Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End Review

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Sumptuous but plodding adventure for the Piratey franchise.


Before squandering your booty on the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean swashbuckler, be clear what you really want from the game.

If you’re looking for a sumptuous adventure that apes the stellar production values of the movies, then you’re in luck; from the hilarious digital double of Captain Jack Sparrow - perfect right down to his swaggering gait, smudged mascara and pantomime swordplay - to the game’s sweeping orchestral score and thrilling set-pieces, At World’s End is a striking recreation of Gore Verbinski’s exuberant trilogy. The game’s traditional blend of exploration and puzzle solving also captures POTC’s simple charm, and the flamboyant combat that allows you to be a master swordsman with only minimal skill on the gamepad will make you feel like a salty desperado from the first scrap onwards.

For seasoned gamers, however, At World’s End lacks the vital spark of the titles it shamelessly imitates - Prince Of Persia, The Legend Of Zelda et al – and the heroes’ bewilderingly slow pace will be a source of frustration for gamers weaned on brisker action franchises.