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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Has all the makings of the great sleeper hit of 2002.
  4. 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).
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. IdontwannaTellYou
    Apr 12, 2002
    10
    This Game Rocks! I dont usually buy ps2 games but wow! And this is a 2 player game if you play sea battle mode!