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This 17-year mod project makes the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in game one of the best pirate sims around

When videogames dally in the fantasy of Caribbean piracy, they lean towards the peglegs, the accordions, the cheery camaraderie, and the general feeling that every member of your burly crew is gloggled on gut-rotting moonshine at all times. Even the family-friendly Sea of Thieves has the raucous tone of a great seafaring pissup.

Beyond Sid Meier's Pirates, there aren't that many games that have attempted serious pirate simulation. A couple that did venture into these scarcely charted waters were the Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates series, both made by Russian studio Akella. In 2003, Sea Dogs 2 was rebranded to Pirates of the Caribbean just before release, when Disney licensed it as a movie tie-in. Aside from a few lines of narration from Keira Knightley and a retrofitted plot involving the fabled Black Pearl ship, the ties to the movies were tenuous, and development was rushed to sync up with the movie's release date.

It wasn't a great game on release, and yet it garnered a following that saw potential in the unfinished sea symphony. Over the next 17 years, up to this very day, modders joined forces to work on New Horizons, an unfathomably deep total overhaul mod for Pirates of the Caribbean. Today the community around the mod, known as Pirates Ahoy, totals over 8,000 members, and has turned a pokey pirate game into the deepest colonial Caribbean simulator ever made.

I call it that, because New Horizons expands beyond pure piracy and into the piracy-with-fancy-uniforms-and-bayonets known as colonialism. You can pick a starting date anywhere between 1500 and 1830, which will affect the colonial balance of power in the Caribbean, most of which has been recreated here, with dozens of islands and cities to visit.

There's an elaborate trade system, the ability to play as all major colonial powers (including the US from a certain era), several storylines let you step into the shoes of legendary pirates, reputation systems, morale systems, detailed crew management, dynamic alliances between AI, and the possibility of visiting a brothel and indulge is some nautically-themed naughty talk.

It's a ruthless simulation, and a project that's been passed down through generations of modders like an aged but steadfast Navy frigate. The compiler of the original mod Nathan Kell had just three goals when he started working on New Horizons (then known only as Build Mod) in 2003. "Fixing bugs and annoyances, improving realism and world depth, and porting over as much as I could from Pirates! Gold", he tells me. To that end, he added in nation relations, plunder division with the crew, and Letters of Marque that let you become a privateer.

It was definitely the sort of grab-bag ubermod that you often find groups of newbs making.

As a real-life sailor, Kell was unhappy with the arcadey feel of the game's sailing mechanics, so he began reworking them for greater realism, and also introduced the roots of an inter-island commodity trade system. "It was definitely the sort of grab-bag ubermod that you often find groups of newbs making (which we were!), rather than something with any kind of solid core or vision", he recalls.

New Horizons eventually propelled Kell to full-time work in the games industry, where he worked for Squad on Kerbal Space Program before moving onto Valve. "New Horizons definitely helped set me on my path", he says. "Making things annoyingly realistic is a through-grain in my work, given I went on to make Realism Overhaul for Kerbal!".

In 2006 the project was taken over by Pieter Boelen, a maritime researcher who happened upon Pirates of the Caribbean in a bargain bin. "The original game was relatively basic," Boelen tells me. "There was one main quest; a few side ones; and some random quests like cargo deliveries and convoy quests. The game world was relatively small with perhaps eight fictional islands".

Even though Boelen took over some years into the project, there was still no ultimate goal for New Horizons other than to push the game code as far as it could go. "Effectively, the mod is a cumulative set of 'what people wanted to make', so it was quite a fluid, dynamic process", Boelen tells me. "Once people made a start going down certain paths, others would get excited and start building on their work".

The project was helped along by the fact that developer Akella left much of the code open from the off, and supplied modders with tools that allowed them to edit models, systems and texture files in the game. "The open code included all the interfaces and many of the underlying game mechanics, so we really had the freedom to change a lot", Boelen recalls. "We even managed to change things that the developers insisted were absolutely impossible with their game engine."

For example, start a game from the early 19th century onwards, and you get to use steam frigates, even though the engine isn't designed for the way they handle. Even more crucial to turning New Horizons into a fully immersive high-seas sim was DirectSail. Where in the base game you could only travel between different regions using an overworld map, DirectSail made the game world seamless, letting players sail the entirety of the Caribbean in real-time or in a new 30x 'compressed time' function. 

"This was added by CouchcaptainCharles, who was super-creative and 'unhindered by prior knowledge," says Boelen. "He just kept trying until it worked". When this modder eventually left the scene, DirectSail was rewritten by another modder to work with in-game map coordinates, before others took over to finish the job.

After being seduced by modders' tales of high-seas adventures and systemic depth, I decided to find out for myself how New Horizons actually plays.

We even managed to change things that the developers insisted were absolutely impossible with their game engine.

My attempt to play the story of Charles Ardent was quickly aborted due to some niggling bugs, and I had more joy going into full freeplay mode, which offers the most freedom to play around with the game's systems. I started out as an officer of the Royal Navy, which put me at the helm of a Navy ship with plenty of resources and crew to get started. Tired of splitting my riches with a king and country many thousands of leagues away, I decided to go rogue and become the most professional pirate outfit in the Caribbean. 

Also, 'The Redcoat Pirate' is a hell of a marketing gimmick, if I say so myself.

The game's systems feel exciting and responsive. Alliances between colonial powers can change at any moment, and at one point I pulled into a port city only to find it under siege by a ragtag pirate fleet, which offered plenty of riches for me to plunder when they inevitably failed. I roamed the seas, illicitly attacking British colonial vessels and merchant ships. Sure, I often found myself fleeing my own raids, but I still swiftly gained a level of notoriety that lost me my British citizenship and soon saw me flying the flag of the jolly roger.

Going pirate lost me right of passage into colonial cities (though false flags and bribery of local governors can quickly fix that), and wiped out any hope of me marrying a governor's daughter. But that didn't matter. My rakish sea-rat captain had love only for the ocean, and the only kisses he craved were the briny ones of ocean spray. So I joined the Pirate Brotherhood, which has its own progression and quest system much like working for a specific nation or as a privateer.

The seafaring mechanics are excellent, and enthusiasts can opt for the 'Realistic' sailing mode which greatly impacts sailing mechanics based on your ship's rigging. Unfavourable winds on this setting can even force you to take roundabout routes to your destination, and seafaring know-how far above my station is required to navigate the game this way.

It's only on land that you really feel the engine's age. Combat is stiff and simplistic, and the added-in sidestep function risks clipping you through the scenery. Wandering around the various cities and port towns offers up plenty of whimsical dialogue interactions with locals, and you can even go treasure-hunting on land in temples and crypts, but there's no question that this game is most at home out on the waters.

With later Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates games using updated versions of PoTC's Storm Engine, the opportunity has always been there to upgrade New Horizons from an engine that, for all its impressive mileage, is at the limits of what can be accomplished with it. There have been attempts to make a New Horizons remaster from the ground up in Unity, as well as a spiritual successor called Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas, but the time and resources required for these to match the vast scope of New Horizons meant that they were ultimately abandoned. 17 years on, it still looks unlikely that an independent studio or mod community can make a worthy follow-up to this still-growing behemoth.

New Horizons is also at the very heart of Pirates Ahoy, and moving the project onto a different engine or starting from the ground up always risks fragmenting the existing community. Even though the forums boast thousands of members across a dozen boards relating to various pirate games, the New Horizons board is by the far the most popular, and there's a sense that creative camaraderie around it remains integral to keeping the community alive. Boelen takes pride in the size and diversity of the community, listing off to me key New Horizons contributors from 15 countries across five continents.

By becoming bound to the project, this community has pushed a seemingly outmoded game engine far beyond what its own creators thought possible. Yes, the nitty-gritty of character models and sword combat look about as good as a scurvied sailor washed up on Brighton Beach, but its interlocking systems, detailed ships and precise sailing mechanics capture a seafaring fantasy like few other games. 

If you fancy setting sail in New Horizons, you'll need to own Pirates of the Caribbean. As it can't be purchased on any digital stores, you either need to buy a second-hand disk or can maybe morally (if not strictly legally) justify downloading it from an abandonware site. You'll then need to grab Build 14 Full Part 1, Built 14 Beta 4.0 Part 2, and Extra Fix Archive of New Horizons from ModDB.

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The best pirate games on PC to play in 2021

Ahoy there, you salty sea dog! We 'ear that ye want to be a filthy cutthroat pirate. All right, but you don't become a pirate just by asking. You'll 'ave to play, the best pirate games! In each one, you'll have to master the sword, the art of thievery, and the quest. What? That be treasure hunting, ye sea urchin!

So if ye want to prove yerself that yer pirate material, 'ere be the ten best pirate games that we think are good trials. Aye, even being a pirate in space counts; swashbucklin' ain't reserved for just the seven seas. We've updated our list to include some honourable mentions.

We're using the following conditions as an indicator of whether or not a game can be included in this list of the best pirate games: It is set in either colonial times or space, has pirates in it either alive or dead, and in most cases contains references to looking for treasure or salvage alongside ship combat, or having a crew/fleet of ships to manage.

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The best pirate games on PC:


The Curse Of Monkey Island

A man walks over a bridge in a cartoon-ish town in The Curse Of Monkey Island

The best pirate game to start off with has to be one of the Monkey Island series, and for us, it's a tight toss-up between the first three games. We've gone with The Curse of Monkey Island because it best combines the humour the series is known for, while also having the best representation of bein' a pirate.

As any self-respecting pirate would tell you, you'll need the gift of the gab. Curse Of Monkey Island includes a part where you sail the seas with your crew, finding pirate ships to raid, before engaging the captain of those ships in a duel of swordplay and puns. The first Monkey Island adventure had insult duelling too, but The Curse Of Monkey Island has rhyming insults, which makes it a far more fitting test for every rookie pirate.


Sea Of Thieves

For those buccaneers who have a crew of friends, Sea Of Thieves is the ideal pirate game. It tests all the necessary genre skills: duelling with swords, firing cannons, and firing your crew out of cannons. There's also a lot of plunder waiting to be dug up and placed in your hold, before being taken back for rewards and upgrades to... your ship's cannons.

Sea Of Thieves is an open-world multiplayer game, so naturally, there's a deep emphasis on ship-to-ship combat against rival pirate crews. Before long, one crew will be sent to Davey Jones's locker, while the other will be gathering all the spoils. It's a bit of a long haul and one you'll need a reliable crew to get the most from, but thankfully the Xbox Game Pass includes Sea Of Thieves, so the barrier to entry isn't massive, and the community is atypically friendly.


Sid Meier's Pirates!

For those who want to take a fleet of scallywags across the Caribbean but don't want the hassle of needing other real players to join their crew, Sid Meier's Pirates! will make you into the next scourge of the seas. We've gone with the one from 2004 rather than the 1987 version because it's a better version of the all the same concepts - not to mention easier to find and get running on a modern PC.

You begin as a fledgeling buccaneer, with only one ship to your name. In order to build your pirate fleet, you'll need to raid other ships, recruit a crew to man your cannons, and duel pirate captains. You'll also be doing favours for one of four nations, as they try to build a foundation for a colonial empire. It has a bit of a dated look, but it's stylised enough that it doesn't matter too much, and it's the ideal strategy pirate game.


Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean

Let's face it, being a pirate is no child's play. There's too much grog to be had after all. So for the younger swashbucklers out there, one of the best pirate games is Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. It is one of the earlier Lego games, but the core template of is the same: you'll leap about, you'll build items of scenery, and you'll complete a bit of light combat and puzzling. Plus, having the Lego figures unable to talk in these early games only made them more charming.

The game takes place across scenes from the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean films, and if you've got a baby pirate by your side, you can jump in with a second player at any point. Useful should your protege be struggling with a nefarious wastrel and need your help - though they only lose a tiny bit of their treasure haul if they do get defeated.


Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Okay, assassin's aren't pirates, but Kenway, the protagonist of Black Flag, is both. You run a ship, raid frigates and sloops for treasure to spend on upgrading said ship, and even sail through treacherous storms. What's particularly impressive is how the waves can build up to a colossal scale, and your ship needs to bob up and down without getting seasick. While future games like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey had pirate ships, they weren't the main focus.

Ubisoft is now making a game called Skulls & Bones, hopefully still coming soon as it's a multiplayer-focused pirate game based on Black Flag's pirate ships. In the meantime though, this is still a good way to get your sea legs. It's a great pirate game - there are sea shanties for your crew to sing and all - and in many ways the best Assassin's Creed game.


Sticks & Bones

So your plunder is running a bit low. Not to worry, there's a bit of buried treasure in Steam that's fitting for anyone willing enough to find it. Sticks & Bones is a silent comedic pirate game where the pirate must continue on his quest to find plunder. He's also a bit on the dead side, but when has that ever stopped a pirate from a good bit of treasure hunting?

It's not a very long game and is meant to be an episodic adventure, but don't let that stop you. It's a slapstick romp that's likely to put a smile on even the saltiest of sea dog's face. Heck, it even got "The Daddy" award from our video team in their Reviews Roulette series - and as everyone knows, Matthew Castle is the saltiest sea dog we have at RPS.


SteamWorld: Heist

Space is the final frontier, as a great captain once said, meaning that even examples of space piracy can be counted among the best pirate games. The robot inhabited universe of SteamWorld has plenty of derelict and manned spaceships to raid and space pirates to shoot with your high-tech weapons. This turn-based game encourages skill shots by ricocheting bullets off walls, all while looting new stuff for your crew.

As a 2D game, it's easier to aim your weapon, particularly if you've got laser pointers attached. It's also a great tactics game, with a colourful crew of characters. And you can shoot enemy's hats in order to get new headgear, which no self-respecting pirate could resist.


Space Pirates and Zombies 2

Perhaps you like your space piracy to have a bit more space combat rather than just boarding enemy vessels? The first Space Pirates And Zombies was an excellent top-down shooter and the superior game of the two, but the sequel has more of a space pirate vibe to it. Your crew will need to scavenge abandoned crafts, looking for parts to upgrade their ship, while taking out bandits and forging alliances with the factions.

The combat feels like an arcade game and has you manning lasers and guns in fast-paced dogfights. If the campaign doesn't suit you, there's also a sandbox mode where you can forge your own path to building your space pirate empire. While zombie invasions aren't exactly in keeping with the pirate theme, the crew of your ship is full of disgruntled scoundrels and the game is a fun time without getting too complicated.


Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

A screenshot of a pirate ship docking in a harbour in Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

Back to Earth now. While sailing the seven seas is what we associate them with most, there's more to the pirate life than just hunting treasure. The likes of Edward Teach were feared throughout the Caribbean not just because they were ruthless killers, but because they built alliances with other pirate crews to establish pirate colonies. Enter Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, where you take on your own island paradise.

To create it, you'll need to send a fleet of pirates to intercept cargo vessels in order to capture prisoners to work on your island, and to build the coffers of your treasure chest. You'll also have to create a delicate balancing act as your slaves and pirates do not get on if they're too closely integrated. All the while, you'll need to ensure that the three nations in the Caribbean don't find your island and destroy it. It's showing its age a bit these days and wasn't a stellar looking game at the time, but it's still worth revisiting for the interesting take on the theme.


Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

If you only played the first Pillars Of Eternity, you might be wondering what this is doing here, but I've not bumped my head on the poop deck, I promise. Deadfire is still an isometric RPG in a trad-fantasy world, but straight after the opening - which handily recaps the events of the first game - your protagonist wakes up on a ship. Your ship. What follows has you traipsing around on land and assembling a party of quest-craving D&D types just as normal, but that party joins your pirate crew. You'll sail with them from island to island, and at sea, you'll need to out-sail, out-cannon or out-fight your rivals.

There's a whole crew management aspect to the game as well, going far beyond the typical RPG party management stuff, in which you can hire people at ports, send the injured to your ship's surgeon, and manage your food, drink and medical supplies. There have been a handful of attempts at making a deep pirate RPG, but Deadfire is one of the few that succeeds.


Honourable mentions

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Has much the same naval combat, though the focus is not on being a pirate in Ancient Greece.
  • The Secret of Monkey Island/Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - The previous two are still hilarious adventure games worth playing.
  • One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 - Anime pirates are still pirates, and these ones like to punch many folks.
  • Risen 3 - A pirate RPG that's a bit wonky, but has some interesting ideas.
  • Blackwake - Similar to Sea of Thieves, but more realistic in style.

And those are our picks for the best pirate games. There should be a mix of genres to choose from, but if you feel we missed your favourite, you can make a case for it in the comments below.

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30 Best Pirate-Themed Video Games Ever Made (For PC & Consoles)

Ever since pirates became a media phenomenon, people have looked across the horizon over the waves and thought “my life is boring; I should become a pirate”.

Only a few have gone on to become criminals in international waters.

The rest of us? We read books and comics about seadogs. We watch films about filibusters and their dastardly deeds… and we play video games that let us fly the Jolly Roger.

It may not be as common a theme as medieval fantasy or the post-apocalyptic, but there’s always a steady stream of pirate games being released. Some of them better than others.

To find where the booty lies and make the rest walk the plank, I’ve put together this post of the most exciting pirate games out there.

So grab your cutlasses and all hands on deck! We have a long journey ahead of us in our search for the best pirate game ever made.

30. Pirate101

Pirate101 gameplay screenshot

Developed by KingIsle Entertainment as a sister game to Wizard101, this MMORPG lets players command their own ship, befriend companions, and explore diverse locales.

All in search of glory and plunder as one of the many pirate-related classes.

After eight years of continuous development, there’s plenty of content to go through.

Luckily the game’s colorful and bright aesthetic is a pleasure to look at, so you won’t get tired fast either.

 

29. Blood & Gold: Caribbean!

Blood & Gold: Caribbean gameplay screenshot

If you’re looking for something a little less cartoonish, consider Blood & Gold: Caribbean from Snowbird Games.

This open-world RPG is all about giving players freedom over their adventure.

So whether you want to get rich by trading sugar, or marry a governor’s daughter and lead a colony in their fight against the Spanish Crown, it’s all up to you.

