1654 AC. The Caribbean. A place of opportunities and mysteries. Take a role of Charles de Maure - a young French noble who arrived to the New World to assist his brother. What seemed to be a simple family matter, turned into a lifelong adventure!
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August 9

Coming Soon - Flying the Jolly Roger DLC

Ahoy!

Dear community,

First, let us thank you for all support and faith you devote to the game and to us. Sea Dogs is a game on an ancient engine and it's alive and kicking on Steam because of you. Thank you!



Lately we have been working hard on numerous expansions and improvements. One of them is almost here and it is a fresh new DLC called "Flying the Jolly Roger". And it's big.

What to expect:
  • Large quest line under a patronage of an infamous pirate baron;
  • New ship;
  • New weapon;
  • New locations;
  • New characters;
  • Your very own pirate lair.
This DLC is designed for skilled characters who have already finished The Dutch Gambit but haven't yet started The Pirate Saga.

DX9 is still under development, this engine is hard to manage, you can trust us there! :D
Good news for those who consider the game's tutorial too prolonged and unclear - we are working on a Quick Start option!

Expect more news, patches, announcements, also bug and localization fixes! We are just getting started.

Good luck in the sea and stay tuned!

:boarding:

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July 9

Message in a Bottle From the Devs

Is anyone still here?

We humbly ask your forgiveness for the recent lack of news. The team's vacation is ending and we've got a lot of work to do.



Expect a great number of exciting announcements soon and stay tuned.

Good hunting!

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English Version Coming 12.02

Coming soon! Please see an open letter from the devs for more details.
http://steamcommunity.com/games/223330/announcements/detail/645507530757348342

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Check this open letter from the devs to learn the story behind the series, the game and it's future:
http://steamcommunity.com/games/223330/announcements/detail/65668531643437205



1654 AC. The Caribbean. A place of opportunities and mysteries. Take a role of Charles de Maure - a young French noble who arrived to the New World to assist his brother. What seemed to be a simple family matter, turned into a lifelong adventure. This is a story of the noble idler who became the most powerful man of the Caribbean. Riches, titles, power, romance - the ultimate booty awaits, it is up to you how to get it all. Become a pirate and terrorize the archipelago, take prizes in the sea and plunder cities. Or try to keep hands mostly clean - trade both goods and information, work for the state and help the folk. Get a ship, arm yourself, gather a crew of your dream and find love. The New World is way too vast, too dangerous to explore it alone and there are always consequences for the choices you make!

Key Features

  • Naval warfare, both challenging and rewarding
  • Self-reliant and replayable story mode (over 70 hours of gameplay)
  • Remastered in-game art and improved visuals (textures, models etc.)
  • Challenging AI, crafting, trading, fighting, gambling
  • Freeplay mode, endless as an ocean
  • Hundreds of items and weapons

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 mb video card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Additional: V-Sync must be enabled
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Barbarossa Bey
113.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
Will keep re-writing reviews until those commies stop supporting each other.

In a nutshell, Age of Pirates 2 was a better open world atmosphere. Sea Dogs is a closed game with not as much fun as AOP2. Not to mention you need to finish stupid overly-difficult missions to be "free" in the Caribbean. Even that and you still can't capture any ports.

Trade convoys are repetivie and not as interested as in AOP2.

Developer's support is absolute minimum with no wiki available.

The only thing "improved" is less chance of crashing than AOP2... minus the fun open world Caribbean atmosphere which you can't enjoy as much as in AOP2.

Better download the original AOP2 from torrent sites, then for more spice download the Gentlemen of Fortune mods from ModDB.
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johnni777
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
This is a RPG adventure set in 1565 and the graphics are made at that time you mostly have no clue what to do in this game no tooltips or anything to help you out which is quite annoying sure there is a short tutorial but it doesnt help you much and together with bad graphics makes this game so offputtingly i can NOT recommend it
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Edward Teach
10.3 hrs
Posted: September 10
Avoid this game. The Sea Dogs/Age of Pirates games are fantastic. This however, was developed by masochists with no families or jobs.

First of all, you have a tutorial that takes around 6-8 hours with a guide, I say with a guide because without a walkthrough you will find yourself emerging from the tutorial island with no money and a trashy ship. A certain quest needs to be started early on, and then finished right before you buy your first ship, so you can have enough money to do much of anything. Also, be sure to do quests in order, and in a timely fashion, should you fail to do so, you will hurt yourself for the early game.

