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Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales

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"Fun, but buggy."
2 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

My first experience with this game was installing the game, then the starforce protection. The starforce drivers called for a restart and then my computer would not boot into windows. This was because vista will not start if it detects unsigned drivers, which starforce has.

Once I had got around this I tried to start the game, was met by a message saying ‘Starforce error’.

Eventually I got the game going and patched it to version 1.5. Now I have Crashes to desktop occuring once every hour.

The gameplay: This game despite its install headache and bugs, is actually a really fun game, and definitely an improvement on sea dogs. The RPG nature of this game keeps you hocked and restarting it after it crashes.

The game bugs: Transferring good between ships breaks frequently, and having a repairs made on your ship gives you 10000 of the resource per percent instead of taking resources, therefore an unlimited money supply.

My reccomendation: If you own vista and don't have an above average level of knowledge on how things work on the computer, don't buy this game.

If you however loved Sea dogs you will love this game and put up with its bugs, but beware Starforce copy protection could be considered to be like a virus and installing it can cause more problems than you may want to deal with.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Great for people who love pirates."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is a great game for people who love sea battles and in the time when guns and cannons weren't advanced is a bonus. I especially like the career but of the game because it is like you are living as a real captain. The graphics a great at sea but when you are on land with people it is a but wired. But over all I think that this game is great. Thanks a lot Mighty Ape.

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Runs sweet in 2010!"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

You'll notice that when I review things here it is mostly to give a holler out that the game now works and works well on older systems. With my ancient setup, I usually look to Ape for only two things 1. Will it run with my old gear? and 2. Did the patches ever fix what old reviewers were complaining about?

I've only had an hour play experience with the game so far but I know this title had a rocky start when it was released years ago.

With up to date patches the game runs better than expectations on my system, which at the time, was housing a GeoForce FX 5200 128 MB, one gig of RAM and only a 2.0 GHZ AMD 2400+.

It's an open-ended world like Gothic but mostly restricted to towns and ocean.

If you liked Sid Meier's Pirates! this is a more complex and involved, RPG-like, version of it.

So don't let an old setup or old reviews scare you, it's fixed now and runs smooth. =)

"Clumsy"
2 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The basic elements (story, re-playability, graphics) of the game are quite promising, however there is one major flaw, the controls! I found the combination of mouse and AWSD keys, (which change functions depending on which mode of play your are currently using!!), incredibly clumsy. It makes enjoying the game as difficult as playing it. I have only owned it for about two weeks and have already decided to sell it on. A real disappointment. Not recommended.

Description

Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales” is a naval game devoted to pirate adventures at the Caribbean seas of the 17th century, aiming to be the ultimate pirate simulation. "Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales" models all the details of a sword swinging pirate's life and misses no part of his everyday adventures. Taking the role of reckless fortune-hunter Blaze or redheaded daredevil Beatrice – the player will navigate his sailor in the original seas of the Caribbean, trade multiple goods, plunder merchant convoys, accomplish quests, build up his fleet, capture and rule colonies and much more.

Following his lucky star he lives an endless life full of naval battles, bloody fights, treasure hunt and other adventures, in a world of piracy and sea romance. In addition, the game can be played in third person perspective, allowing you to walk through your colonies or fight with your own sword, side by side with your crew, and challenge every other captain on the sea!

Features:
  • Successor of the well known games Sea Dogs, Age of Sail II and Pirates of the Caribbean (more than 1,5 million copies sold)
  • Be a pirate of your own, develop your skills, encounter evil enemies, beautiful ladies and conquer treasures and fame!
  • Total freedom without plot constrains – do what you like and face the consequences of your deeds!
  • Rush into epic naval battles with 16 different sail ships with many upgrades to develop
  • Lead squadrons up to four vessels or board enemy ships to bring chaos and destruction to all other landlubbers
  • Beat different weather conditions and fight devastating storms in day and night mode.
  • Conquer colonies, manage them and construct different town buildings and improve their defence
  • Join multiplayer battles with up to 16 real captains and prove to be a real sea dog in four different modes (Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Defend the Convoy or Capture the Fort)
  • Stunning visuals in 3D, play your pirate in third person perspective and sail your ship with a flexible, zoomable camera through the Caribbean sea.

System Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP Processor: Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 1.8 GHz or higher (2.5 GHz recommended) Memory: 256 MB RAM (1 GB recommended) Hard Disk Space: 4GB free DVD -ROM Drive: 6X speed or faster Video: 128 MB Hardware T&L-compatible video card* Sound: DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c (included) or higher *Video cards that do not have hardware shader support, such as GeForce 4 MX and Intel Integrated Graphics, are not supported.
Release date NZ
February 8th, 2008
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PC CD-ROM
UPC
742725275102
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1520619

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