Pirate Ships, Still No Ninja MMO

By Jim Rossignol on January 23rd, 2008 at 11:13 am.

So Pirates Of The Burning Sea is now live. One word review: patchy. Aha! I’ve still got it. I really like some elements of it, and bombing about in my boat, trading and getting into minor scuffles, is kind of fun. The towns, overall missions, and sword fights are a bit less interesting, however. I’m being paid to write about the game elsewhere so I’ll save my more detailed comments for them. What I would say, though, is I’m concerned that the game might not be game enough for either the bored WoW types, or those who want Eve on the high seas.

Anyway, this ship combat trailer rather of fails to convey the reload-progress bar watching and wind-GUI reading reality of ship combat, but it’s in the spirit of things, I suppose.


Ahoy, Game Trailers, you internet lubbers.

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  1. LSNDuck says:

    I have kept an eye on this for a while, being a bit of a nautical cove (made of rock, full of swishing water), but I must try to avoid the temptation of another MMO. I am still not quite recovered from WoW.

    It does look fun though. Boats ploughing through the waves, feeling the air in your sails, chasing pirate scum whilst shouting Yarrrghhh!

  2. cliffski says:

    Meh. I was keen on the idea but its another level grinding identikit MMORPG where you spend 99% of your time “going to X to fetch/kill Y”.
    Plus the avatar combat is pretty crap. there is nothing new here sadly…

  3. ɹǝʌo llǝɟ ı poƃ ʎɯ ɥo says:

    I want EVE on the high seas. So, it’s not that then, I take it? Ah well.

    Lack of ambition causes another identikit MMO to fall in the home strait.

  4. AbyssUK says:

    I played the beta.. loved it! Too much… found myself at work researching the best ship I could buy when I get home.. 1 hour later I realised I should really have done some work at work.. MMORPG’s are bad! Must level up in the real world before attempting a virtual one!

  5. Sal says:

    i did the beta for this piece of S…Graphics are rather crappy, buggy as hell…i just cant believe that SOE pulled Devs off SGG to create this.

  6. Cruz says:

    @Sal: It’s my understanding that SOE has absolutely nothing to do with developing the game. All they are doing is the accounts and marketing.

    I played during the “pre-boarding”, and while I’m not completely sold on the game just yet, it seems pretty solid. The biggest selling point for me was the player based economy, which after playing WoW, it was nice to partake in a crafting system that rewarded planning over wasteful time sinks. The endgame PvP aspect sounds intriguing as well, and I’m interested enough if only to watch and see how it unfolds (on the first night the Spaniards on my server worked at capturing and denying the British owned deep natural harbor ports). The ground based combat needs work, but the devs seem very invovled and in touch with the player base, that I fully expect a revamp. And of course, the ship combat is a blast. I agree that it is repetetive, but it’s such a breath of fresh air compared to what I’ve been playing, that it is still exciting and I have yet to tire of it. Solo is fun, grouping is even more fun (having your group members draw fire while turning the enemy ships to line up their stern or bow with our guns has been our tactic of the day).

    Regarding the graphics, runs like butter on my 8800GTS after a patch early this month. There isnt much to it in terms of shiny, but there are some aspects of the graphics that really take you aback (the water in particular is beautiful).

    My doubts come from how long it will all be fun. Despite those doubts, I rationalize the cost by remembering that I beat CoD4 in 3 days, and thus far this game has entertained me for almost a month now for the same cost.

  7. Nuyan says:

    While I think the sea/pirate genre (together with western) is one of the horribly under-used game-genres, I’m not really up for playing a MMO like this one. Especially not with leveling and with rather meaningless PvP. It – is – good to see a good game in this setting though, it’s probably the best game with this setting. Port Royale was decent, pirates of a few years ago was rather weak.

    Guess I still should play the trial or so, but I also think 15 euro’s a month for this one is a bit too much as well.

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