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IMG Reviews Sid Meier's Pirates
6:00 AM | Marcus Albers | 7 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Sid Meier's Pirates! from UK publisher Feral Interactive. The first release from their Legends series of budget remakes, Pirates lets you take on the role of a swashbuckling buccaneer and sail the seven seas! Here's an excerpt from the review:

I've read enough nautical fiction and true accounts of warfare in the Age of Sail to know that real ship-to-ship combat was incredibly complicated, sometimes incredibly drawn-out, and often inconclusive. One famous battle in the War of 1812 essentially involved two massive frigates being towed by rowboats in a dead calm, trying to get close enough to shoot each other, and it went on for at least two days. I would imagine that a true simulation of trying to get a couple of hundred semi-drunk, undernourished and demonstrably disobedient men (these ARE pirates, after all) to handle the absurdly complicated steering of a massive device held together with ropes and tar in completely undependable winds, while simultaneously trying to load, aim, and fire smooth-bored cannons hardly accurate beyond 500 feet would be something that would make even the most avid flight-simulator freak shake in his boots. After all, you never have to flog an F-18 to get it to do what you want. Pirates, perhaps wisely, has chosen to forego total realism here.
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IMG Review: Sid Meier's Pirates!
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