Gamespot has handed PotBS a "great" rating of 8.0 out of 10.00. Except a minor ding for a steep learning curve, things look great for PotBS in the editor's eyes:
If you're looking for an MMOG that offers instant rewards, you will probably find Pirates of the Burning Sea's learning curve daunting, but it's worth getting the hang of, because the game showers you with gifts the more you play it. Here is, finally, an online RPG that takes the grand-scheming economics and PVP of EVE and shrinks it into a manageable form, without forcing you to sacrifice the joy of exciting combat in the process. If you've been looking for something a little bit different and a lot more complex than the usual fare, you should give Pirates of the Burning Sea a good, hard look.
Indeed, this is a terrific review and well worth the read.