Despite its interesting mechanics and how much there is to do in this game, Blood & Gold suffers from questionable execution and carries over some of the less functional parts of the Mount & Blade engine that it’s built on, which keeps it from a higher spot.

 

28. Shantae (Series)

Shantae and The Pirate's Curse gameplay screenshot

On the other hand we have WayForward Technologies’ Shantae series, which boasts simple yet extremely polished gameplay.

Not to mention a very charming aesthetic that’s sure to pique your interest.

You play as Shantae, the half-genie guardian of Sequin, as she defends her homeland against the evil lady pirate Risky Boots.

This platformer is known for its amazing boss fights against Risky Boots’ crew of pirate fiends, which provide both a visual spectacle and a big challenge.

 

27. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean gameplay screenshot

Movie tie-ins aren’t known for their inherent quality.

But don’t let that keep you from giving this game a try – it was only re-branded late into development to take advantage of Pirates of the Caribbean’s big popularity, so only some details are related to the movie.

Take control of Nathaniel Hawk and go around buying ships, recruiting officers, and boarding enemy vessels to complete quests for factions in the game.

Despite being a relatively old title originally released on the Xbox, I do think the sailing mechanics were pretty sophisticated. Two key factors for success: taking the wind into account and picking the right ammo to avoid naval altercations.

 

26. Man O’War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles

Man O’War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles gameplay screenshot

Most people would first picture beefy space marines with big pauldrons rather than sailing pirates when thinking about Warhammer.

But this tabletop game-based universe is larger than most people realize, and there are all kinds of adventures to be had within it.

Developer Evil Twin Artworks filled the oceans in this game with bizarre ships to board and fearsome sea monsters to defeat.

There are also several ships to buy & upgrade with the resources you’ll get from exploring, trading, and of course a little piracy.

What makes this game so good is how it manages to keep things grounded and successfully brings together the usual pirate fare with one of the most bizarre settings you can imagine.

 

25. Crimson: Steam Pirates

Crimson: Steam Pirates gameplay screenshot

If flying demons and sea monsters aren’t your cup of tea, how about a steampunk take on the pirate mythos?

Developed by Harebrained Schemes, Crimson: Steam Pirates is an amazing turn-based strategy game focused mostly on naval combat.

What’s so interesting about it is its setting: an alternate 19th century where the most unlikely characters such as Jules Verne and Nikola Tesla take to the seas, each bringing different skills and abilities that’ll aid you in battle.

If you’re in the mood for a polished RTS on iOS, this is the game for you.

 

24. Risen 2: Dark Waters

Risen 2: Dark Waters gameplay screenshot

After the resounding success that was the original Risen in 2009, expectations were pretty high for the sequel.

Especially after it was announced that the game would abandon its more traditional fantasy aesthetic in favor of… well, pirates.

Risen 2: Dark Waters is an action-RPG set several years after the original Risen, in a world now devastated by titans.

It’s about pirates alright.

But set in a world full of dark magic, sea monsters, and voodoo just waiting for a brave soul to conquer it.

You’ll shape the world based on your decisions as a player. This means unlocking new paths, skills, and features as you progress through a huge variety of dank caves, dark jungles, and vicious locales.

Among the game’s better features are its much-improved voice acting, great soundtrack, and surprisingly not-cliché humor.

Worth a try although you may want to pick up the original Risen first.

 

23. Windward

Windward gameplay screenshot

There’s nothing quite like a good game with an even better story behind it.

Windward was born after developer Michael Lyashenko attended a talk by renowned game designer Sid Meier, where he asked whether he could copy his classic Sid Meier’s Pirates! Game.

The rest is history.

The main difference between Windward and its inspiration is a heightened focus on sailing and naval combat.

The world is a giant procedurally-generated sandbox waiting for you to conquer it.

Full of quests to complete, trade to profit from and ships to sink beneath the waves of a lush Caribbean landscape.

If you like Meier’s games you’ll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

 

22. DK Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

DK Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest gameplay screenshot

Released way back in 1995 for the SNES by renowned developer Rare, DKC2: Diddy’s Kong Conquest is a platformer where the pirate theme comes from the enemies rather than the protagonist.

And it’s definitely noticeable all the way through the game.

It takes place on Crocodile Isle where King K. Rool and his gang of pirate reptiles have imprisoned Diddy’s uncle, Donkey Kong.

To free him you must traverse several dangerous environments tainted by the evil pirates’ scourge and defeat K. Rool’s lackeys in epic boss fights. And this takes 2D platforming to its height(especially by SNES standards).

This game was among the best selling titles of the year in 1995, and for good reason.

Not only does it have one of the best soundtracks in gaming as a whole, but the sprites and backgrounds are so detailed and well-made that they might as well be 3D.

If you’re a fan of retro gaming this is a must-play.

 

21. Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates

Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates gameplay screenshot

For those of you who aren’t all that fond of intense action but still want to immerse yourselves deep into the Age of Piracy and its aesthetic, the classic economic simulator Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates is the way to go.

Developed by Ascaron Entertainment and released in 2002, Port Royale puts you in control of a budding port town and lets you take it from there.

You can choose whether to focus on trade, or manage pirates to bring economic prosperity and growth to your people.

Build your reputation with the local naval powers, accept quests from other governors, and slowly but surely turn your little port town into a true crossroads of the Caribbean.

If you like it, make sure to check out its many sequels which feature updated graphics and a more complex simulation.

 

20. Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty

Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty gameplay screenshot

Insomniac Games’ Ratchet & Clank has always appealed to long-time fans with its charming aesthetic and endearing characters.

But Quest for Booty throws a heavy bucket of pirate paint all over it to create a very unique title; even for a franchise as quirky as this one.

This PS3 game has been criticized since release for being too short.

But in turn, the entire experience is extremely polished and packed with content, letting you enjoy your time as a Lombax buccaneer to the fullest.

There’s cool puzzles, even cooler shootouts, and almost every supporting character is a robot sea-dog!

What’s not to like?

 

19. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures gameplay screenshot

The Nintendo Wii didn’t have that many options for filibusters like us.

But there’s one little gem that stands out from its roster.

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures is a charming Adventure/Puzzle game featuring the titular characters front & center.

The game plays out as they join a pirate crew and sail around looking for parts of the great pirate Barbaros’ cursed body. Good times, right?

This game is mostly a point-and-click affair, but with several interesting puzzles that make surprisingly good use of the Wii’s motion controls so that it feels like an integral part of gameplay. Much better than adding this feature a gimmick they tacked on late in development.

I’ve never been a fan of characters quite as rowdy as the titular Zack and his monkey friend Wiki.

But for an adventure as quirky as this one, if you’re looking for hours of entertainment these young pirates are just the scallywags for the job.

 

18. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker gameplay screenshot

It may be a bit of a stretch to straight out call The Wind Waker a “pirate game”, but there are definitely pirates in it!

Even the titular Zelda takes the form of a self-sufficient pirate captain known as Tetra, and the entire game takes place as you sail from island to island on your own vessel, the King of Red Lions… even if it’s more of a sailboat than a pirate ship.

Still, this naval take on the classic Zelda framework is a piece of art from every perspective.

It comes with an amazing story, visually striking and colorful vistas, and one of the best soundtracks the series has seen to date – including some tracks any buccaneer would feel like clapping their hook hands to.

There aren’t many dastardly deeds to perform given you’re a bit of a fabled hero, but if immersive sailing, great naval combat, and mapping the entirety of the known world sound piratey to you… well then you have to give this game a try.

LoZ fans will likely have already played it but if not then definitely grab a copy!

 

17. Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Assassin’s Creed Rogue gameplay screenshot

After the release of the critically-acclaimed pirate epic ACIV: Black Flag, Ubisoft realized they had hit jackpot with the open-world sailing gameplay and general naval aesthetic.

To continue to cash in on this success as they worked on their next main entry in the AC series, they made a sort of spiritual sequel in the form of Rogue.

Here sailing takes center stage once again – except the tropical Caribbean is replaced by the cold waters of the North Atlantic.

The protagonist Shay Patrick Cormack is neither assassin nor a pirate. But the same naval spirit and gameplay from Black Flag is present in Rogue, sea shanties and all!

 

16. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry gameplay screenshot

Originally released as DLC for ACIV: Black Flag but later given a full standalone release, Freedom Cry follows Edward Kenway’s former pirate companion, the escaped slave Adéwalé, in a perilous quest to sabotage the Slave Trade and oppose the Templars involved in its operation.

The game takes a lot of the focus from piracy and puts it back on the whole “Assassin’s Creed” setting.

But the spirit of rebellion and fighting for freedom with blood & steel remains very much central in Freedom Cry.

It even includes some missions featuring the somewhat underrated Avéline de Grandpré from Assassin’s Creed Liberation, for those of us who loved that game and were left wanting more.

I’d understand if any of you felt this wasn’t piratey-enough.

But considering the game won an award from the Writers’ Guild of America, I think you can put down your blunderbusses and give it a try before you make me walk the plank.

 

15. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean gameplay screenshot

LEGO games have become a bit of a staple in terms of movie tie-ins.

The charming LEGO humor and art-style seems to go well with everything – and that includes Pirates of the Caribbean.

This action-adventure game from Traveler’s Tales plays just like every other LEGO game, making you go from level to level collecting studs, completing puzzles, and duking it out against plenty of enemies.

The best part about this game?

It’s one of the few on the list that allows co-op multiplayer.

So grab a friend, choose your characters (maybe even some of the unlockable pirates) and go on to conquer the seven seas together.

 

14. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart gameplay screenshot

Some games are all about the aesthetic.

And few will make you feel as immersed in a dark, dank pirate adventure as Artifex Mundi’s Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart.

This grimdark point-and-click experience features gorgeous visuals and some great puzzles which rely heavily on the classic “hidden object” formula the genre is known for.

You play as a museum owner hunting down an undead pirate after your daughter is kidnapped, taking you on an adventure that will parade you through catacombs, caves, and jungles full of secrets and danger.

Since its release in 2012, the game has seen several sequels. All of which are pretty damn good.

Plus even if you were to go through all of them, Artifex Mundi has other games with a similar setting in its roster, such as Uncharted Tides: Port Royal. Check out their site for some other titles you might dig into.

 

13. Age of Booty

Age of Booty gameplay screenshot

Anyone who’s been reading these articles for long enough will know I’m in love with hexes ever since I played Civilization IV for the first time.

Well ladies and gents, I give you the most hex-heavy pirate game in existence – Age of Booty.

Developed by Certain Affinity for Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360, this wonderful RTS puts you in control of a pirate ship sailing the Caribbean.

The sole objective?

Looting enemy vessels and capturing towns for the benefit of your faction. Neat!

To put it simply, it’s Civilization’s naval combat game-play. But much more fleshed out given it’s basically the whole point of the game.

Just keep in mind that this game is only worth it for the multiplayer(in my eyes). If you’re looking for a single-player experience, there are other better titles to pick up.

 

12. Tempest

Tempest gameplay screenshot

On the other hand, Lion’s Shade’s open-world pirate epic was designed with crafting an engaging single-player adventure as the main focus.

And the results are marvelous.

Yet rather than putting you on a single set path, Tempest drops you in a world full of mysteries to uncover, quests to complete, and storylines to follow as you see fit.

You’re free to roam aimlessly through the ocean looking for trouble, or set a course through unknown areas….

To put it bluntly, you’re a pirate. And you don’t answer to anyone!

Except, well, maybe the murderous sea monsters hiding in the depths.

You’re kind of obligated to be ready for those.

 

11. Skies of Arcadia

Skies of Arcadia gameplay screenshot

Another pirate RPG but of an entirely different kind is Skies of Arcadia, developed by Overworks and published by SEGA for the Dreamcast back in 2000.

You play as the young sky pirate Vyse as he and his ragtag band of buccaneers fight to stop the Valian Empire from acquiring an ancient weapon that’ll let them conquer the world… or destroy it.

This JRPG is one of the hidden gems from the Dreamcast’s roster, bringing together that classic Japanese fantasy style with a pirate aesthetic.

No to mention great anti-hero characters and a big open sky waiting to be explored.

An enhanced version was also released on the GameCube in 2003 as Skies of Arcadia Legends, so that might be the version to go for nowadays if you want better graphics & music.

 

10. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire gameplay screenshot

In a similar fashion to Risen 2, the second installment of the well-loved Pillars of Eternity franchise takes a turn for the pirate.

All while maintaining its excellent isometric RPG gameplay inspired by giants like Diablo II and Baldur’s Gate.

Sail to the Deadfire Archipelago at the behest of the God of Death to find a way to defeat Eothas, the God of Life and Rebirth that threatens to destroy the world.

Yes, you heard that right.

You’re not only the scourge of the oceans, but the Herald of Death!

Navigating the seas is done by guiding your ship through the map in a way that’s similar to what you’d see in an Age of Empires game, fog of war and all.

And combat is handled in a text-based fashion reminiscent of a tabletop RPG like D&D.

Considering it’s one of the most recently released entries in the list, available on all major eighth-generation platforms, you’d be a landlubber not to try it.

 

9. Sunless Sea

Sunless Sea gameplay screenshot

Another game that you’ll definitely like if you’re a fan of old-school tabletop games and text-based adventures is Sunless Sea.

Set in the Lovecraftian world of Fallen London, this roguelike with a dark art style will take you all across the Zee, an underground sea full of mysteries.

You’ll come across bizarre civilizations and sea monsters beyond human comprehension.

And while you’re not necessarily a pirate, the choose-your-own-adventure storytelling of the game gives you enough freedom to choose whether you act as a transport vessel, an explorer, a smuggler – including stuff like mummy-people who’re banned from traveling – and so on.

Loot, plunder, and other dastardly deeds are there waiting for you.

 

8. Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones gameplay screenshot

It’s a bit complicated to rank a game that hasn’t been released(as of this writing) but everything points to Skull & Bones being the next big thing in the world of pirate games… if its release date of early 2021 holds any water.

It’s being developed by Ubisoft, who realized after ACIV: Black Flag that there was money to be made in the waters of the Caribbean.

According to Ubisoft and what’s shown on the last 2018 E3 trailer, missions should be considerably more complex than simply destroying enemy ships.

Stealth and preparation also look vital to the gameplay, and the sheer variety of ships and customization options seem enough to keep you busy for hours on end.

Taking everything that made Black Flag such a great pirate game and further developing it… that’s the concept behind this game, which will make it an amazing title if done right.

Check it out yourself in 2020(or god forbid, 2021) and let us know your thoughts!

 

7. Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove gameplay screenshot

While most of the Tropico franchise is easily understood as “Dictatorship Simulator 20XX”, its second installment adds a unique ingredient into the mix: ocean piracy.

You’re the Pirate King of a Pirate Island, managing the lives of every buccaneer as they go out into the world looking for power and riches.

Slowly your shanty town can grow into a true pirate stronghold as the filthy scallywags bring back resources and captives to serve as your laborers.

Among the most interesting features of this strategic city-builder is the need to balance the deviant needs of the pirates, such as grog and wenches, with the demands of a growing captive population in need of religion and stability not to go insane in your service.

It’s something you really have to play to appreciate so definitely give this a try if you have the patience.

 

6. Pixel Piracy

Pixel Piracy gameplay screenshot

If you’re like me and can’t help but feel drawn to the unpretentious charm of indie games, then Quadro Delta’s Pixel Piracy is a must-play.

With graphics vaguely reminiscent of Terraria, this side-scrolling roguelike puts you in command of a pixelated vessel sailing the two-dimensional Caribbean.

You’ll face enemy ships in naval combat, lead your crew into battle with wild animals on islands, and die gloriously only to try again.

The soundtrack is absolutely charming, as are the visuals.

But what makes this game so good is the degree of control you have over every aspect of your simulated ship.

You can basically design it block by block and manage your crew’s supplies and equipment with great detail. How sweet is that?

 

5. Sid Meier’s Pirates!

Sid Meier’s Pirates! gameplay screenshot

Sid Meier’s Pirates! has to be one of the most influential titles in the history of pirate-themed games, period.

This sophisticated piracy simulator completely changed the game, both at the time of its original release in 1987, and the more well-known remake from 2004.

The game gives you a basic narrative framework, putting you in control of a young man from a fallen noble family seeking revenge against the Marquis that betrayed them by becoming a privateer.

But once it lets you out into the world, you’re free to do whatever you want.

There are duels, ship boardings, and complex management matters like dividing the plunder among the crew. Hey, they’re doing some work and they deserve a few spoils!

You can focus on earning your pirate reputation, go to any length to line your coffers, or even go ballroom dancing if you wish.

If you’ve never played this title, but you’re a fan of pirate themes, absolutely pick this up.

 

4. BlackWake

BlackWake gameplay screenshot

Do you like pirates?

Immersive ambiances? Micromanaging?

Then Mastfire Studios’ BlackWake is the pirate game for you.

This naval FPS puts a heavy focus on teamwork, but it goes much further than just strategic shooting.

You need to manage every single thing involved in sailing and combat, from manually hoisting the sails to loading your cannons one cannonball at a time.

Up to 16 players manning a single ship under the leadership of a captain sounds like the perfect recipe for chaos, but also a lot of fun.

 

3. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition gameplay screenshot

Anyone fond of pirate games is familiar with Guybrush Threepwood, the young hero and wannabe-pirate from the Monkey Island franchise.

Considering the original Secret of Monkey Island was released way back in 1990, this may be the start of the pirate passion for a lot of modern scallywags!

With incredibly charming characters and a tight narrative carried along by the game’s witty humor, Monkey Island has become a true classic of the point-and-click genre.

The original graphic style is one of the game’s most beloved features.

But I’d rather direct your attention to the recent remake of the first title in the series.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition provides enhanced audio, a more detailed hand-drawn art-style, and excellent voice acting.

 

2. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves gameplay screenshot

I couldn’t possibly rank pirate games without including what’s possibly the most notorious and popular title in the genre nowadays.

Rare’s Sea of Thieves came out some years ago with a lot of promise but little to show for it.

The basis for a great game was there thanks to some very fun and unique combat, excellent sailing mechanics, and lots of cosmetic customization.

But there was no meat to it. No content.

