It's also nice to see that there is a company out there that is willing to give gamers a number of different ways of playing the multiplayer game. Not only can you play the game online with friends, but you can hook up multiple consoles for the system link and even play four player split screen on the same TV. While there's no doubt that most people are going to be playing this game online, the real fun comes when you have a bunch of consoles hooked together and everybody playing in close proximity. The game's multiplayer mode is extremely competitive, all while feeling completely original. This isn't one of those multiplayer games where you feel like you've seen it dozens of times in the past, this has a completely unique take on the action/real-time strategy genre that I suspect a lot of people are going to become addicted to.
Think there's nothing to do outside of playing the single and multiplayer modes? Think again, because Age of Booty comes with an intuitive Map Editor. This simple tool allows you to create your own maps, which you can share with your friends while playing in a private online match. The level of customization isn't to the same level as, say, LittleBigPlanet, but it's easy to see how this kind of mode can add a lot of replay to the game's multiplayer mode. It's a shame Capcom couldn't use this map editor to come up with a few dozen more single-player challenges, but it's nice to see another Xbox Live Arcade game give us the choice of creating our own experiences.
Even though the basic premise can get a little old after repeated playing, it's hard to deny the excitement of the multiplayer games. The gameplay is definitely simple, but it's easy to get into and will surprise you with the amount of depth and strategy it takes to become an Age of Booty master. If you're looking for a party game that will have the entire room on the edge of their seats, it's hard to do better than Age of Booty. This is one of those games I hope does well enough to spawn a sequel, because for all of this game's great ideas, I can't help but feel like it could have used a little more variety. But that's just nitpicking, for a $10 action/real-time strategy game; Age of Booty is a must-pillage title!
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Age of Booty is more than just a very simple real-time strategy game, it's also an addictive multiplayer game that will keep you (and your friends) busy for months to come. The game could have used a little more variety, but this $10 game proves to be yet another great game from Capcom!
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