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Windward might not be a full-on classic, but for a bit of cheap and cheerful pirate-style action, you could do a lot worse. It's a simple enough concept but which is executed well enough for the most part but perhaps it's best feature is the co-op play which makes things a whole lot more interesting. The game feels a bit like the ship-based sections of Wind Waker or the Warcraft 3 mod, Bloody Pirates, and sees you exploring a procedurally generated world in a dinky little pirate ship, engaging in combat and generally being a bit of an adventurer. There's no storyline here, and instead the game is a sandbox-style experience where you're simply trying to get cool booty, unlock talents and combat specializations, and so on. You can play by yourself, but Windward is best experienced in co-op mode, as this really elevates it to another level, and you'll have a whole lot more fun if played this way. Most of what you have to do is fairly simple, but controlling the various boats takes some skill as they all handle differently, while you'll also need to worry about the wind and such things. Windward really is quite a jolly little experience. There's something immensely appealing about roaming around the high seas, and it really does make you feel like a bold explorer. Combat is fast and furious, but with a surprising amount of tactical depth, while the visuals are lush and evoke a great atmosphere. There are a few bugs and things do get repetitive after a while, but generally speaking, this is a solid piece of fun.