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 Furious Seas
- Developer: Future Immersive
- Publisher: Future Immersive
- Platforms: PC
If you enjoy VR then you may want to look into Furious Seas. This is a pirate game based in VR with the use of either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. In this game, players take the role of a captain as they sail the open seas in search of loot and legacy. When you find rival ships coming in, you’ll have to command your crew to fight back or join in with manning a cannon to fire at your target. While this game features a single-player campaign, it’s worth mentioning that there is a multiplayer component as well.
However, because this game is in Early Access, the multiplayer component whether it’s as co-op or PvP is still a work in progress. With that said, we’re not sure just how long it will be before the game exits Early Access as the plan was originally to get the game out fully in 2019 according to the Early Access description supplied by the development studio, Future Immersive.
#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.