Worst game from Fiaxis Games.
Sid Meiers has brought Firaxis Games plenty of good games including Civilization, Railroads, Alpha Centauri, and Pirates. Lately, however, Sid has been updating his games (this being one of them) and none of them have really been working (except for the Civilization games). While the story is good, and you do get to choose your destiny, the gameplay doesn't allow for an immersive experience that you can enjoy. I like the initial family friendly storyline and thought it among the top twenty of all time. There are also numerous ways to play with adventure, action, item collecting, and strategy involved. Everything seems like it would make this one of the best games ever, but I think the morals really brought me away from it (there is also rhythm style gameplay involved).
Vioelnce is not the worst issue of the game. However, you do have plenty of swordfights, and you also witness the death of numeorus soldiers in the strategy sections, and all of this can be done in cold blood rather than self defense and war.
Language can sometimes be minor as in insulting. If you dig up a famous pirate's treasure and later talk to him, he will insult you strongly and also there is some minorly violent talk.
Although not necssary, you do have the choice of being an all out pirate. This isn't really fun though as you can't get the rewards of a person fighting for an actual country. However, when using this strategy, you will tend to betray your country for the soul purpose of getting wealth out of another nation that has plenty to give you. Crimes are punished as one time the price on my characters head was over 30,000 gold pieces (the Spanish were after me).
The sexual content is the worst as every woman you meet (except for the Dutch and Spanish govner's daughters) expose a little too much, and also the tavern ladies will do it as well. What is worse is that they refer to the most sexually dressed ones as being the most beutiful. Also, the tavern lady will also get a little sexual with your guy if he is a good enough pirate.
There is a little education as in you play the game, learn about pirates a little, and then refer to the instructions to give you more information about these famous people. This was also based on a real story, so you are learning an "unkown" part of history.
All in all, while this game is awsome in gameplay, it isn't in morals. You will find the lack of morals tend to be a little bad (also there is alchoho refrence but no one drinks) and will keep you from enjoying this game. I would stay away from this title and start looking elsewhere.