May 2019 Update: We’ve added new games to this growing list of titles.
The Golden Age of Pirates has inspired many a story, song, and film, and video games are no exception to its inspirational qualities. It was an age where piracy upon the sea was rife, and where traveling from point A to point B was a peril-filled adventure. The world was a pretty unsafe place back in the day, and to top it off, it was filled with real-world characters like Black Beard.
Needless to say, the Golden Age of Pirates has become something of an anchor for video games, competing as a strong genre among the likes of zombies, aliens, and robots.
In this list, we take a look at some of the best and most well-received (by the public, and by yours truly) pirate-themed games of all time. Please note that these games are not listed in any particular order.
#15 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Developers: Ubisoft
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
Okay yes, we know, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is not a pirate focused game but the title does provide gamers with plenty of adventure and treasures to seek out. Not to mention, you can sail the open sea and partake in naval battles to even hunting down merchant ships to steal their goods. At the time of writing this, you may find this to be one of the better pirate like games to enjoy today.
The video game is set in 431 BCE where players will have the choice of being a mercenary that fights for Athens and the Delian League or the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Either way, players will be a descendant of Spartan King Leonidas I during the Peloponnesian War.
#14 One Piece Pirate Warriors 3
- Developer: Omega Force
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Platforms: PS3, PS4, PSV, PC, NS
One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 is the third game in the Koei Tecmo’s series of action games inspired by the pirate-themed anime series. You’ll experience the story of One Piece with its trademark hack & slash beat ’em up gameplay.
Be sure to use a controller if you’re playing it on PC!
- Developer: Grapeshot Games, Instinct Games
- Publisher: Grapeshot Games
- Platforms: PC
- Release: December 22, 2018
Atlas is the latest MMO based on being a pirate. Players will join together in a massive world that is supposed to allow over 40,000 players to actively dwell within it. Now the game is currently in Early Access which means that we can expect certain aspects of the title to not work as intended. Overall, the game will allow players to create crews and grow a civilization all while exploring the open seas.
#12 Risen 2: Dark Waters
- Developer: Piranha Bytes, Wizarbox
- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Platforms: PC, PS3, X360
Though the original Risen was a medieval fantasy game, Risen 2 is a swashbuckling-themed game that transfer classic Caribbean pirate themes into a fantasy world where ancient gods, voodoo magic and titans coexist. As an RPG, players take control of a main character to explore the world.
#11 Assassin’s Creed Pirates
- Developer: Ubisoft
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Platforms: Mobile
A spin-off of the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag game, Pirates is developed for smartphones and follows the pirate Alonzo Batilia in search of the treasure of the French pirate La Buse. The game focuses on naval combat and shares some strong similarities to Black Flag in terms of combat and gameplay.