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. 73
    A neat combination of gameplay aspects. But it's clear that the adventure aspect takes the spotlight over the ship combat, and unfortunately, it's average stuff.
  2. It's likely to really impress strict adventure fans - but perhaps feel a little dull to faster paced gamers.
  3. Game Informer
    73
    The pirate theme is just dressing, cleverly hiding the fact that this is yet another generic action game that could have been transformed into any conceivable concept. [Mar 2002, p.79]
  4. 60
    Featuring an interesting story line and fresh spin on classic gameplay, it may just barely make its way onto the short list of great pirate-themed titles to hit videogame consoles.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    68
    For a game so short on looks and character, Black Kat is surprisingly engaging. [May 2002, p.109]
  6. 60
    What makes the game worth recommending is that the mixture of so-so adventuring with so-so combat makes for a pretty good game that's addictive and more strategic than games that are strictly focused on adventure or fighting.
  7. Pirates works as a kiddie game, but has no real redeeming qualities for a tougher audience. It just lacks any attention to detail.
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    The surprisingly solid two-player mode allows you to wage war on a friend in sea-battle form, which proves highly addictive and competitive. [Apr 2002, p.105]
  9. Whilst it has no major failings there is nothing to mark Pirates: Legend of Black Kat out from the crowd other than the merging of the two styles of play.
  10. PSM Magazine
    60
    There's still fun to be had, but we're hoping for more innovation and greater variety of gameplay. [Apr 2002]
  11. I wished the visuals and audio were better but they do the job. An effective blend of two genres that as far as I know have never been melded together, and truth be told, I like this game.
  12. There’s nothing terribly wrong with the game but there’s also nothing terribly special either.
  13. There is enough here to use as a jumping point for a potentially exciting new series.
  14. Black Kat is like me first marriage, aye - fun for a few hours, and then as slow a death as you never want to witness, matey.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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 »