LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean characters are straight out of the film franchise transformed into the shape of LEGO, and the action, stories, and backgrounds are based upon the first four films of the series, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End and On Stranger Tides.
The game follows the recipe of other LEGO titles such as Batman and Indiana Jones with its humorous take on the characters and the film storyline.
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Developer Traveller's Tales just keeps the Lego fun coming. The maker of such favorites as Lego Star Wars, Lego Harry Potter and Lego Batman, the developer keeps finding new Hollywood franchises in which to insert a little Lego magic. If you've played any of the previous games in the Lego series, you will know exactly what you are getting with Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. You're getting a fun game that you can mindlessly button mash away on as you work to unlock new hilarious scenes featuring your favorite movie characters portrayed as Lego figures. It's a great way to spend a night with your friends and family. With that said, the Lego video game franchise has been out for a number of years now and with each new release, the weak combat, poor camera and other features start to annoy you just a little bit more. Overall though, this game offers more Lego magic for all.
The game works through the plot of all four Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and all of your heroes and villains are there. Once again there is no spoken dialogue, you are left watching cutscenes that can be quite hilarious as you watch the Lego counterpart of your favorite movie character like Jack Sparrow go to battle in Lego form. The gameplay is the same as always. Mash a couple buttons, smash enemies, smash everything in sight. Two players can play at once for some co op fun. You'll fight through levels with different objectives and some levels have no fighting at all which is a welcome change of pace from all of the button mashing. You'll work to unlock new costumes and other collectibles just like in other versions of the Lego franchise. All in all, it's more of the same for fans of this franchise and for most people, that's a good thing.
Still, it should be said that the same problems that have always hurt this franchise still remain to this day. When you are doing a bit of platforming, the imprecise controls can get you killed. The camera, as always, is a mess and doesn't always offer the best view of what is coming after you. One feature, or a lack of a feature really, that we really have to question is the lack of online play. We've been playing co op Lego games for years. Why can't we connect online and play with people all over the world? Games with significantly smaller budgets than the successful Lego series manage to incorporate online play. This is really something there's no good excuse for.
Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean is exactly the game a long time fan of the series wants it to be. It's Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones in Lego form. It's hilarious Lego inspired cut scenes. It's button mashing to collect items to unlock hidden features. But in this day and age, the game's weak camera, sometimes poor control and lack of online play are really starting to hurt the game's overall quality.