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Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned Preview

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Scheduled release date:

Q4 2010

Publisher:

Disney Interactive Studios

Developer:

Propaganda Games

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action/Adventure

Release Date:

Q4 2010

Okay, so we get the definitive Western from Rockstar in the form of Red Dead Redemption, so we thought we’d highlight another theme that, oddly enough, never really made a big splash in the video game world. Something like “The Pirates of the Caribbean” seems to lend itself beautifully to the world of interactive entertainment and yet, we can’t really point to one particular AAA title that can satisfy the majority of swashbuckling aficionados. So perhaps Propaganda Games will surprise us all when Pirates of the Caribeean: Armada of the Damned comes out later this year. It sort of reminds of RDR in a way, as they’re touting it as an “authentic, open-world experience” as you step into the boots of Captain Sterling. He’s a young pirate with visions of epic sea battles bouncing around in his head but when he joins up, those lofty aspirations take a beating when he realizes that pirates are little more than brawlers, killers and thieves. And on his very first voyage, he runs into trouble…the kind that normally kills you.

We don’t want to give away the entire story but let’s just say that he wakes up on a mysterious island and strangely enough, he finds he has certain powers (perhaps bequeathed by Davey Jones himself?). Now, much like RDR and other open-world, exploration-based adventures, you will first choose a path; this is where the role-playing aspect comes into play: do you fulfill your destiny and become a “legendary,” well-known pirate, one who can land any lass and who inspires both respect and fear in men? Or would you rather try the “dreaded” route, which is distinctly darker and may take more advantage of those aforementioned powers...? But the point is, your decisions and actions will have a definite impact on your environment and furthermore, the gameplay itself will be affected. For instance, as a legendary pirate, you’ll rely more on your swordplay and agility, along with a handy-dandy pistol. As the dreaded pirate, you’ll be slower, but you’ll also use a huge anchor like a massively devastating whip, and your supernatural abilities will come into the limelight.

Combos can be executed as either the legendary or dreaded pirate, and access to special skills will be dictated by the vitality meter that sits right next to your health bar. One of the first things you might wish to do is taunt your enemies; they will become intimidated and will subsequently deal less damage, while your attacks inflict more pain. Furthermore, if you finish off a taunted foe, the “taunt” benefit will continue to help you in regards to other foes. Once the fighting ensues, you’ll not only use your standard equipped weapon, you’ll also utilize a variety of melee attacks, including punches and head butts. And if we’re going to say this is part-RPG, than how can we not gain levels? We’ll get those levels and with each level attained, we’ll receive points we can distribute as we see fit; this distribution will result in enhanced stats concerning both passive and active upgrades. It’s a fairly standard feature in many action/adventure games these days but it really does add a good bit of depth, which will be most appreciated by pirate fans everywhere.

Lastly, it’d be downright absurd to present us with an “authentic” pirate theme that doesn’t include ship battles. The sea combat certainly will be prominent in this game, provided you’re on the sea quite a bit, and you will come across targets in real time. So if you see a cargo ship you’d like to loot, and you need it to surrender, simply start targeting and firing as you pilot your own vessel. You’ll have to wait as the crew reloads the cannons and overall, there are three factors you must consider: the hull, sails, and crew. These are critical elements in sea battles; taking down a target’s sails will slow them down, and aiming at the opposing crew will put a serious crimp in their reload time. But if you’d rather just eliminate the ship, go for the hull and sink it. And no, this isn’t really a simulator, as evidenced by the chance to dodge incoming attacks with the simple, well-timed press of a button, and your special abilities will also be available for combat on the high seas.

Still, that great atmosphere should be helped along by the addition of an accurate day-night cycle and varying weather patterns (if the seas are rough, it’s gonna be tougher to navigate and fight). In the end, we’re really hoping that Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned proves to be the pirate-themed benchmark…or is it too much to hope for after getting the first definitive Western in 2010?

5/24/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (32 posts)

Ultimate_Balla
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 9:53:03 PM
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The year of change, Ben. Believe it! It sounds mad awesome, though I couldn't stop thinking of Infamous when I was reading the paths part.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 10:11:18 PM
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I dunno man, Disney is making it. And I'm not too big into pirates.

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laxpro2001
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 10:21:13 PM

Why can't pirates and ninjas get along? :(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 10:36:47 PM

We can't agree on who has the better outfit :)

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WolfCrimson
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 11:41:42 PM

Definitely pirates. ;)

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 12:00:00 AM

Disney is doing great things now days. Lets not forget the great racing game PURE they were involved in, that proves they can make a solid title. I think they can do great things with this game. They have a good studio and talent, and endless amounts of money.

Im interested, very interested.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 12:13:53 AM

Ninja outfits get confused for ballet outfits. I'd go with the pirates. Arrr!

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 1:14:59 AM

lol whats funny is that I always try and do the right thing, even in a video game where there are no direct real world consequences, yet for some reason I like pirates pretty dishonorable more than ninjas which generally live by honor. One would think I'd be more inclined to like ninjas...

