About.com has reviewed Pirates of the Burning Sea and handed it 3.5/5.0 stars. Citing many of the same issues as other reviewers (i.e. the steep learning curve, etc.), the writer sums it up this way:
Quite frankly, this review doesn't touch on half the problems facing PotBS. It's an unusually ambitious game, and Flying Lab is sailing into uncharted waters, so it's bound to have rough spots. It also requires a considerable amount of patience. A lot of people will be bored or frustrated sick long before they get a decent ship and start making a meaningful contribution to the larger PvP conflict. Even if they survive they lower levels, they'll have to cope with population imbalances, a stumbling economy, dysfunctional PvP mechanics, and a host of other issues.
Yet, there's something about PotBS that makes you want to overlook all the game's weaknesses and keep playing. When the naval combat is good, it's really good. The setting and the wooden ships are irresistable, and at the end of the day, there's just nothing else like it right now. This may not be enough to save it from obscurity, but I sincerely hope that the game does find an audience, because there's tremendous potential for fun here that falls outside of standard online RPG formula.
It's a good review overall. Check it out!