Reviews and Problems with Sid Meier's Pirates!
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Sid Meier\'s Pirates!
4 July 2013
Excerpt: The original incarnation of Pirates!, which came out in 1987, was a bit of a sensation, drawing upon multiple game play elements to create a diverse and engaging adventure that had great replay value. Recent years have seen a new round of pirate sims of varying quality, including Sea Dogs (PC), Pirates of the Carribean (multiplatform), and Galleon (Xbox), to name a few. But leave it to the architect himself, Sid Meier, to once again redefine the genre. Pirates!
Excerpt: Since the first Pirates! game, countless titles have attempted to capture the magical, swashbuckling action—leaving bargain bins as cluttered as a pirates' graveyard. This epic remake ensures that you won't have to settle for a second-rate tale of adventure on the high seas. Cast anchor, seek revenge on the villains who betrayed your family, and sail the Caribbean in search of riches and glory.
Summary: Parents need to know that players battle it out with ships and swords, but there isn't any blood, guts, or gore. In fact, the cut scenes at the end of a battle show enemies either surrendering peacefully or jumping into the sea to escape. Barmaids wear skimpy clothes and some gameplay takes place in a tavern. The game even contains some educational elements that may spark your kids' interest in history.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Modern reinventions of classic games have rarely gone so well. Pirates! retains the spirit of the original and has charm and enthusiasm of which most games can only dream. A bright, bold adventure which, though essentially relatively simple, has enough to keep anyone happy for a considerable while.
Conclusion: is a tight design that, instead of going with an everything including the kitchen sink design, is tightly controlled to distill the game down to it’s essence. Another fine game from Firaxis Games and worthy of stuffing in the stocking of any gamer.
Excerpt: I haven’t played the original (even if I actually owned a C64 computer), but as people say it was pure addiction. Sid Meier’s Pirates! was first released in 1987 and is still famous for its addictive gameplay, which included elements of strategy, action and role-playing genres. You got yourself in some quite nice piracy adventures and treasure hunting… The remake of the game is a creation of Firaxis and Atari.
Pros: Charming visuals, great gameplay, relaxing and entertaining
Cons: Monotonous music, replayability lost after many hours of gameplay
Excerpt: Pirates are great, aren’t they? The thirst for adventure, sea battles, wooden legs, sword fighting, parrots, eye patches and, of course, the lingo make up the persona of a pirate that we seem to love so very much. Ask anyone what the first thing they think of when the words ‘treasure’ and ‘rum’ are mentioned and it’s bound to be ‘pirates’ every time.
Excerpt: Games romanticizing the lives of pirates have been popular since the first release of
Pirates! developed by Sid Meier for the Commodore 64 in 1987. Over the last 20 years, other titles such as
Port Royale, Sea Dogs, and even the space-based Freelancer have attempted to capture the romance and excitement of being in control of a warship, answering to no higher authority, and exploring vast areas in search of booty and fame.