Pirates of the Caribbean
before they became the target of music moguls, they sailed the high
seas in search of adventure and booty. Hollywood has brought us
many a tale of these ocean scourges from Tyrone Power in “The
Black Swan” to “Treasure Island”. Disney in turn
made pirates into an interactive attraction years ago, and pirates
have peppered videogame consoles as well.
While many are awaiting the latest “Pirates!”
adventure from Sid Meier, the creative captain who took PC gaming
to new heights, Bethesda Softworks and Akella launched a pirate
adventure of their own for PC and Xbox gamers. Although darker than
real life adventures of real life swashbucklers like Jean Lafitte,
who legend has it turned hero, fighting for liberty in the Battle
of New Orleans and buried millions in booty in the Louisiana swamps,
the game’s music and life-like adventures on the seas make
Determined to Take You Back…
Set during the golden age of piracy, the old “new
world” is an enchanting and wondrous land. Walking among the
town folk, you feel like you are there. The raw wilderness of an
island teaming with lush greenery alone pulls you in; the visuals
truly make the game a spectacular difference.
Pulling off a RPG adventure game, complete with
sword play, ship battles and commerce is hard enough, but to make
the characters look authentic and to make the ships look like the
real deal and not toy boats is a genuine achievement.
Pirates of the Caribbean is an extensive game where
your choices determine what kind of person you will become: either
an evil pirate doomed to everlasting darkness or a good pirate who
can make it to the end credits. Though the game pulls away from
the Disney film, it hasn’t steered quite clear of evil skeletons
bent on destruction and some other mysticism which wasn’t
in the adventure worlds of Lafitte and Captain Morgan.