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. The actual gameplay doesn’t deviate much from your typical beat-em-up, which becomes monotonous and repetitive at the end of the game’s nine or so hours.
  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. One of the nicest things about the game is the fact that players will be able to play co-op with another individual.
  4. 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.
  5. Legend has some charm, thanks mostly to Depp, but gets repetitious very quickly.
  6. 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’ve been warned.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    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]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Game Informer
    The only thing this game does right is not inflict an ancient curse on the player. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  17. Games Master UK
    We love Jack Sparrow, but we're disappointed he's not in a better game. [Sept 2006, p.69]
  18. The combat needed to be tons better to be really enjoyable.
  19. The Legend of Jack Sparrow was very disappointing as a game and hurt the franchise’s appeal as a consequence.
  20. 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.
  21. PSM Magazine
    It's still passably entertaining for Pirates fans, but Jack Sparrow's legend deserves a better game. [Sep 2006, p.86]
  22. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    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]
  23. 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.
  24. PSM3 Magazine UK
    It's just relentless button mashing with no variation. [Oct 2006, p.86]
  25. 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.
  26. Play UK
    Pirates was a children's movie that appealed to adults, whereas this will appeal to no-one. [Issue 143, p.93]
  27. Play Magazine
    Mundane battle exercises. [Aug 2006, p.64]
  28. 50
    Plays like hundreds of other action fighting games, and looks worse than half of them.
  29. 40
    More open-ended environments, greater character customization, trickier puzzles, and smarter enemies would have all made for a memorable trip.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#96 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#84 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

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
    Great graphics, fun gameplay, and AMAZING story! Very enjoyable. Worth buying.
  2. Idea
    May 18, 2007
    Bad graphics, dull gameplay, and boring story
  3. JadedS.
    Dec 27, 2006
    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 »