previews\ May 9, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow - PS2 - Preview

E3 2006 First Look Preview

One of my favorite movies to come out over the past couple of years was Pirates of the Caribbean. Since a second one is releasing soon, it’s only fitting that a game come out along with the new movie to help complement it. Bethesda Softworks is releasing Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow on PS2 and PC, but this isn’t going to be identical to the movie. This is actually a separate side story that you will get to play through.

Pirates will be a third person action adventure platformer, complete with lots of swashbuckling, swordfighting, and some puzzle solving sprinkled in for good measure. You can control either Jack, Will, or Elizabeth, all of which will move and fight together as a group (the AI will control the ones you are not directly using) and each one will have their own unique moves that can help you get out of certain areas or circumstances. For example, Jack can pour oil onto his sword and ignite it, or Will can throw hatchets at a range. In addition, each character will also be able to pull off combo moves as well as perform various third party style movements like acrobatics or blocking. The controls seemed to work well, and have a comfortable “left stick moves the character, right controls the camera” thing going on that we’re all used to

The demo showed off some good fight scenes, and showcased Will and Jack taking on a group of swordsmen in a hail of kicks and swings. There will probably be some item collecting that will go on as well, since each enemy dropped a token which was immediately picked up … but didn’t seem to effect health or anything. Once the battle was over, there were chests to interact with and certain objects in the environment (boxes, barrels, etc.) could be destroyed or picked up and tossed.

Overall, this Pirates game (not the same as the MMORPG that Disney is releasing by the way) looks to have some promising elements to make it worth looking at.



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