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Critic Reviews

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UOL Jogos (Feb 01, 2007)
"Sid Meier's Pirates!" é a prova de que alguns clássicos não envelhecem. A mecânica de jogo irresistível continua intacta e ainda caiu muito bem no portátil da Sony. Apesar de algumas concessões terem sido feitas, a essência do game original, feito para PC, permanece inalterada, e só por isso já merece aplausos. "Pirates!" é uma rara chance de conhecer um jogo histórico.
91
Bringing the game to the PSP may have seemed like an odd idea, since the PC version has been out for a few years, and the Xbox version is what you’re playing here. The game, however, transitions very well to the handheld, and on long trips this could be the one title that will satisfy for those necessary countless hours of entertainment.
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Full Fat Games have done an excellent job in making Sid Meier's Pirates! feel at home on the PSP. The game looks excellent and plays very impressively too. One of our criticisms of the Xbox version was that it felt a little repetitive but due to the game being on a handheld (and therefore usually played in short bursts) this isn't really a valid argument for the PSP version. In fact the game is perfect for when you only have 10 minutes or so and it's sure to keep you playing for months on end. It has bags of replay value too thanks to multiple difficulty settings, the nation you choose to side with and the starting skills you pick for your character. All in all it's a top class PSP title and one that deserves to sell by the galley load.
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Game Shark (Mar 02, 2007)
If you have never played the game, then absolutely, Pirates is a must have for your PSP. If you’ve played the Xbox or PC modernized version, there is still enough here to warrant trying it out but it may not be a purchase if you’re already enjoying that game. With endless replay value, Sid Meier’s Pirates for the PSP is an easy “buy” recommendation.
90
GamesRadar (2007)
Ad-hoc ship battles notwithstanding (though they do rock), one could label Pirates! a simple port. However, it's a port of a damn fine game - losing very little in translation and lending itself perfectly to a handheld frame of mind. Additionally, it retails for quite a bit less than your typical PSP release. Whether you're big cheese of the high seas or a lowly barnacle, Sid Meier's Pirates! is a worthy addition to your PSP library.
90
GamerDad (Feb 02, 2007)
I experienced a bit of cognitive dissonance approaching Sid Meier's Pirates! - here is a game that on the PC constantly threw new challenges and objectives at me and put me into that 'just one more something' state that seems to go along with all Sid Meier's games, yet it is perfectly satisfying to play for fifteen minutes at a time on the PSP. That is because events come and go quickly enough that you can just stop, save, and come back later. And you will want to come back again ... and again ... and again. Because this is a high quality game that is a great fit for the PSP and has lost none of its addictive qualities being downsized for the handheld.
90
Wham! gaming (Feb 26, 2007)
Pirates is gameplay at its most basic. But it’s not surprising considering the age of the game at the heart of this update. What's refreshing however in these times of relentless retro makeovers, is that despite the simplicity, there's considerable depth and longevity here, thanks to the varied outcomes of your every action. It's conceivable that no two games will ever be the same, and Pirates is accessible enough to keep you plundering it's simple treasures for months to come.
90
Deeko (Jan 31, 2007)
Granted, Sid Meier's Pirates! isn't exactly a new game. It was originally released in 2004 for the PC and followed up the next year with a version released on the Xbox. Having owned and played both versions, I can honestly say I am a fan and thus nearly lost my mind after the announcement came out that a PSP version would be released! Come on, a portable version of Pirates!? Arr, that be something I'd be wanting... er, I mean, I knew I'd want the game the minute it was released. However, I did harbor some reservations - after all, this is a portable version of the game and this isn't a small game by any means. After playing it for a while now, I can honestly say that I'm thrilled to pieces with the end result, a portable version of the game that does justice to the original in more ways than one.
90
GameZone (Feb 05, 2007)
If anything, Sid Meier’s Pirates! is still a charming and very entertaining game that translates perfectly on the PSP. It’s easy to get lost in this game’s open environment and since there’s a lot to do in this game the replay value is extremely high. This game is for anyone who has ever longed to be a pirate without the Johnny Depp-styled mascara.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Aug 03, 2007)
Pirate's short-burst mission structure makes for perfect on-the-go gaming where, perhaps, it might have become more quickly tiresome on a home console or PC. It's unashamedly one of the PSP's brightest, most endearing, beguiling and long-lasting games, and its protracted residency in our PSP slot this month speaks as a louder recommendation than any number of orthodox, adulatory adjectives.
