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In ‘The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend,’ players embody Cheng Shih’s ascent to piracy through storytelling. Despite minimal gameplay, the experience includes puzzles and pirate tasks, with two difficulty modes. While not perfect, ‘The Pirate Queen was an engaging if slightly shortlived experience, here is our full review of ‘The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend.’

Story

In the game, you assume the role of Cheng Shih, uncovering her journey from modest origins to becoming the most feared and respected pirate of all time. Experience the trials and tribulations of the night she ascended to power.

Gameplay

“The Pirate Queen” emphasizes storytelling over gameplay complexity, catering to players seeking immersive narrative experiences. While some may find it a quick playthrough—clocking in at just under an hour and a half—it offers two difficulties: Story and Escape Room. However, the differences between these modes may not be readily apparent.

Gameplay primarily revolves around solving puzzles in various locations, with guidance provided when needed. Additionally, players engage in typical pirate activities such as navigating through foggy waters, boarding enemy ships, firing cannons, and addressing fires on their vessel. The game’s design ensures a seamless flow, allowing the narrative to take precedence.

Visuals & Audio

Reviewed on the Meta Quest 3, “The Pirate Queen” exhibits occasional visual imperfections, such as pop-in and grainy textures. Despite this, the overall visual aesthetic and level design effectively evoke the atmosphere of the South China Sea during the Qing dynasty.

Renowned actress Lucy Liu’s stellar performance breathes life into Cheng Shih, complemented by the direction of Eloise Singer. Environmental audio, including the ever-present sound of the sea, enhances immersion. While the main voice acting is well executed, some incidental lines may sound less polished. The inclusion of background music sets the pace for each scene.

Conclusion

“The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend” adeptly narrates Cheng Shih’s journey from obscurity to piracy notoriety. While the light gameplay may not appeal to all, those invested in immersive storytelling will find it engaging. Lucy Liu’s captivating performance as Cheng Shih ensures an immersive experience for narrative enthusiasts.

The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend Pricing & Availability

The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend is available now on Meta Quest 2 & 3 and PCVR, starting at €16.49 on Steam.

REVIEW: The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend
  • Overall
3.5

Summary

While the light gameplay may not appeal to all, those invested in immersive storytelling will find it engaging. Lucy Liu’s captivating performance as Cheng Shih ensures an immersive experience for narrative enthusiasts.

John Reilly

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