Two years after release and some new major updates later, this MMORPG has become a true staple of the genre thanks to the developers’ endless efforts

And players are very enthusiastic about it, citing the addition of a PvP arena as one of the best enhancements the game has received.

The cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC users is also a nice touch.

Not to mention the awesome outfits you can dress yourself up with.

 

1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gameplay screenshot

I know this comes as no surprise to anyone, but I’ll say it anyway:

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the single best pirate game ever made.

It may sound a bit exaggerated to say it with such confidence. But I think only people who haven’t played it would think so.

This game is amazing.

The aesthetic is perfect, the landscapes are both lush and realistic, sailing feels absolutely perfect, as does naval combat – and there are sea shanties!

That’s not to say the game is perfect. But virtually all of the criticism it has gotten comes from being too little of an Assassin’s Creed game and too focused on piracy – which is exactly what we’re looking for here.

And really, most reviews have been pretty positive ever since release.

Not only that, but apart from the usual pirate fare of sinking and boarding ships, you can even dive for treasure in underwater shipwrecks and harpoon legendary whales. It’s insane!

Every time I feel like getting away from everything and losing myself in the salty winds of the Caribbean, I boot up ACIV.

Then I get on the Jackdaw and sail into the horizon. It still feels just as good now as the first time.

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PC piracy survey results: 35 percent of PC gamers pirate

At some point in their lives, 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated a game. Almost 25 percent of PC gamers have pirated more than 50 games in their lifetimes. Those are two statistics from an anonymous survey we put up on PC Gamer two weeks ago after publishing . We hoped for a few thousand responses. We got 50,742, from PC gamers living in dozens of countries around the world. That’s a lot of data.

Before we dig into the results, it’s important to note that this was an open survey, with nothing to stop the respondents from lying or taking it multiple times to skew the results. It’s possible some respondents answered in bad faith—and we have identified where the results skew in jokey ways—but given the size of our response pool, we believe the resulting answers paint a credible picture of piracy in 2016.

Whenever we look for existing data on PC piracy, what we find seems sketchy or poorly sourced. In 2012, Ubisoft’s CEO famously said that 93 percent of PC gamers pirate. As we referenced , marketing research company Tru Optik claimed 2.4 billion games were downloaded in 2014 across PC, mobile, consoles, etc. There’s no way to know how many of those were PC games, but they are by far the most common game download available on The Pirate Bay. But now we have some data of our own, and it tells a believable story. From our results, it’s true that 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated games at some point in their lives. But today, in 2016? 

Of the PC gamers who responded to our survey, 35 percent are active pirates.

How many PC gamers pirate?

The simplest result from our survey is this number, a raw count of how many PC gamers currently download games without paying for them. Certainly not a small number, but a far cry from 90 percent. As we learned from another question, services like Steam and GOG have had a big impact on piracy, much in the way iTunes affected MP3 downloads. When games became as easy to buy as it was to pirate, many pirates started pulling out their wallets.

Still, 35 percent is a lot of PC gamers. Let’s dig into whois pirating, and their reasons why. 

Who pirates PC games?

We asked our survey respondents for three identifying characteristics: their age, their country of residence, and their approximate income.

This chart shows the percentage of people who pirate within each age range. As you might expect, younger respondents were the most likely to pirate, with that likelihood decreasing about five percent per age group between 16-20 and 51-60. More than 40 percent of teenagers said they currently pirate games, while less than 15 percent of 51-60 year olds said the same.

The 60+ age group skyrockets back up to 25 percent, which is likely heavily skewed by joke responses to the survey. Only 77 respondents out of 50,000 (about 0.15 percent) selected this age range.

We also only got 78 responses for the 10 or younger age range, and of those, 27 said they had annual incomes greater than $10,000. Quite a few said $150,000+. Trolls, or very enterprising children who pirate games? Probably the former.

With thousands of responses in each other age range, they should provide a much more accurate picture of who pirates games. 

This chart shows the percentage of pirates within income ranges. No big surprise here: the majority of pirates have the lowest annual income, at below $10,000. Almost 50 percent of our respondents in this category pirate games, while half that number of gamers pirate if they make more than $25,000 per year.

Again, you'll notice a suspicious rise in the piracy rate in the far-right bar, which is survey respondents who claimed to make more than $150,000 per year. Only 576 respondents chose this income bracket, and 41 of those said they were under 10 or over 60. We're skeptical there, but perhaps our wealthiest respondents prefer to spend their money on champagne instead of PC games.

Because this answer wasn't required, about 4,000 respondents left it blank.

Below is a chart breaking down where most of our responses came from.

As you can see from the chart above, nearly half of our survey respondents lived in the US and the UK. Australia (the bright green wedge) and Canada made up another 10 percent, while Germany, Sweden and Brazil each accounted for 2+ percent shares with more than 1,000 responses each.

Some highlights from the piracy breakdown per country: Serbia and Romania had the highest piracy rates among our respondents at close to 75 percent. Lithuania and Argentina were both over 60 percent. Russia, often cited as a country where pirating runs rampant, was right at the 50 percent mark.

In our report on the state of PC piracy we spoke to a pirate who lives in Bulgaria, who explained a new game on release day costs almost a third of a minimum wage earner's monthly income (imagine new games costing $400 in the US). “The thing is, they think $50 and €50 is the same for every country, but it's not, because the wages and economy are different,” said the pirate, who goes by the handle Overkill online.

Looking at a list of average wages in Europe, many countries with high piracy rates (like the ones mentioned above) sit near the bottom of that list. Denmark and Norway, with piracy rates around 26 percent and 22 percent, according to our respondents, have the 6th and 3rd highest net incomes in Europe.

Those stark differences in piracy rate where income differs so drastically can't prove causation, but it sure looks like strong evidence to back up Overkill's claim. More localized pricing across Europe that better took into account income in each country could conceivably have a big impact on piracy values.

Both the US and UK, which had by far the most respondents in our survey, showed piracy rates of around 26 percent. 4,695 US respondents said they pirate games, and 1,793 UK respondents answered the same.

Why do they pirate PC games?

We asked gamers if they think pirating games is wrong, with options that didn't leave a ton of room for nuance: 'Yes,' 'No,' 'Yes but I do it anyway,' and 'It depends on who made the game.' We did have an 'Other' write-in option, and you can find some of those results on the next page.

Here's the basic breakdown of how our respondents view piracy.

'Why' is the toughest question to answer, and the most likely to result in some questionable feedback. Our survey offered several common reasons pirates often state for downloading games and said check all that apply. After some debate, we included 'Because I don't want to give ___ developer/publisher my money' as one of those options. It's a reason people often state for pirating a game, but is that really the why, or it it simply a justification, with the real answer being 'don't want to pay?'

We can't answer that, but we can show the answers we were given. Here's how the results panned out, broken down by age, income, and country.

The youngest and oldest gamers cared about DRM the least, and the oldest gamers were also the least likely to flat-out refuse to pay for a game, or to pirate it because they didn't like the publisher.

From their 20s to mid-30s, almost 60 percent of gamers said they pirated games to demo them. The 'can't afford' justification fell off from a high of nearly 60 percent at 16-20 to less than 30 percent at older than 50.

Complaints about DRM or specific publishers, though common online, weren't too often cited as reasons to pirate. Those reasons never rose above 20 percent.

(Note that this time around we excluded the under 10 and 60+ respondents, since there were so few and the answers likely inaccurate).

Sorted by income, the answers closely mirror those of age. There's a more obvious fall off of the 'too expensive' answer between income brackets: 40 percent at less than $10,000, and closer to 20 percent by the $25,000+ bracket.

Because we had responses from so many countries, we've divided those answers into the three charts below. These are the same countries depicted above, which all had at least 250 respondents. 

The concept of pirating games to demo them is commonplace, but significantly less popular in some countries. While about 65 percent of Belgian pirates said they wanted to demo a game before buying it, a common answer, less than 40 percent of pirates in India said the same. Croatia and Serbia had similarly low results, while having some of the highest occurrences of the 'too expensive' and 'can't afford' answers. Clearly, the bulk of pirates in those regions claim cost is their main obstacle.

In wealthier countries, like the US and UK, Finland, Germany, and Normay, fewer than 30 percent of gamers complained about the prices of games but many did say they couldn't afford them. Close to 60 these pirates wanted to demo the games before considering buying them.

Do pirates buy games?

More than 50 percent of respondents said they pirate games to demo them before buying. Does that answer really check out?

Nearly half of the respondents said they purchase games after pirating more than 50 percent of the time, while another third said they did so rarely. Overall, about 90 percent of the responses indicated that pirates do sometimes, even oftentimes, buy games after pirating them. How long after we don't know—it could be during a bargain bin sale or bundle deal, or could be as soon as they confirmed that the PC version ran well on their machine.

Why have reformed pirates stopped pirating?

Going all the way back to our first statistics, more than 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated games at some point in their lives, but only about 35 percent actively pirate today. Why did they stop? This was another check all that apply question.

44 percent said they hung up the eye patch and peg leg after an increase in income. 56 percent attributed quitting piracy to Steam sales. 50 percent said that buying games on Steam, GOG, etc. became easier than pirating them. About 22 percent just felt bad about pirating and eventually gave it up.

This question generated the most "Other" responses with nearly 7,700; we've collected some of those on the next page.

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    The space game Pirate Galaxy puts you in the shoes of a smuggler in one of mankind’s last remaining colonies. Pirate Galaxy is an epic space game with numerous planet systems and thousands of quests. To survive, you have to fight your way through the galaxy.

    Pirate Galaxy: The Empire is Corrupted!

    While the human colonies were overrun by the Mantis, the empire betrayed and abandoned them. Outnumbered by the enemy, the colonial forces struggled with the increasing power of the alien intruders. Lots of homes were lost, the resistance shattered. The space game’s Vega System, hideout of the colonial forces, fears the rumors of a final attack against their defense. But they also face another threat: smugglers, desperate space game pilots, that betray their own kind just to get their hands on a few valuable Cryonite crystals on the space game system’s rich mining planets. With the Mantis about to attack, will colonial forces and space game outlaws withstand their common enemy?

    Join the Space Game Pirate Galaxy!

    You start as a smuggler, stealing for your own good, completing space game missions for shady characters. But at some point, smugglers and colonial guards must team up to strike back at the Mantis. Pirate Galaxy is a fantastic 3D online space game in your browser (MMO). Play now for free.

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      30 Best Pirate-Themed Video Games Ever Made (For PC & Consoles)

      Ever since pirates became a media phenomenon, people have looked across the horizon over the FAQs | Pirate PC and thought “my life is boring; I should become a pirate”.

      Only a few have gone on to become criminals in international waters.

      The rest of us? We read books and comics about seadogs. We watch films about filibusters and their dastardly deeds… and we play video games that let us fly the Jolly Roger.

      It may not be as common a theme as medieval fantasy or the post-apocalyptic, but there’s always a steady stream of pirate games being released. Some of them better than others.

      To find where the booty lies and make the rest walk the plank, I’ve put together this post of the most exciting pirate games out there.

      So grab your cutlasses and all hands on deck! We have a long journey ahead of us in our search for the best pirate game ever made.

      30. Pirate101

      Pirate101 gameplay screenshot

      Developed by KingIsle Entertainment as a sister game to Wizard101, this MMORPG lets players command their own ship, befriend companions, and explore diverse locales.

      All in search of glory and plunder as one of the many pirate-related classes.

      After eight years of continuous development, there’s plenty of content to go through.

      Luckily the game’s colorful and bright aesthetic is a pleasure to look at, so you won’t get tired fast either.

       

      29. Blood & Gold: Caribbean!

      Blood & Gold: Caribbean gameplay screenshot

      If you’re looking FAQs | Pirate PC something a little less cartoonish, consider Blood & Gold: Caribbean from Snowbird Games.

      This open-world RPG is all about giving players freedom over their adventure.

      So whether you want to get rich by trading sugar, or marry a governor’s daughter and lead a colony in their fight against the Spanish Crown, it’s all up to you.

      Despite its interesting mechanics and how much there is to do in this game, Blood & Gold suffers from questionable execution and carries over some of the less functional parts of the Mount & Blade engine that it’s built on, which keeps it from a higher spot.

       

      28. Shantae (Series)

      Shantae and The Pirate's Curse gameplay screenshot

      On the other hand we have WayForward Technologies’ Shantae series, which Nuclear Coffee VideoGet 7.0.5.98 Crack simple yet extremely polished gameplay.

      Not to mention a very charming aesthetic that’s sure to pique your interest.

      You play as Shantae, the half-genie guardian of Sequin, as she defends her homeland against the evil lady pirate Risky Boots.

      This platformer is known for its amazing boss fights against Risky Boots’ crew of pirate fiends, which provide both a visual spectacle and a big challenge.

       

      27. Pirates of the Caribbean

      Pirates of the Caribbean gameplay screenshot

      Movie tie-ins aren’t known for their inherent quality.

      But don’t let that keep you from giving this game a try – it was only re-branded late into development to take advantage of Pirates of the Caribbean’s big popularity, so only some details are related to the movie.

      Take control of Nathaniel Hawk and go around buying ships, recruiting officers, FAQs | Pirate PC, and boarding enemy vessels to complete quests for factions in the game.

      Despite being a relatively old title FAQs | Pirate PC released on the Xbox, I do think the sailing mechanics were pretty sophisticated. Two key factors for success: taking the wind into account and picking the right ammo to avoid naval altercations.

       

      26. Man O’War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles

      Man O’War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles gameplay screenshot

      Most people would first picture beefy space marines with big pauldrons rather than FAQs | Pirate PC pirates when thinking about Warhammer.

      But this tabletop game-based universe is larger than most people realize, and there are all kinds of adventures to be had within it.

      Developer Evil Twin Artworks filled the oceans in this game with bizarre ships to board and fearsome sea monsters to defeat.

      There are also several ships to buy & upgrade with the resources you’ll get from exploring, trading, and of FAQs | Pirate PC a little piracy.

      What makes this game so good is how it manages to keep things grounded and successfully brings together the usual pirate fare with one of the most bizarre settings you can imagine.

       

      25. Crimson: Steam Pirates

      Crimson: Steam Pirates gameplay screenshot

      If flying demons and sea monsters aren’t your cup of tea, how about a steampunk take on the pirate mythos?

      Developed by Harebrained Schemes, Crimson: Steam Pirates is an amazing turn-based strategy game focused mostly on naval combat.

      What’s so interesting about it is its setting: an alternate 19th century where the most unlikely characters such as Jules Verne and Nikola Tesla FAQs | Pirate PC to the seas, each bringing different skills and abilities that’ll aid you in battle.

      If you’re FAQs | Pirate PC the mood for a polished RTS on iOS, this is the game for you.

       

      24. Risen 2: Dark Waters

      Risen 2: Dark Waters gameplay screenshot

      After the resounding success that was the original Risen in 2009, expectations were pretty high for the sequel.

      Especially after it was announced that the game would abandon its more traditional fantasy aesthetic in favor of… well, FAQs | Pirate PC, pirates.

      Risen 2: Dark Waters is an action-RPG set several years after the original Risen, in a world now devastated by titans.

      It’s about pirates alright.

      But set in a world full of dark magic, sea monsters, and voodoo just Advanced Office Password Recovery 6.01.632 Incl. Serial Key for a brave soul to conquer it.

      You’ll shape the world based on your decisions as a player. This means unlocking new paths, skills, and features as you progress through a huge variety of dank caves, dark jungles, and vicious locales.

      Among the game’s better features are its much-improved voice acting, great soundtrack, and surprisingly not-cliché humor.

      Worth a try although you may want to pick up the original Risen first.

       

      23. Windward

      Windward gameplay screenshot

      There’s nothing quite like a good game with an even better story behind it.

      Windward was born after developer Michael Lyashenko attended a talk by renowned game designer Sid Meier, where he asked whether he could copy his classic Sid Meier’s Pirates! Game.

      The rest is history.

      The main difference between Windward and its inspiration is a heightened focus on sailing and naval combat.

      The world is a giant procedurally-generated sandbox waiting for you to conquer it.

      Full of quests to complete, trade to profit from and ships FAQs | Pirate PC sink beneath the waves of a lush Caribbean landscape.

      If you like Meier’s games you’ll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

       

      22. DK Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

      DK Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest gameplay screenshot

      Released way back in 1995 for the SNES by renowned developer Rare, DKC2: Diddy’s Kong Conquest is a platformer where the pirate theme comes from the Bioshock Serial crack serial keygen rather than FAQs | Pirate PC protagonist.

      And it’s definitely noticeable all the way through the game.

      It takes place on Crocodile Isle where King K. Rool and his gang of pirate reptiles have imprisoned Diddy’s uncle, Donkey Kong.

      To free him you must traverse FAQs | Pirate PC dangerous environments tainted by the evil pirates’ scourge and defeat K. Rool’s lackeys in epic boss fights. And this mIRC v4.52 Registration crack serial keygen 2D platforming to its height(especially by SNES standards).

      This game was among the best selling titles of the year in 1995, and for good reason.

      Not only does it have one of the best soundtracks in gaming as a whole, but the sprites and backgrounds are so detailed and well-made that they might as well be 3D.

      If you’re a fan of retro gaming this is a must-play.

       

      21. Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates

      Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates gameplay screenshot

      For those of you who aren’t all that fond of intense action but still want to immerse yourselves deep into the Age of Piracy and its aesthetic, the classic economic simulator Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates is the way to go.

      Developed by Ascaron Entertainment and released in 2002, Port Royale puts you in control of a budding port town and lets you take it from there.

      You can choose whether to focus on trade, or manage pirates to bring economic prosperity and growth to your people.

      Build your reputation with the local naval powers, accept quests from other governors, and slowly but surely turn your little port town into a true crossroads of the Caribbean.

      If you like it, make sure to check out its many sequels which feature updated graphics and a more complex simulation.

       

      20. Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty

      Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty gameplay screenshot

      Insomniac Games’ Ratchet & Clank has always appealed to long-time fans with its charming aesthetic and endearing characters.

      But Quest for Booty throws a heavy bucket of pirate paint all over it to create a very unique title; even for a franchise as quirky as this one.

