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7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 81
  2. Negative: 16 out of 81
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  1. Jok`RdeMo
    Jul 12, 2003
    5
    Well, at first look, game is great, but later U realize that it is boring. The sea map is like for small kids, it is also full of ships. Where have ya seen so much ships in sea? Sea battles sux - so slow and boring, especailly because there are so many of them. When ya sail from one to other island, there will be few battles, and that is each time - annoying. And also it looks like its Well, at first look, game is great, but later U realize that it is boring. The sea map is like for small kids, it is also full of ships. Where have ya seen so much ships in sea? Sea battles sux - so slow and boring, especailly because there are so many of them. When ya sail from one to other island, there will be few battles, and that is each time - annoying. And also it looks like its been copied from game Sea Dogs, so many similarities, except that Sea Dogs will soon have part 2, but Pirates R new, but look like first Sea Dogs. Expand
  2. Frankdubbedubbe
    Jul 3, 2003
    7
    The game has great graphics. but the controls and the everlasting search for missions are boring the seabattles and fights are to hard all by all zorth a try.
  3. JackR.
    Sep 18, 2003
    5
    While stunning and there are many improvements over the original Sea Dogs, this game plays like too much of an Xbox port on the PC. Good stuff: Graphics, the economy engine is still there, more exporation over the original, you can develope your character how you choose. You can usually chose the time of day and weather in which you do your evil deeds. If you get frustrated, you can go on While stunning and there are many improvements over the original Sea Dogs, this game plays like too much of an Xbox port on the PC. Good stuff: Graphics, the economy engine is still there, more exporation over the original, you can develope your character how you choose. You can usually chose the time of day and weather in which you do your evil deeds. If you get frustrated, you can go on a killing spree and murder everyone in a town if you so choose. You even get experience points! Then you can just leave the town and come when you come back, no one remembers. Pistols were a nice addition. Bad stuff: The controls were not up to PC spec. It plays like a console port instead of the PC game it was supposed to be (when the hell are they ever gonna learn that console and PC ports don't work well). They're awful, and I can only imagine them being more nightmarish without a keyboard. You can't move your ship and work the action menu as in Sea Dogs. You can't customize the controls for the sailing map. You can't identify the number and types of ships on the sailing map in case you want to raid a convoy and if you choose to engage, you're always too close to turn and run. They always shoot and you're always almost sunk trying to capture even the smallest of ships. Plus, they can always kill you on deck no matter what your luck and combat skill levels are. Sea Dogs never had this problem. There are too many things that can kill you. The fatigue factor is no longer a problem in fighting, so defense in swordplay is useless. Everything is prohibitively expensive. There are only half the ship types in the original to play with and unless you crack it, you can't even buy the best of those. You can't keep officers assigned to prize ships when you sell the prize off like you could in Sea Dogs. I only play this game because I bought it and dammit I wan't my money's worth. If you like this kind of thing, go ahead and get it, but be prepared to spend hours on end going nowhere because you keep finding ways to die. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2011
    7
    I am still unsure what to rate this game. I think it deserves a 7 for its graphics and sailing game play. I found this game incredibly challenging. I might not have been playing it correctly but I had to save continuously and because the character is so weak in combat at the start it was so hard to board and take ships. I really dislike the default controls. In fact there is a lot that isI am still unsure what to rate this game. I think it deserves a 7 for its graphics and sailing game play. I found this game incredibly challenging. I might not have been playing it correctly but I had to save continuously and because the character is so weak in combat at the start it was so hard to board and take ships. I really dislike the default controls. In fact there is a lot that is bad about it (GLITCCHHHYYYY). However, the game had a good idea and a decent story to follow so I'll give it that. Expand
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64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Edge Magazine
    50
    The joy of Pirates of the Caribbean is to be found in the variety of the elements delivered - sword fights and canon battles happily sit alongside contraband trade route management. But ultimately none offer a tremendous amount of depth. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  2. A cool game hiding underneath scads of bugs, control problems and weak swordfighting, leading to not a cool game whatsoever. If you're dying to be a pirate, dig up one of the Monkey Islands.
  3. If you like action games, RPGs, and especially pirates with a completely open ended storyline, you should get this one and it will offer a lot of time and replayability.