BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22,
2004-- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) and Firaxis Games announced today that
the highly-anticipated sequel to one of the most popular and loved titles in
gaming history has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Sid Meier's Pirates!®
received unprecedented critical acclaim when it was first released in 1987 and
set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of
open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.
The new game uses an entirely new game engine and delivers updated gameplay,
spectacular 3D graphics and many new features.
"Pirates!® is recognized as one of the greatest games ever created and there has
been a lot of anticipation for the return of this classic," said Nancy
MacIntyre, vice president of marketing, Atari, Inc. "Firaxis has done an amazing
job balancing the addition of new features and gameplay while maintaining the
spirit and addictiveness of the original."
But that's just it--I *played* the original. This is just the original updated with purty graphics, right? Why should I be excited?
So was Doom3, or almost any FPS for that matter, but that received a ton of hype. FPS games, while they do gain a nice graphics update with each release are all basically the same from a gameplay perspective and we all still play them. HL2 is just HL1 with better graphics and physics.
The gamepay of Pirates is just what made the game so good. They shouldn't change that part one bit! I tried to play the original a while back but the graphics and DOS look of it all turned me away. Really hoping the new one captures all the exact same gameplay but with a new engine, delivers just what the game needed in a sequel. It will be a nice break from FPS games.
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"Pirates!® is recognized as one of the greatest games ever created...
Who recognizes this? What review out there has this in it? Oh, the Vice President of Marketing at Atari says this...ah.
So she recognized it as such. Wow, so it's kinda lucky she's also marketing it too! What a lucky gal!
EDIT: I should point out that I thought the VP was refering to the NEW version of the game, not the original...my mistake. I'm sure it will be the end-all-be-all to videogames that many have said the original was. Lighten up. This comment was edited on Nov 22, 16:44.