Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PSP)

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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest is a swashbuckling action-adventure for the Sony PSP. Players play as the notorious (or at least ‘heard of’) pirate Jack Sparrow. Throughout the game the player sword fights with the undead, swings from the rigging, escapes from cannibals, and liberates booby-trapped treasure in a non-linear, action-packed 3D game that emphasizes pick-it-up/put-it-down game play.

Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest multiplayer is a one- to four-player ship combat game where players choose one of five distinctive ships to face off against each other in a variety of ship-to-ship cannon battles over a wireless network. A robust upgrade system lets players fully customize their ship and crew between rounds, with a variety of maps and Pirate-style power-ups.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest PSP Swordplay against a guard in prison
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest PSP Level select map
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest PSP A sandy beach backed by chalk cliffs
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest PSP Climbing.

Alternate Titles

  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: Fluch der Karibik 2" -- German title
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" -- Working Title
  • "Pirates Des Caraibes: Le Secret Du Coffre Maudit " -- French Title

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Critic Reviews

Play.tm Jul 14, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Deeko Jul 06, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Jul 17, 2006 6.6 out of 10 66
IGN Jul 05, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Extreme Gamer Jul 25, 2006 5.5 out of 10 55
Deaf Gamers 2006 5 out of 10 50
Game Revolution Jul 26, 2006 C- 42
Video Game Talk Jul 24, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameCell UK 2006 4 out of 10 40
Gamer.nl Aug 04, 2006 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

In the multiplayer version of the game when a ship shoots another ship with the crew shot, a "random" number of crew sprites are exploded off of the boat and land in the water, sometimes screaming along the way.

When the crew sprites were first implemented the development team was keeping track of literally every crew member on each boat in order to eject them properly into the ocean. Some of the boats in the game were estimated as having upwards of 200 crew aboard, and when these ships were struck with crew shot in the game around 50 player sprites would be tossed overboard, screaming and splashing into the ocean.

During the testing phase it was discovered that whenever ships would use crew shot the frame rate of the game would drop to less than one frame a second as the literally hundreds of dead bodies flew into the sea. The bodies also react to land by bouncing off which gives an exciting effect.

It was later determined that it would be necessary to have only 1/10 the amount of crew on board each ship, which is why only ~5 crew fly off when a ship with a full crew meter is hit by a very strong crew shot.

A feature implemented for testing the game was to kill off all ships other than the local player. This helps speed up 24-kill 7-round death matches that typically last 3 or 4 hours. When this feature was implemented a side effect was that the game would chug to a crawl as every single crew member of every ship in the game rocketed into the air. It led to some very interesting screen shots that were passed around internally.

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Bill Carlson (11) added Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PSP) on Jun 27, 2006