Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
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  1. PSM3 Magazine UK
    47
    It's just relentless button mashing with no variation. [Oct 2006, p.86]
  2. If you loved the movies, you'll enjoy the game. The game itself won't do much to endear itself to people looking for solid gameplay.
  3. Play UK
    43
    Pirates was a children's movie that appealed to adults, whereas this will appeal to no-one. [Issue 143, p.93]
  4. If you strip away the license and the voice acting what's left is a short, uninspired, linear action adventure game that has awkward execution.
  5. The backdrops match the film's hazy, eerie tone, and the story—a "tall tale" retelling of the events of the first film—is clever, although Johnny Depp never sounds that excited about telling it.
  6. The game has most of the necessary ingredients for success, but Bethesda and 7 Studios managed to produce a lackluster hack-and-slash adventure title that features woefully linear level design, mediocre voice acting, and tired swashbuckling.
  7. 40
    More open-ended environments, greater character customization, trickier puzzles, and smarter enemies would have all made for a memorable trip.
  8. The exact opposite of the film series. While the movies feature lavish visual effects, the game does not thanks to a poor frame rate and second-rate animations. Although the movies have impressive action and swashbuckling swordplay, the game is burdened with a clunky fighting system that rarely delivers thrills.
  9. Play Magazine
    40
    Mundane battle exercises. [Aug 2006, p.64]
  10. At least you won’t have to play this weak game for very long because it’s short, linear, and has no multiplayer. Even a drunken sailor knows what to do when faced with this kind of fool’s gold. Anybody got a plank?
  11. Unfortunately, while the movie's version of piracy is a picturesque mixture of high-adventuring, quick-witted, swashbuckling derring-do, The Legend of Jack Sparrow is a weak mixture of low-brow, quick cash-in, button-bashing doggy-do.

Awards & Rankings

#97 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#88 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Alisha
    Aug 3, 2007
    10
    Great graphics, fun gameplay, and AMAZING story! Very enjoyable. Worth buying.
  2. Idea
    May 18, 2007
    2
    Bad graphics, dull gameplay, and boring story
  3. JadedS.
    Dec 27, 2006
    9
    For the price of the game (I paid $20), it was pretty good. The combat can be a little tricky in co-op mode only because the combat camera For the price of the game (I paid $20), it was pretty good. The combat can be a little tricky in co-op mode only because the combat camera angles could be better in co-op mode. Other then that the story and the fun make it worth it. Full Review »