Tales Of Pirates Game Review

  • Gameplay
  • Combat
  • Graphics
  • PvP/PvE
  • Story

Alternate Title: Pirates Online, Pirate King Online
Developer: IGG
Publisher: IGG
Model: Free-to-play
Platform: PC
Playerbase: Medium
PvP: Instanced, Open-World
PvE: Dungeons, Open-World content

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For those of you that’re new.. Tales of Pirates was my very first MMORPG.
I played it way back when I was a teenager and it’s what got me into the MMORPG genre. The game shut down a few years ago, which has left me feeling a little nostalgic.
I did a video on a private server for the game called Pirates Online last year, and saw that they were launching a new fresh-start server this week.
Naturally, I decided to jump in and see how the server was doing..

So, Tales of Pirates, or Pirates Online rather, since that’s private server I’m playing on is an Anime MMORPG – a very open-world Anime inspired MMORPG that has a large emphasis on PvP and open-world content like world bosses.

There are 4 unique races to choose between – Female Human, Male Human, Large Male Human, and Small Female Human. Each race has their own unique name, Phylis, Lance, Carsise, and Ami.
Each race also has unique classes associated with them.
For example, Carsise, the large Asian samurai fishing in the water is capable of becoming a Champion, the tank of the game, whereas Phylis, the sex appeal, can choose between Voyager, Cleric, Seal Master, SharpShooter and Crusader.
Lance on the other hand, has the option of Voyager, Crusader and SharpShooter, whereas Ami can, like Phylis, become a Seal Master, Cleric and Voyager.
I think that covers classes..

In what seems to be a recurring theme in most Anime MMORPGs, there really isn’t all that much in the way of making ones avatar stand out, offering a few different hairstyles and faces to choose between.
But, that doesn’t mean the game doesn’t have much customization. Outfits and Hairstyles are actually a huge part of the game, having outfits from hundreds of video games, Anime series, movies and more.
I’ve seen shit like an army of Iron Man.. or would you call them Iron Men? Erm.. Well, several people all wearing Iron Man suits, Soul Reapers from Bleach, Naruto, Goku from Dragon Ball Z.. and more.
It’s actually kinda ridiculous but in the “Holy shit that’s fucking amazing!” sense of the word.

Since this was the launch of a new server, the game along with each of the zones were absolutely packed. So much so that finding monsters to kill for my level was almost impossible.
Players were partying up to take on monsters higher levels than they were, in an attempt to level faster.
I on the other hand, opted to play alone, and joined the ranks of all the other newbs that were taking on the game solo.

This.. resulted in the occasional death.
And.. by “occasional”, I mean I couldn’t seem to make it a few levels without dying to something new.
But then that’s one of the things I enjoy about the game – it’s difficult. Very difficult. So difficult that until endgame, it’s better to party up with other players just to progress.
Otherwise.. death.
Yeah.. heed the words of the wise, ladies and gents. For I have walked in the shoes of the newb for many a level.

Combat and movement alike are are point-and-click. As in, you point to where you want to move, you click monsters with your mouse key, and you cycle through your skills, assigned to the F-keys like you would in any other tab-target MMO.
Although the combat doesn’t seem all that thrilling at low levels, the higher you get, the more skills you gain access to, and the stronger you become makes for much more tantalizing encounters.

The game, unlike most MMORPGs in this day and age, lets you craft your character however you’d like. You get skill points and stat points that you can use to mould your character however you please.
You can go full-tank DPS, or full-DPS tank. You can be a tanky healer, or a healer that hits harder than DPS do.
It’s actually quite preposterous the kinds of things you can do with stat points in-game.. but that just makes things more fun!

Back on the topic of classes, upon obtaining level 10, you’re given the option to advance to your first class quest.
Then upon reaching level 40 players are given the ability to undergo a secondary class quest, providing access to new skills, weapons and armor types.

As of writing this, I would like to point out that there are over 1,000 players playing the game concurrently. That’s just slightly under half of what Bless Online’s population is, and Bless Online just launched a month and a half ago!
So you can bet your ass the game is populated. Pirates Online also has increased XP and drop rates to make leveling and gearing easier.
What this means is that the game itself is a populated Anime MMORPG – possibly more populated than most Anime MMOs still online right now, that is fun, engaging, and provides fans of the game a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Oh.. and as for PvP.. if you were paying attention, then you would’ve seen it going on in the top right of the screen. PvP, at least instanced PvP takes the form of anywhere from 1v1 to 5v5 group fights.
Other places like Demonic World and dungeons pit players against each other in guild v guild battles, group battles and more.
You have to experience it to understand how much fun can be had with it.

So with that being said.. come join Wiggy and I and reminisce over how the good ‘ol days of Anime MMORPGs used to be.
And with that.. I’m out. Peace.

Operating System: Windows XP SP3
CPU: Intel Quad Core / AMD Phenom II x4+
Video Card: GeForge 8800 GT / Radeon HD4850 and above
Hard Disk Space: 25 GB

Operating System: Windows 7 (64 bit), Win 8.1 (64 bit), Windows 10 (64 bit)
CPU: Intel i5 760 / AMD Athlon X4 740+
Video Card: GeForge GTS 450 / Radeon HD4890+
Hard Disk Space: 25 GB

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