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Yo Ho Ho And A Very Good Game
on 7 September 2003
Pirates really seem to be the lastest thing right now, and with the release of the film, surprise surprise, here comes the game.
But seriously, this game is very very good. I usually hate these sorts of games, I find them fiddly and difficult to control. To start with, the controls for the game are odd, but are easy to get used to. I do say though, make full use of the training at the beginning of the game, because you're on your own after that.
You start off in the little town of Oxbay, a peaceful English held island. Once you've done your trading and got yourself a crew (from the local inn), you leave the island, which is almost immediately taken by the French. Your task really, is to island hop, do a bit of trade to earn cash and undertake missions for various people on each island. One of the great things about this game is the ability to walk, run, fight, talk and go virtually anywhere on land. Not only that, but when you put to sea you can actually control your ship i.e. how many sails you want up, what cannonballs you want loaded etc. This game is almost unrestricted, unlike so many others I've seen.
The graphics for this game though is what really seals it. Probably best used when you're out at sea, and honestly, you'd think you were watching a film. This game really makes full use of the Xbox's capability and the game looks absolutely stunning. At sea, you are able to engage in battles with other ships, whereby you can choose to fire cannons manually or let the crew do it. You even have the ability to board and take over enemy ships. The game is that open.
A word of warning though, when at sea, there is an annoying tendency to get caught up in a battle or a storm when you least expect it, and when you're new to the game, you're likely to sink. Make sure you save the game ON DRY LAND. You can't save the game when you're at sea! So if you sink, you can at least revert back to just when you were about to leave port.
The game has some great features as well though. If you are lost on an island, by pressing 'Y' you can go straight to certain destinations e.g. Townhall, Store etc. Make full use of this, because it is easy to get lost.
If you own an Xbox, and want a different, exciting, challenging and enjoyable game, buy this one. I'd probably go so far as to say that this game is as good as, if not better than Halo - it is THAT impressive.