Pirates of the Burning Sea - hands-on

The game really got a chance to show off its visual assets once we started sailing our ship around. The Caribbean looks great, with sparkling water and detailed backgrounds. You’ll steer your vessel with the WASD keys, and the line of sight for your starboard and port cannons are indicated by faint grey cones that stem from the sides of your ship.

Once you disable your prey’s ship, you’ll have to board it and slice and dice your way towards the ship’s captain. Up to 20 crew members can aid you as you try to seize control of the ship. As they fall in battle, reinforcements will replenish your boarding party if you have a big enough posse that is.

It’s tough to avoid comparisons to Sid Meier’s Pirates! as Pirates of the Burning Sea seems heavily influenced by its piratical predecessor in many aspects. The appeal of traveling, trading, and looting your way from a scurvy dog to a mighty scourge of the sea with thousands of other players certainly seems inspired by the remake of Mr. Meier’s classic. But summing up the game as “it’s Pirates! meets WoW”  won’t cut it. The large-scale PvP battles over ports, player-driven economy, and salty scenery will offer a new world for you to discover by sending you back in time to the days of old.

Pirates of the Burning Sea is scheduled to set sail for store shelves this June. Expect more in-depth coverage of this booty-licious title once we get our hooks on a beta key. In the meantime, treat yourself to the wealth of luscious screens we’ve looted from the developers by clicking on the Images tab above.


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