I’ve actually never caught the first Age Of Pirates, so I am very unfamiliar with Age of Pirates 2. It set sail on May 28, 2009 by Playlogic and Akella. It comes packed with a DVD, a map of the old Caribbean and a user’s manual. Installing the game took about 35 min. and during set-up you get the choice of English, French, Italian, Deutsch, and Spanish.
In the Character selection screen you have a choice of choosing Diego Espinoza, Peter Blood, or Ian stance and there’s a small bio of each char to read along with. There are three Hero types: Adventurer, corsair, or merchant along with a choice of nations England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Game settings you will have your choice of enemy encounters/sea battles, Auto reload pistols and hardcore gamer. And difficulty has 10 settings from sailor to Impossible. Once you make your choices, you go into the forced tutorial that I usually have the habit of skipping but this time. I took my time as I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game. Ages of Pirates 2 starts you with the basic fight one on one/ two on one. You also get to feel for the game, which It wasn’t bad. It has a decent functionality for an RPG and I thought it was going to be piratey gay. But it’s got some features that I enjoyed. It will let you “run quickly”, teleport to a tavern, shipyard, store and quite a few other places while on land. The game has many different scenarios to learn from such as sailing, walking and fighting on land & sea. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
It has a P.I.R.A.T.E.S character system which you can develop your toon/hero in different ways. Aside from that you also have different skills like light/med./Heavy weapons. As well as ship skills to navigate through different environments (storms, fog, etc), or Grapple when you throw lines to invade a ship.
- P. Power – hit harder, heavier weapons and carry more items
- I. Insight – Stealth and Accuracy.
- R. Reaction – movement and coordination and maximum energy.
- A. Authority – Leadership, officer willing to join (Reputation)
- T. Talent – manage devices and progress in rank and skill gaining new abilities.
- E. Endurance – Defense, weight endurance and Health points.
- S. Success - affects pistols, luck & skill.
I like the realistic aspect where you have to maintain a crew, bring food rations, keeping there moral up and paying there monthly salary. Your ship needs a minimum crew to run it and you have to maintain repairs on sail/hull. You can keep any number of sailors on your ship but they might rise up against you if there are too many. Your toon has a class specific quest line plus four other Campaign quest; there are innumerable amounts of quest to accomplish. The trade function and the ease of transferring from tavern to port to store was very nice; no unnecessary walking and it wasn’t much of a hassle to transfer stuff from one ship to another either.
As far as RPG’s go, this game is ok. I’m not one for reading directions and I got some of the game plays fairly easy. The rest I wasn’t to sure about. There was definitely something missing. I’m an experience gamer and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I just couldn’t get all the controls down pact. Do you remember the adventure books in grade school where it gave you a choice at the end of each page - those create your own adventure books? The game felt like that. You start playing it and you feel its free flowish but once I get more into it. I felt locked in to that set up.
There are many aspects of Ages of Pirates 2. Some were weak other were good. I was overwhelmed with all the functions and the inability to find a quick reference right away. The map of the Caribbean was actually quite accurate. It is a large span of area to cover even in a game. The land locations were good and varied by tropical, heavy jungle, ports and forts. Test your Piratude with this game and see where it takes you. I commanded my cannoneer to fire 3 stars out of 5.
- Windows XP / Vista
- 1.5GHz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent (3.0GHz or equivalent recommended)
- 256MB RAM for XP / 1GB for Vista (1GB GB recommended for XP / 2GB for Vista)
- 8.5GB HDD Space
- nVidia GeForce 4 or equivalent DirectX 9 compatible Graphics Card (nVidia GeForce 6600 or equivalent recommended)
- DirectSound compatible Sound Card
- DirectX 9.0c
- DVD-ROM Drive