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« on: July 09, 2005, 06:43:41 AM »

I have fond memories of Pirates! on my C-64, and I've been waiting for the x-box version of this new one for a while. I've been tempted to get the PC version, but it just seemed like a game that would be suited for sitting back on the sofa, and I like to get away from this comptuer now and then.

IGN's review was posted today, giving it a 9.2.
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2005, 12:18:39 PM »

As someone who recently got the PC version I can tell you the game is a blast!  I played it obsessively for about a week or two and then... I just had no interest in continuing.

You might rent it first.
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2005, 01:24:39 PM »

yes!
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2005, 01:59:42 PM »

I really love Pirates! for the PC. It keeps me playing for hours on end (though as in real life my skill on the dance floor leaves much to be desired :oops: ). I was a huge fan of the C-64 original waaay back-in-the-day, and Pirates! Gold for the PC. The new PC version compares quite well to my nostalgia soaked memories.

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I would suggest renting the Xbox version first. I was also thinking of picking it up myself (I like the PC version that  much), but after playing the ship-to-ship demo on the latest OXM disc, I think I'll pass. I don't know what they did to the rest of the game, but I hate what they did to ship duels. The ships are just way too fast and turn on a dime. It's more like dueling power boats, sorta like a top-down Bloodwake (which I like BTW), complete with power-ups. It's as if they dumbed down the game for console users. Really disappointed me because this is the kind of game I would really like to play from my sofa.

Like I said, I didn't get to play the whole game, just the ship combat demo. But I still advise renting first.  And as always, YMMV.
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2005, 05:33:31 PM »

9.2 from IGN.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2005, 05:34:01 PM »

Anyone who has played the PC version and the Xbox demo care to chime in?  Has the console version been "dumbed down," or is this similar to what was found on the PC?
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2005, 07:11:13 PM »

Sorry, can't help on PC version - OR OXM, darn them!

But, I am really interested in this game - I was totally addicted to Pirates of the Caribbean for XBox, even with all the bugs and a Thomson drive XBox at the time!  If the ship duels aren't too horrid, I can't imagine I wouldn't love this game.

So, as a famous Bostonian would say - IN! :twisted:
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2005, 07:43:07 PM »

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Even better...I own the PC version and I have the 90% complete version that I'm currently previewing.  I can tell you that they have not dumbed it down - in fact, they have added some more stuff to the swordfighting and made the dancing a little easier.  I.E. You hit B, Y, B, B, etc. to do the moves for dancing and if you are severely outnumbered you have to do a little button-press minigame to even the sides a little more.  Also, you can't siege a town of 600 soldiers with 50 people anymore.  On top of that, there are more missions.  I.E. "Be promoted by the English -> Sack a Dutch town -> Capture a Military Payroll" These allow you to move further through a mission to find your family.  

They did simplify treasurehunting...things like "Skull Rock" are shown as landmarks, unless you have a map that says its a treasure clue - then it'll say "Treasure Landmark!"    More as I get into it...
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2005, 08:11:26 PM »

Not really.
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2005, 08:13:23 PM »

Not especially.  That last swashbuckler that was pretty lousy kind of ruined these kinds of games for me.  Just can't get excited about them.  And if all I had to go on was the OXM demo-Gag!.   But I will watch what you all say carefully.
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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2005, 08:46:45 PM »

ive been excited about it since i heard they were doing it for xbox - before that it was just a pipedream!

i absolutely loved Pirates of the Caribbean and if this is exactly the same game minus bugs ill be in heaven.  the whole ship to shore and being able to mess with 2 environs, customizing everything along the way rocks my world
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2005, 08:54:46 PM »

Thanks, KD.  

I held out on getting the PC version to see how the Xbox version came out.  I'd heard about the added stuff, so was very excited.  Then I saw one review of the Xbox version that wasn't good at all (not a major site, but still...) and the demo did not blow me away (though I did realize it had to be just a very small portion of a much bigger whole).

Your words (and the IGN review) encourage me a lot.

How are the ship battles in the near-complete version VS the PC one?

Also, though this game isn't known for graphics prowess, how would you say the two compare?
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2005, 03:33:07 PM »

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I can tell you that they have not dumbed it down - in fact, they have added some more stuff to the swordfighting and made the dancing a little easier.    

They did simplify treasurehunting...things like "Skull Rock" are shown as landmarks, unless you have a map that says its a treasure clue - then it'll say "Treasure Landmark!"  


Very interesting (and encouraging). Making dancing a little easier would help this social-climbing-swashbuckler-wanna-be a great deal.

Treasure hunting already seems pretty easy on the PC version, but the rest of the changes you mentioned make me reconsider a bit.

Like Bullwinkle I'd also like to know "How are the ship battles in the near-complete version VS the PC one?" That demo really left a bad taste in my mouth :\  

Anyway, I'm looking  forward to the CG review. I would really like to see a good pirate game for the Xbox. It's always been a favorite subject of mine, in books & movies as well.
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