Whenever a new game arrives that offers swashbuckling adventure on the high seas I’m always pretty immediately interested. The desire to play a modern incarnation of the classic Sid Meier’s Pirates is strong, but while many have tried, none have really managed to pull it off. While it can’t be faulted for a lack of ambition, as there are many things to do in the game (especially since with the newly-released DLC you can additionally manage your own Pirate Haven), the problem is more often with the interface and controls you’ll need to use to try to manage everything. While perhaps on a PC using a mouse and keyboard all of the management tasks you’ll need to engage in pretty regularly aren’t quite so cumbersome but I could tell even as I was being walked through the tutorials for things like managing the buying and selling of cargo that it was going to be a bit ugly. Certainly elements like ship-to-ship combat and trying to board enemy ships to take them by force are highlights, but then while elements like the inclusion of mighty threats from the deep may sound cool in practice they seem to just show up to wreck your progress as you struggle to figure out what to do. If you’re a real fan of pirate titles it’s well worth a try, just be warned that while there are bright spots there are also some areas that you’ll likely dread needing to work through as well.
Justin Nation, Score: