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I started playing Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat on a PS2 and switched over to my Xbox just as soon as I could lay my hands on my own copy of this fantastic 3D adventure game. Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat is a cross between a really good seafaring game and a really great third-person adventure game. And the best part for me was that the controls were almost exactly the same in both modes and over both platforms, so I could switch back and forth.
Pirates might lack graphical ?oomph,? but it?s fun, and that?s what games should be about. If you?re looking for adventure on the high seas, and a life in the Navy seems a bit out of your league, them maybe you should get into The Legend of Black Kat.
While the game might at first seem like Lara Croft in a pirate suit, Pirates' great mix of excellent control, superb presentation, fun third-person action, and ship combat make it far more interesting than most of the third-person adventures hitting next gen systems. Pirates - the Legend of Black Kat takes a familiar theme and genre, and makes a fine high seas adventure out of what could have easily been a standard, mediocre clone. And that's no small feat.
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Legend's graphics are only fair, with rigid character models, flat landscapes, and water that looks artificial, especially up close. The audio, on the other hand, is quite rich, with creaking boat hulls, booming cannons, exotic nature sounds, and even traditional pirate music. If you're looking for an action-packed adventure with a pirate theme, you can't go wrong with Legend of Black Kat.
Any way you slice it, Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat offers a freewheeling world, fuzzy-but-attractive graphics, overall elegant production values and a main character you can root for, making it one of the best things to happen to the pirate genre in a long time.
Though it isn't totally remarkable from a technical standpoint, Pirates is an endearing and well-thought-out game. Its vast environments, original concept, and successful combination of two distinct types of gameplay--the seafaring and the on-foot swashbuckling--make Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat a solid and welcome addition to the 3D action-adventure genre, one that you'd do well to check out for yourself.
Die grundlegende Mischung aus Seeschlachten und herkömmlichen Action-Adventure-Elementen ist gewagt, gelungen und in dieser Form noch nicht da gewesen. Trotzdem wirkt Pirates eher wie ein ungeschliffener Diamant und offenbart viel Spielraum für Verbesserungen und Ergänzungen (das Entern und Kapern von Schiffen wäre zum Beispiel eine Möglichkeit). Die Grafik schwankt von hervorragend bis trist und das Spielprinzip wird spätestens nach der x-ten Inselgruppe zu eintönig.
Dank der Story und der eingestreuten Items werden Freibeuter-Fans trotzdem eine Menge Spaß an Pirates - Legend of the Black Kat haben. Nicht gerade das erwartete Juwel, bietet Westwoods Karibik-Abenteuer gehobene und unkomplizierte Action-Adventure-Kost, die zwar nicht in den Spiele-Olymp vorstoßen wird, aber vor allem Einsteigern zahlreiche amüsante und unterhaltsame Spielstunden bieten wird.
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Pirates is a valiant effort on the part of Westwood but falls a little short. There are many solid adventure game elements but I would have liked to see a little bit stronger execution. Ship combat is great but once again, leaves a little bit to be desired. I feel that this game would be very much appreciated and enjoyed by a younger audience then myself. So if pirates and buried treasure are your thing, then go dig up Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat, otherwise you might want to leave it buried where it lies.
A decent but not an inspired game, Pirates The Legend of Black Kat is at least better than most pirate games. The sailing and combat aspects are incorporated well with one another, offering a neat combination of gameplay aspects. But it's clear that the adventure aspect takes the spotlight over the ship combat, and unfortunately, it's average stuff. The dialog is flat, the characters apt but not memorable, the fetch quests familiar but don't burn into your memory cells, and the combat is simplistic and leaves players wanting more.
Zum einen spricht Pirates - The Legend of Black Cat Action-Adventure Fans mit Entdeckergeist an. Wer schon immer gerne aus der Third-Person-Perspektive ganze Welten erforscht hat, wird hier keinesfalls enttäuscht. Zum anderen bietet der Schiffsmodus ein spannendes Freibeutererlebnis. Es macht einfach Spaß unter der schwarzen Flagge gegnerische Kähne zu beharken, Hafenanlagen zu belagern und mit erbeuteten Schätzen sein Prachtschiff aufzumotzen - Schiffe versenken einmal anders!
If you've got a penchant for pirates, or interesting female leads, you should go out and rent this title to see if you'd like to commit your PS2 time to Katarina and her adventures. It's also T rated, which allows for a wider range of buccaneer-fans to go on the adventure.
Un jeu original mais dont l'action manque malheureusement de punch. La quête de Kat devient rapidement lassante par son manque de variété et ses combats pas toujours captivants, en dépit d'un gameplay qui mise sur deux tableaux pour tenter de casser le rythme de cette aventure.
As far as post-pub multiplayer entertainment goes, there's a new king in my house… Sadly, this enjoyable extension of the game's best feature isn't really enough to rescue players from the dreariness to be found elsewhere. And while diversions such as the mid-level smuggler peddling power-ups and the save game parrot provide comic relief, overall you get the impression that Westwood might have done better focusing on the exciting elements of the game instead of trying to out-Lara Core Design, when they patently lack the ability to do so. Give it a rental and see where your threshold for tortuous Tomb Raider take-offs lies, or play it with your friends and never even bother.
In a word, Pirates – The Legend of Black Kat is pretty “boring.” I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a terrible game and all copies should be burned, but it’s not a game that you’ll want to pay 50 bucks for. If you’re a fan of pirates and own a PS2, then it may be a good rental, but the game is an honest chore to work through and if you happen to beat the game, you’ll probably never feel a need to play it again. It’s a decent effort from Westwood, and it tries hard to stand out, but when it all comes down to it, Pirates simply isn’t a great game, and one that will be all but forgotten soon, if it already hasn’t.