365 D.o.G. - Day 145: Pirates of the Burning Sea
Written by: OSUBoarder - 03:55 May-26-2013

Pirates of the Burning Sea

                Pirates of the Burning Sea is a massively multiplayer online role playing game set in the Caribbean in the midst of British rule. This game by Flying Lab Software lets players compete in both close quarters swashbuckling as well as massive ship battles ranging all over the ocean. The game came out of beta in 2008 and was a subscription service until the developers decided to go with a free to play system.

                When you start the game you will have the choice between playing as pirates or nationals which consist of British, French, and Spanish navies. Within each team there are three different classes to play as which will affect your strengths and the way you fight in the game. Naturally I played as a pirate in the cutthroat class which is sort of an all-around class with no distinct advantages or disadvantages. You can have up to six characters on one server and they must be from the same nation at least to start. There is some customization in the look of the character but at the beginning it is not as extensive as you may find in other MMO games. After all of the character creation the game runs you through some basics in the hand to hand combat and ship combat mechanics.

              When entering the world for the first time the first thing I noticed is that this world is huge. Though I have not even had the time to put a dent in the exploring, the map shows a multitude of islands, cities, and small towns on all four corners of the map. Each of these towns is pretty expansive attempts to create a lively town though the NPCs don’t really move around and instead stay in one spot. There is plenty to see and explore and it is amazing what you can find when you leave the beaten path. Resources can be scarce and sometimes it may take looking under every rock and tree to find what you need to upgrade your ship, etc. As for the quests they follow the standard MMO style where tasks could be anything from raiding a port to being an errand boy and taking letters back and forth between people. Sometimes the quests where a little vague in their direction and it took some digging to find out exactly where you are supposed to go. As is the norm, the first few quests are less to challenge you and more meant the get you used to the system.

               Ship combat is pretty impressive but it takes you to a zoomed-out look instead of the maintained third person view from the famed Assassin’s Creed III ship combat. There was actually a lot that need to be taken into account such as wind direction and speed as well as how you are positioned in relation to the target. If you are perpendicular to the target you have more spread and will likely do more damage to the other ship. You can get larger ships with more guns and defense but they are exceptionally slower as well. This game seems to feature much smaller ships and combat based on speed instead of heavy hits. Overall the naval combat is probably the most fun and notable part of the game. The sword fighting is not as “good” and is pretty much like most MMO slasher games. You have special attacks that require cooldown times as well as attacks that you can use in the meantime. The different types of moves encourage some level of tact to your combat instead of just running and slashing.

Final Thoughts

                Though there are many aspects of this game that are just standards in the genre, the sea combat was genuinely exciting and fun to play. I must add one thing though. Obviously I only take a few hours in one day to play a game that I write about and fro games as large as this I simply cannot play enough to give a complete view of all material in the game. That being said I usually like to do searches to get a general community view of the game. A common note is that the game gets even better as you put more and more hours into it but the game does worse and worse of a job showing or explaining this stuff to you. You sort of have to stumble upon the stuff by accident and I even started to notice that. I would still recommend this game and you can learn more or play the game here.

 

P.S. I know I have been slacking again with the big title game reviews. I actually have a few games that I am almost done with and need to write but haven't had the time to write due to work. I should have time this week so look for the Deus Ex review that you guys voted on a few weeks ago :D


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Hmmm may play it. I kinda want something like this in single player though. O well.

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Why not try this?

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Sounds good……

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Looks awesome! downloading now :D

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