Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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Electronic Theatre ImageSo here we are yet again, another film tie-in, and likely another disappointment. Lately there seems to have been a lack of good quality film tie-ins – games like X-Men 3: The Official Game or The Da Vinci Code are average at best – or anything that is new, innovative or different in this genre. A game like Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest has lots of potential and has an opportunity to change things. The new film itself has of course been highly-anticipated since the astonishingly successful first chapter; Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, and even though the tie-in game was not that spectacular, the life of a pirate brings with it many possible options for a developer. In this Third-Person Action game you control Jack Sparrow, the protagonist from the film. Electronic Theatre ImageYour main weapon is of course, like with every pirate game, your sword. To kill your enemies you have a series of Button Combinations that will appear above their heads and following these instructions will bring them down, and slice them up. Along the way you pick up extras like bottles to smash over enemies head and knives and axes to throw at them. Progression is mainly limited to small tasks like throwing switches to swing bridges around, and getting barrels of TNT and blowing gigantic holes in wall’s, doors and even prison cells. Throughout the game you defeat wave-after-wave of changing enemies whilst looking for Map Pieces and accomplishing tasks to unlock your way through the Level. There’s Electronic Theatre Image plenty of freedom and expressionism within the title; the ability to swing across huge gaps jumping from rope-to-rope, dropping chandeliers on your enemies head and releasing huge battering rams to smash them into pieces against the wall, however, the painstakingly familiar additions to a generic Adventure formula doesn’t endear Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to the experienced player any more than the average Spongebob Squarepants release. The Map Pieces that you collect are the main key to progressing in the game, and unlocking the final Level to take-on Davy Jones, the Final Boss. Although there’s plenty of side-tracking objectives and comedic additions the main past-time is just killing enemies. In titles such as God Of War, Beat Down: Fists Of Vengeance and Spartan: Total Warrior, this gameplay basis is well-founded and the inherent appeal, however, as you only have three pre-set Button Combinations to attack the enemies, throughout theElectronic Theatre Image entire game, it gets quite boring after a while. It does suit, as there is actually only three different types of enemies anyway; ones with one swords, ones with two swords and enemies with an axe. If you try to be different and kill  them with a different Button Combination, they just dodge out the way and manage an incremental stab at you. The idea seems one that would work on paper, but with very little variety in execution, each enemy is treated less as an individual and more as an identikit construct purely created for you to dispose of. Graphically this game is not spectacular, but it does a have some very good detail – especially the Character Models. The scenery can be a bit blocky at times, and you occasionally get things disappearing into walls – including yourself when you spin the camera round – but overall the graphics are of a comfortable standard.

The sound quality is OK, but there is lots of repetition – especially as you only have three different types of enemies, that all say the same Electronic Theatre Image things and sound the same. One good point of the sound is the Voice-Acting; in the in-game video clips Johnny Depp reprises the role of Jack Sparrow for a more tangible Pirates Of The Caribbean experience.

Overall, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest does have lots of cool little fun things to do, picking-up some cool extra weapons or swinging across huge gaps from rope-to-rope. But that just isn’t enough and there is just too little to do in the way of real objectives of the game, and there is only so many of the exact same enemies you can fight in the exact same way till you get bored. In the face of releases such as Lara Croft; Tomb Raider: Legend, Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time and even Death Jr., Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest pales into becoming a lack-lustre convergence of many of the traits of the genre, with very little though as to how they should actually work together. The game is enjoyable and has its good points, but too little of them for it to be a huge hit. For those who enjoyed the film or who are fans of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a nice invitation to delve further into the universe of Jack Sparrow, but those who aren’t, the game is a bit pointless.Electronic Theatre Image

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