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Darkstar
02-12-2004, 23:38:51
Considering all the old Pirate fans on here, I'm surprised that no one has gotten this game and posted their first impressions here. Waiting on Christmas? Not interested?

Venom
03-12-2004, 01:14:07
Getting rave reviews.

MDA
03-12-2004, 12:43:56
haven't looked much yet, but I may ask for it for Christmas.

MDA
03-12-2004, 13:03:21
The PCGamer magazine went quickly from poking fun at it for the dance minigame (prerelease) to loving it after it was released.

Beta1
03-12-2004, 14:13:10
not seen much about it in the UK yet. As yet no UK PC gamer review or any sign of it on the shelves...

Darkstar
03-12-2004, 19:55:12
I don't trust most reviews. They tend to be too nice and forgiving. Now, a Venom review... ;)

MDA
03-12-2004, 20:04:08
Gamespy says its very good, but gets old quickly. Hmm.

Still getting it.

A Venom review would be good. They're anything but forgiving.

Vincent
03-12-2004, 21:11:56
I think it's OK. Finn Willi loves it. It's very similar to the original Pirates. It's quite old fashioned and repitative, but it has that kind of pirate movie mood.

And the dancing part is tough. Anyway I think it's quite OK and better than the other (older) Pirates clones.

MDA
03-12-2004, 21:51:54
One of my cowies said the console Pirates: legend of black cat/fox? was pretty similar.

notyoueither
04-12-2004, 10:08:46
redrum

Beta1
05-12-2004, 19:35:41
ahahaha now on the shelves in the UK

The Mad Monk
06-12-2004, 08:48:55
http://www.somethingpositive.net/arch/innie.gif

http://www.somethingpositive.net

Oerdin
13-12-2004, 08:20:21
Pirates is fun but got boring after about two completed games. I can remember spending months playing the first Pirates game but now it just seems a bit boring and repetative.

MDA
13-12-2004, 12:16:37
I would always get caught in the western part of the gulf and didn't have the patience to sail out against the wind (or to find a place where the wind was most favorable).

Chris
13-12-2004, 20:58:50
Just got the review copy, I'll let you know what I think of it.

Chris
16-12-2004, 15:57:54
Its pretty good.

About repitition, pirate life isn't exactly varied, so I think if you were looking for a RPG, this isn't quite right. You basically have to capture ships, find treasure, and above all, learn to dance.

Dancing may sound stupid, but once you get married in the game, it still plays a part, the girls give away valuable items such as better swords and brace pistols. They also will tell where to find criminals that can be captured for quick cash and quick promotion.

There a LOT of towns in the game, if you get ahold of the spanish and dutch Rutter, more towns are seen. These don't appear on the big map, only on the game board.

I would say this game is just what people wanted the first to be, but the lack of variety of things to do can make it a little boring. However, the game is open ended, if, for example, you want to captuyre every settlement and city and make them dutch, you can do that. You can try a number of different paths to victory, I wish the sword fights were a little less predictable.

Vincent
17-12-2004, 16:15:25
I kinda like it. It's simple and fun.

Chris
17-12-2004, 18:00:59
I do too, it sort of has a Disney Pirates of the Carribean feel to it.

They could have done a little better with the missions, and there is no reason to show a giant fleet trailing you when you capture a few ships.

Darkstar
17-12-2004, 22:04:45
So, in summary... this is the game that Pirates (the original) should have been.

Well, it's only taken, what, 15 years for Sid to get it right then?

Chris
17-12-2004, 22:31:52
The first was damn good, limited only by the tech of 1989.

fp
18-12-2004, 09:11:10
Precisely. It's not really the game that the original should have been - it's the game they wanted to make but couldn't because the technology wasn't there.

Chris
20-12-2004, 22:55:35
Review posted, scored it a 9.2 (9 really, my partner fooled with the scoring so its always a little higher then what I intend)

http://www.strategyinformer.com/reviews/sidmeierspirates.shtml

MDA
21-12-2004, 13:45:10
Excellent. :beer:

I hope its under the tree this weekend.

Funkodrom
21-12-2004, 15:19:20
Originally posted by Chris
The first was damn good, limited only by the tech of 1989.

Absolutely one of the most enjoyable games ever.

Vincent
21-12-2004, 15:34:41
Get the new one, you'll like it. Has the old spirit but it's cooler

Funkodrom
21-12-2004, 15:55:23
I might... need a new PC as well.

fp
21-12-2004, 17:54:58
Arr! Then pillage one from the high seas you old buccaneer!

Vincent
21-12-2004, 19:39:35
Aye, and send that old coffer to Davy jones' locker, me lad!

Chris
21-12-2004, 22:58:45
I have to say, I really got a kick out of that game, but if you want real laughs, look at some of the fan scores for the game.

One guy says the graphics are 'slightly' better than 1989! :lol:

The game needs a top video card to run, and that kid says slight!

Pick this game up guys, you will like it.

Greg W
25-12-2004, 12:34:28
Must add my agreement to all the people suggesting it's a very good game. Been playing it for about 7 hours straight, and it's great fun.

Seems very similar to the original, from memory anyway, but it has been a long time since I played the original. Even the dancing isn't all that bad, though the quick succession of moves that occur occasionally can be a bugger.

Swordplay does seem a tad easy so far, it's about the only part of the game that I breeze through. All you really need is to use one "move", and you can't lose.

Anyway, it gets a :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: rating from me.

Chris
25-12-2004, 15:12:28
Try a swordfight on 'Swashbuckler' level, I couldn't win a fight at this level.

MDA
02-01-2005, 15:36:37
Its "oops, its 3:30 am" good! I captured a French ship of the line, then accidentally sold it before I got a chance to take it for a spin.

Sloops absolutely rule, really.

I don't mind the kissing (dancing) part so much.