Video Game / Piratez

Legends say once the Earth was ruled by humans, and there were no mutants at all. Even if such tall tales are true, it is all long gone. Nowadays the planet is just a distant periphery of the huge stellar Empire, ruled by the Star Gods. A poor backwater with corrupt government and brainwashed population, rife with crime - and opportunity. Mutants and outcasts like us are not loved by anyone, so we choose infamy over their sick and unjust order. They may call us pirates and criminals but it's better to die free than live for others.
— an extract from the Bootypedia

The Piratez Mod is a total conversion mod for OpenXcom.

The story is set in the far future, six hundred years after the so-called First Alien War (the events of the original X-Com game), which in this continuum was also the last: the Earth lost. The aliens subjugated the human population, thwarting all resistance using countries who allied with them, and turned most survivors into subjects, slaves, or worse. Our planet was turned into a fringe world of the immeasurable stellar empire, inhabited not only by humans, but primarily by all sorts of mutants, aliens and monsters, watched over by the mysterious Star Gods. Even though there are semi-autonomous countries on Earth, they have their hands too full to form any sort of coherent rebellion; and when they don't, they are more interested in plotting against each other than opposing their alien masters.

The player takes control on a freshly formed band of female ubers - a stronger, more resilient variant of regular humans - who decide to become rich and powerful criminals upon having found an abandoned hidden underground base of uncertain origins (possibly established by X-Com itself). First motivated by greed and anger, they gradually become (at least partially) freedom fighters, striking against the alien oppressors and their human lackeys, as well as protecting defenseless mutant communities and striking deals with local governments, who are not happy with being occupied. No matter the ideals or lack thereof, the game is mostly about looting, killing and enslaving, with a good dose of humor ranging from goofy to black - sometimes simultaneously.

The mod is available for free here.

The mod provides examples of the following:

