Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
(XBOX360 and Ps3)
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of two games for the Xbox 360 from Disney with a teen rating. This is a very good thing. As someone who has played way to many Disney games, I was very happy to play one where I could actually kill people with a sword. Now only if we could get Disney to implement this feature in High School the Musical.
Now, you don't get to chop off people's arms and legs like you do in Golden Axe. You can't cut off there heads and have blood squirt out their neck Ala GTA: Vice City. But as the game progresses you do get to learn a number of “finishing moves” that allow you to “Run people Through” in 17 brutal ways.
The main part of the game features a very standard Hack 'n Slash system of swashbuckling, featuring the classic Sword, Punch, Jump, Grab button combos most gamers will be familiar with. The game also features a number of projectile weapons including: Flint lock pistols, throwing knives, grenades, and exploding barrels. Other then that it is very much your regular old Disney platform Run around, jump across the platforms, climb the wall and shimmy across the ledge kind of game.
One of my favorite parts of the game is the dueling system which occurs when ever you encounter a boss. It is very reminiscent of the Apple IIe game: Swashbuckler, or The fencing system in the classic Sid Meier's Pirates!
You will also find that the game features beautiful animation. Even though the graphics aren't cutting edge, the game pays great attention to detail including the famous Johnny Depp Swagger and hair that actually moves around like, well, like hair does.
There are 14 levels with plenty of little extra nooks and crannies you can explore and a ton of pirate booty to track down enhancing the replay value of the game. This is still a kids game though. I beat the game in about 10 hours and spent another 20 hours going back and looking for treasure.
For those of you who are wondering, The original movie actors do not do the voices, but the guys they got come pretty close. The story goes through the plot of the last two movies, dead man's chest and At Worlds end focusing more on “The stuff that happens in-between the scenes of the movie”. If you enjoyed the movies, you find much of the same humor in this game that made the films so much fun.
I do have one gripe about the game though. One of the Achievements call “100 souls” is nearly impossible, and at 150 points, it's not one you'll want to let go. The problem is in order to collect the souls you'll have to acquire “shrunken heads” which are super rare, activate them with out killing anyone around you (Which is almost impossible as is sends out a huge death cloud when you activate it) and then go around killing people before the time runs out (And only a max of six guys appear at a time). To make matter worse, you can only do it a Jack Sparrow (who only appears at certain parts of certain levels), AND your kills don't stack (so if you got 6 souls the first time you played the level, and the next time you play the level you get seven, it only adds 1 soul to the count!) I found this achievement to be pointless, annoying, and a blight on an other wise really fun game.
This is an older game, so you can pick it up for about 5 to 10 dollars in a bargain bin. Totally worth it in my opinion. If your a pirate fan, This is definitely one for your collection.
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