Split between the classic MMO style melee combat and ship-to-ship battles, Pirates of the Burning Sea is an interesting attempt to marry two very different styles of gaming into one experience. The game centers around the Caribbean Sea in 1720, with four factions vying for supremacy and control of the area: British, Spanish, French, Pirate. A richly detailed economy supported by a crafting system offers players different ways to play the game, but battle can't be avoided. Pirates of the Burning Sea, or PotBS, grows more interesting as you move along, despite the suspect graphics and normal hiccups of an MMO launch.
Review by Michael Hess.