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All Round Fun,
This review is from: Sid Meier's Pirates (Xbox) (Video Game)
Ultimately, Pirates is a simple game in an age where games are becoming more and more complicated with much more involved storylines, not that it's a bad thing.
What makes this such a good game is the sheer variety involved. You play the captain of a band of pirates and you start out with your little ship which you can upgrade and trade in for bigger vessels. There is a storyline you can work through by completing various quests and the gameplay revolves around several different events.
Chase down other ships and engage them in battle. Battles can be won by destroying the enemy ship, killing all it's crew or defeating the captain in single combat. The more crew you kill, the easier these single combats are. On defeating a ship, you can plunder and sink it or add it to your fleet, building up your own armada.
Of course, at some point, you're forced to return to port and divide up your ill-gotten gains, at which point you are reduced back down to just your flagship. In port, you can also stock up on supplies and recruit more crewmen. You can even visit the ports governor and try to impress his daughter with your dancing skills.
With four nations represented(England, France, Spain and Holland), the continual plundering of a single nations ships will see a bounty placed on your head and if you need to dock in one of those enemy nations ports you will face a hostile reception. At this point, you can choose to attack the port from the sea, engage in a land battle or sneak into town.
While none of these individual game types is particularly in depth, it is the variety that makes this game. With reasonable sound, lush graphics and some comedic interludes, this is one you can pick up time and time again and still enjoy.