I purchased this game as I am not a fan of generic modern action-adventure titles, or the standard FPS's. This looked unique, different, requiring more than reaction speed in order to get you through it. Even though this this is true, the game is not suited to xbox and is quite frankly, a dull affair.
The endless initial tutorials are as fun as, well, most tutorials, slow and uninviting. When you have finally got the grasp of the controls and the concept of the game, you areleft with a plot that does not drive the narrative. Without adding spoilers, you initially have to rescue a girl your character likes from some pirates. Hardly original, and it goes from there.
I personally am a great lover of strategy games and think they have a lot to offer, but this felt too slow and too tedious to ever become fully interesting.
Essentially, you are presented with a top down view of the New World, and you click and move your ships/fleet around buying and selling items for gold on the premise 'buy low sell high'. You also get bonuses if you deliver commodities to ports who are in desperate need for them, such as food etc to a port that's been hit by the plague.
It's pretty much as interesting as that. There are a few battles you can have with rivals that spice the game up, but the simple arduous task of commodity selling is simply too underwhelming to keep a casual or even a hardcode gamer interested.
A last point on the controls. Although they work as well as they could on an Xbox controller, it's my personal belief that strategy games that typically require a mouse (The Sims, Command and Conquer etc) work better when, using a mouse. The ease and satisfaction of a mouse is stripped when having to use the controller and it quickly becomes tiresome.
This review is not to say people won't enjoy this game, but it's not gonna blow anyone over.