I’m not sure what has gotten me interested in the pirate camp’s franchise, but it certainly isn’t the popularity of the game. With a laughably low 5.4 average on Metacritic, even the long-time fans of the series can see that this game isn’t all it was cracked up to be. It isn’t completely devoid of any gameplay hooks, but it doesn’t really have enough to keep me coming back for more.
For every die-hard fan of the series, there are thousands of people who aren’t as passionate about the game. These people can’t stop raving about how much fun they had with the last pirate camps game and how much fun it is for their kids. That’s the thing about these games; they are actually fun.
That’s the reason why they get a lot of people raving about them and a lot of people spending a lot of money on them. In fact, the people who write the reviews just love the game so much, they go out of their way to rate it a 10 in every category.
While I do have my own opinions about the game, I was really excited when I first heard about the new pirate camps franchise. After spending time with it, I can safely say that it is not nearly as entertaining as I thought it would be. Not only does it not live up to what people were expecting, but it doesn’t even come close to meeting what they expected it to be. I’ll go into some of the reasons why below.
Let’s start with tons of effort. This is one of the biggest reasons why it is such a disappointment. There is so much effort put into this game, that you’d think it would be an hour of fun-filled mindless fun. It is not even close. It’s a half hour of bedtime.
There is nothing creative tools like building and no real strategic options. Nothing of that nature really exists. It’s a game that is played by killing things and collecting loot.
The graphics are horrible, the gameplay is dull, and it’s an endless runner. I’ll come back to this. Nothing of interest is presented and just feels like a cash grab.
The sense of achievement you get for beating the game is almost non existent. If anything, it’s a kind of “I was lucky” feeling. It’s certainly not enough to make it worth buying again.
Forts seems to be a misnomer for this game. It’s not a good game and in many ways, it makes no sense. The only thing it has going for it is a ridiculous price and a generous amount of free DLCs.
The problem with that is that while the free stuff is certainly welcome, the rest of the game isn’t all that exciting. The amount of bugs and glitches will definitely make it less than what they are trying to sell it for.
For years without frustration, this game has been enjoyable and that’s all it has done. As much as I loved the first one, I find myself no longer playing it. It’s time to put it behind me and move on to something else.