Gaming’s greatest pirates

Gaming's Greatest Pirates - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Gaming's Greatest Pirates - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

A pirate’s life seems so exciting. You get to go on treasure hunts all the time, sail to countries with hot beaches, and you get a pet parrot that talks to you. Unfortunately, it’s not really a viable career these days – no one can afford to bury their savings in this economic climate – but that’s where games can help us out.

Video games let us live our fantasy lives and that includes being a pirate. But who are the best swashbucklers to sail the virtual seas? We’ve managed to round up five of them so you can accompany them on their adventures. Yo ho, it’s a pirate’s life for us.

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A pirate’s life seems so exciting. You get to go on treasure hunts all the time, sail to countries with hot beaches, and you get a pet parrot that talks to you. Unfortunately, it’s not really a viable career these days – no one can afford to bury their savings in this economic climate – but that’s where games can help us out.

Video games let us live our fantasy lives and that includes being a pirate. But who are the best swashbucklers to sail the virtual seas? We’ve managed to round up five of them so you can accompany them on their adventures. Yo ho, it’s a pirate’s life for us.

Guybrush Threepwood

Gaming's Greatest Pirates - Monkey Island

When thinking of pirates in games most people’s minds will probably go straight to the Monkey Island series. These comedy-filled adventure games follow Guybrush Threepwood as he stumbles through life getting by on his razor-sharp wit alone.

Good job he has that as he’s probably the worst pirate in the world. He can’t handle his drink, often doesn’t have a ship to command, and battles with insults alone – much safer than using cutlasses. What Guybrush lacks in pirate skill he makes up for in daft luck and charm. Years after debuting in his first game we still can’t get enough of this bozo.

Edward Kenway

Gamings Greatest Pirates - Edward Kenway

Now here’s a capable pirate truly worth all our admiration. The star of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a proper pirate’s pirate. He left his noble life in the Navy to pursue fame and riches. What a lad. Unfortunately, he lost his close friends soon after and sought revenge by joining the Assassin’s Order.

It doesn’t get much more pirate than sailing around the Caribbean in the Jackdaw, blasting your enemies with cannons in epic sea battles, and then seeking hidden treasures on idyllic islands.

Tetra

Gamings Greatest PIrates - Tetra

While the series might bear her name, Zelda hasn’t historically been the most active or exciting character in The Legend of Zelda. All that changed with The Wind Waker, in which the titular princess could be found swabbing the decks and singing shanties instead of holding court in the royal palace.

The Wind Waker takes place in an alternate timeline, you see, in which Link never returned to defeat Ganon after the events of Ocarina of Time. Hyrule is submerged in a great flood, and Zelda commands a crew as the badass pirate captain Tetra.

Cervantes

Gamings Greatest Pirates - Soulcalibur

What’s better than a pirate? A ghost pirate. Cervantes brings all the flair the Soulcalibur series is known for and knocks it up a notch in true pirate style. He has no pretences: Cervantes knows it’s evil to be a pirate and so he embraces that wholeheartedly. He’s a man out to satisfy his own ego.

Being in Soulcalibur means that he’s also a very good fighter. Wielding dual swords he rushes his opponents and overwhelms them with sheer power. Did we mention he has a pistol built into one of his swords?

Jack Sparrow

Gamings Greatest Pirates - Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow at your service *hic* captain of the *hic* Black Pearl. Isn’t this everyone’s favourite runaway drunk? Jack Sparrow is one of the starring characters in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, as you’d expect, and he’s been made playable with all his recognisable traits.

Just running around as him can be a laugh. It’s like he has to watch his feet so he doesn’t trip over them while trying to balance with his arms out, flailing around in a drunken stupor. It’s made even better when controlling him through his most chaotic moments from the films.

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