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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Новая порция увлекательных морских и не только приключений. А еще — очень крепкий мостик, по которому разработчики, я надеюсь, перейдут к «Корсарам 4».
The end result is that Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships has a lot of flaws on a very good premise. Players who are better at handling horrific control schemes and a labyrinthine manual will find that the game has a lot to offer, especially for hardcore naval combat simulation fans. Unfortunately, the barriers to entry may be far, far too high even for many players who would otherwise love the title. Akella has a lot off drudging things to work on if the next entry in the series is going to hit its fullest potential. For now, though, I'm going back to Sid Meier's takes on the pirate genre.
Overall, Age of Pirates 2 is not a particularly user-friendly game. If you are a huge fan of pirate RPGs, and have the patience to master the complexities of the P.I.R.A.T.E. system, then you will probably be willing to overlook the poor sound, the so-so graphics and the difficulties of attaining success. Once you have it mastered though, there are loads of complexities that will keep you going. The concepts are great and the open ended gameplay is really interesting as it gives you the opportunity for loads of scheming and conquering.
Age of Pirates 2 is not a bad game, and there is a lot to like. The quests are mostly interesting, and the way in which the quests and other actions direct the gamepath is intriguing. But there needs to be more than just fulfilling quests for the sake of quests. There is no reason to keep doing favors for people, except for advancing one's character development. And the controls need some serious work. Best for players who really enjoy strategy games with freeplay, and who are good at keyboard-and-mouse combo attacks.
Your relationship with Age of Pirates 2 will be a love and hate one. At times, the game will wow you with its creativity, realism and endless possibilities. Immediately after that, it will annoy you with tedious conversations with characters that you have to read rather than hear, boring missions, and a lack of depth that can be infuriating at time. It is a game worth playing, but just remember to save often, and keep a stress reliever close at hand.
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Age of Pirates 2 is relatively easy to learn, as long as you can read the text. The interface is straightforward and there's nothing too complex in terms of rules or moves. I would have preferred a bit more mouse action as there is a lot of Enter key commands to be made. More voiceovers would have made this much more enjoyable, as would have better graphics. Age of Pirates 2 is only recommended for seasoned sea dogs. Landlubbers need not apply.
Age of Pirates 2 unfortunately suffers from a lot of design issues that end up frustrating the player into trying to redesign the control scheme. If you can get past it's shortcomings, simulation fans will become engrossed in the world for well over 100+ hours.
If you were looking for a solid buccaneer experience, Age of Pirates 2 probably won't give you what you're looking for. While the gameplay is deep, you're plagued with serious control and play issues, and a lack of tutorial and in-game instructions to help you fully explore the title. If you are willing to dedicate a huge amount of patience and time in attempting to grasp what you can do, you may find some enjoyment with the game. However, the curve is so incredibly steep that most people will abandon this title long before they approach this threshold.
In the end, Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships is a game that unfortunately squanders a tremendous amount of potential with questionable controls and a general lack of polish. With a rebuilt graphical engine, and a completely remodeled control scheme, the series has a chance to provide gamers with an incredibly deep experience. As it stands though, I can only recommend the game to the most diehard sim and/or pirate fans willing to wade through some pretty rough waters to find the buried treasure in this title.
Hui! Eine Karte der Spielwelt, wie damals bei Pirates!« Beim Auspacken macht Age of Pirates 2 noch Freude, doch dann geht der Spaß unter. Offensichtlich will Akella mich nicht in ihrer Karibik haben, denn sonst würden sie mir erklären, worum’s hier eigentlich geht. Die Bedienung nervt, das Endlosspiel sollte eher Hirnlosspiel heißen. Vom spannenden Konzept bleibt also nichts Schönes übrig. Man versenke Age of Pirates 2 irgendwo im Bermuda-Dreieck.
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Age of Pirates 2: City Of Abandoned Ships is a game which could have been great, however the sum of the parts combined with the issues end up with a purely mediocre title which will appeal to a small audience and excite very few. I would recommend this to only the most patient and tolerant of people who can overlook the lack of tutorials and overall plodding game speed.