Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
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  1. 90
    It was hard enough to put the game down long enough to write this review, if that tells you anything. Pirates might lack graphical “oomph,” but it’s fun.
  2. The kind of product Westwood is largely known for--complete, compelling, full of great little touches, and just generally elegant (which is a funny thing to say about a game of pirates, pillage and plunder, but so be it).
  3. Has all the makings of the great sleeper hit of 2002.
  4. 89
    Pirates' great mix of excellent control, superb presentation, fun third-person action, and ship combat make it far more interesting than most of the third-person adventures hitting next gen systems.
  5. I recommend Pirates for those that are looking for something more than a straightforward hack and slash game – something a little more engaging.
  6. Offers a freewheeling world, fuzzy-but-attractive graphics, overall elegant production values and a main character you can root for, making it one of the best things to happen to the pirate genre in a long time.
  7. 80
    Pirates is an excellent game in one regard; it allows you a great deal of freedom to explore and to complete the game at your own pace.
  8. Even if a pirate tale doesn’t shiver your timbers, the Lara Croft–like design of Kat will surely raise your mast.
  9. Though it isn't totally remarkable from a technical standpoint, Pirates is an endearing and well-thought-out game.

Awards & Rankings

32
#32 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jul 25, 2017
    10
    This game is such a classic beat em up game. One of the best pirate games of all the time. The graphics might a bit dated, but the gameplay isThis game is such a classic beat em up game. One of the best pirate games of all the time. The graphics might a bit dated, but the gameplay is still solid. Full Review »
  2. GigiS.
    Jul 7, 2002
    10
    I am totally hooked on this game. I love how it's not strictly action--not JUST fighting and killing. Fun quests and good story, and the I am totally hooked on this game. I love how it's not strictly action--not JUST fighting and killing. Fun quests and good story, and the music is great--dramatic and majestic at times. Full Review »
  3. Candrea
    Jul 4, 2002
    8
    The demo disc is what got me into this game. Having only a little time on my hands, I found this game to have a different scenerio than most The demo disc is what got me into this game. Having only a little time on my hands, I found this game to have a different scenerio than most games which was a nice surprise. We have had little interest in buying any games for our PS2 lately but I am thankful to the magazine demos which got us to buy this one. This was a true reward. Strictly Enjoyable. Full Review »