The tutorial island doesn't teach you anything, it just holds you back and forces a challenging scenario like in Age of Pirates 2 CoAS. However, once you emerge from said island... it doesn't get any easier.

Your ship is crap. Rats eat most of your weapons and cargo. Pirates are not only much more plentiful than previous games, but incredibly aggressive. The later quests put you on a time limit, and suffer from the tutorial islands' godawful style of playing things in order, on time. Miss a mission and you miss a companion or useful weapon. Take to long doing what you want, and you can FAIL the main campaign.

This isn't an open world sailing game at all. Somehow the developers managed to turn what was an open ended sandbox, morrowind-esque sid meier' Pirates! clone into a game where you have to figure out what the developers are forcing you to do. Really, its not much different than something like Myst at the end of the day.

Basically, this is by far the worst in the series. Is it worth ten dollars? Not really. Go to Gamersgate.com and spend twenty dollars to get Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships. Far superior, and with the Gentleman of Fortune mod, infinately replayable. Or, head over to Pirates Ahoy! forums and learn about your options regarding Sea Dogs 2: Pirates of the Carribbean, which is old, but excellent, and with the New Horizons mod, easily the best in the series.

TL;DR: Developers are the descendents of people who where given a potatoe, and a rifle with one bullet, and told to charge across a river and die. Only masochists should waste their time here. Go get Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships instead.
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vladislavavgustionok
54.8 hrs
Posted: September 7
Does not work prorerly, very disapointed. Keyboard does not work.
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Talu
7.2 hrs
Posted: September 5
This game has an amazing approach and idea, however it is anything, but developed. The game is full of bugs and glitches, the graphics are old and clunky which is not really a problem, however the game really doesn't even look pretty which could compensate for the issues. For example if you board a ship (which happenes automatically once you are in reach of an enemey vessle you board it, however if you drove straight into the vessle or even slightly touched it you will sink as soon as you win the boarding rendering all the fighting you did useless. Also some quests don't work due to bugs or glitches and again that all would not even be so bad because it is so much fun to fight sea battles, but all the game really gives you is sea battles and that is just not fun, I really hope they update it and fix it then it would be a must buy.
I do not have a potato I do apologise :(
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Narrelama
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
First off; let me just say it is NOT NECESSARY TO GET ARRESTED AND LOOSE ALL STUFF AT THE BEGINNING.

This game would be a great game of piracy, and/or mercantilism - whatever would be your cup of tea. While it has a certain degree of railroading, it is also possible to play it sandbox and just sail around being a jolly roger in search of bounty and glory.

There's just a few things that irritates and one thing that makes the game near unplayable.

Let me just first underline that the sea battles, while a challenge, are well executed, give an air of realism, and that you actually can sail around the world in first or third person view - rather than reverting to a map mode.
And that despite now being more than 10 years old the graphics still hold up, and it is in my opinion the nicest open-world pirate game available (Next to Sid Meyer's Pirate Gold - not the 2004 edit, the 90s ones - and I need not say that the graphics of those games have not aged well..). There was a time when I would just set my ship to sail along the coast, and have the game run in the background while I did stuff IRL.

Also - you not only hire a crew - you have a range of specialists - which is cool. This is a feature in other pirate games as well, but they are mostly third person strategic affairs - which this is not.

Also, rare in our time, the game is a challenge. No quest markers, you actually need to take notes - morrowind style, and this is a concious choice made by the developers. Which I find a nice change from the incredible hand-holding of Bethesda and their ilk. !This and that quest marker in your ♥♥♥♥ing face! However, this could be better executed, and choosing to have rhetorics as a character specialty is a waste of your real-life energy.

Which brings me to the negatives:
The game is developed by russians, the translation is so-so, which makes for some interesting and usually incredibly rude dialogue. These dialogues are usually also just with 2 options. Some insulting line, or an opt-out - also usually an insult. This I can take, we are pirates after all.

Worse are the controls. You'd better select fencing as a speciality, because that is a nightmare. These horrible keys also affect the sea battles, but not so adversely. The range of actions are at the same time quite extensive, which is streneous. There is way to train your fighting skills, only through actual fighting, which can of course provoke the guards of the area, which will get you killed. This is the only game which I would consider selecting the easiest option, or even cheating. It is extremely unforgiving.