90
IGN (Jan 22, 2007)
Sid Meier's Pirates! Live the Life is a really good port of an absolutely classic game. It's not perfect by any means, as sneaking into town and some of the presentation isn't quite as PSP-friendly as we'd hoped, but everything that makes Pirates! what it is is here and in fantastic form. The most important elements, like ship battles, exploration and such are identical to what you 'd find on the PC, which is really what matters. If you own a PSP, head to the nearest port and hand over some booty for this one.
88
FOK!games (May 04, 2007)
De graphics van het spel zien er op de PSP prachtig uit ook de laadtijden zijn minimaal. Sid Meier’s Pirates! was altijd al een geweldige game, maar op de PSP is het ook nog een geweldige port. Je zou dit spel zelfs de perfecte handheld game kunnen noemen. Het gevoel dat tijdens het spelen overheerst is dat dit spel meer thuishoort op een draagbare console dan op een PC of homeconsole, waar gamers tegenwoordig een meer epische ervaring verwachten. Je kunt Sid Meier’s Pirates! makkelijk uren achter spelen op zoek naar verdwenen familieleden, of gewoon even snel tien minuten stoom af te blazen door Franse schepen in puin te schieten. Elke gamer met een PSP die vroeger stiekem piraat wilde zijn, en houdt van games met een beetje diepgang moet Sid Meier’s Pirates! zeker toevoegen aan zijn of haar collectie. Aaaarwww!
87
Games Master (Apr, 2007)
Pirates! is one of those games that's great to start with, but even greater on a handheld console - just like Outrun 2006 in our humble opinion. Smashing into ships, stealing bounty, exchanging sword-blows, digging for treasure - it's all here. In fact, this is pretty much a direct copy of the PC version, which makes it a big game for a little console.
87
Jolt (UK) (Mar 20, 2007)
It’s been a while coming, but the PSP version of Pirates! has been well worth the wait. The combination of varied mini-games, relatively short and highly replayable campaigns, a save anywhere feature and an addictive 4-player ship battling mode make it a near-perfect fit for the system. Whether you want to make a journey pass more quickly or prefer the idea of whole evenings curled up on the sofa with your PSP, Pirates! blend of action, strategy and tactical gameplay may be just the tonic.
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GameSpot (Jan 29, 2007)
The single-player game is so compelling that it'll engross you for days at a time, but there's not much to be said for multiplayer. The PSP version features multiplayer battle support for up to four. This simply pits your sailing skills against others as you maneuver and fight in a handful of arena levels. Nevertheless, this is still a completely engrossing strategy game that will easily consume countless hours. And it's certainly a game that deserves to be in every PSP library.
83
Gaming Age (Mar 23, 2007)
There's just enough happening in each facet of pirate life to make it transcend the past days of simplicity, but not so much that you'd rather be playing it on your wide screen TV or monitor. Pirates! on the PSP offers an elegant mix of complexity and simplicity, and it's unique enough to be considered in a class by itself.
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4Players.de (Mar 14, 2007)
Sehr geehrte Zuleser, das heutige Fazit wird Ihnen präsentiert von einem Selbstzitat aus dem PC-Test: »Pirates ist ein Revival im klassischsten Sinne: Nach heutigen Maßstäben spielerisch eher mau, aber dennoch ein Süchtigmacher ersten Grades, wenn man sich darauf einlässt.« - das trifft zu 100% auch auf die PSP-Fassung zu! All die Vorteile der großen Fassungen sind auf kleinem Raum vereint: Das freie Spielprinzip, der darunter lauernde mächtige Umfang, die simple Bedienung, die teuflische »Na gut, eine Mission mache ich noch«-Motivation. Doch leider ist nicht alles Sonnenschein: Das Spiel hat verdammt viel an grafischer Faszination verloren, es gibt viele Verschlimmbesserungen wie das Tanzen oder Schatzbuddeln, über kurz oder lang setzt unweigerlich ein gewisser spielerischer Leerlauf ein.
