Pirates of the Caribbean
The Legend of Jack Sparrow
The Pirates of the Caribbean, the Legend of
Jack Sparrow smashes onto the PlayStation 2 with an epic beginning that
has Jack and Will Turner trying to steal an ancient treasure in a
Spanish Castle. Unfortunately for our two heroes, things never seem to
go right and the two are caught. To make matters worse, the two have
been judged guilty and are awaiting execution but like a clichéd sitcom,
Jack decides to tell some tales on how be became the man he is.
This is where the story begins as players
join Jack on his journey through some extremely memorable moments from
the first movie and of course a variety of new scenarios to keep things
interesting. Although this game was released almost simultaneously with
the second movie, the title is actually based on the first movie that
may trick those unwary buyers in thinking that this is the sequel but with that in mind, it's still an
entertaining romp through the world of pirates, undead and hidden
The Legend of Jack Sparrow could almost be
considered a fighting game as you swing swords, axes and a variety of
strange objects such as fish to battle your way through a plethora of
enemies, adventures and dangerous bosses and as you progress through the game, you can
unlock upgrades to your moves. However in order to use these upgrades,
the gamer must find a set amount of money that is scattered throughout
the levels. The characters also sport their own special attacks that are
really needed, especially when the games decides to throw five or more
enemies at you at once.
Apart from combat, the game also features a
variety of quests and mini-games to liven up the gameplay of the title
and apart from a single player storyline, the title also features some
entertaining multiplayer options that allows the second gamer to control
the second character which actually makes the game much more fun.
However if you play the single missions, you have the choice of
switching between the two characters on the fly.
Graphically, the developers have done a
great job at recreating the first movie and the environments really
help capture the feeling. All the characters have been professionally
designed that feature high texture details, a human-like grace and even
some humour such as Jack himself that nicely mesh with the gaming
environment and best of all, the framerate is nice and solid.
As with the graphics, the soundtrack also
captures the heart of the first movie that unfortunately becomes a
little too repetitive as you progress through the game. Fortunately the
developers managed to hire Johnny Depp to voice the character of Jack
Sparrow and match that with other professional voice actors and you have
one great sounding game.
In conclusion, the Legend of Jack Sparrow
is an entertaining game that features some sturdy but sometimes
repetitive gameplay that I would recommend to all gamers who love the
pirate inside them and also wish to hack and slash their way through an
entire world of nasties.