Game Description and Comments
Pirates of the Burning Sea is a high-profile 3D MMORPG that is set in the time of piracy on the high seas. PotBS is not only the first major MMORPG to be launched in 2008 but is also the first major pay-to-play pirate MMORPG. The pirate MMO is definitely nothing new with many games in this sub-genre including Voyage Century Tales of Pirates Puzzle Pirates and even Pirates of the Caribbean. A couple of those games Voyage Century and Tales of Pirates even have different versions available to play. However this genre has not witnessed a real blockbuster MMO like World of Warcraft in fantasy or Eve Online in science fiction. Pirates of the Burning Sea has the best chance to be that game. PotBS will not be a WoW killer by any means because it is not targeted to casual gamers like WoW and Guild Wars but it could develop into a strong MMO that dominates its niche. For example combat focuses on strategy rather than just repeatedly pressing a button or clicking a mouse. Sword fighting involves attention to your health balance and initiative while ship combat requires a substantial amount of planning in order to be successful. PotBS is a very deep game that depends heavily on its players. Players drive the economy with crafted goods and PvP allows players to control ports of cities. Even the game’s storyline is dependant on the actions of players. That said Pirates of the Burning Sea should be a treat for any MMORPGer looking for a compelling gaming experience.
- Amazing graphics.
- Offers both ship combat and face-to-face sword fighting.
- Strategy is a major part of the game rather than simple button mashing and mouse clicking.
- First major pay-to-play pirate MMO.
- No healer class.
- The story depends upon players.
- Ports are controlled by players.
- PvP affects the game world.
- PvP is not restricted by levels.
- Nation vs. Nation PvP.
- Economy is powered by player-crafted items.
- Three schools of sword fighting: Fencing Florentine and Dirty Fighting.
- Ships can board other ships.
Select Reviews (Edited for Presentation)
Comment: I have played in the Beta and I can tell you it is truly a great game. The lifelike features and people make the game much more inviting to play and the ships and crew are amazing. There are a few downsides though. One downside for example is steering with the A and D keys. If you are looking for a game besides your ordinary fantasy (Runescape) game then I suggest trying this.
Comment: Wow this game looks great. The graphics are great looking and the fact that you can make your own flag for your ship sounds really cool. Another good pirate game that I’ve been playing is Voyage Online. It’s a cool idea let’s just hope it works out. I better start saving money for a new graphics card.
Comment: The game’s graphics are decent and the ship battles are intense. The thing I like most about the game is when you board a ship you go down to deck level and take control of your character. The only problem with boarding is that the enemy AI just rushes and mobs you. I can’t review the Port blockades because I’m to low of a level.
Pirates of the Burning Sea is a pay-to-play MMORPG.
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