Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (Game) Review
Available on: Playstation 3, XBOX 360, PC
Rating: PEGI 12
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Port Royale 3 is a strategy game set in the 17th century Caribbean where the naval powers of the English, Spanish, French and Dutch armies battle for supremacy.
Players take the role of a young captain attempting to build his fame and fortune by trading goods and taking part in exciting sea battles. There are few games of this type on consoles and as such, Port Royale 3 pretty much has the marketplace to itself.
It would be wrong to compare it with the much more detailed and challenging Total War series as the games are aimed at entirely different audiences. Port Royale 3 is very accessible and enjoyable in its own right, without requiring the player to immerse hours in mastering a myriad of controls and strategies.
The gameplay is so laid back, its quite a relaxing game to play through. Its easy to lose hours gently sailing from port to port buying and selling goods to ensure maximum profits. The game can be played entirely in this way, but should you feel adventurous, there is also the option to take part in sea battles. Again, these are quite basic but are good fun and make a welcome change to the main task of trading.
Whilst Port Royale's visuals won't blow you away, the game is attractive enough and the rich colours ensure the game world is always a pleasant distraction. Sound is also good without being outstanding, but easily does enough to provide an enjoyable experience.
Whilst Port Royale 3 is available on PC, I suspect the main audience for this title will be console players. This is perfect for any strategy game fan who doesn't want to get embroiled in one of the more detailed titles available and as such comes recommended.
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