Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Swashbuckling extension of 2nd and 3rd movies.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

Many of the characters are morally ambiguous, and their motivations aren't as clearly explained as they are in the movies.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language
Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 8 and 11 year old Written byrunnerchick March 14, 2011
I think that his game perfectly captures the movies and is great for all fans of Pirates of the Caribbean. Violence is a small issue.
Parent of a 7 year old Written byGame Review May 18, 2010

great for kids over 7

It's good and does not cause crazy behavior, if your kid has played an e10+ rated game they can defintoily handle it
Teen, 14 years old Written bywhenchiknsattack April 9, 2008

I could feel my brain turn to mush...

This game stunk because the whole game was violence and when you are done, you get a bigger weapon... come on, they couldn't have it better. I only played... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpace-Narwhale July 6, 2015

I like it but...

I really wish it was easier! If it was easier to play then I would give this a 5 star and not be returning it to GameStop but I found it really difficult to mov... Continue reading

What's it about?

Although named after the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie, this game actually roughly follows the storylines of both the second and third movies, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. Gameplay is mostly from the point of view of the pirate Jack Sparrow, whose tipsy swagger is perfectly re-created. With the help of Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and a few other playable characters, Jack must convince each of the Pirate Lords to take a stand against their enemies: the East India Trading Company and the monstrous Davy Jones, captain of the cursed Flying Dutchman ship. Suffice it to say, the game contains a whole lot of fighting with swords, pistols, bombs, and miscellaneous projectiles against enemies both monstrous and human.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good movie-based video game. Do you prefer games that follow the movie's events and plots as closely as possible, or do you like it when new storylines and action sequences are created using the same characters?

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