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IC-Games (Mar 09, 2007)
Over-all if you can remember the original Pirates game from the 80’s then you will love what Firaxis have done to the game, bringing the latest graphics without destroying what made the title a great game to start with. For those people that missed out first time around then give Pirates a try, you will find a game that will really grab your imagination, probably hitting it with a black-jack and dragging it back to the ship where it will wake with a headache and no land in view. Port Royale was the closest that anyone has come to the original Pirates, until now.
80
411mania.com (Mar 21, 2007)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! Live the Life is a really good port of an absolutely classic game. It’s not perfect by any means, as sneaking into town and some of the presentation isn’t quite as PSP-friendly as we’d hoped, but everything that makes Pirates! what it is is here and in fantastic form. The most important elements, like ship battles, exploration and such are identical to what you ‘d find on the PC, which is really what matters. If you own a PSP, head to the nearest port and hand over yer doubloons for this one.
80
Sid Meier's Pirates! is a very fun and well-crafted game. It will make a welcomed addition to your scant PSP library. You will find hours of fun in this title and will come back to it every now and again, as is the case with all Sid Meier's productions. The complexity of the game may not be quite where it needs to be, but all in all this is a solid title that will transport you to world full of adventure.
80
Pocket Gamer UK (Feb 05, 2007)
A near-perfect handheld game, then, enjoyed equally in five-minute bursts or over a long weekend. Even if a couple of the new features do occasionally grate, in its watered down form, Pirates! proves some games are called 'classics' for a reason.
80
Thunderbolt Games (May 06, 2007)
For Pirates! on the go, it’s a very good effort and brings to the masses a franchise that was once only available to a select few with a decent spec PC, however the limits of the handheld market may annoy some.
80
AceGamez (2007)
What makes Sid Meier's Pirates! a game that every PSP owner should at least seriously consider purchasing is its sheer depth and replay value. There is literally so much depth to this game and so much to do that there is something to please everyone. It also receives bonus points for the fact that it is perfectly suited to the PSP - you can play it for a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the situation, and either way you won't be disappointed. Indeed, Pirates! is a vast game, matey, arr that it be!
80
Wham! gaming (Feb 26, 2007)
Whether or not you're a fan of the original PC version or its Xbox remake, this portable iteration of the simple but supremely addictive seafaring strategy game brings a lot to the captain's table.
80
Sid Meier’s Pirates is a shining example of how a game can be ported and made enjoyable for the PSP.
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GamePro (US) (Mar 14, 2007)
Surprisingly enough, it all works unexpectedly well on the PSP. Complex action games haven't proven especially successful on Sony's handheld but Pirates! succeeds by offering up simple yet intuitive controls and an easy to navigate interface. In short, it's an easy game to learn but it's pretty tough to master. Add in a mostly stable graphics engine that does a competent job of presenting the high seas and you have a game that would put a smile on the grizzled face of even the saltiest sea dog.
80
Gamestyle (Apr 05, 2007)
Play takes a fair amount of dedication, but thanks to well balanced difficulty levels (and a higher share of the plunder being given to you to tempt you to try them) makes the game feel welcoming and deep, and it feels like the complete antithesis of many PSP games. It won't be to everyone’s tastes, but it is an adorable game that works even better now it is portable.
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G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 12, 2007)
The year 2004 will always be known as a banner year for quality games and in the stampede to buy the dozens of triple-A titles that have been recently released you may have overlooked Pirates! Big mistake. This is a fantastic update to a truly classic game. It’s just plain great on every level. If you don’t like Pirates! you must be allergic to fun. Seek help!
80
Avast! After a few years adrift on the Xbox and PC, Sid Meier’s Pirates! has brought its booty to a new port – the PSP. To the great fortune of pirate fans everywhere, the classic game has developed nary a bit of scurvy during its voyages. Pirates offers the same great mix of addictive minigames to which we sea dogs have grown accustomed. By fencing famous pirates, raiding rival trade ships, and wooing governor’s daughters, you can turn your swashbuckling buccaneer into one of the most infamous pirates on the open seas.
