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Pirate101 Companions

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"... One of the last pieces that really will make this game a hit is the idea of collecting your pirate crew. The KingsIsle team has come up with very colorful characters join your ranks. From Goat Monks, to Bonnie Anne the Highlander Fox who is the best Sharpshooter in the skies, there are lots of wild characters who you can choose from. The crew is yet another extension of your character and will fight beside you to the end. There are going to be hundreds of different and unique crew members for you to find and recruit throughout the game, and the ones available to a Buccaneer will be different than the ones available to a Witchdoctor and so forth. It's highly unlikely that any two players will have the same crew, and you can even assign them ranks of your ship! This way your top ranked character will always join you in combat. Also the crew levels up and train in skills. By only playing the game a short time at the studio we got to unlock two crew members right away. Their skills are a huge part of the combat strategy and give players plenty of options when they fight.

If you don't believe us, take it from the Vice President and Creative Director Todd Coleman:

"There are hundreds of different units available in the game, and with the exception of a few key characters (like Bonnie Anne) each class has an entirely different unit collection tree. So a Buccaneer will have a very different set of characters (and therefore abilities) than a Swashbuckler. Additionally, at certain points in the game when you level up a unit they become eligible for promotion (Bonnie Anne goes from a "Fox Gunner" to a "Fox Sniper"), but to do that you have to go on a specific quest that relates to the backstory of that unit. After you complete the quest, they change classes, get a massive stat boost, gain talents and/or powers (from a pool -- the player gets to pick which ones they want and customize the unit), and they get a wardrobe change into a cooler look (better armor, new weapon, etc).

Pirate101 Companions Pirate101 Companions Reviewed by The Fabulous K on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 Rating: 5

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