The game lacks a tutorial - but there are some online. They also suffer from bad translation and individualized experience of those who wrote them, so use them IN COMBINATION, with a critical eye. I also suspect certain quests need to be executed in a certain order, or you will not gain access to other quests - which can break your save (at the start of the game). I was fortunate in this regard, but there were 2 quests I was never offered because the order in which I talked to certain people. So be very aware (especially because of the abscence of quest markers). Also, note that it is NOT NECESSARY TO GET ARRESTED AND LOOSE ALL STUFF AT THE BEGINNING. Just be patient and ask around.

There is no built-in edit capability, although a fix has been made. Also there are no mods for this game as far as I am aware. While the graphics hold, the selection of ship types are sufficient, I imagine some would love to mod clothes, armor and generally stuff. This would be exceptionally hard.

Finally, and what I consider a game-breaker is the way the game starts. A tutorial of sorts I guess, but it is incredibly lengthy (took me a day first time, and the tutorial walk-throughs are essential for this), and it ends up in a scene where I have to face down 2 pirates that both have more health, more strength and better fencing skills than me, and they can also fire their guns. So you can imagine how well that turns out.. So I haven't made it off the island.

How do I know the sea battles are nice, how can I know that sailing into the sunset is a beautiful experience in this game? Once I had a ripped edition of this game, where the entire island was cut out of the game. Yeah - why do I have to suffer through it? Why did the game designers make the game this way?

So if you consider yourself A REAL ♥♥♥♥ING HARDCORE SEADOG, then you are welcome to try it, and pass the island, and you will be rewarded by a great game. But you may save yourself some time and convert the game files to be cheat compatible, 'cause you can't get past the pirates. It is impossible.
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r6751
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
Without a proper manual it is impossible to know what to do in game. You don't start with a ship, and it is not obvious how to go about getting one. The website is all Russian. This is just a mashup from the earlier game, without any of its good points. I will say the graphics are well done.
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かぐや姫
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 10
Sea Dogs: TEHO. I thought this game was about pirates and I was mistaken. It's just poorly translated «bring the thing to other person» type of quests game. You can only «choose» french character and he looks like he is from fashionable gay bar. Year is 1654 — still not a golden age of piracy, but why we don't even have a ship in this bloody game? I tried this overly complicated land quests and refunded this game. If this called Sea Dogs, then I want to plunder ship, ahoooy, mateys!


Verdict: skip, it didn't worth your time. Also developer censoring bad reviews, comments, and critique on his and steam forums.


If you want true experience, then try New Horizons 4.1 beta mod for Pirates of the Caribbean(video game). You can feel yourself privateer under some nation or free pirate.


Apologies for poor language.
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maurea.harawira
185.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
This game is ♥♥♥♥, too many bugs and crashes, no tutorial, and hard as ♥♥♥♥ missions for little reward.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS GAME
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Same engine as POTC. If Played POTC (Sea dogs with POTC name) then know that game is the same with updated graphic of like 2010, also game is literally using same areas and sound effects/similar system. Nostalgic as helll
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73 of 80 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
480.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Perhaps, it is the best game about pirates at this moment.
Sea Dogs: To Each His Own is successor of Sea Dogs (2000), Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) and Age of Pirates: City of Abandoned Ships (2007).

Advantages: interesting storyline, various gameplay, very beautiful atmosphere of 17th century's Caribbean. Many quests, including story missions, have several variants of solution. For the first time at the Sea Dogs series appeared craft and alchemy.

Disadvantages: old graphic and restrictions of old game engine. Do not forget that it's an indi project of amateur stidio.

If you like games about pirates, where you need to think, not just swing a cutlass, if you like bright characters, historical accuracy (many characters are real historical people) - well then, it is a game for you.

9/10 (not 10 points due to old graphic)

P. S. I play Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates series during 5 years, and I hope, that this series of games will continue to evolve.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Very OLD Akella Pirates game player here when "dinosaurs ruled the earth".
I basically played the entire game in Russian before it was released in English offline.

