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For lovers of video games like Assassin's Creed Black Flag, you may be into the pirate genre and thus love the experience of big ships and naval warfare, and so you may also love a game like Naval Action, available for the PC.
An Overview of Naval Action
Believe it or not, there weren't any full-scale pirating, naval ship games until Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag came along a few years ago from Ubisoft. Playing as Edward Kenway, a man with the “sight,” you got to sail alongside Blackbeard, Charles Vane, Jack Rackham, and other famous pirates of the Caribbean, as you sailed the seven seas in the West Indies via the 18th century account. Because of the success of this game, Game Labs put together their own version of the West Indies seas combat via their critically acclaimed Naval Action game available for the Windows OS.
The cool thing about Naval Action is that it actually expanded on the idea set forth by Assassin's Creed. You can actually play alongside hundreds of other players in MMO fashion, while taking over ports, tracking down your enemies and defeating them, and protecting what's yours. In other words, it's like one of those war/conquest games, only this is set on the seas in the Caribbean and all the ships (Frigates, Brigs, Schooners, Man 'O Wars, etc) are very accurate for the time.
Features of Naval Action
One of the first things you may notice upon downloading this game and playing it is that it's not entirely complete as of yet. As the game becomes more popular, the producers will release patches and updates that will allow for more features and more exploration of the gigantic world. They had to take it lightly to start, seeing as it was designed to be an MMO game, which means all sorts of players can access and play the game live with one another. This gives way to great and epic battles against other players instead of a computer program, and it also allows you to form a team of trusted sailors and captains to conquer and/or defend what's yours.
Overall, the graphics are stunning and the game controls are fairly simplistic. It will work out best if you have an additional controller to plug into your PC, but you can definitely manage things by simply using the keyboard and mouse. Whether you're firing the cannons, shooting the long guns, or raiding some fort, you really get the look and feel of the 18th century West Indies with this game. If you're a lover of nautical combat, this game is definitely in your wheelhouse.
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