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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End Review

The best movie game of the year... but thats not saying much

Oh, for the want of a decent game to tie in with the summer's blockbuster movie releases. So far this year, the line-up's been pretty shoddy - Spider-Man 3 was terrible and Turtles was worse. So what's a gamer to do? If you said "dress up like Johnny Depp and act like a pirate", you'd be right although sadly, even that turns out to be far less fun than you'd think.

Spread across the last two films in the series, this new Pirates Of The Caribbean game certainly does what it sets out to do. It not only manages to capture the flavour of the movies, but also gives you a taste of swashbuckling with the Wii's controls.

Sadly though, that's about all it does do right, short of making you laugh on the odd occasion thanks to the antics of Jack Sparrow (which, to be fair, have been captured fairly well). Oh sure, we'll concede that it has a few nice ideas in it, such as the quicktime action events known as Jackanisms, which work far better than their Spider-Man 3 counterparts. But ultimately, they're just not enough to cover up the game's numerous shortcomings.

Yo-Ho-No Thanks

The biggest of these, not surprisingly, are the visuals, which are a perfect example of how cross-platform development of games (specifically on the PS2) continues to short-change Wii owners. Suffice to say, Eurocom's creation is low-end PS2 at best and while Jack Sparrow's animation is relatively close to the real thing, everything else looks downright terrible. The Wii deserves better than this.

The gameplay, too, is somewhat lacklustre despite being initially appealing. Combat, for instance, is a fairly hit and miss affair thanks to the Wii controls not being as responsive as they should be (waving the Remote like mad is just as effective as trying to time your strikes), while the overall action - made up mainly of fighting but also of non-descript sub-missions that all involve standing on a glowing marker and pressing C - gets incredibly boring after only a short while.

It's a shame because of all the film licenses out there, Pirates clearly has the most character and, as a result, At World's End turns out to be the best of a very bad bunch merely by proxy. It's worth a rental at best... and that's only if you really are desperate.


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  1. fisher2007 Thursday 6th Nov 2008 at 02:17

    this game is for losers who don't a life and the game is rubbish and the rating is a joke and game should get 30%.

  2. DBZFan355 Saturday 21st Feb 2009 at 13:59

    Naaaah. The movie game of the year is either Wall-E or Kung Fu Panda

  3. Heroofhyrule Saturday 21st Mar 2009 at 15:25

    this game is for losers who don't a life and the game is rubbish and the rating is a joke and game should get 30%.

    You're a positive one arn't you? :roll:

  4. zapper01 Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 16:59

    hmmm, i always liked this game on ps2. but then again, i liked most games when my ps2 actually worked

  5. mantisboy1 Sunday 6th Sep 2009 at 15:15

    I was once tempted to buy this...but I got something better.

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