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 3:27:24 AM

Disney helped make Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2 the games they are, so I ain't hatin' on Disney.
Also they own Phineas and Ferb.

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 10:11:59 PM
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aasdaasd,
Hmmmmm, first day poster with over 10 posts, & all have to be mod-checked first??


I smell spam!!!!!

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laxpro2001
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 10:26:41 PM
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OMG I really hope this turns out to be a good game since I love pirates.

However going off what World said it is being made by Disney and I don't think its Buena Vista (co-developer of KH series) has any part in it, which makes me not want to get my hopes up too much... but still Pirates are awesome!

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chedison
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 11:21:02 PM

thankyou! YES pirates are awesome.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 12:04:20 AM

Why is there no hope for disney lol... Take this comment loosely but Disney is doing great things now days in both movies and games. Disney is doing great things in the film world. Not to mention the game PURE was Disney interactive studios, and who would have thought Disney could get a racing game right, especially one involved with ATV'. As an ATV and game enthusiast they hit the nail on the head!

Dont put them down just yet, this game could be a treasure ;)!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 3:16:04 AM

Well, concerning Disney, they like to appeal to wide audiences including children. When you have a theme like pirates, you hope for some swashbuckling that is realistic. Pirates murdered, drank a lot, plundered, and worse. If all that comes off as PG13 I would be disappointed.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 8:26:43 AM

I gotta agree with World. I think it would be hard for them to make a pirate game that would feel gritty enough for me.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 9:38:56 AM

I personally dont believe thats true at all. The pirate movies were plenty gritty enough for the world round, with a twist of family appeal. All they need to do is translate more of the scenery of that time period into the game.

Another thing is this game isnt based upon the movies which means they can be more free with it, for those who thought the movies were not gritty enough.

IDK I think it'll be just fine. But maybe not for you guys, IDK.

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mike rlz
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 10:31:57 PM
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Sorry, hate those movies. Saw the first one but that's it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 3:16:25 AM

To be fair this doesn't appear to be based on the movies.

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mike rlz
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 10:30:05 AM

true, I guess I just don't have much faith in a disney game based off of a bad movie

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Alienange
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 11:11:13 PM
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The screen shots look fantastic. If it plays well I'll definitely take a look.

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CrispyJawas
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 11:28:57 PM
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I've been looking forward to this game ever since researching it last year. Who wouldn't enjoy an open-world pirate game?

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 12:00:57 AM
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This game has my attention, just like RDR dot to me. I am looking forward to a great pirate adventure, I hope this cures that itch like RDR has with westerns!

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Neurotoxiny
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 12:45:00 AM
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It actually reminds me of Sid Meier's pirate game, especially the ship battle factors. Sid Meier's the dude that made all of those civilization games.

I never got into the civilization stuff, but Sid Meier's pirate game was super intense. I had that game on my PSP at all times :P

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tlpn99
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 6:16:51 AM

I love that game have it on my Commodore64 (still got it) had it on my Amiga 500 (I sold that) and I also have it on the 360 (Xbox original game) I would get it if it came out for the PS3.

I hope it's as good as Sid Meier's Pirates was.

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___________
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 2:45:22 AM
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this is a perfect example of a great idea, but will it be a good game?
i loved the movies, but movie to game adaptions well they dont exactly have a stellar reputation so i wont hold my breath on this one.
50 bucks says this will be another one of those great ideas poorly executed like spiderman or transformers, ghostbusters or iron man.
i mean who does not want to be a morphing robot, spiderman, ghost buster or a flying machine?

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Sir Dan
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 6:36:17 AM
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Am I the only one who played Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat? That game was excellent. Beautifully done too. It was a PS2 game. From what I remember it got very good reviews too. Thought for sure that was going to be a franchise. Oh well. Here's hoping this Pirate game catches on. Looks good. Loves me some pirate stuff.

Speaking of old games, God of War III has a lot similarlities to Akuji the Heartless. Including, to my ears, the voice of Kratos. Is this the same team that made both?

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JackC8
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 7:48:40 AM
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Another one I'm looking forward too. Hopefully it really draws you into its fictional world with its atmosphere, just like RDR takes you to the old west.

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CharlesD
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 5:52:24 PM
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The screen shots do look better than expected, however I don't have all that much faith in Disney producing this. If it was a better known or more proven publisher I would be much more interested. Also, I think the idea of having "powers" might turns me off a bit. If they could make a pirate game with mechanics and environment like Assassins Creed II combined with an open world scenario that would rival Red Dead, I would be interested.

P.S.

Anybody think that Disney World scanning your fingerprint before entering every park is a bit creepy?? (I hope they don't track me down for that)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 6:19:04 PM

Didn't know they did that, that's very creepy.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 7:08:39 PM

its not creepy. the finger print scan is for those with extended park passes, which most residents would get. For them its security, so your cousin who comes to visit from wherever cant use your dads, moms, sisters, etc, and visit the park for free...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 9:58:59 PM

It could also be used for nefarious purposes.

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CharlesD
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 7:08:15 PM
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Indeed O_o

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