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Sid Meier's Pirates! (Wii)

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The Press Says

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Hooked Gamers
Despite the fact that a couple of the mini-games can become a little repetitive, the game is really fun to play. Choosing you own destiny, rather than having a strictly linear path is really rewarding. Even though your initial choices of nationality and specific skill could be the same for every game, the game will play out completely different meaning the replay factor is huge. The controls are simple and intuitive, although I would have really liked Wii Sports Resort style sword fighting, the visuals are vibrant and colourful and the sound effects keep the Caribbean theme going strong. The new mini-games are also a nice inclusion to this version of Sid Meier’s Pirates!. So with that, I’m going to head back to the tavern, recruit some more crew and resume my search for the evil Marquis.
„Sid Meier’s Pirates!“ ist Kult – daran ändert sich nichts. Das Spielerlebnis ist genauso gut wie anno 2004 bzw. genauso schlecht. Bugs und Eigenheiten, wie das Schneckentempo beim Segeln gen Osten sind immer noch da, aber das tolle Spielerlebnis bleibt. Ein Grafikupdate hätte in den sechs Jahren aber gut getan!
Fidèle au remake de 2004, cette version Wii de Sid Meier's Pirates! est une aubaine pour tous ceux qui auraient raté le coche ces dernières années. Certes, sa réalisation est assez médiocre et l'intérêt des mini-jeux proposés n'est pas toujours flagrant, mais de par son concept génial et la liberté qu'il offre au joueur, le soft reste toujours aussi plaisant et addictif.
Brash Games
Sid Meier originally released this title back in 1987 and has reincarnated it many times since. In this game the possibilities are endless and pretty much everything is customisable – from the era in which you play, to the figurehead on your boat.
It’s always nice to see developers support Wii with quality titles, and certainly this fits the description of a quality title — Sid Meier’s Pirates is arguably one of the best games of the last decade. At the same time, the Wii version is — despite the IR and motion controls — probably the weakest of the game’s many incarnations, despite being the most expensive. Graded against the curve of its forebears, it doesn’t hold up as well as it really should. For those with few other options, though, the game still holds its magic and is one of Wii’s better titles.
Worth Playing
The one saving grace is that in spite of all these shortcomings, if you've never played Sid Meier's Pirates! before and only own a Wii console, then this is a title you absolutely must own. The title has long stood as an example of excellent game design, and it's so much fun that it's easy to lose track of time and spend hours and hours roaming the seas, looking for ships to pick on and new lands to explore. With that in mind, if you own any other supported platform (and you likely do), then buy another edition of the game, as the Wii version is likely the weakest of the bunch.
There's a perfunctory option for a second player to assist by performing minor tasks like attacking the enemy captain as a parrot during swordfights and adjusting the sails during sea battles, but it's hard to imagine anyone getting excited about playing such an inconsequential role. It's not that the qualities that made Pirates a classic are invisible in this Wii version. It's just that enjoying those aspects is all but impossible as a result of the frustrations that crop up. With the vastly superior PC, Xbox, and PSP versions widely and cheaply available, many potential players have easy access to a much better Pirates experience. This Wii version is better left buried and undiscovered by even the greediest of treasure hunters.
Pirates! is a light-hearted diversion. It's a game that you can invest time in casually without any real concern for forgetting what you were doing or losing your place. However, the Wii port added control issues to a game that has a need for tight controls, therefore, it's hard to recommend Pirates! for Wii. It is a shame, much of the simple fun and diversity in gameplay is still here, but as offered this game is flawed.
Level 7
Sid Meier's Pirates har sett sina största glansdagar på andra format, men det är fortfarande ett kompetent spel som hade kunnat renoverats mycket bättre till Wii. På sin tid banbrytande med sitt fria upplägg och till synes oändliga mängd med piratrelaterade aktiviteter. Det har sina år på nacken men kan vara värt att testa för de som inte redan äger en version till annat format. Det är trots allt ett stycke tidig spelhistoria.
Game Chronicles
Despite all of these issues, the amazing, engaging core of Sid Meier’s Pirates! shines through from time to time, reminding the player why the game has lasted long enough to get ported onto various systems over the years. Still, unless you’re intensely averse to PC gaming, or you only have a Wii, despite the new additions, you’d be better off getting Pirates! on another platform. Despite the game’s inherent charm, the Wii port does a lot to drag this game down to Davy Jones’ locker.
Pirates war ein nettes Spiel - vor sechs Jahren. Mittlerweile ist es ein altes Spiel, und wenn man die Technik in Betracht zieht, vor allem ein veraltetes Spiel. Eine grafische Eroberung des Wii-Kutters wäre das Mindeste gewesen, stattdessen hat man sich für das Kielholen der Spieleraugen entschieden. Aber okay, gute Grafik macht noch kein gutes Spiel, und unter der hässlichen Hülle steckt ein sehr unterhaltsamer Kern. Der wird aber durch die unnötig fummelige und auf hohle Bewegungssteuerung setzende Wiimote-Kontrolle erfolgreich in Schach gehalten. Akzeptiert man, dass Tänze und Schwertkämpfe eher nach dem Zufallsprinzip denn mit echter Kontrolle ablaufen, dann kann man mit dem bemerkenswert umfangreichen Pirates auch auf Wii Spaß haben. Aber warum sollte man, wenn die ursprüngliche PC-Fassung nach wie vor in jeder Hinsicht weit überlegen ist?
There is potentially a wealth of time to be spent in Sid Meier’s Pirates! There are heaps of quests and challenges to uncover and unlock. However, the strategy of the original PC game is replaced with mindless mini-games and even the product itself does not seem to be bothered if players attempt to explore any of the hidden depths. The feeling of being left adrift in Pirates! is one that just should not be tolerated.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! is another perfect example of a great game gone bad when it's poorly ported to consoles. Skip Sid Meier’s Pirates; unless you are a glutton for punishment.