Welcome to my first review for Pirates101.
As someone who likes Pirates I never thought there would be a game that covers a niche so well. I played the other Pirate MMOs, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates of the Burning Sea. But both just did not have that feel after the first day or so. So enough of that, lets talk Pirate101!
Pirate101 starts you out making a character. At the creation screen you are given options that actual play into your own storyline later. You start out with choices as to where your parents came from, what class you want to be and your own characteristics. From the beginning this game has humor as only Kingsisle can produce.
When I started the game I chose the class of Buccaneer. I chose it for the tanky feel as I do with most other MMOs I play. These are the classes to choose from.
Buccaneer: a decent damage dealing tank pirate. Big weapons, Big armor! Big Ego!
Musketeer: a tricky ranged class. Shoots guns, muskets, as well as creating and using traps. Pretty nifty! Have not played yet.
Privateer: This is a support class. Healing, buffs, and some ability to fight. Nothing more beneficial to have a Privateer in your group while fighting! Good heals and Big Buffs!
Swashbuckler: These type of characters are fast on there feet and do very high damage. What they lack in toughness they make up in hitting power! They are famous for the sword in one hand a musket pistol in the other!
Witchdoctor: Like playing with the Hoodoo! If magic is in your veins then this class is for you. Witchdoctors are a very strong class early on. It evens out later. They also get to summon spirits..
As I played I found out starting at level 8 you get training points. These points are used to spend in other classes than your own. At level 8 I trained my Buccaneer skills then went over to the Privateer trainer and spent my training point in the Privateer class. It gave me a minor heal ability. To heal as a Buccaneer who is up close and personal , is very useful!
To be able to mix your characters abilities with different classes makes for a very unique character. One that is clearly your own. This is something I like very much in a game.
What more can one ask for in a MMO! Besides having your character, Pirate101 lets you have a accompaniment of quirky, humorous, and quite incredible companions to help you along your journey.
When I first started out I met a cow samurai who joined me as my first member of my crew. He is most helpful in battle. In battle you get to control his actions. Which makes it even more thrilling when fighting. At level 10 I now have 5 companions to choose from. As of yet the most I have seen in a engagement is 4 besides yourself. Usually its 2-3 depending on the size of the battle and the number of other players in the battle with you.
One of the coolest features of Pirate101 is your companions gain training points as you level up. You actually get to train them! They get the skill choices for the class they are set in as well as get stronger.