Sid Meier's Pirates! for PC, PSP and etc. is a remake of the classic game from eightiesí. Similarly to the original game, the new version is a mix of features present in action games, adventure games and cRPGs. It takes place during the age of the pirates of the Caribbean. The players receive an unusual opportunity to become one of the pirates and leave their mark in history.
Similarly to the original Pirates!, the developers (including Sid Meier himself) provided an open, almost unlimited world (the game ends once the players decide itís time for a retirement). It is possible to sail a ship or a whole fleet in any direction the players want. They can plunder cities, sink trading convoys or even offer services to colonial empires: England, France, Holland or Spain.
Sid Meierís Pirates! is a title that consists of several mini-games that make the game a very unique experience among other pirate games. Among the features included in the game there is an option to control a ship or a fleet to avoid storms or escape enemy ships. Players can stop in ports to replenish supplies, recruit crew, repair ships, sell loot, listen to local gossips or accept quests (all of that can be done through a special menu).
It is also possible to visit influential governors and increase protagonistís social status, to participate in naval battles including ship maneuvering, shooting at enemies and boarding, to participate in melee combat by using sables and many special attacks or to escape prisons by avoiding guards and by moving through the labyrinths of alleys in the port (the player is taken to a prison after he or she loses a naval battle).
Other activities available in the PC, PSP and etc. version of Sid Meierís Pirates! include looking for legendary, buried treasures by collecting pieces of old maps, leading pirates during an assaults on ports and cities (this activity features a simplified RTS interface) and conquering the hearts of governors' daughters (for example by performing heroic acts or dancing).
The game features special items such as better sables or a barometer. They improve the protagonistís combat efficiency or skills of navigating the ship during harsh conditions. Players can also encounter specialists that can be recruited to the crew and increase combat efficiency or the shipís parameters. Another feature in the game is the option to look for lost family members and to fight against an evil pirate responsible for the death of protagonistís parents.
The new version offers the same content as the original title, although it was expanded and the gameplay was polished. The biggest change is the new, three-dimensional graphics engine. The visuals are aesthetical and good-looking. The gameís world imitates the seventeenthí and eighteenthí century, although it uses a slightly cartoonish style. Ships look authentic, and people are wearing clothes typical for the times.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium III 1 GHz, 256 MB RAM, graphic card 64 MB, 1.2 GB HDD
Uses: Xbox Live
Uses: memory card 32 MB
Microsoft Xbox 360
Uses: Xbox Live