      This PS3 game has been criticized since release for being too short.

      But in turn, the entire experience is extremely polished and packed with content, letting you enjoy your time as a Lombax buccaneer to the fullest.

      There’s cool puzzles, even cooler shootouts, and almost every supporting character is a robot sea-dog!

      What’s not to like?

       

      19. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures

      Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures gameplay screenshot

      The Nintendo Wii didn’t have that many options for filibusters like us.

      But there’s one little gem that stands out from its roster.

      Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures is a charming Adventure/Puzzle game featuring the titular characters front & center.

      The game plays out as they join a pirate crew and sail around looking for parts of the great pirate Barbaros’ cursed body. Good times, right?

      This game is mostly a point-and-click affair, but with several interesting puzzles that make surprisingly good use of the Wii’s motion controls so that it feels like an integral part of gameplay. Much better than adding this feature a gimmick they tacked on late in development.

      I’ve never been a fan of characters quite as rowdy as the titular Zack and his monkey friend Wiki.

      But for an adventure as quirky as this one, if you’re looking for hours of entertainment these young pirates are just the scallywags for the job.

       

      18. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

      The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker gameplay <b>FAQs | Pirate PC</b> may be a bit of a stretch to straight out call The Wind Waker a “pirate game”, but there are definitely pirates in it!</p><p>Even the titular Zelda takes the form of a <i>FAQs | Pirate PC</i> pirate captain known as Tetra, <b>FAQs | Pirate PC</b> the entire game takes place as you sail from island to island on your own vessel, the King of Red Lions… even if it’s more of a sailboat than a pirate ship.</p><p>Still, this naval take on the classic Zelda framework is a piece of art from every perspective.</p><p>It comes with an amazing story, <b>FAQs | Pirate PC</b>, visually striking and colorful vistas, and one of the best soundtracks the series has seen to date – including some tracks any buccaneer would feel like clapping their hook hands to.</p><p>There aren’t many dastardly deeds to perform given you’re a bit of a fabled hero, but if immersive sailing, great naval combat, and mapping the entirety of the known world sound piratey to you… well then you have to give this game a try.</p><p>LoZ fans will likely have already played it but if not then definitely grab a copy!</p><p> </p><h3>17. Assassin’s Creed Rogue</h3><figure><img src=

      After the release of the critically-acclaimed pirate epic ACIV: Black Flag, Ubisoft realized they had hit jackpot with the open-world sailing gameplay and general naval aesthetic.

      To continue to cash in on this success as they worked on their next main entry in the AC series, FAQs | Pirate PC, they made a sort of spiritual sequel in the form of Rogue.

      Here sailing takes center stage once again – except the tropical Caribbean is replaced by the cold waters of the North Atlantic.

      The protagonist Shay FAQs | Pirate PC Cormack is neither assassin nor a pirate. But the same naval spirit and gameplay from Black Flag is present in Rogue, sea shanties and all!

       

      16, FAQs | Pirate PC. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

      Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry gameplay screenshot

      Originally released as DLC for ACIV: Black Flag but later given a full standalone release, Freedom Cry follows Edward Kenway’s former FAQs | Pirate PC companion, the escaped slave Adéwalé, in a perilous quest to sabotage the Slave Trade and oppose the Templars involved in its operation.

      The game takes a lot of the focus from piracy and puts it back on the whole “Assassin’s Creed” setting.

      But the spirit of rebellion and fighting for freedom with blood & steel remains very much central in Freedom Cry.

      It even includes some missions featuring the somewhat underrated Avéline de Grandpré from Assassin’s Creed Liberation, for those of us who loved that game and were left wanting more.

      I’d understand if any of you felt this wasn’t piratey-enough.

      But considering the game won an award from the Writers’ Guild of America, I think you can put down your blunderbusses and give it a try before you make me walk the plank.

       

      15. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

      Lego Pirates of the Caribbean gameplay screenshot

      LEGO games have become a bit of a staple in terms of movie tie-ins.

      The charming LEGO humor and art-style seems to go well with everything – and that includes Pirates of the Caribbean.

      This action-adventure game from Traveler’s Tales plays just like every other LEGO game, making you go from level to level collecting studs, completing puzzles, and duking it out against plenty of enemies.

      The best part about this game?

      It’s one of the few on the list that allows co-op multiplayer.

      So grab a friend, choose your characters (maybe even some of the unlockable pirates) and go on to conquer the seven seas together.

       

      14. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

      Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart gameplay screenshot

      Some games are all about the aesthetic.

      And few will make you feel FAQs | Pirate PC immersed in a dark, FAQs | Pirate PC, dank pirate adventure as Artifex Mundi’s Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart.

      This grimdark point-and-click experience features gorgeous visuals and some great puzzles which rely heavily on the classic “hidden object” formula the genre is known for.

      You play as a museum owner hunting down an undead pirate after your daughter is kidnapped, taking you on an adventure that will parade you through catacombs, caves, and jungles full of secrets and danger.

      Since its release in 2012, FAQs | Pirate PC, the game has seen several sequels. All of Vmware workstation 16 pro [September 2020] crack serial keygen are pretty damn good.

      Plus even if you were to go through all of them, FAQs | Pirate PC, Artifex Mundi has other games with a similar setting in its roster, lightroom 5 as Uncharted Tides: Port Royal. Check out their site for some other titles you might dig into.

       

      13, FAQs | Pirate PC. Age of Booty

      Age of Booty gameplay screenshot

      Anyone who’s been reading these articles for long enough will know I’m in love with hexes ever since I played Civilization IV for the first time.

      Well ladies and gents, I give you the most hex-heavy pirate game in existence – Age of Booty.

      Developed by Certain Affinity for Windows, FAQs | Pirate PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, this wonderful RTS puts you in control of FAQs | Pirate PC pirate ship sailing the Caribbean.

      The sole objective?

      Looting enemy vessels and capturing towns for the benefit of your faction. Neat!

      To put it simply, it’s Civilization’s naval combat game-play, FAQs | Pirate PC. But much more fleshed out given it’s basically the whole point of the game.

      Just keep in mind that this game is only worth it for the multiplayer(in my eyes). If you’re looking for a single-player experience, there are other better titles to pick up.

       

      12. Tempest

      Tempest gameplay screenshot

      On the other hand, FAQs | Pirate PC, Lion’s Shade’s open-world pirate epic was designed with crafting an engaging single-player adventure as the main focus.

      And the results are marvelous.

      Yet rather than putting you on a single set path, FAQs | Pirate PC, Tempest drops you in a world full of mysteries to uncover, quests to complete, and storylines to follow as you see fit.

      You’re free FAQs | Pirate PC roam aimlessly through the ocean looking for trouble, or set a course through unknown areas….

      To put it bluntly, you’re a pirate. And you don’t answer to anyone!

      Except, well, maybe the murderous sea monsters hiding in the depths.

      You’re kind of obligated to be ready for those.

       

      11. Skies of Arcadia

      Skies of Arcadia gameplay screenshot

      Another pirate RPG but of an entirely different kind is Skies of Arcadia, developed by Overworks and published by SEGA for the Dreamcast back in 2000.

      You play as the young sky pirate Vyse as he and his ragtag band of buccaneers fight to stop the Valian Empire from acquiring an ancient weapon that’ll let them conquer the world… or destroy it.

      This JRPG is one of the hidden gems from the Dreamcast’s roster, bringing together that classic Japanese fantasy style with a pirate aesthetic.

      No to mention great anti-hero characters and a big open sky waiting to be explored.

      An enhanced version was also released on the GameCube in 2003 as Skies of Arcadia Legends, so that might be the version to go for nowadays if you want better graphics & music.

       

      10. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

      Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire gameplay screenshot

      In a similar fashion to Risen 2, the second installment of the well-loved Pillars of Eternity franchise takes a turn for the pirate.

      All while maintaining its excellent isometric RPG gameplay inspired by giants like Diablo II and Baldur’s Gate.

      Sail to the Deadfire Archipelago at the behest of the God of Death to find a way to defeat Eothas, the God of Life and Rebirth that threatens to destroy the world.

      Yes, you heard that right.

      You’re not only the scourge of the oceans, but the Herald of Death!

      Navigating the seas is done by guiding your ship through the map in a way that’s similar to what you’d see in an Age of Empires game, fog of war and all.

      And combat is handled in a text-based fashion reminiscent of a tabletop RPG like D&D.

      Considering it’s one of the most recently released entries in the list, available on all major eighth-generation platforms, you’d be a landlubber not to try it.

       

      9. Sunless Sea

      Sunless Sea gameplay screenshot

      Another game that you’ll A House of Thieves Free Download (v17.07.2021) like if you’re a fan of old-school tabletop games and text-based adventures is Sunless Sea.

      Set in the Lovecraftian world of Fallen London, this roguelike with a dark art style will take you all across the Zee, an underground sea full of mysteries.

      You’ll come across bizarre civilizations and sea monsters beyond human comprehension.

      And while you’re not necessarily a pirate, the choose-your-own-adventure FAQs | Pirate PC of the game gives you enough freedom to choose whether you act as a transport vessel, an explorer, a smuggler – including stuff like mummy-people who’re banned from traveling – and so on.

      Loot, plunder, and other dastardly deeds are there waiting for you.

       

      8. Skull & Bones

      Skull & Bones gameplay screenshot

      It’s a bit complicated to rank a game that hasn’t been released(as of this writing) but everything points to Skull & Bones being the next big thing in the world of pirate games… if its release date of early 2021 holds any water.

      It’s being developed by Ubisoft, who realized after ACIV: Black Flag that there was money to be made in the waters of the Caribbean.

      According to Ubisoft and what’s shown on the last 2018 E3 trailer, missions should be considerably more complex than simply destroying enemy ships.

      Stealth and preparation also look vital to the gameplay, and the sheer variety of ships and customization options seem enough to keep you busy for hours on end.

      Taking everything that made Black Flag such a great pirate game and further developing it… that’s the concept behind this game, which will make it an amazing title if done right.

      Check it out yourself in 2020(or god forbid, 2021) and let us know your thoughts!

       

      7. Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

      Tropico 2: Pirate Cove gameplay screenshot

      While most of the Tropico franchise is easily understood as “Dictatorship Simulator 20XX”, its second installment adds a unique ingredient into the mix: ocean piracy.

      You’re the Pirate King of a Pirate Island, managing the lives of every buccaneer as they go out into the world looking for power and riches.

      Slowly your shanty town can grow into a true pirate stronghold as the filthy scallywags bring back resources and captives to serve as your laborers.

      Among the most interesting features of this strategic city-builder is the need to balance the deviant needs of the pirates, such as grog and wenches, with the demands of a growing captive population in need of religion and stability not to go insane in your service.

      It’s something you really have to play to appreciate so definitely give this a try if you have the patience.

       

      6. Pixel Piracy

      Pixel Piracy gameplay screenshot

      If you’re like me and can’t help but feel drawn to the unpretentious charm of indie games, then Quadro Delta’s Pixel Piracy is a must-play.

      With graphics vaguely reminiscent of Terraria, this side-scrolling roguelike puts you in command of a pixelated vessel sailing the two-dimensional Caribbean.

      You’ll face enemy ships in naval combat, lead your crew into battle with wild animals on islands, and die gloriously only to try again.

      The soundtrack is absolutely charming, as are the visuals.

      But what makes this game so good is the degree of control you have over every aspect of your simulated ship.

      You can basically design it block by block and manage your crew’s supplies and equipment with great detail. How sweet is that?

       

      5. Sid Meier’s Pirates!

      Sid Meier’s Pirates! gameplay screenshot

      Sid Meier’s Pirates! has to be one of the most influential titles in the history of pirate-themed games, FAQs | Pirate PC, period.

      This sophisticated piracy simulator completely changed the game, both at the time of its original release in 1987, FAQs | Pirate PC, and the FAQs | Pirate PC well-known remake from 2004.

      The game gives you a basic narrative framework, putting you in control of a young man from a fallen noble family seeking revenge against the Marquis that betrayed them by becoming a privateer.

      But once it lets you out into the world, FAQs | Pirate PC, you’re free to do whatever you want.

      There are duels, ship boardings, and complex management matters like dividing the plunder among the crew. Hey, they’re doing some work and they deserve a few spoils!

      You can focus on earning your pirate reputation, go to any length to line your coffers, or even go ballroom dancing if you wish.

      If you’ve never played this title, but you’re a fan of pirate themes, absolutely pick this up.

       

      4. BlackWake

      BlackWake gameplay screenshot

      Do you like pirates?

      Immersive ambiances? Micromanaging?

      Then Mastfire Studios’ BlackWake is the pirate game for you.

      This naval FPS puts a heavy focus on teamwork, but it goes much further than just strategic shooting.

      You need to manage every single thing involved in sailing and combat, from FAQs | Pirate PC hoisting the sails to loading your cannons one cannonball at a time.

      Up to 16 players manning a single ship under the FAQs | Pirate PC of a captain sounds like the perfect recipe for chaos, but also a lot of fun.

       

      3. The Secret of FAQs | Pirate PC Island: Special Edition

      The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition gameplay screenshot

      Anyone fond of pirate games is familiar with Guybrush Threepwood, the young hero FAQs | Pirate PC wannabe-pirate from the Monkey Island franchise.

      Considering the original Secret of Monkey Island was released way back in 1990, this may be the start of the pirate passion for a lot of modern scallywags!

      With incredibly charming characters and a tight narrative carried along by the game’s witty humor, Monkey Island has become a true classic of the point-and-click genre.

      The original graphic style is one of the game’s most beloved features.

      But I’d rather direct your attention to the recent remake of the first title in the series.

      The Secret of FAQs | Pirate PC Island: Special Edition provides enhanced audio, a more detailed hand-drawn art-style, and excellent voice acting.

       

      2. Sea of Thieves

      Sea of Thieves gameplay screenshot

      I couldn’t possibly rank pirate games without including what’s possibly the most notorious and popular title in the genre nowadays.

      Rare’s Sea of Thieves came out some years ago with a lot of promise but little to show for it.

      The basis for a great game was there thanks to some very fun and unique combat, excellent sailing mechanics, and lots of cosmetic customization.

      But there was no meat to it. No content.

      Two years after release and some new major updates later, this MMORPG has become a true staple of the genre thanks to the developers’ endless efforts

      And players are very enthusiastic about it, citing the addition of a PvP arena as one of the best enhancements the game has received.

      The cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC users is also a nice touch.

      Not to mention the awesome outfits you can dress yourself up with.

       

      1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

      Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gameplay screenshot

      I know this comes as no surprise to anyone, but I’ll say it anyway:

      Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the single best pirate game ever made.

      It may sound a bit exaggerated to say it with such confidence. But I think only people who haven’t played it would think so.

      This game is amazing.

      The aesthetic is perfect, the landscapes are both lush and realistic, sailing feels absolutely perfect, as does naval combat – and there are sea shanties!

      That’s not to say the game is perfect. But virtually all of the criticism it has gotten comes from being too little of an Assassin’s Creed game and too focused on piracy – which is exactly what we’re looking for here.

      And really, FAQs | Pirate PC, most reviews have been pretty positive ever since release.

      Not only that, but apart from the usual pirate fare of sinking and boarding ships, you can even dive for treasure in underwater shipwrecks and FAQs | Pirate PC legendary whales. It’s insane!

      Every time I feel like getting away from everything and losing myself in the salty winds of the Caribbean, I boot up ACIV.

      Then I get on the Jackdaw and sail into the horizon. It still feels just as good now as the first time.

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      This 17-year mod project makes the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in game one of the best pirate sims around

      When videogames dally in the fantasy of Caribbean piracy, they lean towards the peglegs, the accordions, the cheery camaraderie, and the general feeling that every member of your burly crew is gloggled on gut-rotting moonshine at all times. Even the family-friendly Sea of Thieves has the raucous tone of a great seafaring pissup.

      Beyond Sid Meier's Pirates, there aren't that many games that have attempted serious pirate simulation. A couple that did venture into these scarcely charted waters were the Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates series, both made by Russian studio Akella. In 2003, Sea Dogs 2 was rebranded to Pirates of the Caribbean just before release, when Disney licensed it as a movie tie-in, FAQs | Pirate PC. Aside from a few lines of narration from Keira Knightley and a retrofitted plot involving the fabled Black Pearl ship, the As Far As The Eye Free Download to the movies were tenuous, and development was rushed to sync up with the movie's release date.

      It wasn't a great game on release, and yet it garnered a following that saw potential in the unfinished sea symphony. Over the next 17 years, up to this very day, modders joined forces to work on New Horizons, an unfathomably deep total overhaul mod for Pirates of the Caribbean. Today the community Serial number abbyy finereader 14 crack the mod, known as Pirates Ahoy, totals over 8,000 members, and has turned a pokey pirate game into the deepest colonial Caribbean simulator ever made.

      I call it that, because New Horizons expands beyond pure piracy and into the piracy-with-fancy-uniforms-and-bayonets known as colonialism. You can pick a starting date anywhere between 1500 and 1830, which will affect the colonial balance of power in the Caribbean, most of which has been recreated here, with dozens of islands and cities to visit.

      There's an elaborate trade system, the ability to play as all major colonial powers (including the US from a certain era), several storylines let you step into the shoes of legendary pirates, reputation systems, morale systems, detailed crew management, dynamic alliances between AI, and the possibility of visiting a brothel and indulge is some nautically-themed FAQs | Pirate PC talk.

      It's a ruthless simulation, and a project that's been passed down through generations of modders like an aged but steadfast Navy frigate. The compiler of the original mod Nathan Kell had just three goals when he started working on New Horizons (then known only as Build Mod) in 2003. "Fixing bugs and annoyances, improving realism and world depth, and porting over as much as I could from Pirates! Gold", he tells me, FAQs | Pirate PC. To FAQs | Pirate PC end, he added in nation relations, plunder division with the crew, and Letters of Marque that let you become a privateer.

      It was definitely the sort of grab-bag ubermod that you often find groups of newbs making.

