in the process of conquering his first ship
The game begins on a high note - you round up a few rowdy drunkards in
a bar and set off to steal a ship from the local harbor. After a
brief fencing match with the former captain, you head out to sea.
Not too exciting, but it will pick up
Here we go
A battle at sea. Pretty straightforward, you try to damage the
other guy with cannonfire and slow him down so you can move in and take
over. You can also press Up to raise your sails and Down to lower
them, in case you need to catch up to them quicker or beat a hasty
Should you catch up to them, another battle will begin. This is
basically a glorified version of Tug-of-War; you need to hit the other
guy enough times in a row to get him to surrender, without getting hit
too many times yourself. Pressing Up or Down will position your
sword for a parry (and an attack), and pressing B will result in a
lunge attack that does a bit more damage. Naturally, the team
that has more men fighting for them will start with a bigger advantage
in the duel.
From there, you can either add their ship to your fleet, or just loot
it and then sink it. But naturally, at times pirating will be a
slow business, so you'll have to stop by a town for supplies once in a
while, and maybe pick up a few more recruits at the local pub.
A few towns don't trade with pirates, however, so in that case you may
be forced to...
Raid them as well!
Of course, you're not the only pirate on the Atlantic; you'll
occasionally clash with other pirates, and winning against them will
either net you some nice bounties, or information about Treasure
Fleet and Silver Train, which travel around to various cities and will
net you a ton of cash if you capture them.
And finally, when you've been out raiding and pillaging for a while, it
comes time to divide up the riches, bump up the difficulty level, and
set out anew.
-Try to stay on friendly terms with at least one country, lest you be
fired at every time you try to enter town and are in need of supplies.
-If your opponent is piloting a Pinnace or another small ship, use one
as well so that you can keep up with them.
-On that note, if your enemy is using a large ship, use one of your own
so your forces will be fairly even.
Pirates is pretty one-track, but you'll have some fun with it.