I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again; there is a disturbing lack of pirates within the gaming sphere. With all of their wide-open possibilities and untapped potential in games, I still can’t figure out for the life of me why we haven’t visited the universe of the high seas as much as we should.
That being said, here’s a list of the coolest pirates who have made their way into games.
Guybrush Threepwood (Secret of Monkey Island)
He’s the lovable, gentle soul who’s hellbent on becoming a mighty pirate. What’s not to love? Even in his pixelated, wise-cracking glory, the naive hero of Secret of Monkey Island has a charm to him that other pirates would do well to take note of.
Le Chuck (Secret of Monkey Island)
The most feared pirate on the high seas, Le Chuck is the main antagonist of Secret of Monkey Island. He’s crude, he’s bad, and he’s the epitome of pirate, right down to his epic beard and coat.
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Okay, so it’s not one specific character, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. The main pawns in the epic strategy game, these pirates are willing to do whatever it takes to rule the high seas, from naval battles to brutal mano-a-mano plunderfests as they board enemy ships.
The Pirate Costume (Costume Quest)
One of Double Fine’s most charming and clever games, Costume Quest features an awesome Pirate costume that transforms Wren or Reynold into an undead pirate warrior capable of slicing monsters with a cutlass or rallying the cannons for a special attack in combat. Plus, the Pirate costume unlocks the ability to ride on zip lines, opening up more areas for players to explore.
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
With their quirky vibe and pantomime, the Lego Pirates characters make up one of the most fun and interesting Lego casts in the franchise. They’re goofy, they’re fun, and who could better capture Johnny Depp’s performance as Jack Sparrow than a Lego figurine?
Reaver (Fable Series)
Sure, he’s a two-timing snitch and a vain narcissist, but there’s no arguing that the ego maniac pirate Reaver is good with a gun. Add the smooth-talking, good looks, and mischevious charm, and he quickly becomes one of the most cunning pirates on the high seas.
Cervantes (Soul Calibur Series)
Easily one of the coolest fighting game characters, Cervantes is a pirate who is always ready to throw down. Armed to the teeth with blades and deadly fighting moves, he’s nothing if not a formidable foe in the arena. Plus, he’s got that whole undead backstory thing going for him, which only adds to his overall coolness factor.