      As a real-life sailor, Kell was unhappy with the arcadey feel of the game's sailing mechanics, so he began reworking them for greater realism, and also introduced the roots of an inter-island FAQs | Pirate PC trade system. "It was definitely the sort of grab-bag ubermod that you often find groups of newbs making (which we were!), rather than something with any kind of solid core or vision", he recalls.

      New Horizons eventually propelled Kell to full-time work in the games industry, where he worked for Squad on Kerbal Space Program before moving onto Valve. "New Horizons definitely helped set me on my path", he says. "Making things annoyingly realistic is a through-grain in my work, given I went on to make Realism Overhaul for Kerbal!".

      In 2006 the project was taken over by Pieter Boelen, a maritime researcher who happened upon Pirates of the Caribbean in a bargain bin. "The original game was relatively basic," Boelen tells me. "There was one main quest; a few side ones; and some random quests like cargo deliveries and convoy quests. The game world was relatively small with perhaps eight fictional islands".

      Even though Boelen took over some years into the project, there was still no ultimate goal for New Horizons other than to push the game code as far as it could go. "Effectively, the mod is a cumulative set of 'what people wanted to make', so it was quite a fluid, dynamic process", Boelen tells me. "Once people made a start going down certain paths, others would get excited and start building on their work".

      The project was helped along by the fact that developer Akella left much of the code open from the off, FAQs | Pirate PC, and supplied modders with tools that allowed them to edit models, systems and texture files in the game, FAQs | Pirate PC. "The open code included all the interfaces and many of the underlying game mechanics, so we really had the freedom to change a lot", Boelen recalls. "We even managed to change things that the developers insisted were absolutely impossible with their game engine."

      For example, start a game from the early 19th century onwards, and you get to use steam frigates, even though the engine isn't designed for the way they handle. Even more crucial to turning New Horizons into a fully immersive high-seas sim was DirectSail. Where in the base game you could only travel between different regions using an overworld map, FAQs | Pirate PC made the game world seamless, letting players sail the entirety of 2000th FireStorm Screen Saver 2.0 crack serial keygen Caribbean in real-time or in a new 30x 'compressed time' function. 

      "This was added by CouchcaptainCharles, who was super-creative and 'unhindered by prior knowledge," says Boelen. "He just kept trying until it worked". When this modder eventually left the scene, DirectSail was rewritten by another modder to work with in-game map coordinates, before others took over to finish the job.

      After being seduced by modders' tales of high-seas adventures and systemic depth, I decided to find out for myself how New Horizons actually plays.

      We even managed to change things that the developers insisted were absolutely impossible with their game engine.

      My attempt to play the story of Charles Ardent was quickly aborted due to some niggling bugs, and I had more joy going into full freeplay mode, which offers the most freedom to play around with the game's systems. I started out as an officer FAQs | Pirate PC the Royal Navy, which put me at the helm of a Navy ship with plenty of resources and crew to get started. Tired of splitting my riches with a king and country many thousands of leagues away, I decided to go rogue and become the most professional pirate outfit in the Caribbean. 

      Also, 'The Redcoat Pirate' is a hell of a marketing gimmick, if I say so myself.

      The game's systems feel exciting and responsive. Alliances between colonial powers can change at any moment, and at one point I pulled into FAQs | Pirate PC port city only to find it under siege by a ragtag pirate fleet, which offered plenty of riches for me to plunder when they inevitably failed. I roamed the seas, illicitly attacking British colonial vessels and merchant ships. Sure, I often found myself fleeing my own raids, but I still swiftly gained a level of notoriety that lost me my British citizenship and soon saw me flying the flag of the jolly roger.

      Going pirate lost me right of passage into colonial cities (though false flags and bribery of local governors can quickly fix that), and wiped out any hope of me marrying a governor's daughter, FAQs | Pirate PC. But that didn't matter. My rakish sea-rat captain had love only for the ocean, and the only kisses he craved were the briny ones of ocean spray, FAQs | Pirate PC. So I joined the Pirate Brotherhood, which has its own progression and quest system much like working for a specific nation FAQs | Pirate PC as a privateer.

      The seafaring mechanics are excellent, and enthusiasts can opt for the 'Realistic' sailing mode which greatly impacts sailing mechanics based on your ship's rigging. Unfavourable winds on this setting can even force you to take roundabout routes to your destination, and seafaring know-how far above my station is required to navigate the game this way.

      It's only on land that you really feel the engine's age. Combat is stiff and simplistic, and the added-in sidestep function risks clipping you through the scenery. Wandering around the various cities and port towns offers up plenty of whimsical dialogue interactions with locals, and you can even go treasure-hunting on Jogos de Cooperativo Local de Graça para Baixar in temples and crypts, but there's no question that this game is most at home out on the waters.

      With later Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates games using updated versions of PoTC's Storm Engine, the opportunity has always been there to upgrade New Horizons from an engine that, for all its impressive mileage, is at the limits of what can be accomplished with it. There have been attempts to make a New Horizons remaster from the ground up in Unity, as well as a spiritual successor called Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas, FAQs | Pirate PC, but the time and resources required for these to match the vast scope of New Horizons meant that they were ultimately abandoned, FAQs | Pirate PC. 17 years on, it still looks unlikely that an independent studio or mod community can make a worthy follow-up to this still-growing behemoth.

      New Horizons is also at the very heart of Pirates Ahoy, and moving the project onto a different engine or starting from the ground up always risks fragmenting the existing community. Even though the forums boast thousands of members across a dozen boards relating to various pirate games, FAQs | Pirate PC, the New Horizons board is by the FAQs | Pirate PC the most popular, and there's a sense that creative camaraderie around it remains integral to keeping the community alive. Boelen takes pride in the size and diversity of the community, listing off to me key New Horizons contributors from 15 countries across five continents.

      By becoming bound to the project, FAQs | Pirate PC, this community has pushed a seemingly outmoded game engine far beyond what its own creators thought possible. Yes, the nitty-gritty of character models and sword combat look about as good as a scurvied sailor washed up on Brighton Beach, but its interlocking systems, detailed ships and precise sailing mechanics capture a seafaring fantasy like few other games. 

      If you fancy setting sail in New Horizons, you'll need to own Pirates of the Caribbean. As it can't be purchased on any digital stores, you either need to buy a second-hand disk or can maybe morally (if not strictly legally) justify downloading it from an abandonware site. You'll then need to grab Build 14 Full Part 1, Built 14 Beta 4.0 Part 2, and Extra Fix Archive of New Horizons from ModDB.

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      30 Best Pirate-Themed Video Games Ever Made (For PC & Consoles)

      Ever since pirates became a media phenomenon, people have looked across the horizon over the waves and thought “my life is boring; I should become a pirate”.

      Only a few have gone on to become criminals in international waters.

      The rest of us? We read books and comics about seadogs. We watch films about filibusters and their dastardly deeds… and we play video games that let us fly the Jolly Roger.

      It may not be as common a theme as medieval fantasy or the post-apocalyptic, but there’s always a steady stream of pirate games being released. Some of them better than others.

      To find where the booty lies and make the rest walk the plank, I’ve put together this post of the most exciting pirate games out there.

      So grab your cutlasses and all hands on deck! We have a long journey ahead of us in our search for the best pirate game ever made.

      30. Pirate101

      Pirate101 gameplay screenshot

      Developed by KingIsle Entertainment as a sister game to Wizard101, this MMORPG lets players command their own ship, befriend companions, and explore diverse locales.

      All in search of glory and plunder as one of the many pirate-related classes.

      After eight years of continuous development, there’s plenty of content to go through.

      Luckily the game’s FAQs | Pirate PC and bright aesthetic is a pleasure to look at, so you won’t get tired fast either.

       

      29. Blood & Gold: Caribbean!

      Blood & Gold: Caribbean gameplay screenshot

      If you’re looking for something a little less cartoonish, consider Blood & Gold: Caribbean from Snowbird Games.

      This open-world RPG is all about giving players freedom over their adventure.

      So whether you want to get rich by trading sugar, or marry a governor’s daughter and lead a colony in their fight against the Spanish Crown, it’s all up to you.

      Despite its interesting mechanics and how much there is to do Powerdvd torrent Archives this game, Blood & Gold suffers from questionable execution and carries over some of the less functional parts of the Mount & Blade engine that it’s built on, which keeps it from a higher spot.

       

      28. Shantae (Series)

      Shantae and The Pirate's Curse gameplay screenshot

      On the other hand we have WayForward Technologies’ Shantae series, which boasts simple yet extremely polished gameplay.

      Not to mention a very charming aesthetic that’s sure to pique your interest.

      You play as Shantae, the half-genie guardian of Sequin, as she defends her homeland against the evil lady pirate Risky Boots.

      This platformer is known for its amazing boss fights against Risky Boots’ crew of pirate fiends, which provide both a visual spectacle and a big challenge.

       

      27. Pirates of the Caribbean

      Pirates of the Caribbean gameplay screenshot

      Movie tie-ins aren’t known for their inherent quality.

      But don’t let that keep you from giving this game a try – it was only re-branded late into development to take advantage of Pirates of the Caribbean’s big popularity, FAQs | Pirate PC, so only some details are related to the movie.

      Take control of Nathaniel Hawk and go around buying ships, recruiting officers, and boarding enemy vessels to complete quests for factions in the game.

      Despite ableton live 10 standard Archives s a relatively old title originally released on the Xbox, I do think Octoplus/Octopus LG v2.8.8 Archives sailing mechanics were pretty sophisticated. Two key factors for success: taking the wind into account and picking the right ammo to avoid naval altercations.

       

      26. Man O’War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles

      Man O’War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles gameplay screenshot

      Most people would first picture beefy space marines with big pauldrons rather than sailing pirates when thinking about Warhammer.

      But this tabletop game-based universe is larger than most people realize, and there are all kinds of FAQs | Pirate PC to be had within it.

      Developer Evil Twin Artworks filled the oceans in this game with bizarre ships to board and fearsome sea monsters to defeat.

      There are also several ships to buy & upgrade with the resources you’ll get from exploring, FAQs | Pirate PC, trading, and of course a little piracy.

      What makes this game so good is how it manages to keep things grounded and successfully brings together the usual pirate fare with one of the most bizarre settings you can imagine.

       

      25. Crimson: Steam Pirates

      Crimson: Steam Pirates gameplay screenshot

      If flying demons and sea monsters aren’t your cup of tea, how about a steampunk take on the pirate mythos?

      Developed by Harebrained Schemes, Crimson: Steam Pirates is an amazing turn-based strategy game focused mostly on naval combat.

      What’s so interesting about it is its setting: an alternate 19th century where the most unlikely characters such as Jules Verne and Nikola Tesla take to the seas, each bringing different skills and abilities that’ll aid FAQs | Pirate PC in battle.

      If you’re in the mood for a polished RTS on iOS, this is the game for you.

       

      24. Risen 2: Dark Waters

      Risen 2: Dark Waters gameplay screenshot

      After the resounding success that was the original Risen in 2009, expectations were pretty high for the sequel.

      Especially after it was announced that the game would abandon its more traditional fantasy aesthetic in favor of… well, pirates.

      Risen 2: Dark Waters is an action-RPG set several years after the original Risen, in a world now devastated by titans.

      It’s about pirates alright.

      But set in a world full of dark magic, sea monsters, FAQs | Pirate PC, and voodoo just waiting for a brave soul to conquer it.

      You’ll shape the world based on your decisions as a player. This means unlocking new paths, skills, and features as you progress through a huge variety of dank caves, dark jungles, and vicious locales.

      Among the game’s better features are its much-improved voice acting, FAQs | Pirate PC, great soundtrack, and surprisingly not-cliché humor.

      Worth a try although you may want to pick up the original Risen first.

       

      23. Windward

      Windward gameplay screenshot

      There’s nothing quite like a good game with an even better story behind it.

      Windward was born after developer Michael Lyashenko attended a talk by renowned game designer Sid Meier, where he asked whether he could copy his classic Sid Meier’s Pirates! Game.

      The rest is history.

      The main difference between Windward and its inspiration is a heightened focus on sailing and naval combat.

      The world is a giant procedurally-generated sandbox waiting for you to conquer it.

      Full of quests to complete, trade to profit from and ships to sink beneath the waves of a lush Caribbean landscape.

      If you like Meier’s games you’ll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

       

      22. DK Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

      DK Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest gameplay screenshot

      Released way back in 1995 for the SNES by renowned developer Rare, DKC2: Diddy’s Kong Conquest is a platformer where the pirate theme comes from the enemies rather than the protagonist.

      And it’s definitely noticeable all the way through the game.

      It takes place on Crocodile Isle where King K, FAQs | Pirate PC. Rool and his gang of pirate reptiles have imprisoned Diddy’s uncle, Donkey Kong.

      To free him you must traverse several dangerous environments tainted by the evil pirates’ scourge and defeat K. Rool’s lackeys in epic boss fights. And this takes 2D platforming to its height(especially by SNES standards).

      This game was among the best selling titles of the year in 1995, and for good reason.

      Not only does it have one of the best soundtracks in gaming as a whole, but the sprites and backgrounds are so detailed and well-made that they might as well be 3D.

      If you’re a fan of retro gaming this is a must-play.

       

      21. Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates

      Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates gameplay screenshot

      For those of you who aren’t all that fond of intense action but still want to immerse yourselves deep into the Age of Piracy and its aesthetic, the classic economic simulator Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates is the way to go.

      Developed by Ascaron Entertainment and released in 2002, Port Royale puts you in control of a budding port town and lets hitfilm Archives take it from there.

      You can choose whether to focus on trade, or manage pirates to bring economic prosperity and growth to your people.

      Build your reputation with the local naval powers, accept quests from other governors, and slowly but surely turn your little port town into a true crossroads of the Caribbean.

      If you like it, make sure to check out its many sequels which feature updated graphics and a more complex simulation.

       

      20. Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty

      Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty gameplay screenshot

      Insomniac Games’ Ratchet & Clank has always appealed to long-time fans with FAQs | Pirate PC charming aesthetic and endearing characters.

      But Quest for Booty throws a heavy bucket of pirate paint all over it to create a very unique title; even for a franchise as quirky as this one.

      This PS3 game has been criticized since release for being too short.

      But in turn, the entire experience is extremely polished and packed with content, letting you enjoy your time as a Lombax buccaneer to the fullest.

      There’s cool puzzles, even cooler shootouts, and almost every supporting character is a robot sea-dog!

      What’s FAQs | Pirate PC to like?

       

      19. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures

      Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures gameplay screenshot

      The Nintendo Wii didn’t have that many options for filibusters like us.

      But there’s one little gem that stands out from its roster.

      Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasures is a charming Adventure/Puzzle game featuring the titular characters front & center.

      The game plays out as they join a pirate crew and sail around looking for parts of the great pirate Barbaros’ cursed body. Good times, right?

      This game is mostly a point-and-click affair, FAQs | Pirate PC, but with several interesting puzzles that make surprisingly good use of the Wii’s motion controls so that it feels like an integral part of gameplay. Much better than adding this feature a gimmick they tacked on late in development.

      I’ve never been a fan of characters quite as rowdy as the titular Zack and his monkey friend Wiki.

      But for an adventure as quirky as this one, if you’re looking for hours of entertainment these young pirates are just the scallywags for the job.

       

      18. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

      The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker gameplay screenshot

      It may be a bit of a stretch to straight out call The Wind Waker a “pirate game”, FAQs | Pirate PC there are definitely pirates in it!

      Even the titular Zelda takes the form of a self-sufficient pirate captain known as Tetra, FAQs | Pirate PC, and the entire game takes place as you sail from island to island on your own vessel, the King of Red Lions… even if it’s more of a sailboat than a pirate ship.

      Still, this naval take on the classic Zelda framework is a piece of art from every perspective.

      It comes with an amazing story, visually striking and colorful vistas, and one of the best soundtracks the series has seen to date – including some tracks any buccaneer would feel like clapping their hook hands to.

      There aren’t many dastardly deeds to perform given you’re a bit of a fabled hero, but if immersive sailing, great naval combat, and mapping the entirety of the known world sound piratey to you… well then you have to give this game a try.

      LoZ fans will likely have already played it but if not then definitely grab a copy!

       

      17. Assassin’s Creed Rogue

      Assassin’s Creed Rogue gameplay screenshot

      After the release of the critically-acclaimed pirate epic ACIV: Black Flag, Ubisoft realized they had hit jackpot with the open-world sailing gameplay and general naval aesthetic.

      To continue to cash in on this success as they worked on their next main entry in the AC series, they made a sort of spiritual sequel in the form of Rogue.

      Here sailing takes center stage once again – except the tropical Caribbean is replaced by the cold FAQs | Pirate PC of the North Atlantic.

      The protagonist Shay Patrick Cormack is neither assassin nor a pirate. But the same naval spirit and gameplay from Black Flag is present in Rogue, sea shanties and all!

       

      16. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

      Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry gameplay screenshot

      Originally released as DLC for ACIV: Black Flag but later given a full standalone release, Freedom Cry follows Edward Kenway’s former pirate companion, the escaped slave Adéwalé, in a perilous quest to sabotage the Slave Trade and oppose the Templars involved in its operation.

      The game takes a lot of the focus from piracy and puts it back on the whole “Assassin’s Creed” setting.

      But the spirit of rebellion and fighting for freedom with blood & steel remains very much central in Freedom Cry.

      It even includes some missions featuring the somewhat underrated Avéline de Grandpré from Assassin’s Creed Liberation, for those of us who loved that game and were left wanting more.

      I’d understand if any of you felt this wasn’t piratey-enough.

      But considering the game won an award from the Writers’ Guild of America, I think you can put down your blunderbusses and give it a try before you make me walk the plank.

       

      15. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

      Lego Pirates of the Caribbean gameplay screenshot

      LEGO games have become a bit of a staple in terms of movie tie-ins.

      The charming LEGO humor and art-style seems to go well with everything – and that includes Pirates of the Caribbean.

      This action-adventure game from Traveler’s FAQs | Pirate PC plays just like every other LEGO game, making you go from level to level collecting studs, completing puzzles, and duking it out against plenty of enemies.

      The best part about this game?

      It’s one of the few on the list that allows co-op multiplayer.

