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Pirate101 (P101)
KingsIsle Entertainment | Official Site
MMORPG | Genre:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 10/08/12)  | Pub:KingsIsle Entertainment
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:$09.95
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Pirate101 Forum » General Discussion » A review after 6+months

5 posts found
  MightyChasm

Advanced Member

Joined: 2/03/13
Posts: 311

 
OP  2/03/13 8:18:36 AM#1

I'll keep it brief because who wants to read huge blocks of text? This is my experience of the game, you are welcome to disagree.  I have two level 50's and a 30 so I am somewhat of a fan, but have also experienced it all.  

Aesthetics 6.5/10

Nothing ground breaking here, but they are pretty and do their job admirally.  The cartoon style hides some of the lacklustre textures.  But it looks good enough to play.  

Gameplay 9/10

This is the area where P101 (like its predecessor W101) excels.  It is like simple chess, you enter a turn-based battle with your companions and choose your moves.  It is fantastic in its addictive simplicity, like tetris.  Yes there are flaws, such as tedious ship battles, and the inability to permanently discard bad moves/ companions, but they pale in comparison to its overall fun.  

Innovation 8/10 

Please feel free to shout me down, but we have a game here that is vastly more innovative than the likes of GW2 yet receives no plaudits, largely due to the 'family friendly' label.  It brings something different to the MMO table, and I for one am thankful for that.    

Polish 7/10

It has its bugs.  The main storyline quest ends at 60% while the dev's work on the remainder.  What there is works well, and you can enjoy the ride to cap without any major issues.

Social 8/10 

It is 'family friendly' which limits chat options (for the better imo).  Anyone can enter any battle and the housing etc provides talking points.  The Skull Island area creates a great hub for meeting and greeting.  You can also instantly port to freinds to help in times of need.  It feels far more social than many recent mmo's.  PVP is a mess but 'in the works'.  

Value 6/10 

I am biased.  It is a relatively casual game but easy to play and hard to learn.  I can easily spend hours on it.  And, importantly, it does not cater to the quick win crowds, it is hard in areas.  Unfortunately the F2P label is incorrect, you have to buy all the content above the first area or subscribe.  

Conclusion 8/10

I am putting huge weight on the gameplay element here, and that wins it for me.  It is simply immense fun despite its flaws.        

 

 

 

  User Deleted
2/03/13 8:20:39 AM#2
Even as a gamer just shy of 40, I thought the first gameplay experience was fun.  Sadly, there are too many other games I'm playing but I do plan on giving this a go when I need a break from what I'm playing now.
  bodestauffa

Novice Member

Joined: 1/29/13
Posts: 2

2/07/13 6:28:26 AM#3
I have four toons  2 at level 50 muskateer at 40 and starting swashbuckler, so I am fan of the game!
  MightyChasm

Advanced Member

Joined: 2/03/13
Posts: 311

 
OP  2/22/13 12:04:00 PM#4
Does anyone here play this? 
  bodestauffa

Novice Member

Joined: 1/29/13
Posts: 2

2/28/13 2:20:34 PM#5
I play it daily!