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!

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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

About This Game

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: August 27
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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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
160.7 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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Shutup868
120.3 hrs
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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ErickdeRivia
86.0 hrs
Posted: August 1
I.... love these game series... but at the same time I feel frustrated by the ammount of problems these games have.

SD: TEHO - In my opinion it feels like an improvement from previous games like AoP2 and PotC. But it still have some bugs that ruin the experience for example. In this game it is essential that you save and load a lot, but whats the point if your save file is gonna get corrupt for saving in the same place? I'm a person that likes to have only one savegame but I have to be saving on diferent places and it feels like a mess to me.

I liked the tutorial to be honest, and the story so far, the music, the improved enviroments, ships, options, alchemy? cool!! new design! everything looks old but awesome!! like a pirates game should be!

I really believe these series has a lot of potential just like mount and blade Warband, but is not going to improve if the developers dont work harder on it, for example the marketing side. they have to make their games known!! how many Pirates RPG games are out there?? not many!! And this game has a loooot of potential!!

A good way to make their games know it by bringing Age of Pirates 2 to steam (but a fixed and playable version, not the barely finished one), that games is amazing!!! I'm sure people will like it!

Bugs Fixing!! And game balancing. Black Mark studios your games have some bugs and it is normal in a game to have some but please try to make them minimal. And also be more forgiving. New comers may not enjoy the game if it is still hard on easy difficulty.

I higly recommend this game! I love it as much as I do with Age of Pirtes 2, But be aware that the game is diffcult. Prepare a lot at the begining. dont waste money so easily, get a lot of Exp, and... Make the missions one at a time so you can understand the game better.

It is a great game! Seriously! but hard.

8/10
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camXmile
136.5 hrs
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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LHookins
402.2 hrs
Posted: July 23
I have a love/hate relationship with this game.

The graphics are good, sailing has a relaxed realism to it, land and sea combat are generally good.

But you start the game having to complete 6 quests before you can buy your ship. The quests aren't always straightforward, and it's the only way to make the money required to buy your ship. If you complete all of them, you'll have 60,000 pesos, far more than enough to buy your ship, provision it, and hire a crew and navigator (necessary because you don't have the sailing skill to manage your starting ship). If you miss a quest or two, you might come up short of cash.

The various quests range from fairly simple to overly fiddly, and if you make some wrong decisions you can fail a quest or get paid a lot less. Expect to save and load often, but do not overwrite a save, always save in a new slot... otherwise the game can get unstable (according to the developers). You can add an explanation to the name of the save game, which is quite helpful, and you can delete older saves when they're no longer needed, but keep saves at strategic points "just in case".

You'll have to sail to another island, do a few quests there, then sail back to the original island before the "sandbox" version of the game is unlocked. Once it's unlocked, the game is a lot more fun. All the starting quests function as a sort of extended tutorial, so you really need to do them anyway.

There are guides and walkthroughs to help you with the quests, not only the initial ones but quests later in the game. These are essential reading. Some of these are better than others, so keep reading.

You may find yourself starting a new game a few times until you learn your way through. That's ok, the quests are a lot easier the second or third time through and figuring out the optimum path through the quests can be a lot of fun.

One major drawback is that there is no README file or manual with the English version of the game. I've written a guide that should provide all the information you need, so check it out, and I've posted more information on the forums, including my own walkthroughs of the initial quests.

Even with all the problems, I'm really enjoying the game. Even if I do use colorful language fairly often. :D
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docflamingo
96.2 hrs
Posted: July 20
Garbage. I am a long-time fan of the series and a modder who worked on the Community Build for POTC (Sea Dogs 2) at Pirates Ahoy and was thrilled to see this game come out in English—I have never been more disappointed in a game. It is full of game-killing bugs—you can fail or refuse missions that simply end the progression of the story and you don’t even realize until many hours later, it is difficult to the point of utter absurdity for no reason and mainly due to extreme cheating for the AI, it is utterly out of balance, the translation into English is atrocious, and it is graphically inferior to the version that came out in 2005 on top of everything else. The tutorial is a joke--it tells you nothing--there is no map--missions often don't include the needed information to complete them, it goes on and on. There is nothing to recommend this game what-so-ever. Steam shouldn’t even be selling it—this is a non-functioning piece of software. It has potential but that's all it has and it's been out long enough now that it wouldn't be in this condition if it were ever going to reach it. If you want a great game, and are still on Windows 8 or earlier, get a used copy of Pirates of the Caribbean, download the Community Build mod, and enjoy what this game SHOULD have been but is not and never will be anything like. Sad, just plain sad.
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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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86.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I.... love these game series... but at the same time I feel frustrated by the ammount of problems these games have.

SD: TEHO - In my opinion it feels like an improvement from previous games like AoP2 and PotC. But it still have some bugs that ruin the experience for example. In this game it is essential that you save and load a lot, but whats the point if your save file is gonna get corrupt for saving in the same place? I'm a person that likes to have only one savegame but I have to be saving on diferent places and it feels like a mess to me.

I liked the tutorial to be honest, and the story so far, the music, the improved enviroments, ships, options, alchemy? cool!! new design! everything looks old but awesome!! like a pirates game should be!

I really believe these series has a lot of potential just like mount and blade Warband, but is not going to improve if the developers dont work harder on it, for example the marketing side. they have to make their games known!! how many Pirates RPG games are out there?? not many!! And this game has a loooot of potential!!

A good way to make their games know it by bringing Age of Pirates 2 to steam (but a fixed and playable version, not the barely finished one), that games is amazing!!! I'm sure people will like it!

Bugs Fixing!! And game balancing. Black Mark studios your games have some bugs and it is normal in a game to have some but please try to make them minimal. And also be more forgiving. New comers may not enjoy the game if it is still hard on easy difficulty.

I higly recommend this game! I love it as much as I do with Age of Pirtes 2, But be aware that the game is diffcult. Prepare a lot at the begining. dont waste money so easily, get a lot of Exp, and... Make the missions one at a time so you can understand the game better.

It is a great game! Seriously! but hard.

8/10
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Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
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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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
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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71 of 78 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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38 of 41 people (93%) 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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27 of 33 people (82%) 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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19 of 22 people (86%) 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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20 of 24 people (83%) 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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