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Sid Meier's Pirates! (PC DVD)

by Mastertronic Ltd
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000RPKRE2
  • Release Date: 28 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,426 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

In Pirates you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize your rightful place as one of the most revered and feared pirates in history. Test your skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3D world. Overtake the enemy and seize valuable booty. Exchange plank-shattering broadsides in fierce naval battles, and engage in duels with worthy opposing captains.

As your reputation and skills grow, so will the size and quality of your crew, and your ability to take on larger enemy ships, raid and plunder heavily fortified ports, and locate ancient treasure. There's a whole cast of interesting and dangerous characters to meet, mysteries to solve, exotic island destinations to discover, and powerful alliances to forge.

The new Pirates carries on with the great gameplay and design simplicity tradition of the award-winning original while adding more challenging and exciting battle options, and deeper and more varied role-playing experience, including multiple paths to a wealthy, happy retirement.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By S. Cox
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, so I may be a little biased having spent the majority of my younger years playing the original version of Pirates! on my old Amiga, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this updated version has somehow managed to be even better.

As the title would suggest, Pirates! puts the player in the role of a privateer sailing the Caribbean in search of his long lost family, an evil villain and, of course, lots of loot and plunder. The quests are really more guidelines than rules, which is what I always loved about this game - you can do exactly what you want whether it's serving your chosen nation in the war, chasing other pirates and criminals, digging up buried treasure or sacking towns and wooing governors' daughters.

This game really does have everything. Swordfights, sea battles, land expeditions, promotions, tactical land battles, even dancing (which is actually trickier than it sounds!). Whether you're trading in Port Royal or terrorising the Spanish Main, there's never a dull moment.

If you're thinking of buying this, do it. It's certainly the best few pounds I ever spent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Sid Meier is a man who understands what makes a good game. A look at his list of credits will reveal many games that have now been labelled as classics - Civilization, Colonization, Gettysburg, Alpha Centauri, Railroad Tycoon and, of course, Pirates!

The joy of Pirates is that it is a really simple gaming concept executed well. There gameplay is unpretentious, the graphics are attractive and the storyline is there for those who want it and can be ignored by those who do not. There are multiple measures for you to assess your success - whether it is the number of family members found, the amount of wealth accumulated or simply enemy pirates or ships defeated or scuttled.

The mechanics of the gameplay are well-designed; duels are fast and exciting (though perhaps a little easy), sea battles require brains as well as out-gunning your opponent whilst storming a town requires careful positioning and an understanding of your military units. One aspect of the game I like is that people can play it completely differently. Some like to trade or plunder ships whereas I have always been a "sack a town and hand it over to my chosen nation" sort of pirate.

There are however some weaker elements that do not quite work. For instance, I found the governor's daughter dance sequences a tedious exercise in sequenced button pressing. Another gripe is that progress against the wind can feel painfully slow and frustrating. Eventually your character can upgrade his ship to assist him in sailing against the wind but there are frequently occasions where you find your ship slowing to a crawl (or even a halt).

Overall Pirates is a highly satisfying gaming experience. It is a game that you will find yourself returning to from time to time and that still looks great and plays well. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Feb. 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game based on my enjoyment of ye olde game: Colonization, which I thought was also fantastic stuff.

This is the kind of game that keeps you playing even when you know you should be doing other things like eating or going to sleep. The mechanics of the game are such that all it takes is practice and you will be able to bring down any villainous pirate in close combat, or win the heart of any governors daughter in the ball-room.

If you like treasure, sword fighting and "honorable pirates" then you'll enjoy this game, and when you've played it once you'll probably want to go back again and do it better!

If you use an ATI graphics card set the CCC 3D setting to performance and hope the game is feeling charitable otherwise the graphics in the cut scenes can get quite choppy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, can't believe I over looked it! 18 Nov. 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a really fun game, you live the life of a pirate - swashbuckling, looting, dueling, pillaging and "arr"ing in a non-linear bucket of fun! It combines strategy, character development... a bit from every genre of game and it is so well executed.
The main portion of the game is spent sailing at see, battling enemy-nation ships (and pirates arrr!)and is an over-head view controlled by the number pad. The main selling point for me is the way you carve your fame and fortune - battling pirate ships, recruiting a crew... searching for buried treasure.
It's not very similar to anything else out there it encourages you to play as you want... I give this game 5 stars and I really mean it (I haven't played anything this good since fallout!). This really is up there with the greatest games of all time due to its open-endedness and the sheer joy you get from living the life of a pirate.
For me this is what PC games should be all about!
You can get it at a bargain online or in the shops and for £10 or less this is great value and I urge you to buy it!
Only downpoint for me is the ballroom dancing mini-game.... purely because it is so hard!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I decided to buy this game based on a review on a website, and I am SO glad I did!

From the moment you hear the salt-air tinged intro music, to the day you retire to some sunny colony, it's fun all the way.

Some games expect you to earn your fun, forcing you to sit through hours of tedium until you get to do something that makes you grin, but Pirates is NOT one of those games; within minutes you're terrorising towns, boarding barque's, digging for buried treasure and dancing with governor's daughters.
The only limitations are time and the goals you set yourself. Do you want to be the most notorious pirate? The richest? The discoverer of lost Inca cities? A landowner? The choices are almost endless!

Sure, if high end graphics excite you then Pirates isn't your thing; but the graphics are ideal for this type of game, allowing you to manage your fleet of cut-throats and get totally immersed in a 17th century world of high adventure.

I heartily recommend it for anyone who likes action, strategy, trading and adventure games - there's something for everyone, all it lacks is an online mode to make it even more perfect than it already is!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All time classic.
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