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Pros: Great graphics Faster moving menus 4 player multi-player games for both online and Lan Male / Female character (although in name only)
I love the Port Royale Series, but they have have some serious patching to do before I honestly recommend this game. I only scratched the surface with this review becuase I ran out of space int the other areas.
Cons: No Game Map unless you by the German Collectors edition. (A PDF map would have been nice) Menu selections are very limited and lacking in options. LAN play mode is broken.. tells the other players that they already exist in the game and boots them.
BUGS!! While the game runs very stable on my machines (Win7Pro64) I have talked to a few other people who have not been so lucky. I have been playing this game for two days now and I have already found 26 bugs in the game... Everything from your ship vanishing (and I was no where near the Bermuda triangle..) when you run from combat to menu selections that do not work, oh and the ships sailing sideways while you wait for the PC vs PC battles to complete while you are trapped in the harbors .
Game play issues; It takes forever before you can start buying buildings, waiting on ships to be built and the violently changing market makes trading frustrating. New players will be unhappy at the steep learning curve required to master this
Other Thoughts: I am a huge Port Royale fan, and I was very eagerly awaiting this version.. so far I am not impressed. The only plus I can say this game has over Port Royale 2 is the multiplayer mode. Aside from the bugs. The trade window is a tad cluncky, I preferred the 1 /10 / 100 trade buttons as apposed to the sliders. Also I think some of the graphic choices for the icons were a tad lame. When your character levels up, it goes to a cut scene where it appears to fill the room with junk from a bad episode of antique road show. They should have left it with the medals on the pillow like in PR2. All in all the game is ok at best. If you are not interested in multiplayer options but like a good RTS pirate/trader game skip this one and get Port Royale 2. Its an older game but until they fix the issues this is a step down for the franchise. The design team needs to find a new line of work becuase they seriosuly missed the mark with the majority of the fans of this series. I hope there is a patch
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