Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Review for Xbox 360

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Jack Sparrow and co are all here, but you might not want to play with them.
Jack Sparrow and co are all here, but you might not want to play with them.

Jack Sparrow and co are all here, but you might not want to play with them.

If there's one thing you can usually bank on over the slow summer months, it's a good handful of substandard movie licensed video games. Spider-Man 3 started things off pretty well, but Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has arrived to restore the balance. Yes, while this swashbuckling adventure looks the part, it's movie licensed video game fodder through and through.

At World's End is a pretty simple action adventure game at heart, with the combat being the biggest problem. Put bluntly, it's repetitive and simple in the extreme. The majority of enemies can be downed by repeatedly hammering the attack button, with enemies even turning around to take their punishment. Trickier enemies require you to perform a finishing move, which itself is simple enough, although these can only be triggered once you've got a certain amount of swordsmanship (represented via an on-screen meter).

Significant enemies from the movies (although the name suggests otherwise, At World's End also covers Dead Man's Chest) are tackled in a slightly different fashion, with beat-'em-up-style duels pitting you in one on one fights. These could have been interesting, had it not been for the dull control system. You use the left analogue stick to parry attacks (with your direction having to match that of a marker on the attacker's side of the screen) and then perform similar gestures with the left stick to attack yourself. Again, it's far too simple and rarely do you need to use the special attacks you earn.

As expected, you get to play as many of the main characters from the movies, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan, but each character only really differs in appearance. Your move set remains the same no matter who you play as, so the only reason to change characters (which is only an option at certain points) is to save them from dying. When left to fend for themselves they'll die pretty quickly, so you'll constantly have to switch from one to another throughout the larger battles.

Other than an awful lot of fighting, At World's End throws in far too many fetch quests. You're always on the look out for items that need picking up, and these rarely seem to tie in with the story - not that you'd be able to follow what's going on unless you've already seen the movies. A few puzzles crop up from time to time, but they're never too taxing and you'll soon be back hacking and slashing.

The combat is tiresome in the extreme

The combat is tiresome in the extreme

If there's one redeeming quality to At World's End, it's the visuals. Although some of the combat animations are a tad clunky, it's unquestionably a next-gen title. All the characters are modelled superbly and the many environments from the movie all look great. As much as games shouldn't be all about the visuals, if you're a fan of the movies the visuals will make At World's End pretty enjoyable. It's a shame that the voice acting isn't up the same standard, with characters barely even speaking.

A throwaway notoriety feature is included for players who want to earn high scores, but unless you can compare them with other players (which you can't outside of the Xbox 360 version) it's a pretty pointless addition to the game. The money you collect and enemies you slay all help tally up this score, but you'll probably just become annoyed at the large numbers that frequently appear on the screen.

A passer-by who saw someone playing At World's End could be forgiven for thinking the game is worth a look, but beneath its next-gen gloss lies nothing more than a basic action game. If you want nothing more than a fancy looking title to show off your new HD TV, look no further, but don't expect too many great memories.

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ryan

the game iz fun but it get boring after a while there needs to be more blood and all that
Posted 16:24 on 20 April 2008
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Nick

I thought is was a good game. I've seen worse. If I was 12 again and loved the movie, it would be the best game in the world. I don't think it was thought of the next Halo or anything like that. Take it easy Benzie
Posted 21:03 on 06 June 2007
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Benzie

POC3 terrible combat, AI are terrible press a most of the time. Now duels suck, its terrible game but not bad as spidey3.
Posted 15:04 on 31 May 2007
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nerveymike77

I recently bought POTC:AWE and i have to honestly say that im sick of games geting bad reviews and low score's when clearly they deserve more recognition. When i started playing this game i was totally shocked at the ammount of detail that had gone into it. Yes i agree that the combat system leaves alot to be desired, but come on people. I have seen this game given a score as low as three out of ten. Obviously the people who reviewed it should have tried playing it with there eyes open as apposed to keeping them shut and dreaming about such up-coming titles as Unreal tournament 3 and Halo 3.
Now i know (as i said before) the combat system leaves alot to be desired but you people need to look at the target audience. How do you honestly expect younger kids to handle a more advanced fighting system? and further more they are just pirates your controling not x-men or ninja turtles.
I have been a console gamer my whole life, going way back to the old atari, comodore 64 and all the sega systems and the sony systems. so i have literally seen the evolution of games before my eyes, and i must say that these next-gen games are the kind of games i have waited my whole life for. So yes i get upset when i see these developers putting so much time,money and effort into their games, just to have them torn apart buy guys who wish they were playing something else. All i have to say is come on guys if your not gonna do your job properly and just abuse your power as a reviewer to nit pick at someone else's hard work. then i suggest you step aside and make room for the next guy, who may have a genuine love for games.
Posted 14:34 on 30 May 2007

Game Stats

Technical Specs
5
Out of 10
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Great visuals
  • Repetitive combat
  • Overly simplistic
  • Story is hard to follow
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Release Date: 25/05/2007
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , DS , PS2 , PSP
Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 4,869 171
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