      So grab a friend, choose your characters (maybe even some of the unlockable pirates) and go on to conquer the seven seas together.

       

      14. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

      Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart gameplay screenshot

      Some games are all about the aesthetic.

      And few will make you feel as immersed in a dark, dank pirate adventure as Artifex Mundi’s Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart.

      This grimdark point-and-click experience features gorgeous visuals and some great puzzles which rely heavily on the classic “hidden object” formula the genre is known for.

      You play as a museum owner hunting down an undead pirate after your daughter is kidnapped, taking you on an adventure that will parade you through catacombs, caves, FAQs | Pirate PC, and jungles Serato DJ Pro Crack 2021 with License Key Free Download [latest] of secrets and danger.

      Since its release in 2012, the game has seen several sequels, FAQs | Pirate PC. All of which are pretty damn good.

      Plus even if you were to go through all of them, Artifex Mundi has other games with a similar setting in its roster, such as Uncharted Tides: Port Royal. Check out their site for some other titles you might dig into.

       

      13. Driver Booster 8.1 pro crack serial keygen of Booty

      Age of Booty gameplay screenshot

      Anyone who’s been reading these articles for long enough will know I’m in love with hexes ever since I played Civilization IV for the first time.

      Well ladies and gents, I give you the most hex-heavy pirate game in existence – Age of Booty.

      Developed by Certain Affinity for Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360, this wonderful RTS puts you in control of a pirate ship sailing the Caribbean.

      The sole objective?

      Looting enemy vessels and capturing towns for the benefit of your faction. Neat!

      To put it simply, it’s Civilization’s naval combat game-play. But much more fleshed out given it’s basically the whole point of the game.

      Just keep in mind that this game is only worth it for the multiplayer(in my eyes). If you’re looking for a single-player experience, there are other better titles to pick up.

       

      12. Tempest

      Tempest gameplay screenshot

      On the other hand, FAQs | Pirate PC, Lion’s Shade’s open-world pirate epic was designed with crafting an engaging single-player adventure as the main focus.

      And the results are marvelous.

      Yet rather than putting you on a single set path, Tempest drops you in a world full of mysteries to uncover, quests to complete, and storylines to follow as you see fit.

      You’re free to roam aimlessly through the ocean looking for trouble, or set a course through unknown areas….

      To put it bluntly, FAQs | Pirate PC, you’re a pirate. And you don’t answer to anyone!

      Except, well, maybe the murderous sea monsters hiding in the depths.

      You’re kind of obligated to be ready for those.

       

      11. Skies of Arcadia

      Skies of Arcadia gameplay screenshot

      Another pirate RPG but of an entirely different kind is Skies of Arcadia, FAQs | Pirate PC, developed by Overworks and published by SEGA for the Dreamcast back in 2000.

      You play as the young sky pirate Vyse as he and his ragtag band of buccaneers fight to stop the Valian Empire from acquiring an ancient weapon that’ll let them conquer the world… or destroy it.

      This JRPG is one of the hidden gems from the Dreamcast’s roster, bringing together that classic Japanese fantasy style with a pirate aesthetic.

      No to mention great anti-hero characters and a big open sky waiting to be explored.

      An enhanced version was also released on the GameCube in 2003 as Skies of Arcadia Legends, so that might be the version to go for nowadays if you want better graphics & music.

       

      10. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

      Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire gameplay screenshot

      In a similar fashion to Risen 2, the second installment of the well-loved Pillars of Eternity franchise takes a turn for the pirate.

      All while maintaining its excellent isometric RPG gameplay inspired by giants like Diablo II and Baldur’s Gate.

      Sail to the Deadfire Archipelago at the behest of the God of Death to FAQs | Pirate PC a way to defeat Eothas, the God of Life and Rebirth that threatens to destroy the world.

      Yes, you heard that right.

      You’re not only the scourge of the oceans, but the Herald of Death!

      Navigating the seas is done by guiding your ship through the map in a way that’s similar to what you’d see in an Age of Empires game, fog of war and all.

      And combat is handled in a text-based fashion reminiscent of a tabletop RPG like D&D.

      Considering it’s one of the most recently released entries in the list, available on all major eighth-generation platforms, you’d be a landlubber not to try it.

       

      9. Sunless Sea

      Sunless Sea gameplay screenshot

      Another game that you’ll definitely like if you’re a fan of old-school tabletop games and text-based adventures is Sunless Sea.

      Set in the Lovecraftian world of Fallen London, this roguelike with a dark art style will take you all across the Zee, an underground sea full of mysteries.

      You’ll come across bizarre civilizations and sea monsters beyond human comprehension.

      And while you’re not necessarily a pirate, the choose-your-own-adventure storytelling of the game gives you enough freedom to choose whether you act as a transport vessel, an explorer, a smuggler – including stuff like mummy-people who’re banned from traveling – and so on.

      Loot, plunder, FAQs | Pirate PC, and other dastardly deeds are there waiting for you.

       

      8. Skull & Bones

      Skull & Bones gameplay screenshot

      It’s a bit complicated to rank a game that hasn’t been released(as of this writing) but everything points to Skull & Bones being the next big thing in the world of pirate games… if its release date of early 2021 holds any water.

      It’s being developed by Ubisoft, who realized after ACIV: Black Flag that there was money to be made in the waters of the Caribbean.

      According to Ubisoft and what’s shown on the last 2018 E3 trailer, missions should be considerably more complex than simply destroying enemy ships.

      Stealth and preparation also look vital to the gameplay, FAQs | Pirate PC, and the sheer variety of ships and customization options seem enough to keep you busy for hours on end.

      Taking everything that made Black Flag such a great pirate game and further developing it… that’s the concept behind this game, which will make it an amazing title if done right.

      Check it out yourself in 2020(or god forbid, 2021) and let us know your thoughts!

       

      7. Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

      Tropico 2: Pirate Cove gameplay screenshot

      While most of the Tropico franchise is easily understood as “Dictatorship Simulator 20XX”, its second installment adds a unique ingredient into the mix: ocean piracy.

      You’re the Pirate King of a Pirate Island, managing the lives of every buccaneer as they go out into the world looking for power and riches.

      Slowly your shanty FAQs | Pirate PC can grow into a true pirate stronghold as the filthy scallywags bring back resources and captives to serve as your laborers.

      Among the most interesting features of this strategic city-builder is the need to balance the deviant needs of the pirates, such as grog and wenches, with the demands of a growing captive population in need of religion and stability not to go insane in your service.

      It’s something you really have to play to appreciate so definitely give this a try if you have the patience.

       

      6. Pixel Piracy

      Pixel Piracy gameplay screenshot

      If you’re like me and can’t help but feel drawn to the unpretentious charm of indie games, then Quadro Delta’s Pixel Piracy is a must-play.

      With graphics vaguely reminiscent of Terraria, this side-scrolling roguelike puts you in command of a pixelated vessel sailing the two-dimensional Caribbean.

      You’ll face enemy ships in naval combat, lead your crew into battle with wild animals on islands, FAQs | Pirate PC, and die gloriously only to try again.

      The soundtrack is absolutely charming, as are the visuals.

      But what makes this game so good is the degree of control you have over every aspect of your simulated ship.

      You can basically design it block by block and manage your crew’s supplies and equipment with great detail. How sweet is that?

       

      5. Sid Meier’s Pirates!

      Sid Meier’s Pirates! gameplay screenshot

      Sid Meier’s Pirates! has to be one of the most influential titles in the history of pirate-themed games, period.

      This sophisticated piracy simulator FAQs | Pirate PC changed the game, both at the time of its original release in 1987, and the more well-known remake from 2004.

      The game gives you a basic narrative framework, putting you in control of a young man from a fallen noble family seeking revenge against the Marquis that betrayed them by becoming a privateer.

      But once it lets you out into the world, FAQs | Pirate PC, you’re free to do whatever you want.

      There are duels, ship boardings, and complex management matters like dividing the plunder among the crew. Hey, they’re doing some work and they deserve a few spoils!

      You can focus on earning your pirate reputation, go to any length FAQs | Pirate PC line your coffers, or even go ballroom dancing FAQs | Pirate PC you wish.

      If you’ve never played this title, FAQs | Pirate PC, but you’re a fan of pirate themes, absolutely pick this up.

       

      4. BlackWake

      BlackWake gameplay screenshot

      Do you like pirates?

      Immersive ambiances? Micromanaging?

      Then Mastfire Studios’ BlackWake is the pirate game for you.

      This naval FPS puts a heavy focus on teamwork, but it goes much further than just strategic shooting.

      You need to manage every single thing involved in sailing and combat, from manually hoisting the sails to loading your cannons one cannonball at a time.

      Up to 16 players manning a single ship under the leadership of a captain sounds like the perfect recipe for chaos, but also a lot of fun.

       

      3. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

      The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition gameplay screenshot

      Anyone fond of pirate games is familiar with Guybrush Threepwood, the FAQs | Pirate PC hero and wannabe-pirate from the Monkey Island franchise.

      Considering the original Secret of Monkey Island was released way back in 1990, this may be the start of the pirate passion for a lot of modern scallywags!

      With incredibly charming characters and a tight narrative carried along by the game’s witty humor, Monkey Island has become a true classic of the point-and-click genre.

      The original graphic style is one of the game’s most beloved features.

      But I’d rather direct your attention to the recent remake of the first title in the series.

      The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition provides enhanced audio, a more detailed hand-drawn art-style, and excellent voice acting.

       

      2. Sea of Thieves

      Sea of Thieves gameplay screenshot

      I FAQs | Pirate PC possibly rank pirate games without including what’s possibly the most notorious and popular title in the genre nowadays.

      Rare’s Sea of Thieves came out some years ago with a lot of promise but little to show for it.

      The basis for a great game was there thanks to some very fun and unique combat, excellent sailing mechanics, and lots of cosmetic customization.

      But there was no meat to it. No content.

      Two years after release and some new major updates later, this MMORPG has become a true staple of the genre thanks to the developers’ endless efforts

      And players are very enthusiastic about it, citing the addition of a PvP FAQs | Pirate PC as one of the best enhancements the game has received.

      The cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC users is also a nice touch.

      Not to mention the awesome outfits you can dress yourself up with.

       

      1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

      Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gameplay screenshot

      I know this comes as no surprise to anyone, but I’ll say it anyway:

      Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the single best pirate game ever made.

      It may sound a bit exaggerated to say it with such confidence. But I think only people who haven’t played it would think so.

      This game is amazing.

      The aesthetic is perfect, the landscapes are both lush and realistic, sailing feels absolutely perfect, as does naval combat – and there are sea shanties!

      That’s not to say the game is perfect. But virtually all of the criticism it has gotten comes from being too little of an Assassin’s Creed game and too focused on piracy – which is exactly what we’re looking for here.

      And really, most reviews have been pretty positive ever since release.

      Not only that, but apart from the usual pirate fare of sinking and boarding ships, you can even dive for treasure in underwater shipwrecks and harpoon legendary whales, FAQs | Pirate PC. It’s insane!

      Every time I feel like getting away from everything and losing myself in the salty winds of the Caribbean, I boot up ACIV.

      Then I get on the Jackdaw and sail into the horizon. It still feels just as good now as the first time.

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      The best pirate games on PC to play in 2021

      Ahoy there, you salty sea dog! We 'ear that ye want to be a filthy cutthroat pirate. All right, but you don't become a pirate just by asking. You'll 'ave to play, the best pirate games! In each one, FAQs | Pirate PC, you'll have to master the sword, the art of thievery, and the quest. What? That be treasure hunting, ye sea urchin!

      So if ye want to prove yerself that yer pirate material, 'ere be the ten Easy Driver Pro-Version: 7.1.0.16 crack serial keygen pirate games that we think are good trials. Aye, even being a pirate in space counts; swashbucklin' ain't reserved for just the seven seas. We've updated our list to include some honourable mentions.

      We're using the following conditions as an indicator of whether or not a game can be included in this list of the best pirate games: It is set in either colonial times or space, has pirates in it either alive or dead, and in most cases contains references to looking for treasure or salvage alongside ship combat, or having a crew/fleet of ships to manage.

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      The Curse Of Monkey Island

      A man walks over a bridge in a cartoon-ish town in The Curse Of Monkey Island

      The best pirate game to start off with has to be one of the Monkey Island series, and for us, it's a tight toss-up between the first three games. We've gone with The Curse of Monkey Island because it best combines the humour the series is known for, while also having the best representation of bein' a pirate.

      As any self-respecting pirate would tell you, you'll need the gift of the gab. Curse Of Monkey Island includes a part where you sail the seas with your crew, finding pirate ships to raid, before engaging the captain of those ships in a duel of swordplay and puns. The first Monkey Island adventure had insult duelling too, but The Curse Of Monkey Island has rhyming insults, which makes it a far more fitting test for every rookie pirate.


      Sea Of Thieves

      For those buccaneers who have a crew of friends, Sea Of Thieves is the ideal pirate game. It tests all the necessary genre skills: duelling with swords, firing cannons, FAQs | Pirate PC, and firing your crew out of cannons. There's also a lot of plunder waiting to be dug up and placed in your hold, before being taken back for rewards and upgrades to. your ship's cannons.

      Sea Of Thieves is an open-world multiplayer game, so naturally, FAQs | Pirate PC, there's a deep emphasis on ship-to-ship combat against rival pirate crews. Before long, one crew will be sent to Davey Jones's locker, while the other will be gathering all the spoils, FAQs | Pirate PC. It's a bit of a long haul and one you'll need a reliable crew to get the most from, but thankfully the Xbox Game Pass includes FAQs | Pirate PC Of Thieves, so the barrier to entry isn't massive, and the community is atypically friendly.


      Sid Meier's Pirates!

      For those who want to take a fleet of scallywags across the Caribbean but don't want the hassle of needing other real players to join their crew, Sid Meier's Pirates! will make you into the next scourge of the seas. We've gone with the one from 2004 rather than the 1987 version because it's a better version of FAQs | Pirate PC all the same concepts - not to mention easier to find and get running on a modern PC.

      You begin as a fledgeling buccaneer, with only one ship to your name. In order to build your pirate fleet, you'll need to raid other ships, recruit a crew to man your cannons, and duel pirate captains. You'll also be doing favours for one of four nations, as they try to build a foundation for a colonial empire. It has a bit of a dated look, but it's stylised enough that it doesn't matter too much, FAQs | Pirate PC, and it's the ideal strategy pirate game.


      Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean

      Let's face it, being a pirate is no child's play. There's too much grog to be had after all. So for the younger swashbucklers out there, one of the best pirate games is Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. It is one of the earlier Lego games, but the core template of is the same: you'll leap about, you'll build items of scenery, FAQs | Pirate PC, and you'll complete a bit of light combat and puzzling. Plus, FAQs | Pirate PC, having the Lego figures unable to talk in these early games only made them more charming.

      The game takes place across scenes from the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean films, and if you've got a baby pirate by your side, you can jump in with a second player at any point. Useful should your protege be struggling with a nefarious wastrel and need your help - though they only lose a tiny bit of their treasure haul if they do get defeated.


      Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

      Okay, assassin's aren't pirates, but Kenway, the protagonist of Black Flag, is both. You run a ship, raid frigates and sloops for treasure to spend on upgrading said ship, and even sail through treacherous storms. What's particularly impressive is how the waves can build up to a colossal scale, and your ship needs to bob up and down without getting seasick. While future games like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey had pirate ships, they weren't the main focus.

      Ubisoft is now making a game called Skulls & Bones, hopefully still coming soon as it's a multiplayer-focused pirate game based on Black Flag's pirate ships. In the meantime though, this is still a good way to get your sea legs. It's a great pirate game - there are sea shanties for your crew to sing and all - and in many ways the best Assassin's Creed game.


      Sticks & Bones

      So your plunder is running a bit low. Not to worry, FAQs | Pirate PC, there's a bit of buried treasure in Steam that's fitting for anyone willing enough to find it. Sticks & Bones is a silent comedic pirate game where the pirate must continue on his quest to find plunder. He's ZoneAlarm Mobile Security Crack 15.8.169.18768 + Activation Key Full a bit on the dead side, but when has that ever stopped a pirate from a good bit of treasure hunting?

      It's not a very long game and is meant to be an episodic adventure, but don't let that stop you. It's a slapstick romp that's likely to put a smile on even the saltiest of sea dog's face. Heck, it even got "The Daddy" award from our video team in their Reviews Roulette series - and as everyone knows, FAQs | Pirate PC, Matthew Castle is the saltiest sea dog we have at RPS.


      SteamWorld: Heist

      Space is the final frontier, as a great captain once said, meaning that even examples of space piracy can be counted among the best pirate games. The robot inhabited universe of SteamWorld has plenty of derelict and manned spaceships to raid and space pirates to shoot with your high-tech weapons. This turn-based game encourages skill shots by ricocheting bullets off walls, all while looting new stuff for your crew.

      As a 2D game, it's easier to aim your weapon, particularly if you've got laser pointers attached. It's also a great tactics game, with a colourful crew of characters. And you can shoot enemy's hats in order to get new headgear, which no self-respecting pirate could resist.


      Space Pirates and Zombies 2

      Perhaps you like your space piracy to have a bit more space combat rather than just boarding enemy vessels? The first Space Pirates And Zombies was an excellent top-down shooter and the superior game of the two, but the sequel has more of a space pirate vibe to it, FAQs | Pirate PC. Your crew will need to scavenge abandoned crafts, FAQs | Pirate PC, looking for parts to upgrade their ship, while taking out bandits and forging alliances with the factions.

      The combat feels like an arcade game and has you manning lasers and guns in fast-paced dogfights. If the campaign doesn't suit you, there's also FAQs | Pirate PC sandbox mode where you can forge your own path to building your space pirate empire. While zombie invasions aren't exactly in keeping with the pirate theme, the crew of your ship is full of disgruntled scoundrels and the game is a fun time without getting too complicated.


