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Many of the characters are morally ambiguous, and their motivations aren't as clearly explained as they are in the movies.
Violence & Scariness
Tons of fighting with swords, pistols, bombs, and miscellaneous projectiles. Characters kill hundreds of enemies and get infamy points based on how an enemy is dispatched. There's no blood, but finishing moves involve plunging a sword into an enemy's chest with sound-effects. Jack can collect enemies' souls for Davy Jones using a special "Jackinator" move.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The towns are all pretty seedy and men and women can be seen together in alleyways, but nothing explicit. One of the Pirate Lords is depicted with a woman under each arm.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a tie-in to the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Liquor bottles and drunk people are frequently part of the scenery. You'll visit various taverns, and one quest involves taking grog to a pirate. In the Xbox 360 version you can earn an achievement by finding hidden rum bottles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a video game tie-in to the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It's Teen-rated for alcohol and violence, the latter prevalent throughout the game. Players will kill hundreds of enemies and get infamy points based on how an enemy is dispatched. There's no blood, but plenty of fighting with swords, pistols, bombs, and miscellaneous projectiles. If your kids can handle the subject matter of the movies, they'll probably be fine with the game as well. The game's cut scenes don't do a great job of explaining an already complicated plot, so knowledge of the movies is helpful.
Is It Any Good?
The plot of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END is even more confusing than the movies and will likely be incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't already seen the films. The characters bear strong resemblances to their film counterparts both in appearance and movement, with Sparrow and Davy Jones being particularly impressive. Unfortunately the same can't be said of the voice acting, where studio-hired guns impersonate Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, et al., with varying degrees of success. The stirring musical score is taken straight from the movie, so no complaints there.
The weakest part of At World's End is probably the combat. The enemies are all pretty dumb, controls are sluggish, and the limited number of moves at your disposal means gameplay gets repetitive fast. There are no significant differences between the fighting styles of each character, so even though some scenarios let you switch between characters on the fly, it doesn't really change the experience. Still, in terms of polish and playability, At World's End is a huge improvement over Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.
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