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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, PSP, 3DS



Reviewed on: PC
Developer:
TT Games
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Rated: "E10+" for Everyone 10+



CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

   
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User Rating:        6
   
Presentation: 6

As you'd probably expect, LEGO Pirates looks and sounds like all of the other LEGO games you've already played; just throw in some Pirates themed visuals and the series theme music. There are some pretty cool environments thrown in though.

Gameplay: 5

Run around, smash stuff, collect stuff and solve puzzles. It's a mechanic that's been used before and always seems to work well. Sadly though, annoyances sprout up throughout the game that stop it from being one of the premiere titles in the series.

Lasting Appeal:
5

Yes, there's tons of stuff to collect, and once you finish a level you'll be able to go through in free play to try and get even more stuff, but none of that lives up to the fact that there's still no online co-op after all the different Lego games. Seriously?

Overall: 6
LEGO Pirates is a fun platformer, especially if you like the other Lego games. Unfortunately though, some of the new mechanics the developers tried tend to weigh on the experience, and minor glitches turn into major problems before long.
CHEATfactor: 6
 
 
   
     

It's hard to argue the status of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as modern day classics They've got it all - action, romance, political strife, and most importantly a timeless character like Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. So after toy lines and countless other licensing deals, there was really only one thing left to do - why, make a LEGO game out of it of course!

By now, you know the formula for the Lego games, and not much has changed here. All of your favorite moments from each of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (yes, even the upcoming fourth film) are recreated in charming and blocky LEGO fashion. Your job is simple - run around the world's, smash as much stuff as you can all while solving puzzles and fighting in the occasional combat situation. That's not to say though that nothing has changed, as there's some pretty cool surprises thrown in; and when they work they're great, but when they fail, they do so miserably, making the game hard to enjoy at some parts.

From the get-go it's hard not to like LEGO Pirates. The blocky toy versions of characters Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbosa, Elizabeth Swan, Jack Sparrow and just about everyone else in the Pirates universe drip with charm. Like the previous Lego games before it, dialogue is traded for wordless (there are some grunts and other noises thrown in) re-inactions that you can't help but smile at. LEGO Pirates works for the exact reason the LEGO versions of Star Wars and Indiana Jones worked better than LEGO Batman, it's a recreation of scenes from a property that resonates with us, so seeing them in another form is incredibly entertaining.

"The developers did add a few new touches to gameplay as well..."

 
   

The core gameplay elements of the Lego series remain unchanged with Pirates, and they're a blast to play through. It's just as fun as ever to run through and smash everything you can find in the level and collect LEGO studs. Also, in true LEGO fashion the puzzles are fun, but never too taxing. The developers did add a few new touches to gameplay as well, like the ability to use Jack Sparrow's compass to find buried treasure.

Not all of these new inclusions are good ones however, as LEGO Pirates is rife with flaws. Chief among these flaws is the new feature of having very large parties following you around. While this may seem like a good idea, it presents a ton of problems. First off, each of the characters has their own special ability, only you're not informed of most of these abilities so finding the right character amounts to little more than a series of frustrating trial and error experiments. Also, with as many as twelve (twelve!) different members of your party at any given time, it can be quite time consuming and frustrating to try to get the one you want. Oh, and the ones you're not controlling just tend to stand there or run around when you're trying to fight off mounds of respawning enemies.

"...it doesn't excuse the game's biggest flaw - there's still no online."

 
   

Just like in the previous LEGO games, clearing a level will open up free-play for it, allowing you to use any of the game's 70-plus characters to try to find all of the treasure and hidden items. This all amounts to one thing - if you're willing to, you're going to be playing LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for a long time - a really long time. That's all well and great, but it doesn't excuse the game's biggest flaw - there's still no online. You mean to tell me after years of LEGO games, after three Star Wars games, two Indiana Jones, a Batman and a Harry Potter; I still can't play co-op online with a friend? At this point, it's pretty much inexcusable not to have an online component in a game like this.

Though it may have it its flaws, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is still as fun as you'd expect a Lego game to be. Fans of the series of movies especially will find plenty of fun in the tale of blocky Captain Jack, just be ready for a frustrating experience.  

 

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CHEATS USED: Trainer, Cheats Codes

I don't think I've ever loved a super jump cheat as much as I do in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. The cheat makes it so much easier to reach those LEGO bricks that are just out of reach. Then again, you could always use the add battle studs if you want to go about it the easy way.

Much like the other LEGO games, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean comes packed with a ton of cheats. Entering in the cheats gives you access to everything from the ability to triple your score to unlocking extra characters and even cool new modes. Of course, I'd love to see Travelers Tales do what they did in previous Lego games and hide Star Wars characters in here...just sayin'...

 

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