Port Royale 4

Gaming Minds, Kalypso Media

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
68
Top Critic Average
26%
Critics Recommend
Based on 31 critic reviews
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Port Royale 4

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCSep 25, 2020
PlayStation 4Sep 25, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Gaming Minds

Publisher: Kalypso Media

Genres: Simulation, Strategy

Set sail and join the colonial powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands in their fight for supremacy of the Caribbean in the 17th century. In ‘Port Royale 4’ you will take control of a colony as a young and ambitious governor who is eager to learn what it takes to manage and grow his small settlement into a bustling trader city. Develop production chains connecting multiple islands and create complex trade routes across the Caribbean, covering the ever-growing needs of the respective cities. Make use of the detailed sea map to avoid stormy weather regions, cliffs or shallow waters. Fulfill tasks for your nation’s viceroy, earning more fame to unlock town buildings, ships and more. Conquer the cities of rival nations or hunt down their fleets with a letter of marque while also keeping a keen eye out for pirates and other privateers. For the first time in the series, naval battles will be turn-based, with up to 8 ships battling at one time and tactical captain maneuvers that can turn the tide in even the most hopeless of situations for a glorious victory.

Port Royale 4 Critic Reviews

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Port Royale 4 will be an interesting distraction for fans of management sims, but none of its systems are complex enough to hook players for long. Both the trading and town building are surface deep, and after 15 or so hours of gameplay, everything is just repetition. There’s no big buildup to an endgame, so everything has that mid-game feeling of going through the paces.

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Port Royale 4 starts off strong, but its solid trading and management gameplay just become repetitive over time, eventually turning into a waiting game as numbers slowly get bigger. Managing cities and trade routes also never really overcome the somewhat awkward controls on console, and combat never becomes interesting. Still, if you absolutely love trading and seeing your empire grow is all the reward you need, Port Royale 4 might be for you.

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A good trading simulation... and little else, really. Port Royale 4's weak combat system and repetitive gameplay make for a somewhat boring, if functional and honest, strategy game.

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Occasionally obtuse and sporting a few UX/UI barnacles, Port Royale 4 could use a little more dry dock time before setting out on the high seas. AI trading bugs and occasionally unfair combat sequences discourage combat, which takes the wind out of the sails of this pirate adventure. Developer Gaming Minds can patch the hull, but they need to do so before people find another ship on which to set sail.

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Audience Reviews

This game is poorly developed and looks like it is still in beta. If I could get a refund I would do it in a heartbeat. The interface is terrible, with bad key binding layouts. The scroll over for information and help center is a joke. Even simple trading was redundant, poorly done for ease and speed. The game has turn based boring repetitive combat. I wouldn't even recommend

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Port Royale 4 - Featurette - A nautical deep dive (US)

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Port Royale 4 - Beta Trailer (US)

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