Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Sid Meier's Pirates!

Now I've finished Rome: Total War it's time to look for my next fix of strategy gaming and shiver me timbers if that's not Sid Meier's Pirates! on the horizon! Yarrr!

This got mentioned a while back on here as being updated for the PC and it's due for release this Friday in the UK. The review at Gamespot reckons it's quite good. If you want to see what older versions of the game are like try the Amiga versions - vanilla and shiny AGA.

I'm off to buy a Hello Kitty eyepatch.


Merg said...

If I had a time machine, I'd tell you that this game is a lot like the older ones but with fancier 3D graphics during sailing (and some awful clipping...) and a god-awful 18th century version of DDR for "romancing" the Governor's daughter. And no blood during fights.

There's also no "time accelerate" feature when sailing so going from one side of the map to the other takes aaaages of nothing happening while you sit staring at the screen.

It's not bad, but... well, flawed but fun.

But I can't tell you that because I don't have a time machine. So I can't tell you it's pretty much the same game...

As for the Amiga games... the shiny AGA one is Pirates Gold, and it's considerably different to the original Amiga version. And not as good, IMHO.

But, for a great comparison of ALL the versions (not just Amiga and C64), check out here.

mmChronic said...

Bugger. These visions of time travel you have while you are sleeping or something tend to be quite accurate so I'll give it a miss. Shame as I was looking forward to it.

Merg said...

A trainer that fixes the lack of "speed boost" is available here and there's a list of what else it does here.

Not tried it - my precongniscence didn't extend that far, apparently.

I too was looking forward to Pirates... but, looks like all they did pretty much was port it with some minor gameplay additions and better graphics... it feels very console-y -- not that *I* consider that a bad thing -- but it results in a rather 'simple' game by modern standards.