July 2018 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.
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!
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.