The game series has been around since 2000. Developed by Akella. This is actually the SIXTH game in the series. Sea Dogs, POTC (Sea Dogs Modification, SD2, the bad disney production), Age of Pirates (AoP) , Tortuga - Two Treasures, AoP2:COAS (City of Abandoned Ships) , and POTEHO (SDTEHO). Black Mark Studios has most of the original modders and designs from the original games. SDTEHO has MANY of the same landmarks as COAS and similar quests. Personally, I am partial to COAS for many reasons, but predominantly the freedom to do whatever the hell you want very early.

There are several other distinct subset series mods as well both from Russian (Ukraine), and the the generated POTC Build Mod, Gentlemen of Fortune and "Eras" mods. The one that is most notable is the "Gentlemen of Fortune" (GoF) + Eras which makes the game even more massive in terms of gameplay, but "cryptic" terms of controls and difficulty.

In order to enjoy THIS game, a player has to be willing "take the pain up the bunghole", at least initially anyway.
It is rogue style, you die, you are DEAD.
You will die.
You will get frustrated.
You will get angry.
You will probably curse at your computer.
You will probably curse at Akella / BlackMark Studio developers.
You might even curse in Russian if you know the language.
Save your game, OFTEN.
I do mean A LOT.
You may even have to revert to an earlier stage because you missed something critical.
If you do not and end up on the main screen staring and saying "WTF!" because you just lost 10 hours of gameplay, it is YOUR fault.

I REALLY mean that.
This game can be incredibly unforgiving at times.
I was part of the design production team of the original English release of AoP2: COAS, but passed on the English translation of SDTEHO, because even the updated Storm Engine is not aging well and problems with the original English release. Currently the translation to English is absolutely insanely laughable at times, but most of us left that understand the game engine are probably not going to fix this game in the series this time round as Akella still has not learned their lessons. Additionally, the entire source is not available inside the game anyway as it is ENCRYPTED. Thanks Akella.

There are quests on this particular game that will give you more game rage that you have ever experienced in previous series. "The Gambit" comes to mind, sailing in "real time" and even with time compression is laborious. Most people have not seen the endings of the later games due to difficulty or just throw up their hands and go, "I quit".
"Silly gamers, SDTEHO is not for kids..."

Basically the gameplay provides a very solid RGP single player experience, but the controls are still ARCHAIC, graphics are aging (lack of intiial DirectX 9 support is UNACCEPTABLE this is 2016!), hit detection is average, and this game WILL NOT HOLD YOUR HAND.

There are no "arrows" to guide you.
You need to WRITE DOWN things in order to remember them.
You need to do some research on how to do things, because the game will not tell you how to do them even with the extra long tutorial.
There are a lot of game mechanic concepts that have to be understood UPFRONT.
Combat can be unfair and brutish for the unprepared.
Landmarks and graphics are RECYCLED from all previous games (with some small expanded list of new areas and features such as ships decks).
Items are GREATLY expanded, which magic and alchemy all over the place.
It adds a new twist to the game series.
There are NO FULL VOICE OVERS (that are unrelated to dialogue), so get used to it, or move on.
Failure to read dialogue can result in game failure, and some things are ONLY said ONCE!
You are not in a "Captain Blood" novel here.
You need to earn your place in order to be successful.
You will need to spend a LOT of time in order to build up your skills.
Once you master the mechanics you will have a great time, but that will require about 8-10 hours at least if you have never played the series before.

Age of Pirates Words of Wisdom: "Rewards come to those that are patient".
Can you pass the test?
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
102.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Do you like pirates? Becauseif you do, you should get this game ASAP.
Yes, the graphics are old, but other aspects are awesome!
Let`s go down the list:
1) Great, and realistic sea combat - you can use different types of ammo to deal damage (bombs can begin fire, shrapnel will tear crew apart )
2) Ground combat mechanics are unique - it`s challenging at first, but when you get used to it, you will ask yourself "Why nobody did this before?"
3) Great role-playing system - It`s got character stats, character perks and ship perks
4) ALOT of micromanagement!
5) Awesome quests, great characters, great artstyle
6) Massive open-world
And a lot more!
And finally devs made english translation! (It took pretty long time)
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
For all of you who don't know it yet: this is the fifth game in the Sea Dogs series (originally named "Корсары").
The previous games are titled as follows:

Sea Dogs 1: "Sea Dogs: An Epic Adventure At Sea" (2000)
Sea Dogs 2: "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2003)
Sea Dogs 3: "Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales" (2005)
Sea Dogs 4: "Age of Pirates: City of Abandoned Ships" (2009)

Back in the day, "Pirates of the Caribbean" (which got the license of the Disney film) was my favourite pirate game of all time. I had played the classics "Pirates!", "Sea Legends", "Big Sea", "1869: History Experience" and many many more before that, but "Pirates of the Caribbean" was the one to keep me entertained for... well... years, actually. It just had everything: sailing, naval battle, exploration of many different areas of the isles on foot, trading, raiding forts and much more. The soundtrack was absolutely enchanting and while the game had a bit of a console feel to it (and a few bugs), it was just amazing. The two "Age of Pirates" games were great as well, but they had no real main story (at least not to the extent of the predecessor) - instead you could create your own character and just be free in the caribbean. Sounded nice on paper, but playing the game felt a bit redundant.
(My REAL problem with those games was the atrocious StarForce copy protection on the disks. I just don't like rootkits on my PC, so I installed them both exactly once and when I grew tired of them, I uninstalled them, never to turn back to them again. "Better go back to Sea Dogs 2", I thought for many years.)

It's been SEVEN YEARS since the last instalment in the series and now there's finally a brand-new game! And thankfully, it offers everything the great "Sea Dogs 2/Pirates of the Caribbean" offered. Here, we FINALLY have the good old feeling of being back in the caribbean. There's only one character to choose, just as in Sea Dogs 2, and it's great because it comes with a strong story hook (no pun intended).

Of course, the game's engine feels exactly like the one from 2003.
Yeah, the voice acting is borderline silly. And yes, apart from SOME(!) high-res textures, the graphics seem like they are from 2006 or something.
And yes, instead of video sequences that tell the story, you get most of the exposition by dialog boxes (almost like in those anime visual novels).
HOWEVER: This really *IS* what the perfect pirate game should feel like. It's a bit wonky, yes, but it's worth every second of your time, without a doubt. Here's why:

Want to sail your ship from island to island with the possibility of switching to real-time every second? You can!
Want to buy and sell ships, freight, loot and other items, equipping the best weapons and armor to improve your stats? Then do that!
Want to explore all the different islands on foot and discover exciting areas? This game has that, and it's gorgeous!
Want to engage in exciting naval battles with the option of boarding enemy ships, attacking the enemy sailors with swords and guns, advancing to the captain's quarters in order to finish him and take over the ship? That's what this game is best at!! :)
Want to raid cities/forts the same way - by attacking them with your fleet and then finishing them off with swords and guns? Heeeell yeah, go for it!!

Up until now, this game hasn't had all that much of attention (let alone media coverage), which is an absolute shame because it clearly deserves it! These developers DESERVE to finally have real success with their creation! So even if it's a pirate game: don't pirate it! Support these guys!!

If you've ever thought "A pirate I was meant to be, trim the sails and roam the sea...", THIS is the perfect game for you!
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
405.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
This game has its issues. Unlike other games I play the developers seem to pay attention to our complaints as to bugs, crashes, translations and such. With that said, this is a great game. No it is not as polished as "The Witcher" series, but the potential is there with future updates, fixes and releases.

There is a serious learning curve, which only enhances the playability. Understanding all you can and can not do, makes the game interesting. I enjoy a challenge. Some of the missions are close to impossible untill you understand the game mechanics along with your abilities. I like the AI that controls the sailing aspect, seas, wind, weather. I actually sail and that part of the game is fun for me.

Getting the map of the Caribbean Sea, for the game's time period is valuable. As all things in the real world, names of places change, the geography pretty much stays the same. Different ships, weapons and core crew members make for interesting choices you need to make. Some will come back to haunt you others were splendid choices.

Of course save often in open slots, follow the developers suggestions for a smoother game, and when all else fails and your frustrated, start over choose different options and see if they fit your style of play.

No, this game is not for everyone. I am sure eventually with luck and persistance you will become the feared pirate "Roberts" with a devastating ship, but till then play and enjoy. Be part of a game still being tweeked and developed by a group of developers who, IMHO get it.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
120.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Heads up, this review is LONG. There will be a TL;DR at the bottom.

