Pirates! is arguably one of the greatest PC games of all time. In an age where most programmers would've been happy outdoing Seven Cities of Gold, Sid Meier's masterpiece was simulating swordfights, naval battles, economics, and practically every other aspect of the swashbuckler's lifestyle. As successful as the title was though, few attempts at recapturing its former glory have been made. Sure, we've had Cutthroats recently, but it failed to capture that classic spirit. So when Bethesda Softworks, known mainly these days for its Elder Scrolls series, announced they'd be making a buccaneer RPG, people sat up and took notice. While it's undeniably true that Sea Dogs, the publisher's latest, paints a killer new spin on a stagnant niche. However, the product's a bit too beefy for its own good. In this particular case, all the statistics and hot keys in the world won't convince a gamer that bigger necessarily equals better.