Pirates of the Caribbean Xbox

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
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  1. Just that sort of game. It sucks you in and won't let go until suddenly you're late for work or the morning sun is peeking through the blinds and you realize you stayed up all night again.
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean is a tough game; it might mislead some buyers into thinking it shares much more than a name with the Hollywood movie.
  3. I wish Pirates of the Caribbean was easier to get in to than it is, but it's worth your time if you're willing to hang in there.
  4. The fact that Pirates is not based on the movie works to the game's advantage...The player is free to follow his own path with no preconceived notions.
  5. 80
    Though I was irritated with the cache issue (still am), the game itself manages to be everything I expected in a pirate title and more.
  6. The big, dramatic-looking naval battles pack in a lot of variety, and the open-ended structure of the campaign rewards your curiosity.
  7. 75
    PotC's depth is maybe a notch or two below what was seen in Morrowind, it suffers from new combat and camera problems stemming from the third person perspective and nearly makes up for all of its shortcomings with outstanding sailing and ship-to-ship combat elements.
  8. Game Informer
    78
    The world is truly your oyster. Whether or not there's a pearl in it depends on how much you enjoy the freedom given to you. [Aug 2003, p.97]
  9. Although the lackluster land gameplay drags the experience down a bit, the sailing parts of the game are just so exciting and enthralling that you can totally forget about the less riveting parts of the game. I do prefer Bethesda's other published RPG, "Morrowind," because there is simply more to do.
  10. Even with it's incomplete manual and it's many frustrations, I still liked Pirates of the Caribbean. There's much to do, places to see, buccaneers to slaughter, and mutineers to squash – all wrapped up in a colorful package.
  11. Long and addictive, if you let Pirates consume you, it will.
  12. 80
    The weather effects are beautiful (the storm sequences are downright scary), and pulling off a successful ship capture is an exhilarating experience once you manage it.
  13. GameNow
    83
    Naval battles are where Pirates shines. The game's ocean settings look spectacular, with some of the most gorgeous graphics on Xbox. [Sept 2003, p.56]

Awards & Rankings

29
#29 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
42
#42 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. KevR.
    Dec 16, 2003
    8
    It's true that this game is bugged and imperfect but if you can use Bethesda's work around it's well worth the trouble. It's true that this game is bugged and imperfect but if you can use Bethesda's work around it's well worth the trouble. Relatively open gameplay (you can 'complete' the game and carry on), great sea battle scenes. The lure of ever greater ships, piles of money, valuables and weapons.. adding officers to your crew and building a small fleet - great fun. I've got my fingers crossed for a POTC 2 where they take more time and get it bug free... Full Review »
  2. Keith
    Dec 2, 2003
    5
    Hard to grapple at first. Manual doesn't provide much help for battles or identification of symbols in menu's. Save game as often Hard to grapple at first. Manual doesn't provide much help for battles or identification of symbols in menu's. Save game as often as you can (time consuming), because more than likely you will lose most battles at sea and on land for that matter. Won't be long before i get bored of this one (Lucky i didn't buy it!). I suppose thats one good thing to do always borrow or read reviews before you buy. My advice - Don't buy unless you like frustration and have lots of time. Full Review »
  3. TimT.
    Sep 17, 2003
    3
    This game starts off promising to be full of adventure and pirating antics, but soon the endless waiting for areas to load - even taking aboutThis game starts off promising to be full of adventure and pirating antics, but soon the endless waiting for areas to load - even taking about 15 secoinds just to load a single shop - and the buggy area transitions - often the game finishes loading an area only to show you a blank screen where you can only access the main menu to load your previous game or the character menu - just get too annoying to continue. Full Review »