This game is a gem, covered in a pile of ♥♥♥♥. If you've read negative reviews for the game I hate to say that most of them are very much accurate. This game is very unwieldy, hard to learn, harder to master, and really doesn't teach you anything. The closest this game has to a tutorial is essentially a few hours of being stuck on one island doing small quests to make enough money to buy a small ship. Unfortunately, this means you likely won't know if you want to keep the game or not until after the refund period has passed.

So before I go on, you need to be absolutely sure you want the game before you buy it, because you won't be able to refund it.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to address all the things I love about this game:
It is, for the most part, a sandbox game very similar to that of Mount & Blade. You can do what you want and do it over a big area (the entire West Indies). There is a "main" quest, but you could completely ignore it if you didn't want to do it, as you'll still witness almost all the game has to offer without it. However, there are certain events and areas you'll miss if you skip the main quest, so you should get to it eventually.

As for the actual gameplay, it is phenomenal. I love Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for its amazing naval combat, and I can honestly say this game does it better. The naval fights are very action-packed and intense, bigger ships have more cannons that deal more damage and fire farther, you have different ammunition to choose from, and you can even get into large battles at the sea. Furthermore, if you choose to board instead of sinking a ship outright, you've got even more fighting in store. I can only praise the naval combat, I really can't think of anything wrong with it.

The regular combat is a bit different, especially since there is no tutorial to actually teach you how to swing your sword (unless I missed it or something). It is not nearly as straightforward as the naval combat, and if you don't know what you're doing, you'll easily die to the first enemy you encounter. However it is very fun and intense, and some fights can go on for quite a while depending on how strong your opponent is along with healing items. You won't just be cutting through enemies like you would be in Mount & Blade, each fight can easily end with a sword through your chest and a man marking your grave.

On to the more guided sections of the game, there are a plethora of quests you can take on to fill your coffers when you aren't strong enough to go raiding fleets for gold and silver cargo. Most quests consist of you seeking out a specific ship or some gang of bandits, but many quests are much deeper, especially once you get into the main questline. A lot of effort was clearly put into these quests to make fun and engaging gameplay, and there are really only a few quests I haven't liked. I'm sure I haven't even done all of them yet in 120 hours of gameplay.

As for getting strong enough to take on these flotillas bearing gold and silver, you start out as a weak, inexperienced man who is merely a virgin to Caribbean life. This game uses a dynamic levelling system, where your skills get better as you use them, rather than just increasing whenever you level up. You must improve your skills if you want to get anywhere, as when you start out you'll barely be able to take on the smallest of ships and weakest of dueling opponents.

There are lots of other things to do, but I feel I've covered all my bases for the sake of this review. Now on to the negatives:
To start off, the game is Russian, and this is an English translation of it, and sometimes that translation is really bad. The quests I haven't liked have been quests I flat out couldn't understand due to terrible translation, and I've even come across some segments of dialogue that are still in Russian.

Speaking of quests, you HAVE to pay attention to dialogue. A lot of times your character will simply omit important information in the quest journal, so if you weren't paying attention you could easily get stuck and end up failing the quest. This is especially true with the main questline, so make sure you are paying attention to the dialogue.

While I have been praising this game for the gameplay, I need to further emphasize how unwieldy the game is and how it completely fails to teach you the mechanics of the gameplay going in. You are very much alone in figuring out how to play, so I recommend you check out guides for the game. I myself have been frequenting the forums to find out a lot of things that the game should really be explaining. This is a dealbreaker for a lot of people, and that is something I can perfectly understand. If you aren't willing to take the time to learn how to play the game, then this game is definitely not worth the purchase.

Along with the unwieldy controls and lack of tutorial, this game is very unforgiving. If you die, you are dead, and you better have saved recently. I highly recommend to keep as many saves as possible, and NEVER overwrite a save file. If you get into a really tight spot and you don't have an earlier save you can revert to, you'll likely have to end up starting over. Which means you have to go through the awful, hours long "tutorial" again.

I understand that the negative aspects of the game seem to outweigh the positive ones, and that's where a lot of the negative reviews for this game come from, but I have to say the opposite is true. This has quickly become one of my favorite games, but when I started out I was extremely frustrated with it. All I can really say is give the game time. If you are planning on buying this game you can't expect to be able to get a refund, once you get it you're in for the long haul.

