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Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants - Xbox 360

by Kalypso Media
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews) 56 / 100

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Platform: Xbox 360
  • Two different single player campaigns: Adventurer and Trader
  • Naval battles, raids, plundering and invasions await the Adventurer, while the Trader will develop trade routes and the economy to earn glory, fortune and power
  • 16 different ship types, such as powerful Galleons or versatile Frigates
  • Organize trade with 60 different cities such as Port-au-Prince or Tortuga



Product Details

Platform: Xbox 360
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005FYK2PO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,371 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Product Description

The Caribbean, in the turbulent 17th Century. The mighty kingdoms of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands fight over the colonies. And there you are, a young sea captain whose only goal is to become the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve that goal, you may choose one of the two available campaigns: will you become and Adventurer or a Trader? If you chose the way of the Adventurer, lead an unforgiving campaign for the conquest of the seas: invasion, piracy, bounty hunting, raiding; do whatever it takes to build your own empire in the Caribbean. And of course, trade will have a less important role to play in your rise. The way of the Trader is, on the opposite, mostly about developing your riches and your economic power. To be the most powerful Trader of the New World, you have to create trade routes, build industries and develop the economy of the colonies. Of course, in Free Play mode, you can mix both of those in any way you want, letting you create your own unique and exciting story. For the first time in the acclaimed Port Royale series, you are not alone in the beautiful and seemingly so peaceful seas of the Caribbean. Develop a successful trading company, lead your ships in beautiful 3D naval battles and force your opponents to their knees!

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The Caribbean, in the turbulent 17th Century. The mighty kingdoms of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands fight over the colonies. And there you are, a young sea captain whose only goal is to become the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve that goal, you may choose one of the two available campaigns: will you become an Adventurer or a Trader?

Port Royale 3
3D naval battles
3D naval battles
Multiplayer mode
Multiplayer mode
Be an Adventurer or Trader
Be an Adventurer or Trader

Synopsis

If you chose the way of the Adventurer, lead an unforgiving campaign for the conquest of the seas: invasion, piracy, bounty hunting, raiding; do whatever it takes to build your own empire in the Caribbean. And of course, trade will have a less important role to play in your rise. The way of the Trader is, on the opposite, mostly about developing your riches and your economic power. To be the most powerful Trader of the New World, you have to create trade routes, build industries and develop the economy of the colonies. Of course, in Free Play mode, you can mix both of those in any way you want, letting you create your own unique and exciting story.

For the first time in the acclaimed Port Royale series, you are not alone in the beautiful and seemingly so peaceful seas of the Caribbean. The Multiplayer mode allows up to 4 players to play through LAN or over the Internet. Develop a successful trading company, lead your ships in beautiful 3D naval battles and force your opponents to their knees!

Key Features:

  • Two different single player campaigns: Adventurer and Trader
  • Naval battles, raids, plundering and invasions await the Adventurer, while the Trader will develop trade routes and the economy to earn glory, fortune and power
  • 16 different ship types, such as powerful Galleons or versatile Frigates
  • Organize trade with 60 different cities such as Port-au-Prince or Tortuga
  • A comprehensive trade system, with supply and demand dynamically setting the price of goods and wares, like in the real world

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Port Royale 3 Mini-Review October 11, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Jim here, with my short & sweet review just in time for the official launch of the boxed edition next week.

Sadly, I missed out on playing the previous versions of Port Royale. Port Royale 3 is my introduction into the series, and from the start until now, my experience has been rather pleasant, indeed.

To me, PR3 is Railroad Tycoon meets Age of Sail, both of which are legendary and beloved gaming series' to me. There's simply a lot I love about this game. I love the acts of trading goods between ports, stocking up my ships with goods at one port, then selling them all at another, and watching my profits rise higher and higher. I love outfitting ships for war, shanghai-ing sailors into servitude, arming them with swords and muskets, and hoping they don't mutiny. I love the aptly-paced real-time combat, outsmarting the AI with my naval combat maneuvers, and slowly and expertly filling their ships with holes and lead until they sink in the drink. Surprisingly, I also find myself enjoying the main campaign's storyline, with the adventure, love, and political intrigue.

Yes, of course, it's not a perfect game. There are more than a few things I find bothersome with PR3, but thankfully none of them are things that break the game for me, or are causing me to dislike and quit playing. The buy/sell slider is one of my most irksome griefs, as it's a nuisance to use. For what it's designed to do, it does work, but it requires much more effort than is warranted, in my opinion.

