Pirates are a favourite subject in stories. Because of how they make the dark and harsh times in history seem beautiful, pirates draw the attention of people who watch them. There have been a lot of pirate-themed video games made over the years by video game developers.
In games, sailing, stealing, and fighting pirates on the high seas have been common since the Pirates of the Caribbean movies became popular. The pirates of the sea have been the subject of some great games, but not those in space.
The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
While the player doesn’t control a pirate, they do have Link go to one of the best versions of Hyrule that they can find. It is a huge ocean with a lot of islands, pirates and sailors to talk to, treasure to find, and even sea monsters like Big Octos that you can fight off.
All of the things in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker have a sense of adventure. This includes the visuals and music as well as when you sail on Link’s “living” boat. You can feel like you’re in a world of pirates and magic that looks a little like Pirates Of The Caribbean mixed with Peter Pan when you play this game!
Players can work together to sail and keep a ship going when they play as pirates online. This part of the game feels a lot like Sea of Thieves. However, it quickly turns into a Call of Duty game with pirates. A lot of Blackwake is about playing with others.
Team Deathmatch, Capture the Booty, and Fortress Siege are all games that have two teams of twenty-seven people. It is a less complicated game that got mostly good reviews, but Sea of Thieves quickly took its place.
On the surface, Risen doesn’t do anything new. It’s an action RPG like many other games at the time, especially the Gothic series made by the same people. It’s still a good game, though. Risen is an RPG about pirates in a Mediterranean setting that’s very fun to play.
The map is big, with lots of places to explore, find new side quests, and fight enemies in a typical RPG that would lead to two more games. Some people didn’t like either one of the sequels very much, but they’re still worth a look.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (2004)
Those who like the Civilization games are likely to like Sid Meier’s Pirates, too, because he made them. It is a 2004 remake that takes the original game and makes it almost perfect for the time. This makes it a Civilization clone with pirates.
The goal of Sid Meier’s Pirates! is to become the world’s best pirate, just like becoming the world’s best country was the goal of Civilization. Players use real-time strategy as they plunder the seas, fight other pirates and try to get as much money as they can.
LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean (2011)
This game is based on the first four LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Fans can play through events from the movies and break LEGO pieces to get studs. They can also unlock characters and have fun with cartoon action.
When you play LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, you can fight Hector Barbossa on Isla de Muerta and Davy Jones in the Maelstrom, just like in the movies. Even though there is no dialogue, the mimicry of characters like Jack Sparrow and Barbossa makes the movie very funny.
Pillars Of Eternity Ii: Deadfire
The first Pillars of Eternity game was an attempt to recapture what made old fantasy RPGs so popular. It did a great job, and it was very well done. Developer Obsidian Entertainment went in a different direction for the second game. They made one of the best games of 2018.
You can play this game as a fantasy RPG in the style of early BioWare games, but it’s also a great pirate game with an interesting twist on the genre. When you play this game, you’ll again be the Watcher, who has come back to life and is now on a mission to find the dead god Eothas. The story is written to make you want to read on, and it doesn’t let up on that goal once. The world is a lot of fun to explore, too. It feels alive, as if it’s full of real people, with a charming cast that tests your morals and makes you work hard.
There is nothing else to say about Deadfire. It is a game about pirates at its very core, though. You sail your ship through unknown waters, fight in tactical ship battles, hunt down bounties, and go on an epic high-seas adventure.
The Curse Of Monkey Island
You should always put LucasArts’ Monkey Island games at the top of the list when you talk about pirate games. This is a series of games that are some of the best point-and-click adventures ever made. The five games in the series cover all aspects of the life of a buccaneer.
Monkey Island games are great, but if you have to pick one, you should play The Curse of Monkey Island. This is a “best of” for the series. It’s a lot of fun, and thanks to the hand-painted backdrops, it still looks great. Add to that great voice acting, a song and dance number, and the first appearance of Murray the demonic skull, and you have a point-and-click masterpiece that is one of the best ever made in a game.
There are only two games in this quintology where you can sail a ship and do some piracy. This is important for a list of the best pirate games. It would not be a Monkey Island game without insult sword fights.
Sea Dogs is more like a pirate RPG than an action-adventure game. In fact, you don’t even have to be a pirate if you don’t want to be one.
As soon as you get out with a group of other people, you take your small sloop. From there, you can do what you want to do. Many different story lines are available. You can accept missions from people in other countries and take their cargo. You can even become a trader if you want to. Or, you could take the missions from the pirates and become the biggest, most terrible privateer on the seven seas, or you could just take the missions from the pirates. There may be some things about this game that aren’t as good as they used to be, but this is still one of the best RPGs on PC.
There’s a sequel called Sea Dogs 2, which is just as good as the first movie. Disney used it to make the official Pirates of the Caribbean game with the movie. Unfortunately, because of the game’s IP, it can’t be played on PC right now. The original is probably the better game anyway, and both of its great expansions are on GOG.