Friday, 06 April 2018 20:45

REVIEW: Sea of Thieves (Xbox One)

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Sea of Thieves from Rare is a first-person multiplayer sandbox game where you and your friends can create your own pirate adventures.

It’s all about living the pirate life, taking to the high seas in the search for buried treasure, boarding and commandeering other ships or getting your crew together to take down a fortress overrun by undead skeletons. This kind of storytelling and dynamic gaming is hard to find anywhere else as Sea of Thieves focuses heavily on self-made narrative and doesn’t have a formal storyline to follow.

After creating your character, out of a fresh batch of randomly generated appearances, you’re dropped onto an island outpost. The first thing you’re required to do is to pick from one of three Trading Companies, Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls and Merchant Alliance, each specialising in different types of quests. The Gold Hoarders offer ‘X Marks the Spot’ treasure hunts, Order of Souls will send you out to battle skeletal crews of dead pirates, and Merchant Alliance want you to help build an empire by having you capture and ship around livestock.

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You don’t need to stick with the one trading company either, you’re free to follow any faction as much or as little as you like. In fact, building your reputation with each is tied into the game’s level system. The higher your reputation, you’ll unlock more challenging quests and receive increasingly elaborate equipment. Once your crew completes a guest, all rewards are shared equally at the end.

The dead skeleton pirates aren’t your only enemies out on the seas, yep, i’m talking about the other very real players, like yourself. Should you and your crew come across a hostile ship, your crew may be tasked with aiming and firing the cannons. If your ship ends up taking hits from the enemy your boat will start to leak and take on water. If this happens, your crew will need to work together to pail water and plug the leaks with timber before your boat and all it’s loot sinks. Something else you may encounter out on the high seas are Krakens, and man are they frightening and will require a lot of teamwork to take one down.

When you’re not fighting off other players or Krakens, you’ll be sailing from island to island, so let’s talk about the sailing aspect. Controlling the boat in Sea of Thieves requires a little bit of team work, one player is tasked with steering the ship while the others will need to work together to raise, lower and change the direction of the sails. When you reach your destination, you must drop the anchor, make your way over to the island, pull out your clue and compass and begin solving the riddles to find that long lost treasure. But be warned, leaving your boat unattended doesn’t always end well and you might find your ship missing when you return.

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The look, sound and tone of Sea of Thieves is on point. From the moment you step on board you first ship, chart your first journey, encounter your first storm and dig up your first treasure chest, you’re left feeling very satisfied. I have to point out the water in this game is amazing. Sea of Thieves has got to have the best looking water in a video game to date.

Rare have created a truly beautiful world with Sea of Thieves, but is it worth your money? Well, yes and no. If you’ve got group of friends you can party up with, then yes, you’re going to have a blast. The gameplay mechanics can create some amazing stories from all kinds of situations and conflicts. But, if you intend on playing by yourself, you might find yourself getting a little bored. Sea of Thieves is best played with others.

Sea of Thieves is out now for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action / Adventure