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25 Pirate-Themed Games That Will Make You Say 'Arrrrr!' 

Kyle Townsend
Updated June 4, 2020 151 votes 35 voters 25 items

List Rules Vote up all the seafaring pirate games that are a real treasure.

Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure as we rank the best pirate games of all time. Whether you're tasked with searching for hidden treasure, commanding a small naval army, or are simply sailing the seven seas, these games are often a blast to play. Some games, like Sid Meier's Pirates! and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, are loosely based on historical figures and events, while others simply take the pirate theme and sail with it. 

It's no surprise games about pirates have been so popular — looting enemy ships, plundering for gold, and conquering the high seas are the things that great games are made of. And while the pirate theme has been a mainstay in pop culture, more and more games have started taking it to a new level. 

From modern pirate games on the PS4 and PC pirate games to old school classics, check out some of the best and most popular pirate video games of all time, and vote up all the titles that made you want to hoist your flag and set sail. 

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Metacritic Score: 84

Black Flag brought the Assassins Creed franchise back to life with an exciting campaign as a pirate/assassin on the high seas. Who doesn't want to follow up an assassination by getting on your ship and singing some sea shanties? That is until you need to fight off other pirates in a massive boat battle. 

Set in 1715, Black Flag takes place during a time when pirates had domain over the seven seas. Edward Kenway was young, tough, headstrong, and the perfect pirate to help conquer the Caribbean.

Release: 2013

Developer: Ubisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Romania, Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Montpellier

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, + more

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Metacritic Score: 67

Sea of Thieves is easily one of the most exciting multiplayer pirate games available. You can hop into the world with your friends and sail the high seas while looking for buried treasure. However, you'll need to be careful because other players may try to board your ship and make you walk the plank.

It's the pirate game made for people who want to be pirates. It's a fairly polarizing game in the fact that most gamers either love it or hate it. Regardless, Sea of Thieves is updated regularly, so there is always new content for you to explore!

Release: 2018

Developer: Rare

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One

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Metacritic Score: 80

You've probably heard of the Civilization series, but those aren't the only games Sid Meier's makes. Back in 1987, Pirates! was an ambitious open-world strategy adventure game where players start as an insignificant captain and work their way up the ranks until they're are a feared sailer whose name is known across the high seas.

You'll fight, you'll plunder, and you'll do all things that make it fun to be a pirate in this game. The game was remade (thankfully) in 2004 and is still considered a classic.

Release: 2004

Developer: Firaxis Games

Platform: OS X, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, Wii, Xbox 360, + more

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Metacritic Score: 69

Risen 2 is a fast-paced action RPG that takes place in third-person. In true pirate fashion, players explore the world, complete quests, and customize your character's abilities. As you progress through the game you gain new abilities, which definitely come in handy later on. The abilities you acquire grant new ways to approach your missions and claim more treasure, which is obviously what every pirate ever wants.

Depending on the attributes you take, you will need to approach the game in a different way. Since there are so many different styles of play, the game has great replayability. 

Release: 2012

Developer: Piranha Bytes

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

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