Another string of errors I've noticed come in the way of mismatched verbal and written dialogues. For example, the character speaking will say `ship', but the on screen text will have it written as `vessel'; spoken `city' is written as `town'; `commodity' is written as `good'.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Become an oceangoing mastermind October 11, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
If you're looking for something different than the long list of shooters for Xbox 360, give Port Royale 3 a shot. It's a mixture of economic sim and ship combat game set in the days of piracy. The merchant and trading stuff is very deep, coming from the guys who did the original port royale games (and Patrician), so it feels very realistic. The sea battles are a fun diversion, it's always fun chasing down pirates. There's an adventurer campaign, in case you don't just want to become a trading powerhouse. In the adventurer campaign, you still have to buy/sell goods, but you also have a storyline that you lead your character through, and the gameplay feels a bit quicker and better paced than just "sail from here to there, sell things, buy things."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive to strategy game lovers December 13, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
You start off with a single ship and over the hours and days (real time) you grow more powerful.

There is enough complexity to enjoy the game for extended times without getting furious at playing (until the pirates show up and you aren't prepared)

5 stars for fun because its kept me entertained on many boring nights. 4 stars overall simply because its a very small play world and the details vary very litte within each city. I find myself playing it a bit less, or restarting games just to keep it interesting, but still very good overall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than 4 Stars, not quite 5 March 20, 2013
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I should not have waited this long to get this game, It has been so much addicting fun. Perhaps it is not for everyone, but if you like games about empire building, trading, and tactics in general, this is a solid game.

The trading aspect of the game is very customizable, albeit it takes some time and practice to master them. I found myself thinking "Why can't I make a certain setting this way?!?!", only to find out that the option was available, I just had to do a bit of digging around in my warehouse. You can set up trading routes, and if you want to get nitty gritty about it, there is an option to plan out the transactions you want your trading fleet to make along the route.

The sea battles are pretty exciting. I liked this aspect of the game very much, although I didn't dig being thrown into the first battle with no idea about controls, etc. Needless to say, I had my butt handed to me a few times before I started winning. Beyond that, combat when boarding ships and attacking settlements is almost completely a numbers game. To beat a heavily guarded settlement, you have to either patrol the port and sink any ships approaching, or you have to attack with wave after wave of your men, until you bring their numbers down. Another thing that is a numbers game is if you automate the sea battles. It is almost guaranteed that whoever has the highest power rating will win the battle.

I found myself playing this game and thinking that there is much room for improvement, but honestly, I find myself thinking that about every game. The most frustrating parts for me were:

- Having to decipher what their little icons mean. They use a lot of icons rather than text, to symbolize things in this game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good game if it's what you're looking for May 30, 2013
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
This is a mathematician's dream game. This is mainly due to the calculations you will be doing when buying and selling goods, of which there are many.

I played Kalypso's other recent game Tropico 4 and was pleasantly surprised how accessible yet deep the gameplay was. Port Royale 3 is not as accessible. The training sessions were informative, but the spreadsheets got boring and the battles were also slow. It's somewhat reminiscent of Sid Meier's Pirates remake, but not as fast-paced, which is what I feel drags this game down.

I spent four hours on the game and didn't feel like I accomplished much of anything. I see the potential is there for a great game, but it obviously required a bigger time investment than I was willing to give.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great for Under 15
I think I am a big kid at heart and when I saw that my sons wanted to order Port Royale I had fancies of a swashbuckling adventure that I could lose myself in as well as my boys. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Vincent Robert Annunziato
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dreadful
Published 2 months ago by Phillip long
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome game, not very deep but very entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars awesome.
Game meh, Amazon's price, awesome.
Published 3 months ago by GeeterTron
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought the game would be more like pirates! That old game on the xbox...
Thought the game would be more like pirates! That old game on the xbox but it's more of a commerce kind of game. Still cool! Came quick and in great shape!
Published 3 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good game
Published 4 months ago by tommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Game is good but not console worthy
Could be better. And way over priced. There are free apps that are the exact same as this. I thought it was have 3D battle scenes, but it is just basically a board game, a fun one,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by trtlman
5.0 out of 5 stars A good game to play/own for Strategy fans.
A good strategy game with many, many potential hours of enjoyment. Trade routes seemed either a lot of work or a bit of logical guesswork. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dan Holthusen
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste Of Money
This is a boring trading game. Buy Sell Buy Sell. Manage you fleet and build. Then you get to play a very simple tactical game of destroy the dump AI. Waste of time and money.
Published 6 months ago by Paul D Hosenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It took 2 weeks to come but I got it and it works great and I love the game just can't stop playing it
Published 7 months ago by jesus
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