Grab a parrot, swill some grog and shiver your timbers. Welcome mateys, to eight pieces of PlayStation pirate pleasure. Yo-ho-ho...
As Edward Kenway becomes the scourge of the seven seas in Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, we invite all you scurvy landlubbers to plunder this treasure chest of pirate games that were once smuggled aboard the good ship PlayStation.
PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
Lead the fearless Straw Hat Pirates in breathtaking fights against hordes of enemy swashbucklers in the wild, manga-style New World. Explore and conquer exotic islands as you earn in-game credits to quickly level-up your characters and develop your fighting skills. Venture alone or team up with a pal online and show off your combat moves and unleash devastating combo attacks to send your foes running on their peg legs all the way down to Davey Jones's Locker.
Pirates of the Caribbean
PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 2
The hit movie franchise, based on a popular theme park ride, quickly became a popular video game series after firing its broadside over multiple platforms. Prepare for lots of humour, charm, action and adventure as you relive favourite moments from the big screen, and go skull-to-crossbones against soldiers and enemy pirates (living and otherwise). Jack Sparrow – sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow − and his crew were also transformed into little, blocky yellow men for LEGO Pirates of the Carribean: The Video Game on PSP and PS3.
Hapless "mighty" pirate Guybrush Threepwood returns to action in this five-part comedy adventure. Once again Mr Brush finds himself pitted against the evil ghost pirate LeChuck, who has unleashed an evil voodoo pox on the world. The swab! Packed with trademark mind-taxing puzzles, kooky and familiar characters and a cannon load of rapier-like wit, Tales of Monkey Island gives plenty of belly laughs and pleasurable brain ache in equal measure. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge have also jollied their rogers on PS3.
Risen 2: Dark Waters
A piratey third-person role-playing adventure with a dark twist. Forget all about the classic eye-patched buccaneer sailing along sun-kissed shores... this is a dark world of monstrous creatures, ancient gods and scary curses. With plenty of missions and side quests up for grabs, you can hop from tropical islands to jungles, caves and villages in the hunt for buried booty and magical relics to aid your fight against a wicked oceanic titan. Oh, and maybe take on the odd kraken along the way. You have a lot of exploring to do m'hearty.
It's the 17th century and as a wide-eyed young captain there are two ways to make your fortune and win the heart of a fair maiden. Become a trader? Hmm. Or become a pirate. A unique mix of business sim with all-out action, Pirates & Merchants lets you build your own towns... or raze them to the ground. The pirate in you must rescue said fair maiden from the greedy clutches of a band of buccaneers in an epic, open-ended adventure across the warring European colonies of the Caribbean.
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Pull on the breeches of a pirate captain sailing the seas of the Caribbean in this free roaming action strategy adventure. It truly is a pirate's life as you do whatever you like, whenever you like in the New World; you're the captain after all. Keep your crew happy as you track down long-lost family members, dig up buried treasure, raid enemy – or allied – towns, send ships to the briny depths, or even woo the governor's daughter in a quirky ballroom dancing mini-game.
Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat
Set sail on a quest of revenge – they're always the best kinds of quests, aren't they? – as Katarina de Leon, the infamous Black Kat, in this sprawling third-person adventure.
The daughter of a murdered governor and a former pirate queen, you must give no quarter as you take on the evil Captain Hawke's formidable Crimson Guard − as well as mythical and undead monsters − in swashbuckling antics on land and at sea. Explore unusual islands, master battle tactics and loot magical artefacts as you uncover the truth of your parents' fate.
High jinks on the high seas as you skipper a fearsome pirate galleon in battles against enemy captains and hostile harbours. With big colourful graphics and sharp sound effects, this top-down adventure delivered non-stop action and tricky puzzles that caused even the most able seadog a good old chin scratch. From blasting cannonballs to laying down water mines or commanding unearthly lightning attacks, Overboard! offered plenty for those who sailed alone, as well as lots of multiplayer maritime mayhem.
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