  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Taken to a comical extent with the Humanist faction, a human-supremacist group that holds mutant pogroms, dresses in what looks like Nazi uniforms, inexplicably wields World War II-era German weaponry, and flies ships shaped like giant swastikas.
  • Absolute Cleavage: The Witch Doctor "armor" has this.
  • After the End: The story takes place many years after a lost game of the first X-Com, and most humans have been turned into mutants. In fact, all of your pirates are technically mutants too, and terror missions are replaced by pogroms against mutants.
  • AKA47:
    • The M3 submachinegun (a.k.a. the Grease Gun) is the "Spraygun".
    • The AK-47 is the "Homefront Rifle".
    • The M-16 is the "RCF Carbine".
    • The Colt .45 is known as the "Manstopper".
    • The Desert Eagle is named "Confederate Eagle".
    • The MP5 SMG is Blackmarch SMG (Blackmarch being a country roughly overlapping with today's Germany).
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Of course they are, though they're not as murderous as in the vanilla game... Just slightly less so.
  • Amazon Brigade: Your pirates are all women.
  • Ancient Egypt: The Theban Tyranny is... suspiciously in line with the popular trope. Its mysterious ruler even assumed the name of Cleopatra.
  • Anti-Hero: Your crew in general. While they may make half-assed attempts to paint themselves as freedom fighters, they're mostly in it for the loot and the thrill.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: What's the best solution to deal with a heavy laser wielding trooper in a powered armor? Hit them with your sword! (Or better a hammer.)
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Applies to every enemy faction, and in practice to your pirates too.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: At one point, you get the ability to build tanks. Not the automated track drones, or even the automated flying drones; you can build real tanks the size of troop transport, with huge cannons and anti-gravity engines. Unfortunately, being a Sky Pirate, you have no practical use for them, as they are horribly slow when compared to supersonic aircraft you normally hunt. Therefore their only real use is to be sold for cash.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Happens regularly to various crew members, depending on the random name generator. Conversely, some names are... not very cool.
  • Ax-Crazy: Some enemies may qualify, like the Dark One axemen, but it's mostly the pirates themselves.
  • Background Magic Field: Ubers hail from areas of heightened Hellerium radiation levels. These areas, simply known as 'the Zones', allow for much more intense metabolism, and therefore are filled with all sorts of exotic life (primarily huge monsters).
  • Bad Future: Which is why it's okay to kill humans for loot; they're part of the reason why living on Earth sucks!
  • Bare Your Midriff: Some armors are designed to show off the girls' six-packs.
  • The Beastmaster: Represented by a Church unit of the same name, commanding Chryssalids and Celatids. Also applicable to the protagonists, who can use animals like dogs, parrots or mutated Reapers.
  • Black Comedy: The game doesn't shy from mentioning the less optimistic aspects of being occupied by tyrannical aliens and their human subordinates, sometimes going into satire regarding real politics and social issues. Despite the themes (oppression, racism, colonialism etc.), it's still fairly light humor.
  • Black Market: Where goods like weapons, aircraft parts or hair bleach are bought and sold.
  • Blessed with Suck: Ubers are stronger and more resilient than any other race, they also learn super fast. These perks however are a result of their adaptation to metabolize Hellerium 511 which they need to intake at regular intervals (either by living in a Hellerium-irradiated area or by eating it) or they get sick and (usually) die.
    • According to the Word of God, Ubers with Hellerium deprivation that do not die get lolified. Their appearance is quite misleading, since they are generally older, experienced adventurers who managed to survive far from home for years.
  • Boobs of Steel: Not only your entire pirate crew, but actually most if not all females who carry weapons in the game.
  • Booze-Based Buff:
    • Alcohol is a good substitute for medikits.
    • Mushroom Beer is an actual buff, though it has... side effects.
  • Brain in a Jar: The Solar Governor.
  • Breast Plate: Some of the lighter outfits do this or Bare Your Midriff, most notably the Tac Vest, which is basically a one-piece Kevlar swimsuit. Other armors do cover less, but most of those actually don't offer any armor benefits at all. Your girls are mutants, after all, and a naked Hand's tough mutant skin leaves her still better armored than most purebloods.
  • Canada, Eh?: Played with; Kingdom of Canada is portrayed as this mixed with Victorian Brittain at its worst.
  • The Caper: The "Mansion of Anguish". Your team is to "conduct reconnaissance" (an excuse to wear maid's outfits) in a seemingly never-ending mansion.
  • Chainsaw Good:
    • Some weapons added by the mod, of course. They don't scale all that well with your soldier's stats like other weapons do and they are kind of bad against armor, but early on there's very little that can survive an encounter with one and they don't exhaust you badly or require a sky-high strength to use.
    • An actual name of one researchable tech.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Though not very deeply examined, your crew's attitude (as expressed by your aide) is best described as Type 1.
  • Church Militant: The Church of Sirius (former Cult of Sirius) faction fanatically worships the Star Gods. They come complete with elite Reverends and Cardinals.
    • This is also a bit of subversion, considering that the higher ranks of the Church consider Star Gods flawed and there's a fair amount of cynicism regarding their position.
  • Civil War: Between the two factions of Precursors.
  • Clothing Damage:
    • An effect of the Cyclops weapon; it primarily destroys armor and clothes.
    • There is also a weaker subvariant of the Defender armor, the Damaged Defender armor, which can only be acquired when a girl wearing Defender armor gets shot down.
  • Crapsack World: The aliens have conquered Earth, humans are mostly dead or mutated, and the rest serves the Star Gods. Oh, and pretty much every faction is busy plotting against everyone else. Or doing mutant pogroms.
  • Crossover: While most enemies are original and can be considered a logical result of the alien occupation, you may also encounter a faction composed from creatures from Doom.
  • Delinquent Hair: A portion of the pirates have extravagant, multi-colored hair. Most hairstyles are tamer than this, but usually still quite punkish.