      Tropico 2: Pirate FAQs | Pirate PC alt="A screenshot of a pirate ship docking in a harbour in Tropico 2: Pirate Cove" height="518" src="https://assets2.rockpapershotgun.com/tropico-2-pirate-cove.jpg/BROK/resize/690%3E/format/jpg/quality/80/tropico-2-pirate-cove.jpg" width="690">

      Back to Earth now. While sailing the seven seas is what we associate them with FAQs | Pirate PC, there's more to the pirate life than just hunting treasure. The likes of Edward Teach were feared throughout the Caribbean not just because they were ruthless killers, but because they built alliances with other pirate crews to establish pirate colonies. Enter Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, where you take on your own island paradise.

      To create it, you'll need to send a fleet of pirates to intercept cargo vessels in order to capture prisoners to work on your island, and to build the coffers of your treasure chest. You'll also have to create a delicate balancing act as your slaves and pirates do not get on if they're too closely integrated. All the while, you'll need to ensure that the three nations in the Caribbean don't find your island and destroy it. It's showing its age a bit these days and wasn't a stellar looking game at the time, but it's still worth revisiting for the interesting take on the theme.


      Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

      If you only played the first Pillars Of Eternity, you might be wondering what this is doing here, but I've not bumped my head on the poop deck, I promise, FAQs | Pirate PC. Deadfire is still an isometric RPG in a trad-fantasy world, but straight after the opening - which handily recaps the events of the first game - your protagonist wakes up on a ship. Your ship. What follows has FAQs | Pirate PC traipsing around on land and assembling a party of quest-craving D&D types just as normal, but that party joins FAQs | Pirate PC pirate crew. You'll sail with them from island to island, and at sea, you'll need to out-sail, out-cannon or out-fight your rivals.

      There's a whole crew management aspect to the game as well, going far beyond the typical RPG party management stuff, in which you can hire people at ports, send the injured to your ship's surgeon, and manage your food, drink and medical supplies. There have been a handful of attempts at making a deep pirate RPG, but Deadfire is one of the few that succeeds.


      Honourable mentions

      • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Has much the same naval combat, though the focus is not on being a pirate in Ancient Greece.
      • The Secret of Monkey Island/Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - The previous two are still hilarious adventure games worth playing.
      • One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 - Anime pirates are still pirates, and these ones like to punch many FAQs | Pirate PC 3 - A pirate RPG that's a bit wonky, but has some interesting ideas.
      • Blackwake Remote Utilities Pro 6.10 / Viewer 7.0.2.0 Full Version Similar to Sea of Thieves, but more realistic in style.

      And those are our picks for the best pirate games. There should be a mix of genres to choose from, but if you feel we missed your favourite, you can make a case for it in the comments below.

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    PC piracy survey results: 35 percent of PC gamers pirate

    At some point in their lives, 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated a game. Almost 25 percent of PC gamers have pirated more than 50 games in their lifetimes. Those are two statistics from an anonymous survey we put up on PC Gamer two weeks ago after publishing. We hoped for a few thousand responses, FAQs | Pirate PC. We got 50,742, from PC gamers living in dozens of countries around the world. That’s a lot of data.

    Before we dig into the results, it’s important to note that this was an open survey, with nothing to stop the respondents from lying or taking it multiple times to skew the results, FAQs | Pirate PC. It’s possible some respondents answered in bad faith—and we have identified where the results skew in jokey ways—but given the size of our response pool, we believe the resulting answers paint a credible picture of piracy in 2016.

    Whenever we look for existing data on PC piracy, FAQs | Pirate PC, what we find seems sketchy or poorly sourced. In 2012, Ubisoft’s CEO famously said that 93 percent of FAQs | Pirate PC gamers pirate. As we referenced FAQs | Pirate PC, marketing research company Tru Optik claimed 2.4 billion games were downloaded in 2014 across PC, mobile, consoles, etc. There’s no way to know how many of those were PC games, but they are by far the most common game download available on The Pirate Bay, FAQs | Pirate PC. But now we have some data FAQs | Pirate PC our own, and it tells a believable story. From our results, it’s true that 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated games at some point in their lives. But today, in 2016? 

    Of the PC gamers who responded to our survey, 35 percent are active pirates.

    How many PC gamers pirate?

    The simplest result from our survey is this number, a raw count of how many PC gamers currently download games without paying FAQs | Pirate PC them. Certainly not a small number, but a far cry from 90 percent. As we learned from another question, services like Steam and GOG have had a big impact on piracy, much in the way iTunes affected MP3 downloads. When games became as easy to buy as it was to pirate, many pirates started pulling out their wallets.

    Still, 35 percent is a lot of PC gamers. Let’s dig into whois pirating, and their reasons why. 

    Who pirates PC games?

    We asked our survey respondents for three identifying characteristics: their age, FAQs | Pirate PC, their country of residence, and their approximate income.

    This chart shows the percentage of people who pirate within each age range. As you might expect, younger respondents were the most likely to pirate, with that likelihood decreasing about five percent per age group between 16-20 and 51-60. More than 40 percent of teenagers said they currently pirate games, while less than 15 percent of 51-60 year olds said the same.

    The 60+ age group skyrockets back up to 25 percent, which is likely heavily skewed by joke responses to the survey. Only 77 respondents out of 50,000 (about 0.15 percent) selected this age range.

    We also only got 78 responses for the 10 or younger age range, and of those, 27 said they had annual incomes greater than $10,000. Quite a few said $150,000+. Trolls, or very enterprising children who pirate games? Probably the former.

    With thousands of responses in each other age range, FAQs | Pirate PC, they should provide a much more accurate picture of who pirates games. 

    This chart shows the percentage of pirates within income ranges, FAQs | Pirate PC. No big surprise here: the majority of pirates have the lowest annual income, at below $10,000. Almost 50 percent of our respondents in this category pirate games, while half that number of gamers pirate if they make more than $25,000 per year.

    Again, you'll notice a suspicious rise in the piracy rate in the far-right bar, which is survey respondents who claimed FAQs | Pirate PC make more than $150,000 per year, FAQs | Pirate PC. Only 576 respondents chose this FAQs | Pirate PC bracket, and 41 of those said they were under 10 or over 60, FAQs | Pirate PC. We're skeptical there, but perhaps our wealthiest respondents prefer to spend their money on champagne instead of PC games.

    Because this answer wasn't required, about 4,000 respondents left it blank.

    Below is a chart breaking down where most of our responses came from.

    As you can see from the chart above, FAQs | Pirate PC, nearly half of our FAQs | Pirate PC respondents lived in FAQs | Pirate PC US and the UK. Australia (the bright green wedge) and Canada made up another 10 percent, while Germany, Sweden and Brazil each accounted for 2+ percent shares with more than 1,000 responses each.

    Some highlights from the piracy breakdown per country: Serbia and Romania had the highest piracy rates among our respondents at close to 75 percent, FAQs | Pirate PC. Lithuania and Argentina were both over 60 percent. Russia, often cited as a country where pirating runs rampant, was right at the 50 percent mark.

    In our report on the state of PC piracy we spoke to a pirate who lives in Bulgaria, who explained a new game on release day costs almost a third of a minimum wage earner's monthly income (imagine new games costing $400 in the US). “The thing is, they think $50 and €50 is the same for every country, but it's not, because the wages and economy are different,” said the pirate, who goes by the handle Overkill online.

    Looking at a list of average wages in Europe, many countries with high piracy rates (like the ones mentioned above) sit near the bottom of that list. Denmark and Norway, with piracy rates around 26 percent and 22 percent, according to our respondents, have the 6th and 3rd highest net incomes in Europe.

    Those stark differences in piracy rate 3D Sea Aquarium Screensaver v1___ crack serial keygen income differs so drastically can't prove causation, but it sure looks like strong evidence to back up Overkill's claim, FAQs | Pirate PC. More localized pricing across Europe that better took into account income in each country could conceivably have a big impact on piracy values.

    Both the US and UK, FAQs | Pirate PC, which had by far the most respondents in our survey, showed piracy rates of around 26 percent. 4,695 US respondents said they pirate games, and 1,793 UK respondents answered the same.

    Why do they pirate PC games?

    We asked gamers if they think pirating games is wrong, FAQs | Pirate PC, with options that didn't leave a ton of room for nuance: 'Yes,' 'No,' 'Yes but I do it anyway,' and 'It depends on who made the game.' We did have an 'Other' write-in option, and you can find some of those results on the next page.

    Here's the basic breakdown of how our respondents view piracy.

    'Why' is the toughest question to answer, and the most likely to result in some questionable feedback. Our survey offered several common reasons pirates often state for downloading games and said check all that apply. After some debate, we included 'Because I don't want to give ___ developer/publisher my money' as one of those options. It's a reason people often state for pirating a game, but is that really the why, or it it simply a justification, FAQs | Pirate PC, with the real answer being 'don't want to pay?'

    We can't answer that, but we can show the answers we were given. Here's how the results panned out, FAQs | Pirate PC, broken down by age, income, and country.

    The youngest and oldest gamers cared about DRM the least, and the oldest gamers were also the least likely to flat-out refuse to pay for a game, or to pirate it because they didn't like the publisher.

    From their 20s to mid-30s, almost 60 percent of gamers said they pirated games to demo them. The 'can't afford' justification fell off from a high of nearly 60 percent at 16-20 to less than 30 percent at older than 50.

    Complaints about DRM or specific publishers, FAQs | Pirate PC, though common online, weren't too often cited as reasons FAQs | Pirate PC pirate. Those reasons never rose above 20 percent.

    (Note that this time around we excluded the under 10 and 60+ respondents, since there were so few and the answers likely inaccurate).

    Sorted by income, the answers closely mirror those of age. There's a more obvious fall off of the 'too expensive' answer between income brackets: 40 percent at less than $10,000, and closer to 20 percent by the $25,000+ bracket.

    Because we had responses from so many countries, we've divided those answers into the three charts below. These are the same countries depicted above, which all had at least 250 respondents. 

    The concept of pirating games to demo them is commonplace, but significantly less popular in some countries. While about 65 percent of Belgian pirates said they wanted to demo a game before buying it, a common answer, FAQs | Pirate PC, less than 40 percent of pirates in India said the same. Croatia and Serbia had similarly low results, while having some of the highest occurrences of the 'too expensive' and 'can't afford' answers. Clearly, the bulk of pirates in those regions claim cost is their main obstacle.

    In wealthier countries, like the US and UK, Finland, Germany, and Normay, fewer than 30 percent of gamers complained about the prices of games but many did say they couldn't afford them. Close to 60 these pirates wanted to demo the games before considering buying them.

    Do pirates buy games?

    More than 50 percent of respondents said they pirate games to demo them before buying. Does that answer really check out?

    Nearly half of the respondents said they purchase games after pirating more than 50 percent of the time, while another third said they did FAQs | Pirate PC rarely. Overall, about 90 percent of the responses indicated that pirates do sometimes, FAQs | Pirate PC, even oftentimes, buy games after pirating them. How long after we don't know—it could be during a bargain bin sale or bundle deal, or could be as soon as they confirmed that the PC version ran well on their machine.

    Why have reformed pirates stopped pirating?

    Going all the way back to our first statistics, more than 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated games at some point in their lives, but only about 35 percent actively pirate today. Why did they stop? This was another check all that apply question.

    44 percent said they hung up the eye patch and peg leg after an increase in income. 56 percent attributed quitting piracy to Steam sales. 50 percent FAQs | Pirate PC that buying games on Steam, GOG, etc. became easier than pirating them. About 22 percent just felt bad about pirating and eventually gave it up.

    This question generated the most "Other" responses with nearly 7,700; we've FAQs | Pirate PC some of those on the next page.

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      PC piracy survey results: 35 percent of PC gamers pirate

      At some point in their lives, 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated a game. Almost 25 percent of PC gamers have pirated more than 50 games in their lifetimes. Those are two statistics from an anonymous survey we put up on PC Gamer two weeks ago after publishing . We hoped for a few thousand responses. We got 50,742, from PC gamers living in dozens of countries around the world. That’s a lot of data.

      Before we dig into the results, it’s important to note that this was an open survey, with nothing to stop the respondents from lying or taking it multiple times to skew the results. It’s possible some respondents answered in bad faith—and we have identified where the results skew in jokey ways—but given the size of our response pool, we believe the resulting answers paint a credible picture of piracy in 2016.

      Whenever we look for existing data on PC piracy, what we find seems sketchy or poorly sourced. In 2012, Ubisoft’s CEO famously said that 93 percent of PC gamers pirate. As we referenced , marketing research company Tru Optik claimed 2.4 billion games were downloaded in 2014 across PC, mobile, consoles, etc. There’s no way to know how many of those were PC games, but they are by far the most common game download available on The Pirate Bay. But now we have some data of our own, and it tells a believable story. From our results, it’s true that 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated games at some point in their lives. But today, in 2016? 

      Of the PC gamers who responded to our survey, 35 percent are active pirates.

      How many PC gamers pirate?

      The simplest result from our survey is this number, a raw count of how many PC gamers currently download games without paying for them. Certainly not a small number, but a far cry from 90 percent. As we learned from another question, services like Steam and GOG have had a big impact on piracy, much in the way iTunes affected MP3 downloads. When games became as easy to buy as it was to pirate, many pirates started pulling out their wallets.

      Still, 35 percent is a lot of PC gamers. Let’s dig into whois pirating, and their reasons why. 

      Who pirates PC games?

      We asked our survey respondents for three identifying characteristics: their age, their country of residence, and their approximate income.

      This chart shows the percentage of people who pirate within each age range. As you might expect, younger respondents were the most likely to pirate, with that likelihood decreasing about five percent per age group between 16-20 and 51-60. More than 40 percent of teenagers said they currently pirate games, while less than 15 percent of 51-60 year olds said the same.

      The 60+ age group skyrockets back up to 25 percent, which is likely heavily skewed by joke responses to the survey. Only 77 respondents out of 50,000 (about 0.15 percent) selected this age range.

      We also only got 78 responses for the 10 or younger age range, and of those, 27 said they had annual incomes greater than $10,000. Quite a few said $150,000+. Trolls, or very enterprising children who pirate games? Probably the former.

      With thousands of responses in each other age range, they should provide a much more accurate picture of who pirates games. 

      This chart shows the percentage of pirates within income ranges. No big surprise here: the majority of pirates have the lowest annual income, at below $10,000. Almost 50 percent of our respondents in this category pirate games, while half that number of gamers pirate if they make more than $25,000 per year.

      Again, you'll notice a suspicious rise in the piracy rate in the far-right bar, which is survey respondents who claimed to make more than $150,000 per year. Only 576 respondents chose this income bracket, and 41 of those said they were under 10 or over 60. We're skeptical there, but perhaps our wealthiest respondents prefer to spend their money on champagne instead of PC games.

      Because this answer wasn't required, about 4,000 respondents left it blank.

      Below is a chart breaking down where most of our responses came from.

      As you can see from the chart above, nearly half of our survey respondents lived in the US and the UK. Australia (the bright green wedge) and Canada made up another 10 percent, while Germany, Sweden and Brazil each accounted for 2+ percent shares with more than 1,000 responses each.

      Some highlights from the piracy breakdown per country: Serbia and Romania had the highest piracy rates among our respondents at close to 75 percent. Lithuania and Argentina were both over 60 percent. Russia, often cited as a country where pirating runs rampant, was right at the 50 percent mark.

      In our report on the state of PC piracy we spoke to a pirate who lives in Bulgaria, who explained a new game on release day costs almost a third of a minimum wage earner's monthly income (imagine new games costing $400 in the US). “The thing is, they think $50 and €50 is the same for every country, but it's not, because the wages and economy are different,” said the pirate, who goes by the handle Overkill online.

      Looking at a list of average wages in Europe, many countries with high piracy rates (like the ones mentioned above) sit near the bottom of that list. Denmark and Norway, with piracy rates around 26 percent and 22 percent, according to our respondents, have the 6th and 3rd highest net incomes in Europe.

      Those stark differences in piracy rate where income differs so drastically can't prove causation, but it sure looks like strong evidence to back up Overkill's claim. More localized pricing across Europe that better took into account income in each country could conceivably have a big impact on piracy values.

      Both the US and UK, which had by far the most respondents in our survey, showed piracy rates of around 26 percent. 4,695 US respondents said they pirate games, and 1,793 UK respondents answered the same.

      Why do they pirate PC games?

      We asked gamers if they think pirating games is wrong, with options that didn't leave a ton of room for nuance: 'Yes,' 'No,' 'Yes but I do it anyway,' and 'It depends on who made the game.' We did have an 'Other' write-in option, and you can find some of those results on the next page.

      Here's the basic breakdown of how our respondents view piracy.

      'Why' is the toughest question to answer, and the most likely to result in some questionable feedback. Our survey offered several common reasons pirates often state for downloading games and said check all that apply. After some debate, we included 'Because I don't want to give ___ developer/publisher my money' as one of those options. It's a reason people often state for pirating a game, but is that really the why, or it it simply a justification, with the real answer being 'don't want to pay?'

      We can't answer that, but we can show the answers we were given. Here's how the results panned out, broken down by age, income, and country.

      The youngest and oldest gamers cared about DRM the least, and the oldest gamers were also the least likely to flat-out refuse to pay for a game, or to pirate it because they didn't like the publisher.

      From their 20s to mid-30s, almost 60 percent of gamers said they pirated games to demo them. The 'can't afford' justification fell off from a high of nearly 60 percent at 16-20 to less than 30 percent at older than 50.

      Complaints about DRM or specific publishers, though common online, weren't too often cited as reasons to pirate. Those reasons never rose above 20 percent.

      (Note that this time around we excluded the under 10 and 60+ respondents, since there were so few and the answers likely inaccurate).

      Sorted by income, the answers closely mirror those of age. There's a more obvious fall off of the 'too expensive' answer between income brackets: 40 percent at less than $10,000, and closer to 20 percent by the $25,000+ bracket.

      Because we had responses from so many countries, we've divided those answers into the three charts below. These are the same countries depicted above, which all had at least 250 respondents. 

      The concept of pirating games to demo them is commonplace, but significantly less popular in some countries. While about 65 percent of Belgian pirates said they wanted to demo a game before buying it, a common answer, less than 40 percent of pirates in India said the same. Croatia and Serbia had similarly low results, while having some of the highest occurrences of the 'too expensive' and 'can't afford' answers. Clearly, the bulk of pirates in those regions claim cost is their main obstacle.

