Blackwake is a team based FPS where players compete to maintain their pirate ship while attacking other vehicles. The game, similar in style to the popular Guns of Icarus, features a heavy focus on team cooperation and tactics in a fast paced environment of cannon fire and ocean storms.
On the high seas
After a successful Kickstarter in 2015 and subsequent development, Blackwake's small team have managed to create an impressive foundation for the game. While still in early access, the game has received positive reviews for the gameplay and mechanics. Players rush about a ship, repairing damage and firing a range of weapons. Up to six separate teams fight in a single match, aiming to be the last one standing. The graphics are serviceable if a little below average and glitches like rag-dolling are fairly common but promised updates should fix these bugs. Blackwake looks like a strong contender in the relatively small genre of team based vehicle FPS games.
A positive start
Despite a lack of overall polish, Blackwake is currently in a very playable state with an active and enthusiastic player-base. Combat is fun and engaging, especially when played with friends. Early access titles will always come with a certain degree of risk, but the developers of Blackwake have shown their dedication with regular updates.