  • Determinator: Anyone with Bravery 50 or higher will always recover from combat stress after a while, no matter how little morale they have.
  • Divided States of America: The former USA are divided into several large countries. None of them a nice place to live.
  • Dressed to Plunder: A standard female pirate uniform is available to wear.
  • Drop the Hammer: Makes for a decent, if slow, starting weapon. Hell, it's pretty good throughout the game; it can smash through most walls not made of heavily reinforced metals, and the sky-high base damage and damage scaling make it superior on a swing-for-swing basis to anything short of highly technologically-advanced power weapons. When it comes to heavily armored enemies, it will be a long time before you have a better option than a sledgehammer to the back of the skull.
  • Elite Mook: Trader Bodyguards, wearing goddamn power armors, which are basically immune to small arms fire.
  • Encyclopedia Exposita: The Bootypedia, a browsable collection of reports on various items, enemies and the world in general, submitted by your brainers after the appropriate tech is researched.
  • Everyone Is Armed: Everyone. Even the jolly tourist guy wearing shorts will try to shoot you to death.
    • Naturally, averted with the mutant citizens. They're there to die en masse, not kill stuff.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: And ones with incendiary rocket launchers!
  • Fantastic Racism: Pureblood humans vs. mutants, especially those not from a stable strain. And vice versa.
  • Fish People: Descendants of the Gillmen from X-Com: Terror from the Deep who live in not-so-ancient pyramids in absurd numbers.
  • Five Races: Arguably: lamias are Stouts, hybrids are Fairies, pureblood humans are Mundanes, ubers are High Men, and ratlings are Cutes.
  • French Maid Outfit: One of the few ways to get into the Endless Mansion.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Literal hybrids, who are of human and Sectoid origin. Possibly lamias, too.
  • Hulk Speak: Sometimes invoked by the Bootypedia articles, presumable as self-irony on the otherwise well-spoken Brainer part. (Soylent not good. Meat good.)
  • Human Aliens: The Catpeople, who appear on Smuggler missions, despite looking more human than many mutants, are actually full-fledged aliens.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Well, the three main enemy factions are purely human, who turn out to be very eager to help the oppressors.
  • Human Subspecies: Stable mutant strains, whose members have similar mutations and are able to reproduce to make more specimen. The most popular ones are ubers (in most regards superhumans, though less psionically gifted and a bit brutish in posture), lamias (half-humans, half-snakes), hybrids (humans with Sectoid characteristics) and ratlings (small humanoids). Other mutants are also considered their own kind by the general population, even though they are wildly different from one another.
  • Generican Empire: Here called Stellar Empire.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: The catgirls, who have randomly colored skin.
  • The Golden Age of Piracy: Heavily referenced, especially in the authorities.
  • Healing Potion: A whole range of them, mostly based on alcohol. Not usually quite as effective as expensive purpose-built medical gear, but pour enough booze into or onto someone and they'll be alright.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Even moreso than the original X-COM, weapons are even more inaccurate and spray even more bullets all over the place, forcing you to either get close with shotguns and melee weapons, or scrounge up enough money for hunting rifles.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Sometimes invoked just for fun.
    • Description of a stunning club called 'handle': As the name implies, its purpose is to handle people.
  • Jet Pack: A must have in almost any pirating party. Also used by some enemies.
  • Kill It with Fire: Represented by flamethrowers, Molotov cocktails and Willy Petes (phosphorous grenades). Best way to deal with heavily armored vehicles and medium-armored soldiers with a ton of health. Doesn't work on power armors, though.
  • Land Down Under: Australia is called Death Realms here. Apparently, even in this universe, its wildlife is considered particularly nasty.
  • Last of His Kind: Zander, The Last Knight of Cydonia.
  • Little People: Ratlings.
  • Made a Slave: The sad fate of those prisoners that you don't want to sell for ransom. Not only do you get bonus storing space for each slave, you can even build a mining ship and use them as forced labor! That said, being enslaved by your gang is considered a step up for some of the people who wind up in your prison cells, particularly those who wind up as Slave Lashers.
  • Made of Explodium: Trees in metallized forests being a prime example. They also drop explosive fruit that can be used as improvised grenades.
  • Master of Illusion: The entire race of Star Gods, collectively. They are invisible, have attacks that bypass armor and are generally designed to be as confusing and hard to attack as possible.
  • Medieval Stasis: 600 years have passed since the war, yet Earth technology has stagnated. Star Gods put a lot of effort to ensure this happens.
  • Mega Corp.:
    • The Traders Guild, in a way. They effectively control trade between the semi-autonomous states, since they're given freedom of movement around the planet. They also seem to possess significant industrial potential, as well as a whole army of well-trained mercenaries.
    • The Eurosyndicate is a more straight example, although it's way less present in the game.
  • Mind-Control Device: The Voodoo Rod.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Implied with the Altar Boys who are enslaved... er, repurposed as "squires" by the protagonists.
  • Mutants: You and your allies, as well as some of your enemies. Most Earthlings really, if you count the stable strains.
  • Nintendo Hard: To begin with, you don't get any decent weapons or interceptors to shoot down ships with for a very long time, you initially rely on melee weapons and pirate wave attacks, you face tough enemies like Reapers immediately, even the top-tier armor is still pretty thin, etc.
  • No Arc in Archery: Averted. Not only do bows have an arc, you can even abuse it to shoot over obstacles and hit enemies the firing pirate can't see as long as you have a spotter. On the other hand, this makes bows and arcing shots like Assault Cannons less useful indoors, where the ceiling restricts your firing arc.
  • Nubile Savage: Your Hands are quite savage, and many research topics make reference to their tendency toward sexual excess. Plus, as of the most recent version, the only armor you start with is the Tribal armor, which is effectively a nod to this trope.