      In wealthier countries, like the US and UK, Finland, Germany, and Normay, fewer than 30 percent of gamers complained about the prices of games but many did say they couldn't afford them. Close to 60 these pirates wanted to demo the games before considering buying them.

      Do pirates buy games?

      More than 50 percent of respondents said they pirate games to demo them before buying. Does that answer really check out?

      Nearly half of the respondents said they purchase games after pirating more than 50 percent of the time, while another third said they did so rarely. Overall, about 90 percent of the responses indicated that pirates do sometimes, even oftentimes, buy games after pirating them. How long after we don't know—it could be during a bargain bin sale or bundle deal, or could be as soon as they confirmed that the PC version ran well on their machine.

      Why have reformed pirates stopped pirating?

      Going all the way back to our first statistics, more than 90 percent of PC gamers have pirated games at some point in their lives, but only about 35 percent actively pirate today. Why did they stop? This was another check all that apply question.

      44 percent said they hung up the eye patch and peg leg after an increase in income. 56 percent attributed quitting piracy to Steam sales. 50 percent said that buying games on Steam, GOG, etc. became easier than pirating them. About 22 percent just felt bad about pirating and eventually gave it up.

      This question generated the most "Other" responses with nearly 7,700; we've collected some of those on the next page.

      Current page: Page 1

      Next PagePage 2

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    This 17-year mod project makes the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in game one of the best pirate sims around

    When videogames dally in the fantasy of Caribbean piracy, they lean towards the peglegs, the accordions, the cheery camaraderie, and the general feeling that every member of your burly crew is gloggled on gut-rotting moonshine at all times. Even the family-friendly Sea of Thieves has the raucous tone of a great seafaring pissup.

    Beyond Sid Meier's Pirates, there aren't that many games that have attempted serious pirate simulation. A couple that did venture into these scarcely charted waters were the Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates series, both made by Russian studio Akella. In 2003, Sea Dogs 2 was rebranded to Pirates of the Caribbean just before release, when Disney licensed it as a movie tie-in. Aside from a few lines of narration from Keira Knightley and a retrofitted plot involving the fabled Black Pearl ship, the ties to the movies were tenuous, and development was rushed to sync up with the movie's release date.

    It wasn't a great game on release, and yet it garnered a following that saw potential in the unfinished sea symphony. Over the next 17 years, up to this very day, modders joined forces to work on New Horizons, an unfathomably deep total overhaul mod for Pirates of the Caribbean. Today the community around the mod, known as Pirates Ahoy, totals over 8,000 members, and has turned a pokey pirate game into the deepest colonial Caribbean simulator ever made.

    I call it that, because New Horizons expands beyond pure piracy and into the piracy-with-fancy-uniforms-and-bayonets known as colonialism. You can pick a starting date anywhere between 1500 and 1830, which will affect the colonial balance of power in the Caribbean, most of which has been recreated here, with dozens of islands and cities to visit.

    There's an elaborate trade system, the ability to play as all major colonial powers (including the US from a certain era), several storylines let you step into the shoes of legendary pirates, reputation systems, morale systems, detailed crew management, dynamic alliances between AI, and the possibility of visiting a brothel and indulge is some nautically-themed naughty talk.

    It's a ruthless simulation, and a project that's been passed down through generations of modders like an aged but steadfast Navy frigate. The compiler of the original mod Nathan Kell had just three goals when he started working on New Horizons (then known only as Build Mod) in 2003. "Fixing bugs and annoyances, improving realism and world depth, and porting over as much as I could from Pirates! Gold", he tells me. To that end, he added in nation relations, plunder division with the crew, and Letters of Marque that let you become a privateer.

    It was definitely the sort of grab-bag ubermod that you often find groups of newbs making.

    As a real-life sailor, Kell was unhappy with the arcadey feel of the game's sailing mechanics, so he began reworking them for greater realism, and also introduced the roots of an inter-island commodity trade system. "It was definitely the sort of grab-bag ubermod that you often find groups of newbs making (which we were!), rather than something with any kind of solid core or vision", he recalls.

    New Horizons eventually propelled Kell to full-time work in the games industry, where he worked for Squad on Kerbal Space Program before moving onto Valve. "New Horizons definitely helped set me on my path", he says. "Making things annoyingly realistic is a through-grain in my work, given I went on to make Realism Overhaul for Kerbal!".

    In 2006 the project was taken over by Pieter Boelen, a maritime researcher who happened upon Pirates of the Caribbean in a bargain bin. "The original game was relatively basic," Boelen tells me. "There was one main quest; a few side ones; and some random quests like cargo deliveries and convoy quests. The game world was relatively small with perhaps eight fictional islands".

    Even though Boelen took over some years into the project, there was still no ultimate goal for New Horizons other than to push the game code as far as it could go. "Effectively, the mod is a cumulative set of 'what people wanted to make', so it was quite a fluid, dynamic process", Boelen tells me. "Once people made a start going down certain paths, others would get excited and start building on their work".

    The project was helped along by the fact that developer Akella left much of the code open from the off, and supplied modders with tools that allowed them to edit models, systems and texture files in the game. "The open code included all the interfaces and many of the underlying game mechanics, so we really had the freedom to change a lot", Boelen recalls. "We even managed to change things that the developers insisted were absolutely impossible with their game engine."

    For example, start a game from the early 19th century onwards, and you get to use steam frigates, even though the engine isn't designed for the way they handle. Even more crucial to turning New Horizons into a fully immersive high-seas sim was DirectSail. Where in the base game you could only travel between different regions using an overworld map, DirectSail made the game world seamless, letting players sail the entirety of the Caribbean in real-time or in a new 30x 'compressed time' function. 

    "This was added by CouchcaptainCharles, who was super-creative and 'unhindered by prior knowledge," says Boelen. "He just kept trying until it worked". When this modder eventually left the scene, DirectSail was rewritten by another modder to work with in-game map coordinates, before others took over to finish the job.

    After being seduced by modders' tales of high-seas adventures and systemic depth, I decided to find out for myself how New Horizons actually plays.

    We even managed to change things that the developers insisted were absolutely impossible with their game engine.

    My attempt to play the story of Charles Ardent was quickly aborted due to some niggling bugs, and I had more joy going into full freeplay mode, which offers the most freedom to play around with the game's systems. I started out as an officer of the Royal Navy, which put me at the helm of a Navy ship with plenty of resources and crew to get started. Tired of splitting my riches with a king and country many thousands of leagues away, I decided to go rogue and become the most professional pirate outfit in the Caribbean. 

    Also, 'The Redcoat Pirate' is a hell of a marketing gimmick, if I say so myself.

    The game's systems feel exciting and responsive. Alliances between colonial powers can change at any moment, and at one point I pulled into a port city only to find it under siege by a ragtag pirate fleet, which offered plenty of riches for me to plunder when they inevitably failed. I roamed the seas, illicitly attacking British colonial vessels and merchant ships. Sure, I often found myself fleeing my own raids, but I still swiftly gained a level of notoriety that lost me my British citizenship and soon saw me flying the flag of the jolly roger.

    Going pirate lost me right of passage into colonial cities (though false flags and bribery of local governors can quickly fix that), and wiped out any hope of me marrying a governor's daughter. But that didn't matter. My rakish sea-rat captain had love only for the ocean, and the only kisses he craved were the briny ones of ocean spray. So I joined the Pirate Brotherhood, which has its own progression and quest system much like working for a specific nation or as a privateer.

    The seafaring mechanics are excellent, and enthusiasts can opt for the 'Realistic' sailing mode which greatly impacts sailing mechanics based on your ship's rigging. Unfavourable winds on this setting can even force you to take roundabout routes to your destination, and seafaring know-how far above my station is required to navigate the game this way.

    It's only on land that you really feel the engine's age. Combat is stiff and simplistic, and the added-in sidestep function risks clipping you through the scenery. Wandering around the various cities and port towns offers up plenty of whimsical dialogue interactions with locals, and you can even go treasure-hunting on land in temples and crypts, but there's no question that this game is most at home out on the waters.

    With later Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates games using updated versions of PoTC's Storm Engine, the opportunity has always been there to upgrade New Horizons from an engine that, for all its impressive mileage, is at the limits of what can be accomplished with it. There have been attempts to make a New Horizons remaster from the ground up in Unity, as well as a spiritual successor called Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas, but the time and resources required for these to match the vast scope of New Horizons meant that they were ultimately abandoned. 17 years on, it still looks unlikely that an independent studio or mod community can make a worthy follow-up to this still-growing behemoth.

    New Horizons is also at the very heart of Pirates Ahoy, and moving the project onto a different engine or starting from the ground up always risks fragmenting the existing community. Even though the forums boast thousands of members across a dozen boards relating to various pirate games, the New Horizons board is by the far the most popular, and there's a sense that creative camaraderie around it remains integral to keeping the community alive. Boelen takes pride in the size and diversity of the community, listing off to me key New Horizons contributors from 15 countries across five continents.

    By becoming bound to the project, this community has pushed a seemingly outmoded game engine far beyond what its own creators thought possible. Yes, the nitty-gritty of character models and sword combat look about as good as a scurvied sailor washed up on Brighton Beach, but its interlocking systems, detailed ships and precise sailing mechanics capture a seafaring fantasy like few other games. 

    If you fancy setting sail in New Horizons, you'll need to own Pirates of the Caribbean. As it can't be purchased on any digital stores, you either need to buy a second-hand disk or can maybe morally (if not strictly legally) justify downloading it from an abandonware site. You'll then need to grab Build 14 Full Part 1, Built 14 Beta 4.0 Part 2, and Extra Fix Archive of New Horizons from ModDB.

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    The best pirate games on PC to play in 2021

    Ahoy there, you salty sea dog! We 'ear that ye want to be a filthy cutthroat pirate. All right, but you don't become a pirate just by asking. You'll 'ave to play, the best pirate games! In each one, you'll have to master the sword, the art of thievery, and the quest. What? That be treasure hunting, ye sea urchin!

    So if ye want to prove yerself that yer pirate material, 'ere be the ten best pirate games that we think are good trials. Aye, even being a pirate in space counts; swashbucklin' ain't reserved for just the seven seas. We've updated our list to include some honourable mentions.

    We're using the following conditions as an indicator of whether or not a game can be included in this list of the best pirate games: It is set in either colonial times or space, has pirates in it either alive or dead, and in most cases contains references to looking for treasure or salvage alongside ship combat, or having a crew/fleet of ships to manage.

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    The best pirate games on PC:


    The Curse Of Monkey Island

    A man walks over a bridge in a cartoon-ish town in The Curse Of Monkey Island

    The best pirate game to start off with has to be one of the Monkey Island series, and for us, it's a tight toss-up between the first three games. We've gone with The Curse of Monkey Island because it best combines the humour the series is known for, while also having the best representation of bein' a pirate.

    As any self-respecting pirate would tell you, you'll need the gift of the gab. Curse Of Monkey Island includes a part where you sail the seas with your crew, finding pirate ships to raid, before engaging the captain of those ships in a duel of swordplay and puns. The first Monkey Island adventure had insult duelling too, but The Curse Of Monkey Island has rhyming insults, which makes it a far more fitting test for every rookie pirate.


    Sea Of Thieves

    For those buccaneers who have a crew of friends, Sea Of Thieves is the ideal pirate game. It tests all the necessary genre skills: duelling with swords, firing cannons, and firing your crew out of cannons. There's also a lot of plunder waiting to be dug up and placed in your hold, before being taken back for rewards and upgrades to... your ship's cannons.

    Sea Of Thieves is an open-world multiplayer game, so naturally, there's a deep emphasis on ship-to-ship combat against rival pirate crews. Before long, one crew will be sent to Davey Jones's locker, while the other will be gathering all the spoils. It's a bit of a long haul and one you'll need a reliable crew to get the most from, but thankfully the Xbox Game Pass includes Sea Of Thieves, so the barrier to entry isn't massive, and the community is atypically friendly.


    Sid Meier's Pirates!

    For those who want to take a fleet of scallywags across the Caribbean but don't want the hassle of needing other real players to join their crew, Sid Meier's Pirates! will make you into the next scourge of the seas. We've gone with the one from 2004 rather than the 1987 version because it's a better version of the all the same concepts - not to mention easier to find and get running on a modern PC.

    You begin as a fledgeling buccaneer, with only one ship to your name. In order to build your pirate fleet, you'll need to raid other ships, recruit a crew to man your cannons, and duel pirate captains. You'll also be doing favours for one of four nations, as they try to build a foundation for a colonial empire. It has a bit of a dated look, but it's stylised enough that it doesn't matter too much, and it's the ideal strategy pirate game.


    Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean

    Let's face it, being a pirate is no child's play. There's too much grog to be had after all. So for the younger swashbucklers out there, one of the best pirate games is Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. It is one of the earlier Lego games, but the core template of is the same: you'll leap about, you'll build items of scenery, and you'll complete a bit of light combat and puzzling. Plus, having the Lego figures unable to talk in these early games only made them more charming.

    The game takes place across scenes from the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean films, and if you've got a baby pirate by your side, you can jump in with a second player at any point. Useful should your protege be struggling with a nefarious wastrel and need your help - though they only lose a tiny bit of their treasure haul if they do get defeated.


    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    Okay, assassin's aren't pirates, but Kenway, the protagonist of Black Flag, is both. You run a ship, raid frigates and sloops for treasure to spend on upgrading said ship, and even sail through treacherous storms. What's particularly impressive is how the waves can build up to a colossal scale, and your ship needs to bob up and down without getting seasick. While future games like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey had pirate ships, they weren't the main focus.

    Ubisoft is now making a game called Skulls & Bones, hopefully still coming soon as it's a multiplayer-focused pirate game based on Black Flag's pirate ships. In the meantime though, this is still a good way to get your sea legs. It's a great pirate game - there are sea shanties for your crew to sing and all - and in many ways the best Assassin's Creed game.


    Sticks & Bones

    So your plunder is running a bit low. Not to worry, there's a bit of buried treasure in Steam that's fitting for anyone willing enough to find it. Sticks & Bones is a silent comedic pirate game where the pirate must continue on his quest to find plunder. He's also a bit on the dead side, but when has that ever stopped a pirate from a good bit of treasure hunting?

    It's not a very long game and is meant to be an episodic adventure, but don't let that stop you. It's a slapstick romp that's likely to put a smile on even the saltiest of sea dog's face. Heck, it even got "The Daddy" award from our video team in their Reviews Roulette series - and as everyone knows, Matthew Castle is the saltiest sea dog we have at RPS.


    SteamWorld: Heist

    Space is the final frontier, as a great captain once said, meaning that even examples of space piracy can be counted among the best pirate games. The robot inhabited universe of SteamWorld has plenty of derelict and manned spaceships to raid and space pirates to shoot with your high-tech weapons. This turn-based game encourages skill shots by ricocheting bullets off walls, all while looting new stuff for your crew.

    As a 2D game, it's easier to aim your weapon, particularly if you've got laser pointers attached. It's also a great tactics game, with a colourful crew of characters. And you can shoot enemy's hats in order to get new headgear, which no self-respecting pirate could resist.


    Space Pirates and Zombies 2

    Perhaps you like your space piracy to have a bit more space combat rather than just boarding enemy vessels? The first Space Pirates And Zombies was an excellent top-down shooter and the superior game of the two, but the sequel has more of a space pirate vibe to it. Your crew will need to scavenge abandoned crafts, looking for parts to upgrade their ship, while taking out bandits and forging alliances with the factions.

    The combat feels like an arcade game and has you manning lasers and guns in fast-paced dogfights. If the campaign doesn't suit you, there's also a sandbox mode where you can forge your own path to building your space pirate empire. While zombie invasions aren't exactly in keeping with the pirate theme, the crew of your ship is full of disgruntled scoundrels and the game is a fun time without getting too complicated.


    Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

    A screenshot of a pirate ship docking in a harbour in Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

    Back to Earth now. While sailing the seven seas is what we associate them with most, there's more to the pirate life than just hunting treasure. The likes of Edward Teach were feared throughout the Caribbean not just because they were ruthless killers, but because they built alliances with other pirate crews to establish pirate colonies. Enter Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, where you take on your own island paradise.

    To create it, you'll need to send a fleet of pirates to intercept cargo vessels in order to capture prisoners to work on your island, and to build the coffers of your treasure chest. You'll also have to create a delicate balancing act as your slaves and pirates do not get on if they're too closely integrated. All the while, you'll need to ensure that the three nations in the Caribbean don't find your island and destroy it. It's showing its age a bit these days and wasn't a stellar looking game at the time, but it's still worth revisiting for the interesting take on the theme.


    Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

    If you only played the first Pillars Of Eternity, you might be wondering what this is doing here, but I've not bumped my head on the poop deck, I promise. Deadfire is still an isometric RPG in a trad-fantasy world, but straight after the opening - which handily recaps the events of the first game - your protagonist wakes up on a ship. Your ship. What follows has you traipsing around on land and assembling a party of quest-craving D&D types just as normal, but that party joins your pirate crew. You'll sail with them from island to island, and at sea, you'll need to out-sail, out-cannon or out-fight your rivals.

    There's a whole crew management aspect to the game as well, going far beyond the typical RPG party management stuff, in which you can hire people at ports, send the injured to your ship's surgeon, and manage your food, drink and medical supplies. There have been a handful of attempts at making a deep pirate RPG, but Deadfire is one of the few that succeeds.


    Honourable mentions

    • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Has much the same naval combat, though the focus is not on being a pirate in Ancient Greece.
    • The Secret of Monkey Island/Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - The previous two are still hilarious adventure games worth playing.
    • One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 - Anime pirates are still pirates, and these ones like to punch many folks.
    • Risen 3 - A pirate RPG that's a bit wonky, but has some interesting ideas.
    • Blackwake - Similar to Sea of Thieves, but more realistic in style.

    And those are our picks for the best pirate games. There should be a mix of genres to choose from, but if you feel we missed your favourite, you can make a case for it in the comments below.

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