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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End review

Can it really be as good as it looks? Our review has the answer

Pros

  • Excellent
  • faithful visuals
  • It's like playing the movie
  • Lots to find and see

Cons

  • Poor combat
  • Looks worse than 360 version
  • Last-gen gaming traits aplenty

It's very rare that the videogame off-shoot of a blockbuster movie lets you feel like you're in the movie. This is one of those times. Never before has a game looked so much like its source material. But don't go firing a ten cannon salute just yet - it's got plenty of issues that threaten to spoil the party.

The game is primarily a fighting game with free movement. You walk into an area, get pounced on by a bunch of bad guys and then see them off with a variety of attacks. You unlock finishing moves as you progress and there are several combos to be found as you switch between punch and sword attack buttons as you fight.

There's a simple parrying system, whereby you can push in the direction of an enemy who's about to attack (indicated by a red ring around his or her feet) and then press X. After a slight pause, a cool animation will take place. This is sadly true of the game as a whole - you press something then watch the results, as opposed to really feeling like you're in full control.

To make things worse, practically every enemy can be defeated by pressingX three times. After two swipes, they turn their back to you, whereupon they inexplicably wait a good three or four seconds for you to deliver the finishing blow. It gets harder later on, but only because you have to press it four times, not two, before they turn their back in the same set animation. You can vary your attacks to stop it from looking crappy, but that is the only word for it.

More Info

GenreAdventure
DescriptionIt's a movie tie-in brawler, but its blend of spot-on animations, upgraded battle actions and cinematic action sequences could still be enough to interest more than just idle fans of the film
Franchise namePirates of the Caribbean
UK franchise namePirates of the Caribbean
PlatformPS2, PSP, PS3, DS, Wii, Xbox 360
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date25 May 2007 (US), 25 May 2007 (UK)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.
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