If you've enjoyed any other Pirates game, then you'll enjoy this one, but that doesnt mean its worth the £7.00 Pay to Play a month sub.
After spending a number of weeks on the beta until it closed, i did enjoy the game. It has good graphics ( buggy at parts, but then it was the beta), and good,FUN gameplay (constant quests which for the most part were entertaining and with a optional difficulty setting) which varied from land missions to sea. The new economy and PVP system is very good as it forces players to 'fight for their nation' as you dont want to lose your investments as well as giving you the option to focus on trade rather then become another grinder/PVP'er. So generally, a good online game..
But here's the downside:
Most of the game elemnts have been done before and better. The sandbox gameplay is a straight copy off EvE, which fair enough is about time, however it does not go into enough detail or depth to make the system user friendly/usable, so dont expect to jump right into making a small buisness empire. Instead be ready to frustraitingly try to work out how to do basic things from lack of guidance.
The horrible inbalance of PVE on the global map is disaterous. Most enemies outside of missions being lvl40+ which is deadly to anyone lvl30 and below, so unless your willing to stay within 4 ports (very small area) for a few weeks you will get very frustrated. However this may chance after beta.
On top of this, the PVP is also inbalanced. The PVP i saw consisted of 6 players going round together and jumping on individuals- which in a game which has no form of insurance for your ship, unless u've a lvl 30+ ship, this is quite disasterous and enough to make you quit. But as its online, PvP is inevitable.
But this is what i dont undertsand with PotBS. At one point I played for almost 2 weeks and didnt use any of the online features, such as talking to people etc, which shows that it has much more depth then most online games, but also that it doesnt really need to be online.
Sadly the size of the 'world map' is rather small and very small when compared to other mmorpgs on the market, taking around 40 mins to cross the enitre length, which could be good if you need to run errands, but when you consider the amount of money you are paying, you ask yourself is it worth it and how long until you get bored.
If you like the series and have spare cash then go for it, but if not, then get the older games as theyre a lot cheaper and just as fun. I gave this game 3 stars as i felt like its another comapny jumping onto the online bandwagon to make some fast cash. Although theyre experience in making offline games has shown due to the depth of this online game surpasing most, saldy they fell short of the 5 star success due to massive gameplay flaws .