Video Game: Pirates Vikings And Knights
Pirates Vikings and Knights was a total conversion mod originally released for Half-Life. It was followed by Pirates Vikings and Knights II, which used the Source engine. Gameplay is best described as Exactly What It Says on the Tin, with a three-way battle among Pirates, Vikings and knights. Depending upon the map, each team's objective may territory to control, treasure chests to capture, or being the last team standing.As of now, nine classes have been completed, with 18 planned in total. On the Pirate Team we have the Skirmisher, the Captain and the Sharpshooter, the Vikings have the Berserker, the Huscarl and the Gestir, and the Knights go into battle with the Heavy Knight, the Archer, and the Man-at-Arms. The classes yet to be released include a Healer class for each team (Pirate 'Ealer, Seio-Kona and Cleric respectively), a tank for each team (Buccaneer, Jarl and Lord), a ranged class for the Vikings (Bondi), and a stealth class for both Pirates and Knights (Freebooter and Assassin).
The rest of the game provides examples of:
- Anachronism Stew: Of the intentional variety.
- Body Armor as Hit Points: Players have an armor meter next to their health one. Armor reduces damage taken from all attacks until depleted and can be replenished by picking up the incredibly obvious floating plate armor pickups. Obviously, the plate-mail clad Heavy Knight has more armor then say, the Skirmisher, who doesn't even have a proper pair of boots.
- Camp Gay / Camp Straight: The Archer's new voice actor makes him sound rather... fruity. He's also whiny and unsportsmanlike.
- Capture the Flag: The "Booty" game mode, in which the object is to capture treasure chests from the opposing teams.
- Horny Vikings: Averted — the Vikings have realistic helmets.
- Incredibly Obvious Bomb: The powder keg, complete with audible hiss from the fuse. If you're not a Pirate, that's your cue to start running.
- Guns Are Worthless: Not totally worthless, but generally the pirates' guns are far less effective than the melee weapons. They are best as an opening attack or for a Tactical Withdrawal.
- Major Injury Under Reaction: The Pirate Captain, when gravely wounded, will often say "Don't mind me, just bleedin' ta death here."
- Mondegreen: A particular Old Viking taunt is often misheard as "Odin's Pizza Place!"
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
- Perpetual Beta: The game has been in "beta" phase since it's public release in 2007. Only seven classes of the projected eighteen have been implemented. Not that it isn't pretty fun already.
- Pirate Booty: Of course, it's called booty by the Pirates themselves. Knights just call it treasure and the Vikings gold.
- Pirate Girl: The pirates' 'Ealer will be one.
- Poisoned Weapons: The pirates' Freebooter will use these.
- Rule of Cool: The entire basis for the game.
- Simple Staff: Healing classes for the Vikings and Knights will use these.
- Shout-Out: Many of the knights' taunts are lifted from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in particular that of the Heavy Knight, who is a walking Expy of the Black Knight.
- The achievement for having your parrot killed within a second of being released is named "I Wish to Register a Complaint"
- Another to Alestorm in the pirates' lines. The Skirmisher even sings parts of "Keelhauled" "Wenches and Mead" and "Captain Morgan's Revenge".
- The achivement for scoring two or more kills with the Captain's special attack is called "Great Balls of Fire!"
- The Viking team can be heard to sing parts of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song.
- The Man-At-Arms is an obvious reference to the taunting Frenchman from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- The Medic: Though there is now a voice command to call for one, they haven't yet been implemented. Each faction will get one, the 'Ealer, the Seio-Konna and the Cleric.
- Talk Like a Pirate: The pirates, naturally.
- The Wiki Rule: An official one here
- The Skirmisher is About to Shoot You!
- Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: The map bt_island, in particular.