TL;DR: This game is like eating at an excessively fancy restaurant. The menu is confusing and you have to wait a long time for your food to show up, but once it does you've got a 5-star meal. The game is really fun if you can just figure it out and really get into it.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2015
Despite running on a 10 year old engine this game still looks amazing.
The deep story, role playing rivals even with Assasin's Creed IV. A milestone in sea games.

I was thoroughly impressed with the first Sea Dogs title, their sequels - Pirates of the Caribbean, Age of Pirates/Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships which makes this game, the logical continuation of that tradition from Akella to make these games (although now they just earn money as a publisher since they own the rights to the game).
On a technical level this is the same Age of Pirates with numerous additions. Think of it as the Warband of Mount & Blade.

The story got much better since the first Age of Pirates. Continuing with the good tradition of CAS (Age of Pirates 2) story and quests got a special spotlight, many of them are randomly generated.
You play Charles de Maure, a french aristocrat who came to the New World to help his brother. Eventually you get entangled in politics, earning a revenue all the time to fight off scurvy and... boredom in the sea. This is a slow game.
Relationships with factions, bounties on your head, pirating, bribing - all of it is improved and refined to make a believable experience.

Unlike more arcade games this one is hard. It plays by the logic of a 15 year old mentality.
Life in the sea is hard, sailing is slow, authenticity to the maximum. This isn't for everyone.

I consider this a great expansion if you loved the previous games. It is hard to get in if you never played anything like this before. Learning the ropes may proove difficult since the game doesn't like to hold your hand at all.
Like a newborn baby you'll try to hold on to every possible hook on getting your sailor life easier.
The tutorial exists though. If you were looking for such an experience than this is the closest you'll get in he forseeable future.

Since there's no English version yet (reportedly coming this summer) everything will be in Russian. Thus, this can only be recommended to those passionate about naval adventures, and a realistic RPG/simulation of sailing. If you watched Pirates of the Caribbean a million times - this is for you.
To those who stay, take care of CTD's and freezes. The age of exploration is nigh. Save often!
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
139.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
The game is boasting that it's from 2012. Well it was completed that year but don't be fooled! The game can be traced back to Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) a. k. a. Corsairs 2 or Sea Dogs 2 and manages to look and feel much worse. TEHO in essence is a stand-alone DLC for Corsairs 3 a. k. a. Sea Dogs: Caribbean Tales (2006) which also was a huge step back compared to PotC. The developers tried to make a joke with game's abbreviation: PO:TEHO (PO standing for Pirates Odyssey) which looks like a transliterated russian word "fun" but it only makes them look even worse 'cause this game is anything but fun.
The first quest is atrocious. I couldn't leave the starting island for 6 bloody hours! And that's after playing the previous 2 games for at least a thousand hours. In PotC you can complete a similar tutorial and learn all the basics in 5 minutes or skip it and learn the game as you go. In TEHO they make backtracking a key game mechanic. You will be going the same paths for hours in a series of lazy uninspired fetch quests.
Naval battles are ridiculously brutal. You start with such low stats that it may take a couple of hours to capture the weakest ship. And let's not forget about "glitched" ships that you can only sink by aiming manually or by boarding. I'm pretty sure that it was easier to become a real pirate than play this game. It kicks in after about 100 hours once you reach decent skill points in Navigation and Cannons and becomes more playable but those hours will chase you in nightmares.
Music is a huge disappointment. I still listen PotC soundtrack sometimes but TEHO's music is the most generic and annoying thing I've heard in years.
Overall TEHO is a bug infested mess with hugely reduced playability to make it more "realistic" - yeah, good luck making it to another island in time while the wind is blowing in opposite direction. Also you could choose a female playable character in Corsairs 3. In SD: TEHO you can't, which is a pity 'cause you're stuck looking at guy's rear for many hours.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
164.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Wow, I thought this game will never be translated into English! And they finally did it! If you've ever thought "I wish there'd be another SeaDogs game", or "I wish Sid Meier's Pirates would merge with Mount and Blade" - look no further! This game is as Indie as it can be, but it's plethora of mechanics are insanely deep. Sandbox Pirate Simulator you maybe didn't know you needed in your life!
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