Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. It's priced as a budget title, but unless you're a big fan of pirates, there's not a lot here for the average gamer.
  2. While the RPG and action elements aren't exactly balanced equally, this game may be most appealing to RPG fans who like a bit of excitement in their role-playing experience.
  3. This just doesn't cut it. There was some potential, and looking at pirates outside of the frilly shirt and rapier era is a good idea. Swashbucklers was executed so poorly it may scare other developers off the concept.
  4. A decent game. It has several features and modes that I enjoyed. I particularly liked the soundtrack and the sound effects. I did like the Shipyard the most out of the entire game. Sadly the voice acting could have be a LOT better.
  5. At best, Swashbucklers might garner your attention on a beer-and-pretzels level. Its presentation leaves a lot to be desired, but even with the current swell of pirate media, there still aren’t so many games catering to the pirate-jonesing.
  6. Swashbucklers is a mix of "Pirates!" and "Way of the Samurai," but doesn't quite reach the level of either. It will be a great game for a small number of gamers, but for the rest it's a rental at best.
  7. An inferior copy of a classic, Swashbucklers isn't worth your time.
  8. We liked the setting, liked the gameplay but ultimately there wasn't enough to keep it in our console for a very long time.
  9. Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey is a strange little game that isn’t terrible by any means, but it’s not really very good, either. While I could definitely see the game developing a (tiny) cult following, every interesting element in the game is balanced out by something bad.
  10. From its recycled characters at each port to its recycled gameplay every couple of minutes, I’d suggest you read a book about the Civil War rather play this game.
  11. Swashbucklers is a value title with very little value in it.
  12. 40
    For most gamers, the clunky ship battles, shallow combat and overall lack of cohesive adventure will have you looking elsewhere rather quickly.
  13. 40
    You should probably avoid Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey even if you're obsessed with pirates -- it's just not a well-made game.
  14. Overall, we recommend passing on this pirating adventure. [Jan 2008, p.84]
  15. No one element is good and the final product is a mish-mash of half-realized concepts and ideas. It's too bad, really.
  16. It was an incredible concept that intrigued me to no end, but the finished product leaves so much to be desired. Between the lackluster story, the poor presentation and the boring gameplay, Swashbucklers leaves you feeling cheated.
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  1. DannAustin
    Mar 5, 2008
    Hands down one of the worst games I've played on the PS2. It's just so ... cheap. Besides ripping off Sid Meier, the game suffers from not providing enough direction as to what you're supposed to do, cheap CGI scenes, boring music and, the most annoying thing, NPC's that talk like adults in a Charlie Brown Christmas special. If you don't want to have spoken dialogue, don't have them make any noise. That simple. The only redeeming thing about the game is that the combat system isn't horrendous, but it's not good enough to want you to keep playing. Full Review »