  • The Nudifier: Cyclops' natural weapon.
  • Older Than They Look: Hellerium-depraved Ubers are small and cute, but in fact they are usually older and wiser than your average, big Ubers.
  • Our Demons Are Different: And stolen from Doom.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Although the game mostly avoids the term goblins, they seem to not only be called this (at least sometimes), but they seem to be pretty widespread around the planet. The most obvious goblin group is the Lokk'Naar tribe, which is the most immediate contact for the pirates. It is unclear if they are related to the Ratmen, or if they are mutants at all (as opposed to being an extraterrestrial race, for example).
  • Pirates: Of the relatively positive sort, though their victims may disagree.
  • Pirate Girl: Everyone in your crew.
  • The Power of Rock: A high-level equivalent of the Battle Flag is a badass guitar. Its main function is to boost Time Units of nearby characters.
  • Precursors: Heavily referenced by the Cult of Sirius as well as Deep Ones; presumably they were the ones to seed life on Earth, or at least direct its development since some point in time. It turns out that the Brain in a Jar on Mars and other similar specimen in the galaxy are the Precursors' direct descendants who abandoned their physical bodies as a mean of adaptation to a great war against the Inciters. Moreover, the ruler of T'leth is also a Precursor, but one with its body still intact.
  • Rat Men: The Rat People, an in-universe urban legend. Not to be confused with Ratmen, who are just a short and mischievous - and very real - variation of humans.
  • Schizo Tech: Particularly visible between the various countries, some of which are clearly in Cyber Punk age (The Eurosyndicate), while others have fallen to Dark Ages (Fuso).
  • Shock and Awe: One of the late-game weapons is a hand-held Tesla Coil.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Star Wars: Much of the Smugglers faction references the Millennium Falcon, with the leader modelled after Han Solo, the engineers somewhat resembling Wookies and Public Enemy being a shout out to Obi-Wan, especially how he appears in the Star Wars Gangsta Rap 3.
    • Doom: There's a rare faction called Dark Ones that is entirely composed of Doom creatures. Their place in the world is ambiguous at best, but possibly linked to psionics.
    • Lovecraftian themes: Deep Ones being the most glaring example.
    • Warhammer 40,000: Some weapon names, most notably the lasgun and the chainsword. Also the race of ratlings.
    • Minecraft: One researchable tech is named so; it leads to a mining facility and to pickaxe weapons, which are exceptionally good at bashing through walls.
    • Strike Witches: The country of Japan is called Fuso.
    • Army of Darkness: The entire description of the chainsaw says: Groovie.
    • Black Sabbath: The description of the Boarding Gun: Heavy bolts of lead/Make his victims full of dread!
    • Azumanga Daioh: One possible pirate name is Ayumu, a reference to Kasuga Ayumu (also known as Osaka).
    • Fallout: The Bossar is a direct reference to the Bozar, a similarly awesome rifle in the franchise.
    • Heavy Metal: The Lokk'Naar tribe is named after Loc-Nar, the Big Bad gem of the film. The Lokk'Naar tribe however is docile, practical and rather helpful, if greedy; there is absolutely no possibility that they are somehow linked to some ominous, pangalactic force, right?
  • Sky Pirates
  • Snake People: The race of lamias. They are stronger and tougher than humans, though not exactly bright.
  • Space Police: The Space Rangers Corps. Not directly present in the game (yet), but you can find some of their standard issue equipment. Which rocks.
  • Stripperriffic: Armor tends to cover some of the upper body, but as little of the lower body as possible. Some armors go even further, and you can eventually use force-circuitry technology to build ultra-skimpy armors that cover almost nothing on the body but project defensive forcefields instead.
  • Super Soldier: Several candidates, but primarily the Mercs. No matter who you are, they are tougher, stronger, faster, meaner and better equipped than you.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Implemented in every part of the game possible, including the UI itself. For example, "OK" and "Cancel" are replaced by "YARRR!" and "BEGONE!"
  • Tank Goodness: If you get a tank early, it'll be really helpful. Unsurprisingly, tanks are also troublesome enemies.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: A minor enemy faction. They fly in swastika-shaped UFOs.
  • Timed Mission:
    • Supply Ships blow up after a (random within a certain range) number of turns, forcing you to step on it and finish the mission quickly, or lose the entire precious cargo (along with any pirates who happen to be on board).
    • From version 0.95 onwards, the mod features "combat stress", which is represented by the crew members losing some morale each turn, depending on their Bravery stat and armor worn. If several turns pass and you don't kill anyone (killing enemies boosts morale), the most weak-willed of your girls may start losing it.
      • Alleviated in the next version, where morale gradually becomes equal to Bravery, but still may create a time limit for the girls with low Bravery (because their morale will finally drop to 10 or 20 and they'll start panicking).
  • Unobtainium: The Hellerium-511 element. It powers most advanced tech, from pistols to spaceships, and does not naturally occur on Earth. Hellerium distribution is one of the most important means of Star Gods' control over the planet.
  • Walk the Plank: When your girls are underperformers, this is the final solution. It's unclear if this should be taken literally or if it's just slang for being kicked out.
  • We Have Reserves: Dead pirates are going to be a fact of life, because despite their physical superiority it's going to be a while before you can get guns worth a damn and armor that's tougher than the bare skin of your mutant girls. However, it's much less crippling than it was in the original XCOM, because you can construct training facilities capable of churning out moderately-experienced replacements at a steady clip, meaning that past a certain point you should never wind up being forced into fielding fumble-fingered rookies.
  • We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future: Because hiring Runts is way easier than buying complex machinery.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Right there in the title.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: True for many pirates. Some hairstyles are directly inspired by manga characters, most notably Hatsune Miku.

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