dance with the governor's daughters - and gain rewards in the form of items, lost treasure map fragments, or information.

The swashbuckling swordplay still remains very much the same as it was back in the day - but what it lacks in originality it regains with solid graphics and sound.

So on the 10 scale:

Graphics - 8 (but only because I get the occasional jitters)
Sound - 9 (the characters you interact with don't speak english. one grows tired of hearing jibberish a-la Sims)
Gameplay - Overall a solid 10.

You'll spend hours of action-packed fun at the helm. VERY little of it is designed purely to waste your time, and most of the old time wasters have been removed (it takes about 5 minutes to sail east in the caribbean as opposed to the 2 hours in the original version).

So there ya have it! Enjoy!

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