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  • Summary: Pirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORPG featuring high seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder. Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th Century, players can choose one of three nations – England, France or Spain – or choose the role of a Pirate andPirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORPG featuring high seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder. Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th Century, players can choose one of three nations – England, France or Spain – or choose the role of a Pirate and battle it out for glory and power. Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. The premise is fueled by historical accuracy, so there is a lot of realism to the gameplay, yet this isn't just a game for nerds. It's deep, but the curve is gradual, which will accommodate a wide range of gamers.
  2. MMO developers that are working on new designs really need to take note of what the people at Flying Labs did with Pirates of the Burning Sea.
  3. 82
    The real time ship combat is awesome in its tactical complexity and the player economy is deeper than we've seen in just about any other game. Unfortunately, the sword combat feels tacked-on and really cramps our swashbuckling groove.
  4. 80
    The steep learning curve for Pirates of the Burning Sea is a shame, because underneath that crusty exterior is a brilliant naval combat game and one of the more interesting economic models ever introduced to the online gaming scene.
  5. Features a depth not often found in MMOs. While its steep learning curve may turn off a few early on, eventually things fall into place. Once you figure things out shaping the world is highly engaging.
  6. There's no doubt that Flying Lab have created the best online sea-faring adventure there is for players to get their fix of the Caribbean with such a large, intricate and growing community.
  7. A lazy game that makes no effort to be atmospheric or fun, leaving only a husk of ideas that could have, potentially, been fun. [Apr 2008, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. vad
    Oct 18, 2013
    10
    great game. great economy. interesting tactical battles. poor advertisement for the game. lack of motivation for RvR. Patches are constantlygreat game. great economy. interesting tactical battles. poor advertisement for the game. lack of motivation for RvR. Patches are constantly changing balance and ease-game. different mix PvP RvR Expand
  2. DavidBass
    Feb 5, 2008
    9
    One of the most original games I've played in quite a long time. The development team is very involved with the community, and is quickOne of the most original games I've played in quite a long time. The development team is very involved with the community, and is quick to respond to any issues you may find. Whether you prefer PvP, Economy, or just a fun storyline, PotBS has it all. I see a very bright future for this game. Expand
  3. MattG
    Oct 31, 2009
    9
    This game is truly addicting. I've played it since beta, and it is now a year and a half later. I've gotten bored with it and tried This game is truly addicting. I've played it since beta, and it is now a year and a half later. I've gotten bored with it and tried to quit to play other games, and it always sucks me back in. It can be difficult to get pvp sometimes, but when you get a big 6v6 ship battle, or especially a massive 24v24 pvp port battle to take an enemy town, it's a huge rush. It's got everything. For the pve player, it's got endless missions, a complex player based economy, and over a hundred ports to sail too. For the pvper, it's got Port Conquest, nation v nation RvR with 4 nations, 5 different pvp viable careers, and epic battles with a beautiful ship combat system. I DEFINITELY recommend Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2013
    8
    Far better game then many of these reviews suggest. One of the very few games where you can run start to run an extremely successful businessFar better game then many of these reviews suggest. One of the very few games where you can run start to run an extremely successful business just a few hours in. Very good job Flying Labs. Swordplay needed some work and there should have been more bonuses for being one of the few utilizing obscure ports, giving them actual value. Expand
  5. AndyMeuse
    Feb 28, 2008
    7
    It's a good 40 hours of fun. That's about it unless you really enjoy the pvp as the AI in pve isn't all that great. TheIt's a good 40 hours of fun. That's about it unless you really enjoy the pvp as the AI in pve isn't all that great. The missions throw some you into some interesting scenarios but how many different combination of ship to ship combat can you come with? Right not many. Expand
  6. DerekM,
    Jan 31, 2008
    6
    Small world, repetable, sometimes boring, bugged. For genre fans.
  7. Feb 25, 2012
    0
    This game is an absolutely dreadful waste of time.
    This game shares the grindfest gameplay model of most MMO`s complete with forced PVP
    This game is an absolutely dreadful waste of time.
    This game shares the grindfest gameplay model of most MMO`s complete with forced PVP against players many levels higher than you and with no chance of winning.When you lose a forced PVP fight against these higher level people you items and ships which takes days or even weeks of mind numbing grinding to replace. If you enjoy grinding for days or weeks just to able to pvp for 20 or 30 minetes then you`ll love this game.
    Finding an opponent to PVP against will take several hours since the game population seems to consist of only hanger on`s who have been playing the game since beta and have invested so much money into the game that they can`t walk away from it.
    PVP and PVE are slow and glitchy.

    customer service is about what you would expect from any F2P MMO, it doesn`t exist.
    Bugs and glitches are the norm rather than the exception.
    end game content, there is none.
    For all intents and purposes this is a dead game that should have been buried long ago.
    The only reason the game is still up and running is because the few fanbois that still play it keep throwing money at it to keep the two servers running.
    This is just another low budget independent cash cow game.
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