Conclusion: Sid Meier’s Pirates! is definitely not for every breed of gamer, which is no big surprise. While the subject matter of pirates is intriguing, many gamers will be instantly turned off by the basic graphics, dated audio track, and strategy-heavy gameplay. For those of you who are buying this game for the basic graphics, dated audio track, and strategy-heavy gameplay - and you know who you are - you’ve stumbled upon a unique treasure.
Excerpt: Captain Pugwash, Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, Blackbeard, Dodgy Den that lives down the road. They are all pirates. 2K Games and Firaxis have released Sid Meier's Pirates for the Xbox, meaning that you can join this illustrious group. Ok, perhaps Den should be carrying out some community service, but the others are all top dogs in their profession. Can Sid Meier's Pirates join this illustrious group or will it be made to walk the plank?
Excerpt: Pirates is a game that gives a you a tall ship and sets you loose to pillage, plunder, or defend the 17th Century Caribbean – the path that you follow is entirely up to you. This type of open-ended gameplay is more common in PC games than on consoles, so it’s not too surprising that Pirates is actually a PC game that has made its way to the Xbox. Luckily for Xbox gamers, it also happens to be a quite good PC game that has made its way to the Xbox.
Excerpt: Sid Meierâ€™s: Pirates, is the latest creation of the PC game mastermind Sid Meier. This game was originally a PC title, but has now found its way onto the Xbox. The case of transferring a PC game, in this case, a strategy game, usually ends up in a hard to play title, but the work on this game by Firaxis has created a very enjoyable high seas experience.
Excerpt: Celebrated gamesmith Sid Meier is probably most well known for his Civilization series. The enormously popular strategy title, first released at the beginning of the 90s, has since undergone two re-iterations. Praise was also heaped on his space civilisation sim Alpha Centauri. But well before the creation of Civilisation, Sid’s name was already inextricably linked with a game which to this day is still remembered fondly as an all-time classic: Sid Meier’s Pirates!
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.
Excerpt: Do you enjoy buckling your swash? Do you crave the attainment of attractive sea legs? Are cannons and swords a desired part of you personal, portable armory? Is wooing the daughters of foreign dignitaries an active pastime? Do you consider the plunder of burning merchant wrecks and the commandeering of captured military frigates a well-paid side job?
Excerpt: A real-time strategy, role-playing, action/adventure Johnny Depp-ish epic, similar to its PC counterpart released last year (itself a remake of an 80's era game), but so thoroughly overhauled, so mindfully tweaked to console controller conventions, that it seems like it was born to be on Xbox.