Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004)

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Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates! cover
Developers
Firaxis Games
macOS (OS X) Robosoft Technologies
Publishers
Atari
2K Games
OS X Feral Interactive
Engines
Gamebryo
Release dates
Windows November 22, 2004
macOS (OS X) August 29, 2008
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For the original game, see Sid Meier's Pirates!.

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]

General information

Official website
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM disc check.
Windows
Publisher website
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
Five machines limit.
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Assets\Bink
  2. Delete or rename firaxis_logo.bik and Logos.bik

Patches[edit]

1.02 patch is the latest version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Pirates!\Config.ini
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/3920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Pirates!\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/3920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video Settings.
Video Settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
2880x2160 (the 4:3 equivalent) can be forced via the INI file.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming. Note: This can de-synchronize the mouse, so use the keyboard for menus.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forcing MSAA through the graphics card control panel causes the pre-rendered cutscenes to flicker.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS[1] with 60 FPS in some scenes.

Windowed[edit]

Set in Config.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Config.ini.
  3. Go to the bottom of the file.
  4. Add the line fullscreen = 0
  5. Save your changes.

Notes

In some cases, this may cause strange issues with the mouse in menus, such as having to click to the lower right of a button for it to activate.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Check KeyMap.ini in the Configuration folder.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
If using windowed mode, the mouse may desynchronize from menus, making them frustrating to use.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Settings.
Audio Settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Dolby Surround
Subtitles
Most dialogue is in Simlish (e.g. "Shoo-Ban!" When getting in a barfight)
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
Retail version, download.
Spanish
Retail version, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Severe performance issues[edit]

This issue has been present since release. Although the 2005 1.02 patch addressed many issues, some users (especially those with high spec, modern systems) still experience low frame rates, with currently no available solution.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5 10.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 1.4 GHz
Intel 1.4 GHz
PowerPC 2.0 GHz
Intel 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.4 GHz
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM 128 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/3920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (3920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References