Ok before i am judged for my good rating I shall explain. The game has high and low points so to start off I shall give the low points of the game.
The beginning. Honestly I just found the beginning boring i wanted something a bit more exciting than just appearing at the menu.
The directions. After I made my character I was so confused on what to do next. I looked at the help section but it didn't help much. So honestly I dont think it was implemented well.
Now for the good things in the game.
1. The freedom.
I enjoyed the fact that the game doesn't hold your hand. You have to learn how to do things. Its doesn't explicitly tell you. The fact that you only have one objective and that is to beat 4 major pirates gives the player something to work towards while exploring and pilaging like a pirate. I didnt have to go talk to npc's to unlock new areas I could go wherever I wanted. But bear in mind that even though you can go anywhere you should be cautious. You run the risk of sailing into an enemy that could wipe you out in an instant.
I loved the ship creation the most, you can make what you want and it is awesome. I also love that you have the option of capturing a ship if you kill the crew.
Stats and leveling up.
The leveling up in the game is fun and how you get skills is cool. Also the fact that your pirate can have alot of different skills. Leveling up feels good cause the stats influence gameplay heavily. For example if you upgrade strength alot your character will be a tank that can kill enemies easily,or if you increase vitality you can last longer in a battle. It is small things like this that make it enjoyable.
All in all this game is not for everyone.
However if you are willing to put in a good amount of hours into it you will be satisfied with what you achieve. Especially if you like leveling up games.
I rate this a 7/10