Raven's Cry

Pirate adventure Raven's Cry does more than just squander its potential - it's a sorry, broken mess of a game.

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Imagine, if you will, a 17th-century Grand Theft Auto. Picture a vast ocean, begging you to crest the horizon in search of treasure, infamy, and adventure. Now, imagine this baroque playground being trampled on by an abhorrent, psychotic misanthrope. Mix in obnoxious and dull combat, a cast of supporting characters that collectively have the charisma of dog vomit, and countless bugs and senseless design choices and you have Raven's Cry. It's a tragedy of sorts, because it's hard to fathom how a game with such a great premise went so horribly, horribly wrong.

Our protagonist in this dismal adventure is Chris Raven, a morally bankrupt pirate with plenty of enemies. It's nominally a tale of revenge, with Raven seeking to avenge the murder of his parents. Any sense of tension and drama is soon lost, though, as the plot drops for a noxious cocktail of clichés, with Captain Raven setting out on a path through the Caribbean to carve his way through countless throngs of stereotypes.

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Pirate adventure Raven's Cry release date set back to November

Pirate adventure Raven's Cry release date set back to November

Will receive console ports early next year.

Raven's Cry - the pirate-themed open-world action RPG by Two Worlds 2 developer Reality Pump Studios - has been delayed until 27th November, where it will launch on PC, Mac and Linux.

It was originally set for a 14th October launch. Well, actually it was initially scheduled for a 2012 release. As such, it might look a little behind the times, but you can't accuse it of ripping off Assassin's Creed 4 now, can you?

Like Ubisoft's series, Raven's Cry will contain third-person action and real-time naval battles, but unlike Assassin's Creed, TopWare's ambitious adventure will feature moral choices and more RPG elements like perks and crew management.

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