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. 55
    Has all the right parts, but none of them gel together well. The swordplay never truly excites, while the puzzles and enemies never rise above mediocrity.
  2. A pretty standard hack-and-slash action game that doesn't deliver on much of the stumblingly bombastic charm of its title character.
  3. The Legend of Jack Sparrow was very disappointing as a game and hurt the franchise’s appeal as a consequence.
  4. Game Informer
    58
    The only thing this game does right is not inflict an ancient curse on the player. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  5. For a game that was inspired by a movie that was inspired by a theme park ride that was originally inspired by a book, The Legend of Jack Sparrow is less than inspired.
  6. 50
    Plays like hundreds of other action fighting games, and looks worse than half of them.
  7. 65
    Johnny Depp adds a good deal of credibility to his role in the game (and the movies, for that matter), but as far as late-generation PS2 titles go, this one should walk the plank.
  8. 50
    Jack's narrative is amusing, and pirates are just deliciously cult and cool. But the game walks the plank when you realize that it's a bland, buccaneer version of God of War.
  9. Games Master UK
    57
    We love Jack Sparrow, but we're disappointed he's not in a better game. [Sept 2006, p.69]
  10. Bogged down by a host of flaws, but in the end, it's still a passably entertaining sword-brawler. Its relatively short run-time, clever script and Johnny Depp voice-over are enough to justify a rental for fans of the film.
  11. Disney may have a massive hit in the theaters but they have one heck of a dud for the PS2. This almost recalls the fabled "ET" in terms of rushing something, ANYTHING, out the door to cash-in on a popular movie only with better voice work.
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    It may be stupid fun - and it certainly gets monotonous - but at least it is fun. Apologetic kids should be thrilled. [Aug 2006, p.89]
  13. All that saves Pirates on PS2 from completely walking the plank is Johnny Depp’s boisterous performance, the rare drop in co-op gameplay, and the fact that it’s always fun to be a pirate for a while. But as far as everything else goes...you’ve been warned.
  14. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    It's a very rudimentary action game with some fairly sloppy gameplay mechanics and AI that's so bad it might as well have been programmed by some sort of weasel-like creature. [Sept 2006, p.81]
  15. PSM Magazine
    50
    It's still passably entertaining for Pirates fans, but Jack Sparrow's legend deserves a better game. [Sep 2006, p.86]
  16. The combat needed to be tons better to be really enjoyable.
  17. 60
    It is incredibly shallow and repetitive, offering up a fair amount of wasted potential and providing the gamer with little or nothing to really go on, but manages to still be fun.
  18. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    A lightweight grog and cutlass battler that only just scrapes average thanks to Depp's turn as Sparrow. "Prince of Persia" does the swashbuckling action so much better. [Sept 2006, p.94]
  19. Legend has some charm, thanks mostly to Depp, but gets repetitious very quickly.
  20. One of the nicest things about the game is the fact that players will be able to play co-op with another individual.

Awards & Rankings

#96 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#65 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 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 »