WorthPlaying: Age of Booty Preview

WorthPlaying writes: "With the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and the popularity of "Talk like a Pirate" day, you'd think that the bandits of the sea would be getting a bit more attention in the video game world. There are a few movie tie-ins and bizarre niche titles like Ninjas vs. Pirates Dodgeball, but that's about all that these buccaneers get. While it certainly isn't a return to the days of Sid Meier's Pirates, Capcom and newcomers Certain Affinity are teaming up to give us a taste of life on the high seas with Age of Booty.

The basic gameplay in Age of Booty is simple, not unlike a combination of a real-time strategy game and a board game. Gameplay takes place on a hex-grid map, with each team of pirates having its home base located somewhere on the map. You move your cursor to an empty hex, press the X button, and your pirate ship will sail along to your goal. Most of the gameplay is automated, with moving your ship taking care of everything from attacking enemies to picking up crates to capturing towns. Just because the basics are automated doesn't mean you don't need a good grasp of tactics to succeed. Even more important is the fact that you're not a lone group of pirates. You can have up to four players on a pirate team, each controlled by a player, and yet each having to share resources and work together. You'll need to be more than a simple deckhand on board."

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