Initial Impressions of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (3DS)

Today I bought Lego Pirates of the Caribbean for the 3DS. It was kind of hard to decide if I wanted to go with the handheld version or go with one of the HD versions, and I decided to go with the 3DS version after I learned that the 3DS version was the same as the Wii version with better lighting.

After opening it and popping it into my 3DS, once I got to the first, the 3D impressed me, though the cutscenes were pre-rendered, meaning there was slight pixelation during some of the scenes but for the most part it wasn’t noticeable. Also, I was impressed by the music quality, it sounded like I was listening to the actual movie soundtrack and this carries on during gameplay as well. It also started with the usual charm that all Lego games have, so if you have played them before you know what to expect in terms of humour and charm.

Now once I was into the actual game itself, the 3D effect added a nice touch with its depth, making it easier to navigate around and tell where stuff is.

After getting through the initial tutorial which was quick and learning the simple control method, I was into a duel with Captain Jack Sparrow and overall I found the duel to be rather easy and a bit boring with a bit of humour, so far this is my only complaint about the game but it could just be an easy duel to start with. The duel consisted of me mashing B then inputting a button sequence to knock off a heart out of Jack’s life, then doing it again to end the duel.

Now when I got to actual combat, it was much better, as you can fight with your weapon or long ranged weapon (Jack has a pistol and Will has a throwing sword).

Overall from the first bit, it is your typical Lego game which is a good thing. The gameplay is fun and not dull outside of duels so far and judging by the looks of things, you need to unlock certain characters to access different areas in the game, so there looks to be a lot of replay value forthcoming.

If you have a 3DS and like Lego games, do not pass this one up.

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