80
It’s hard to believe that after 20 years a game can still feel fresh and exciting, but Pirates manages both. Anyone seeking depth and longevity should certainly pick up a copy. It’s a great way to spend a short bus journey or a long afternoon.
80
Gamer.nl (Apr 19, 2007)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! is nog steeds een prachtig spel dat elke fan van strategie- en adventuregames in huis moet halen. Toch is het zo dat mensen die Pirates! in het verleden al in gespeeld hebben deze PSP-versie best laten voor wat het is, men heeft niet veel aangepast aan de oude (maar degelijke) gameplay. Ben je echter nog nooit in aanraking gekomen met Sid Meier’s Pirates! en zoek je een niet al te diepgravend spel, look no further!
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1UP (Jan 31, 2007)
Aside from those blemishes, Pirates!'s brand of potluck goofing around works outstandingly in portable form. Sure, it can get a bit repetitive over long sessions, but that's why a game such as Pirates! belongs on a stop-and-go handheld in the first place. How many of you seriously hunker over your handhelds for dozens of hours, anyway? OK, don't answer that.
78
VicioJuegos.com (Mar 11, 2007)
Por lo demás nos encontramos con un excelente título de estrategia para PSP que puede enganchar a más de uno, pero que se queda corto en ciertos aspectos y que tiene algunos errores imperdonables, como algunos bugs que en alguna ocasión quizá no nos permitan terminar una partida, o el hecho de que tengamos que descubrir la mayoría de cosas por nosotros mismos, con poca ayuda por parte del juego en forma de tutorial o de consejos, sobre todo en cuanto al tema del manejo del personaje en duelos, o de cómo asediar poblaciones.
75
Je zou kunnen zeggen dat deze remake van een klassieker zelf een klassieker is geworden, Toch had Firaxis zichzelf een beetje meer mogen motiveren om van de PSP versie iets bijzonders te maken.
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The Video Game Critic (Jun 13, 2007)
Navigating the waters seems slightly less tedious than the Xbox version because your ship moves a little faster - sometimes too fast (where are the brakes on this thing?!) Unlike the Xbox version however there's no handy map overlay to help gauge your position, and I found myself having to consult the map screen a lot. Load screens are frequent but brief, and you can save your progress to any number of slots. The musical score is quite good, with stringed instruments playing rollicking melodies appropriate for the 1600's. Pirates begins to feel bit by-the-numbers after extended play, but it's still a well-crafted game that captures the spirit of the time.
75
Game Revolution (Feb 15, 2007)
Clearly, I had a good time playing this game. While it’s not flawless, Pirates! still delivers a lot of replay value and a lot of fun. And for my money, that’s a baarrrrrgain. Ahem.
73
Jolt (UK) (May 01, 2007)
Graphically, the game is always admirably pretty, its sound never short of enjoyable, its humour is consistently solid, and its overall aesthetic is forever compelling. Yet the core of Pirates! is scurvy riddled, lacking the precious vitamin C gameplay nuance that would elevate it well beyond the ranks of average. As it is, while Pirates! is in no danger of walking the mediocrity plank and is easily one of the PSP's best looking and most engaging titles, it certainly doesn't deserve to be occupying the critically acclaimed captain's cabin.
73
Play.tm (May 01, 2007)
Graphically, the game is always admirably pretty, its sound never short of enjoyable, its humour is consistently solid, and its overall aesthetic is forever compelling. Yet the core of Pirates! is scurvy riddled, lacking the precious vitamin C gameplay nuance that would elevate it well beyond the ranks of average. As it is, while Pirates! is in no danger of walking the mediocrity plank and is easily one of the PSP's best looking and most engaging titles, it certainly doesn't deserve to be occupying the critically acclaimed captain's cabin.
70
Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 08, 2007)
Sid Meier's Pirates est un portage de qualité car il ne trahit pas le jeu original, mais il ne le supplantera pas non plus dans le coeur des joueurs. Si repenser totalement le gameplay eut été d'une grande dangerosité, on aurait tout de même souhaité quelques nouveautés plus conséquentes. Le soft est toujours plaisant, mais tant de temps passé à écumer les eaux traîtresses du monde du jeu vidéo tend à faire jaunir les grandes voiles blanches du navire.