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  • I pre-ordered with Gamestop they are giving away a Jack mini figure with pre-orders..

    So if you guys wanted a mini-figure you have a really short amount of time to pre-order because the game comes out Tuesday.

    Usually my Son would get this sort of thing... but I already bought him some PoTC lego sets so he has a Jack mini fig already... So I am totally going to keep it he will sit at my desk drinking all my rum.

  • @Irishmile said: I pre-ordered with Gamestop they are giving away a Jack mini figure with pre-orders..

    So if you guys wanted a mini-figure you have a really short amount of time to pre-order because the game comes out Tuesday.

    Usually my Son would get this sort of thing... but I already bought him some PoTC lego sets so he has a Jack mini fig already... So I am totally going to keep it he will sit at my desk drinking all my rum.

    good times

  • I just got the call ^_^ gonna get it tomorrow

  • I've spent an evening with the Wii version of the game (which, severe downgrade in graphics and slightly different controls aside is pretty much the same as the PCS360 version), and I thought I'd try writing a review on it. I might be making references to my notes from the demo, so if you didn't read that, one or two points may be lost on you, but I'll do my best to make it self-contained.

    Before I do so, a few very quick notes that I either got wrong in my earlier observations, or was just unable to take note of.

    - Finding all 8 compass items in a level does not unlock a cheat. It unlocks a Gold Brick. These bricks work as they did in Lego Star Wars Complete: they unlock new areas in the Hub. Since there was no Hub in the demo, you see why I got confused.
    - Cheats are unlocked in a slightly complicated way. You need to find a red hat in the Hub, which are uncovered by doing simple tasks, like chasing down and riding a giant Crab or jumping across 5 poles quickly enough. Once the hat is revealed, it stays revealed and you can purchase the cheat it represents.
    - The Hub itself is more like the one in Star Wars Complete than it is Harry Potter. There's a central area with the four 'chapter' selections, each with five levels. There's also several off-shoot areas that you need Gold bricks to unlock. The first of these has the minikit models, for example. There's no actual shop., so if you want to buy additional characters, they need to be beaten in standard combat first, then you can purchase them. They appear at random around the various areas of the hub.

    -x-

    Lego Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (aka Lego Pirates, or Lego Search for a Longer Name) is the 8th in a long series of games based on a tried and tested formula. Take an establish franchise, transform all the characters into Lego renditions of themselves and let them run riot in a humorous rerun of the films.

    Traveller's Tales nailed this pattern on the very first go, and every game they've made since has tried to improve upon it, with varying degrees of success. Lego Pirates is no exception. There are a number of new additions to the formula, and some are more welcome than others.

    The first, and many would say most important, point of call is Captain Jack Sparrow. TT have done an excellent job of taking his personality and rendering him into a voiceless block figure... even if they do have him say the odd word here and there. But hey, it's Captain Jack! Rules don't apply to him! His swagger, his cheeky grin and the pure likeability of the character is all here, and you eagerly look forward to seeing him in action.

    The rest of the cast all go through the same process, though some come out of it better than others. Orlando Bloom's model comes across as having more personality than the film version, while Keira Knightley comes across as a fawning, irritating prima-donna with little to no purpose. Much like the films then. The rest of the characters are, for the most part, well represented, though the lack of dialogue does restrict their characterization somewhat. There's also the fact that there's just so many characters, over seventy in total, which means some get practically no screen time at all. Again, much like the films. Overall though, TT did a pretty good job with the cast.

    Going through the game, the core gameplay remains much the same. Break everything that looks like Lego, collect studs and avoid falling into bottomless pits. Much like Lego Star Wars, the combat is surprisingly entertaining, swordplay being much more interesting than simply having a punch-up. Of course, the jump-slash still makes most enemies hopelessly simple to defeat, but then, there's no honour amonsgt pirates, right?

    The new additions to the core gameplay are what make it the most interesting. Rather than simple switches and buttons to stand on, there's a lot more variety, with barrel spinners you need to roll on, explosives to detonate, rope bridges to swing along and levers you need to use your sword to activate. They all show a lot of imagination and help to break up the repetition of the rest of the game.

    Your characters also have a few new moves up their sleeves. They can wall-jump (though this feature is somewhat underused), climb along certain ceilings and even take first-person control of cannons to aim properly. These changes really do help to spice things up, which is nice, because at its heart this is the 9th time we've been asked to do this sort of thing (9th if you count Star Wars Complete), and it can be hard to keep things fresh after 6 years. Traveller's Tales have done a good job of it though.

    ...

    And at this point I abandoned the review. Sorry guys. Hope you enjoyed it up til then. May finish it tomorrow, but I doubt it.

  • Got the 3DS version. The 3D and graphics looks fantastic and the cutscenes don't look half bad either.

  • anyone else notice that travlers tales games is also ttg?

  • @coolguy721 said: anyone else notice that travlers tales games is also ttg?

    yup... a longggg time ago

  • It's been worse since they renamed themselves TT Games.

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