Excerpt: In Pirates , you assume the role of Katarina who's forced to take command of her ship the Wind Dancer, after her father's death. She sets out on a quest to assemble all the pieces of the mystical Chartstone, which her mother once owned, and exact her revenge on her father's killer the infamous Captain Hawke.
Excerpt: Arr Matey! This be Cap’n Linkphreak, sailin’ the digital seas with me mates in search of treasure! We fear no ship, curse, or bounty hunter. And when we pull into shore, lock up yer valuables, yer daughters and yer weapons if ye don’t want any trouble. (cough, cough) … Okay, that’s enough of that imitation … It’s hard to come up with pirate dialogue that doesn’t sound cheesy, not to mention that its murder on your throat.
Excerpt: Ye fill the boots … ahem, you take the helm as Katarina De Leon, daughter of a wealthy governor within the Five Isles. Blessed with a priviledged upbringing in a dangerous environment, Katarina wants for nothing. Nothing, that is, except the taste of adventure and excitement. You see, Katarina has an alter ego. Known around the isles as the Black Kat, she and her ship, the Wind Dancer are regarded as maritime Robin Hoods. Arr Matey!
Excerpt: Aaron got his turn on Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat, this time on the Xbox, and his evaluation is pretty much the same as Jeremy's opinion of the PS2 version. How can you have a scene like the one at right and not have more of a sense of humor in your game? Click.
Pros: ups: Pirates, and lots of them; good sound; great concept for the game; did we mention the pirates?
Cons: downs: No sense of humor; control and camera issues; just kind of mediocre.
Conclusion: “liberating” forts. The action is fairly split between the two. The Captain mode (taking direct control of Kat) plays like most action platform jumpers (such as Mario 64 or Obi-Wan). Kat’s main weapon is her sword, which she uses to attack enemies and defend herself. Besides the regular swings, she can also perform a power attack which is charged up as Kat makes successful hits on enemies.
Excerpt: The latest offering from Electronic Arts is not a sports title, instead we are treated to a game about pirates. In the past, not too many games based on pirates have been successful. In fact, only Sega's Skies of Arcadia really comes to mind. Oh, and let's not forget that Vyse and his crew weren't just pirates, they were air pirates.