It is certainly a game you to play with other online players, just for the clan support aspect and conversation, whilst you can spend hours trailing around the Caribbean trading, a lot of clans like mine spend an hour or so sailing as a fleet taking on other enemy fleets, we play on the pvp server because who really wants to lose all their stuff and then have that said winner gloat at you, no thanks. Also less stressful and more relaxing!
It is worth it in my opinion, pretty game, fair price, constantly being updated and content added, it's a good game for hardcore gamers or casual gamers alike.
Naval action is good but the pvp is soo toxic. Youre there just trodding along in your little 5th rate doing cargo missions and then suddenly a 4th rate going at mach 5 runs up behind you and then no more 5th rate. Its good fun in PvE but thats because i have a short fuse. Lost many a screen to gaming in my life
Coincidentally currently playing this as we speak, PvP is very toxic, i Play PvE usually bobbing around between Cap-Francais and La Navasse (English of course) I do a lot of the 1st rate - 3rd rate contracts will sometimes break out my Trincomalee and see how the world is